Where To Celebrate Your Birthday In London

Where to go to celebrate your birthday now that you’re too old for a Pizza Express pizza making party.

I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say, I love birthdays. However, the excitement is overshadowed by the relentless stress of choosing a venue where everyone will like the food, splitting the bill won’t make your eyes water with guilt and the restaurant won’t stare your table down with daggers if you’re making too much noise.

So we’ve made a list that hopefully fits all birthday types, large, small, boujie and raucous.

Ciao Bella ££

Where: Bloomsbury

What: Pizza, Pasta, Local Village Italian

Best For: Big groups of close knit friends who don’t mind when people leave to go for a cigarette, constantly swap seats and drink from each other’s wine glass as you sing along to the pianist shouting at him to play Fleetwood Mac.

Rochelles Canteen £££

Where: The Mall

What: Seasonal, British, Pies Glorious Pies

Best For: A mix of groups from every walk of your life which you can compartmentalise or mix along a long banquette table passing huge platters of food to one another. This is for sure a venue for food lovers.

The Little Blue Door ££

Where: Fulham

What: Big Platters of Everyone’s Favourites

Best For: For groups who are partial to a little costume box dressing up half way through the meal. You come for the birthday gal/guy and you leave with brand new friends who probably joined the celebrations from the next table.

La Mia Mamma ££

Where: Chelsea

What: Pizza, Pasta, Platefuls of Italian Deliciousness

Best For: Close groups of friends from school or uni, who don’t mind singing happy birthday very loudly with a chorus of Mammas, dishing out bowls of Bolognese, forcing your friend into a birthday conga.

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Brat ££££

Where: Shoreditch

What: British, Basque Style Open Fire Cooking

Best For: That birthday landmark for closest friends and family who don’t come to London often and thought Shoreditch was a dark alley lined with tattoo shops. Big plates of non-fussy but fantastic food in Brat’s super chilled atmosphere should make them feel right at home.

Bunga Bunga

Where: Covent Garden

What: Immersive Pizza

Best For: Groups who are ready to get involved. This is dinner and a show taken to the next level. There may be a bit of food leftover as people are dragged to and from the table by various actors, but they’ll be feasting on and off to re-charge in between Rockaoke with the live band. Upgrade to the emperors table for full on royal birthday status.

Gloria

Where: Shoreditch

What: Old School Italian

Best For: Birthdays that are looking for a place where the waiters aren’t afraid to get involved, and theatrical cheese wheels are brought to the table to dish out sharing bowls of carbonara, and tiramisu is served straight from the tray. You’ll be there till closing chatting away and singing along to the restaurant’s music.