As you get older, it's harder to decide what exactly you want to do for your birthday. While it's tempting to just go to your local club or the same restaurant you've been to for five years in a row, there is so much on offer in London that it seems a shame not to take advantage of it. From making your own cocktails to jumping about in a ball pond, there is something for everyone in London. Read on to get some inspiration for your next birthday celebration in the city.
Unleash your inner child at Baille Ballerson, the ball pond for adults. Located in Shoreditch, Baille Ballerson is described as "a bar with a difference". It doesn't just have a massive ball pond (with over one million balls); other features include a huge mirrored cage with a waterfall and a DJ pumping out house and disco music. The bar itself serves a range of imaginative cocktails, such as 'Saturn', 'Neptune', 'Skittle Sour' and 'Dibbie Dabberson'. And if you go during the day on the weekend, you can even get bottomless brunch.
Open from 6pm - 11pm Tues, 6pm - 12am Wed, 5pm - 12am Thurs, 5pm - 2am Fri, 4pm - 2am Sat, and 1pm - 6pm Sun. Closed on Mondays.
If you want something a bit more relaxing, be sure to head to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium. Also located in Shoreditch, London's first 'cat cafe' is home to over ten feline creatures and is perfect for cat lovers. Indulge in a delicious High Tea or just a hot drink and a slice of cake or a sandwich, and take a wander around the cafe and play with the kitties.
Open from 10am - 6pm Mon, Fri, Sat and Sun, 11am - 6pm Tues and Thurs. Closed on Wed.
3. Cocktail Masterclass
Instead of opting for the same cocktails on your birthday night out, why not learn to make them yourself? Start the night off with a class at Tiger Tiger or The May Fair Bar or JuJu Chelsea (if you want to splurge), and then get your dancing shoes on at one of London's many clubs.
4. Independent Cinema
Watching a movie when people are kicking the back of your seat or using their phone with the light glaring in the corner of your eye is no fun. Thankfully, there are a number of independent cinemas all over London where the audience's comfort is the main priority. Try Everyman cinemas (venues include Hampstead, Baker Street and King's Cross), Arthouse Cinema, Electric Cinema, Genesis or Prince Charles Cinema (which hosts sing-a-long and dress-up screenings - perfect for a birthday).
Tired of adulting and fancy a bit of a challenge? Head to an escape room for your next birthday. Here you'll be trapped in a room and have to team together with your friends to try to figure a way out in an hour or so. Obstacles include solving puzzles, weaving your way through laser beams, and hiding from zombies.
A picnic is the best way to celebrate a summer birthday, especially with the heatwave we've been having this year. You don't have to worry about splitting the bill at a restaurant or finding somewhere that caters for fussy eaters, or getting separated from your friends on a night out. Picnics are suitable for any budget and age, and you can bring whatever food and drink you want.