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 really!
Before I give you some ideas on how to celebrate in style (and without spending too much money) my top tip is PLANNING. (Us Virgo like to plan!) 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 you know what? It worked and It was bloody brilliant.
Here are a few ideas of how to make the most of 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 a maple, bacon pastry at the lovely Pophams in North London. They do the most delicious pastries and inventive pastries in London and this may have been the best pastry I’ve ever eaten!
Go for a pub lunch and see a theatre show!
Before my love for food, there was theatre – my one true love 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 August’s 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 bloody 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.
Get your bestest friend, find a lovely restaurant and seek our an epic dessert.
Eating good food with the people you love the most is the BEST. I’d heard about Bright as one of London’s newest and hottest restaurants so what better excuse to visit. We decided to skip dessert at the restaurant and head to Ole & Steen instead for my favourite cinnamon roll ever. That way we extended the evening with cake and coffee and without having to spend much more money. Best end to the best evening ever!
Find a really cool bar and eat somewhere that’s been on your list for ages.
Smokestak had been on my list for a LONG time and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a smokehouse/BBQ joint in East London who’s menu is meat, meat and more meat. SO GOOD! We got a shed load of food to share, some cocktails and then headed to a secret bar that is masquerading as a suit shop to continue the night.(Yes, I know) Birthdays are the best excuse to tick somewhere off you’ve wanted to go for ages!
As part of my birthday present, I asked my friends an family to pitch in for afternoon tea at the Ritz. I wanted to do something extra special I would remember forever and I couldn’t have thought of a better excuse to visit than my 30th birthday. What was it like? It was stunning and we felt like we’d lived a different life just for one afternoon. Top tip: When people ask you what you want for your birthday you can always ask them to pay towards something rather than for the whole thing so It doesn’t seem so much of an ask. It gets you one step closer after all.
… 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!
I think 30 might be the best year yet