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Written by Luke Bull

November 17, 2022


London's best birthday restaurants


The plates are cleared. The waiters retreat to the kitchen. All is well, all is good. Suddenly, like a noxious mist, a hush falls across the London restaurant. The lights dim, and shadows lick across the walls. Candlelight. A cold sweat runs slowly down your back. The first words of that age-old song begin "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...".


If this vision of hell incarnate brings you to a shivering mess, fear not. London's restaurants don't have to be a cruel exercise in social paranoia. There are many great dining options in the capital that you book out for yourself and have full control over any singing salutations to another year passed.


And, if you do want a song, we're sure they'll accommodate. You masochist.


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1. A birthday restaurant that does duck, and waffles: Duck & Waffle

London

Celebrate your birthday overlooking the spectacle of London’s skyscrapers with this choice eatery.


When you get to 110 Bishopsgate, just look up; The Duck and Waffle is reached by VIP lift to the 40th floor offering up one of the best views of London. To top it off, it is the highest 24 hour restaurant in the capital, where all day dining is provided, with modern twists on British cuisine, complementing European influences in its delectable dishes. That means 24 hours of your Dad slapping you on the back, recounting with relish the grim details of your birth.


The Duck & Waffle immerses you in a playful juxtaposition of modern and old-world décor, intertwining stainless steel and frosted glass, with rustic metals and weathered wood. Its intimate setting provides for private birthday occasions and events, all occuring in the highest private dining room in the country.



2. A F****ing good place to have a f****ing great Birthday meal in f****ing London: Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

Mayfair, London

With delicious Asian-inspired dishes and luxurious private dining rooms, Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay is a good offering by sweary chef; one of London’s top restaurants, Lucky Cat could be a great venue for a birthday meal.


With beautifully crafted Robata-grilled dishes and sushi and sashimi from their signature raw bar, as well as exotic cocktails like the Matcha Picchu and Polynesian Punch, this restaurant is an ideal choice for a birthday event right in the heart of London.


Located in Mayfair, Lucky Cat’s layout is designed to share with loved ones so why not go the whole way and experience sitting at the Chef’s table, placing you in the heart of the kitchen, where you can watch some of London’s top chefs create your dinner right in front of your eyes.



3. A literally named London birthday restaurant: Flesh & Buns

Covent Garden, London

Unleash London’s modern Japanese restaurant feasting experience for a birthday to remember at Flesh & Buns.


Flesh & Buns is all about bacchanalian feasting, hedonistic fun with friends and not holding back when it comes to tantalising your culinary senses with a banquet of modern Japanese-inspired dishes. It is inspired by an “izakaya” which is a casual eating and drinking spot found throughout Japan - a Japanese equivalent to our British pub or a Spanish tapas bar.


This makes either of their Covent Garden or Oxford restaurants, so well located in the heart of London, a top 10 spot for any birthday or celebratory checklist.


Try the intricate maki and sashimi plates and their famous robata grilled flesh and soft bao buns. You'll thank us.



4. A next level London birthday private restaurant: La Chapelle

Shoreditch, London

Thinking of celebrating your birthday suspended 30 feet in the air then the Gallery, Galvin La Chapelle could be a great shout.


La Chapelle opened to critical acclaim in 2010, winning eight top restaurant awards in its first year, including a Michelin star, AA London Restaurant of the year and Tatler Magazine restaurant of the year. A highlight has to be the private yet open-plan mezzanine dining room that sits suspended above the main restaurant floor. It adds a special dimension to the magnificent grade II Victorian school chapel with its 30-metre-high vaulted ceiling and award-winning design and lighting.


As you’d expect, the Michelin-starred Chef Patron Jeff Galvin has created a selection of set menus alongside their Head Chef Arturo Granto which features French dishes that come with an eccentric twist. The restaurant’s team of sommeliers are on hand to recommend wine pairings.


If you want to celebrate in style with an intimate number of friends and family (16 is the maximum) for all manner of celebrations including birthdays, get booking before the space fills up and it's a McDonalds in the carpark again this year.



5. For birthday snails in London: L’Escargot

Soho, London

L’Escargot is housed in a magnificent Georgian town-house dating from 1741. Set in the heart of Soho and within walking distance of London’s bustling theatre scene, L’Escargot has been at the centre of London fine dining since 1927. The Observer’s Jay Rayner penned “this isn’t just a french restaurant but a soho institution”.


The menu makes you feel that you are sitting at one of Paris’s stylish brasseries enjoying typical French cooking. Highlighting some of France’s best delicacies including Lobster bisque, steak tartare, steak frites and duck confit, not to mention the world-famous Escargot with iconic garlic butter! The Tournedos Rossini is legendary as is their Pistachio Soufflé.


So if you’re thinking of celebrating your Birthday with friends or loved ones and you don’t have the time or budget to take them to Paris then just head down to L’Escargot. We know you will be treated to one of the best French culinary experiences in London.



6. Celebrate in the sky: Vinoly Room, Sky Garden

London

The Sky Garden is London's highest public garden, a vibrant, lush jungle with 360-degree views of the city's iconic skyline. Tucked away above is the Viñoly Room private dining space.


Within Fenchurch restaurant, the Viñoly Room, is one of London’s most spectacular eateries not least because you could enjoy a delicious menu that includes hand dived Isle of Skye scallops, Guinea fowl with stuffed Roscoff onion and a Pink Lady “tarte tatin” with British blackberries and clotted cream. Hungry now?


Enjoy an intimate birthday or other celebration with close friends and family - the Vinoly room, takes a maximum of 16 people, before then enjoying a stroll around the garden atrium with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, walk out onto the observation deck or finish your evening off with a nightcap on the open-air terrace; you are 155M up in the air - so make the most of those views. It will certainly go down as one of the more memorable birthday celebrations!



7. "Happy Birthday" [Italian Accent]: Granaio

London

The best Birthdays in Italy usually mean cake and presents at home, so why not push the boat out with an authentic Italian dining experience at Granaio restaurant.



Granaio London serves traditional Italian food in two splendid locations across the vibrant London’s West End. Granaio Piccadilly is a rustic café-style concept offering a genuine taste of Italy in a picturesque location: it’s a great choice for birthday parties, pre-theatre dinners or private dining.


Granaio Leicester Square offers traditional Italian food in a sparkling atmosphere with a cosy and colourful terrace ideal for breakfast and brunch.


Their menu is inspired by the food and choices you might have at the dinner table with your Italian granny, those classic traditional recipes with a rich and authentic Italian history - lasagna, risotto, the parmigiana and meat dishes, adapted in all regions, to bring home that wonderful dining experience with friends and family around Nonna’s kitchen.



8. Eat like a Newyorker at: The Madison

St Paul's, London

Step out of the lift onto the top floor of One New Change into the world of Madison and several stunning rooftop terraces with breathtaking views of the London skyline including St Paul’s Cathedral.


It takes its inspiration from the bustling and eclectic New York dining scene, with a focus on the grill and some of the best steaks from around the world. The menu combines playful takes on American classics with a broad range of influences from the diverse communities of New York. Each of their menus also comes with a sustainability pledge as Madison has partnered with SQSTR to help them become carbon neutral.


The spectacular rooftop views together with their mix of entertainment ranging from DJs and live musicians make it the ideal spot to celebrate your birthday with friends, family and colleagues while enjoying delicious food and cocktails.



9. A bright and bubbly birthday venue: Pizza Pilgrim's

London

Just around the corner from Liverpool Street station, a Neapolitan-style Italian venue awaits your next birthday visit.


Pizza Pilgrim's City is a vibrant and eccentric venue in the heart of Shoreditch. For delicious authentic Italian pizza, you can enjoy an exclusive and intimate Birthday celebration here. From the dough, the source and the toppings, everything is seasonal and fresh.


Private hire is available, welcoming any occasion. With venues dotted around London Pizza Pilgrim's can host anything from 20-200, so just pick the right venue for you and they'll make sure you have a bespoke and memorable birthday experience.



More of the best birthday restaurants in London

Birthdays are awesome but sometimes you just want something a little different. Fortunately, London is full of fun restaurants perfect for a birthday dinner. Whether you want a big group birthday dinner or desire a more intimate celebration, we've got you covered. Check out these fun restaurants near you for a birthday party to remember. Get your party shoes on and practise blowing out the candles - here are our best birthday restaurant ideas in London.

How to hire a birthday restaurant in London

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect birthday restaurant. Getting the venue-finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in London.

For birthday restaurants in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Vinoly Room, Sky Garden – Take in the stunning city views and enjoy a special birthday with friends or family in this private dining room.

La Chapelle – Stop by this award-winning restaurant for a winning birthday meal.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a birthday restaurant or a private space in a birthday restaurant. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a London birthday restaurant. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best birthday restaurants in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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