In August I turned the ripe old age of 30 and it was the BEST birthday yet. Why was that? Because I did the most fabulous things with all the people I love the most. What birthdays should be about, right?
Before I give you some ideas on how to celebrate in style (and without spending too much money) I’d like to stress my top tip …. PLANNING!
Over the last few months, I’ve been booking restaurants, buying theatre tickets and spending my time working out how I could do all the things I wanted to without having the biggest budget and with all my closest friends and you know what? It worked and it was bloody brilliant.
Here are 6 ways to celebrate your birthday in London.
Have a delicious birthday breakfast!
As it’s your birthday you should be treating yourself from the moment you wake up. I spent my morning eating my favourite pastry in London – the maple, bacon swirl from the lovely Pophams in North London and opening my birthday cards. They do the most delicious pastries and inventive pastries in London and this may have been the best pastry I’ve ever eaten! I’ve got LOTS of ideas for birthday breakfast’s for you right here.
Go for a dinner and see a theatre show!
Before my love for food was my love for theatre and I knew I wanted to see something extra special for my birthday. About 2 months before the actual date a few friends and I booked to see ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at the Regents Park Open Air. Booking in advance meant the cost of our ticket didn’t come out of that months budget and instead we could spend that money on a nice meal beforehand. Our restaurant of choice gastropub The Royal Oak, just a short walk away from the theatre. We shared a table of posh pub grub and treated ourselves to dessert. Then off to the show we went and it was brilliant!
Search out and do a fun activity!
There is so much going on in London you’re sure to find a fun activity to do that you wouldn’t do of a usual week. My friend and I did some research and found an ice cream exhibit that was on at a local museum, which looked into the history of ice cream to where it is today(Yes, a bit geeky I know) . What was even better is that I did a bit of googling and found a promo code for 20% off the entry fee. It’s always a good idea to search for promo code before booking anything in London. You never know what you will find. Some really fun suggestions below.
Find a really cool bar, eat somewhere that’s been on your list for ages and indulge in your favourite dessert.
Smokestak had been on my list for a LONG time and my birthday was the perfect excuse. It’s a smokehouse/BBQ joint in East London who’s menu is meat heavy and SO GOOD! We ordered a shed load of food to share, some cocktails and then headed to a secret bar in East London that is masquerading as a suit shop. Another night my best friend and I went to classy Spanish restaurant Bright but decided to skip dessert and headed to Ole & Steen instead for my favourite cinnamon roll ever. Heading somewhere else for dessert if my tip for extending an evening with cake and coffee and without having to spend much more money. Best end to the best evening ever!
… and that’s a wrap folks!
I’m feeling pretty damn lucky right now and I couldn’t have celebrated in a better place than London. I mean, where else can you go to an outdoor theatre, an ice cream museum and dine in a posh hotel all in one week.
So, what have we learnt?
- Make a list of everything you’d love to do.
- Plan. Plan and Plan some more!
- Book things in advance.
- Google for promo codes and discounts
- When friends/family ask you what you want for your birthday, instead of them buying you smellies, ask them to pay for or towards something that you really want to do! Every little helps.
- Remember we don’t celebrate ourselves enough and why shouldn’t we! You deserve a fun birthday so make the most of these good times and spread it out over an entire week (which is possible with some of my tips)
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