Birthdays are days to be celebrated, a time to blow out the candles on a colin (or Connie) the caterpillar cake, and enjoy another year of being on planet earth. If you want to gather a group of friends or even if you want to celebrate with just one special person, we’ve compiled a short list of restaurants in central London for birthdays, it took us a while, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to a select few.
Bob Bob Ricard
You may have heard of this eponymous restaurant before, and seen the infamous “Press for Champagne” buttons strewn across Instagram. It’s famous for pouring more champagne than any other restaurant in the United Kingdom. This place is a great restaurant in central London for a big birthday blowout. Celebrate the occasion with a vodka shot at -18°C, order caviar too, and oysters, if it’s a special birthday. The menu is Russian inspired, so expect dishes like Egg St. Petersburg, Waldorf salad, and truffled potato and mushroom Vareniki. The beef wellington for two is perfect for a birthday meal, order as many as are in your group.
Have you ever been to a restaurant with a cherry blossom tree in the middle of it? We haven’t. Andrew Wong’s restaurant is a testament to his hard work and exceptional cooking. After taking over the family business after his father died, and learning the skills he needed to master chinese cooking by embarking on a working tour of China, he opened his Michelin-starred restaurant A. Wong. Kym’s is his second restaurant, and the perfect place for a birthday meal. A chinese is always a hit for a birthday meal, you can get a whole group together and order all your favourite dishes. Get booking as tables here are some of the most sought after in central London.
Sushi Samba Covent Garden
You can’t get more central than Covent Garden, and you can’t get more bougie birthday than going out for sushi. Serving a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian inspired dishes, Sushisamba is a party for the senses, and a fabulous place to have your birthday party. The bar has a “living ceiling”, a canopy of plants and flowers adding an air of freshness while you have a cocktail. There’s everything on the menu from plantain chips to green bean tempura with black truffle aioli. The seviche is some of the best, and a great dish to try if it’s a special occasion. Book your birthday meal now!
Frenchie Covent Garden
Greg Marchand’s restaurant, Frenchie, has a modern, elegant feel, not dissimilar to a French brasserie. If you’re looking for somewhere a little bit different in central London for a birthday, this is one to think about. It’s great for an intimate meal for two, if you want to keep it low key, but it’s also good for a group of friends as there’s so much to try. The a la carte menu has everything from bavette of beef served with artichoke and goats curd to squid ink tortellini with smoked eel and ricotta, and toasted buckwheat. However, the most famous dish on the menu is Marchand’s salty bacon scones with sweet maple syrup, pop in a candle and sing happy birthday, why not?
Randall and Aubin Soho
Oysters, champagne, and lobster? Sounds like a pretty good birthday to us. Randall and Aubin has been offering amazing produce to the public since 1911. It used to be a butchers that supplied the best meat and fish to places such as The Ritz and The Savoy. Now it serves amazing fish. If you’re passionate about the poisson, there’s everything from scallops to halibut to mediterranean prawns. You might even rub shoulders with some of their celebrity regulars, if you’re lucky (or unlucky, depends who it is…).
Darcie & May Green
If you’re looking for somewhere quirky but central, Darcie & May Green might be the place for you. It’s floating piece of art, designed by the ‘godfather’ of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake. It’s the ideal place for a birthday brunch or lunch (they do dinner too). Their avocado on toast has probably been instagrammed by half of London, and for good reason. If you fancy heading here for dinner, Timmy’s burger, and their chicken parma, are our top picks. Dessert is also a winner, we’re into their Melbourne Mars Bar cheesecake ball.