Thankfully there are loads of amazing things to do and see in London. So when a lovely reader got in touch to ask what they should get ‘the girl who has everything’ for an upcoming summer 30th birthday there was no need to worry. The brief was simple; a travel inspired gift or an outing in London during August with a budget of £50 – £100.
The ideas resulted in seven pearls of wisdom on things to do in London…
♥ For the Foodie: A Chocolate Walking Tour of London
Spending the day taking in the sights of the city, whilst sampling some of the tastiest chocolates definitely makes for a contender. Reasonably priced, you’ll be able to use your budget to treat the birthday girl and yourself to this activity tour. Plus, you’ll have some spare change to buy some chocolates for the journey back home. What more could you want? See here for the full review and drool worthy photos.
♥ For the Stylish: SUSHISAMBA
Yes, it’s pricey but wow, does it look worth it. The plates of Peruvian, Japanese and Brazilian fusion food look like works of art, not to mention absolutely delicious. The restaurant lives on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, with breathtaking views of the city of London thanks to the floor to ceiling windows. At night time lights sparkle all around you, not just from the views but from the open bamboo ceiling that is adorned with hanging lights. As if that isn’t eye-catching enough, you’ll find a gorgeous tree inside. It’s definitely one of those places that warrants a new outfit. It’ll max out your birthday budget, but it’s a pretty stylish way to enter your 30’s, don’t you think? Make sure you book in advance.
♥ For the Vintage Vixen: The Candlelight Club
Fans of The Great Gatsby and eras gone-by will love this secret pop-up cocktail bar. Experience 1920’s glam, beautiful live jazz music, vintage dj-ing, cocktails…need I say more? Slip into a flapper dress and put on your dancing shoes for one of their upcoming events. If dancing isn’t your thing, sit back at one of the tables and enjoy some supper whilst tapping your feet to the catchy music. Two tickets will cost you around £40/50. They usually sell out quickly. You can spend the rest of your budget on some darling cocktails. Go on. Gatsby would want you to go.
♥ For the Lady: Afternoon Tea
A quintessentially English activity, there is no denying that London is a haven for Afternoon Tea opportunities. And some pretty amazing ones too. Fortnum & Mason offers the ultimate experience if British elegance is your kind of thing. You can see the full review and pictures of my recent visit here. For the chocoholic you could try the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. With homemade candyfloss and a golden egg, it’s certainly on my list to try. For the fashionistas out there, the Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Tea at The Berkley scores highly in my books. I’ll take an edible Miu Miu bag and a Louboutin biscuit over a Digestive any day. Expect to pay around £40 per person.
♥ For the Child at Heart: The Making of Harry Potter
A totally magical and exciting day for any fellow Harry Potter fans, the Warner.Bros Studio Tour is a great way to celebrate a birthday. From scoping out all your favourite scenes from the movies, to sampling the legendary Butterbeer, it really is an authentic glimpse into the world of JK Rowling’s famous books. How geeky you get it is up to you – choose to take the audio tour and read the detailed guide, or just skip around the studio spying at the props. Perhaps even try a spot of broomstick-flying. Adult tickets start from £30. You can read my full review here.
♥ For the Girly Girl: The Hoxton Hotel
Spend the afternoon at London’s first ever cat café, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. For a small £5 cover charge you can put the world to right over a steaming cuppa of coffee and a generous slice of cake, all with a cute, fluffy kitty snuggled up beside you. When you’re all caked out, stroll to The Hoxton Hotel and check-in to your super cool room for the night. Before you head up though, pop into the photo booth in the reception for a fun memento. Enjoy a night of girly chats over a glass of wine (or two). Once you’re on your merry way if you fancy celebrating with some others, simply head down to the hotel bar for some stylish drinks.
♥ For the Extrovert: Circus
If you want to impress the birthday girl, head to Circus for an unusual dining experience. Watch as flame throwers, booty-shakers, and hoopists (to name only a few) entertain you right on your very table. It will definitely be a day to remember, particularly as the outfits are more revealing than your usual work-out gear. The Asian food is pretty good, but the cocktails (served in goblets and vintage glasses) are even better. Eat late if you want to join in the dancing around the bar area.
If you can’t make it to London or you want to make the celebrations a little more special, pop on over to my ‘Travel Treasures’ section of the blog for loads of travel-inspired pretty gifts. Happy birthday planning! X