With my eldest now fully immersed in school life there is hardly a weekend that goes by without an invitation to a Birthday Party. I’d avoided it for six years but last January it befell me to host our first Kids Birthday Party. And so the research began. A year later and there are even more great venue options on offer in West London. Here is my updated list of the best Kids Party Venues in West London (2023).
Whilst the idea of hiring a church hall and renting an entertainer may appeal to some there is now increasing demand for venues that will take the brunt of the leg work leaving you to merely watch on, coffee in hand. This sang to me! Also with multiple venues offering exciting activities and party ideas; crazy golf, gymnastics, trampolining …there really is no need to fret over leading the hokey kokey or spend hours preparing party games. Put that limbo stick firmly down and take your pick of the best kids birthday party venues by area in 2023.
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Kensington and Chelsea: Best Kids Party Venues
If your child is a budding footballer/fan of the blues it really doesn’t get much better than this. The Party package at Stamford bridge, home of Chelsea football Club is pretty unforgettable. Blow your child’s mind with a behind the scenes stadium tour voyeuring into the dressing rooms, Press rooms and players tunnel. Let them play out their future dream job with photo opportunities lifting trophies, sat in the managers chair and by the shirts of their favourite players.
The second half of the package takes place in the museum where the staff lay on organised footy themed games – penalty shoot out, quizzes, reaction skills as well as handling of the clubs silverware and the players worn match kits.
The Birthday child will even get to see a prerecorded Happy Birthday message form the club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
To top it off the Party bags are pretty fabulous and comprise a printed photo of each child with the UEFA champions league trophy, souvenir lanyard and certificate in a Chelsea FC Gym bag. The Birthday child also receives a Chelsea football shirt.
These parties are aimed at Children aged 7-11yrs old and are priced at £25 per child.Minimum 10 children and Maximum of 20. 1 free adult per 5 children, extra adults £25 each. No food or drink provided but parents welcome to supply a cake (no candles) and drinks and there is also an onsite restaurant (Frankies) which can be booked separately. Parties available at 10am, 12 and 3pm on weekends only.
Tanks, soldiers and uniforms. The likelihood is the National Army Museum, conveniently located between the King’s Rd and the river, already ranks high in your child’s estimation. Delight them with a two hour party inclusive of food, party bags, private room hire and 1hr exclusive use of ‘Playbase’, the museums immersive soft play area. A party package for 20 starts at £750 and is suitable for ages 0-8.
What toddler doesn’t love a pirate ship adventure? Or any boat trip for that matter? Moored in various locations on the Regents canal (do check where before booking!) Floaty Mc FloatFace is a one of a kind private hire venue. Choose from a variety of themed parties -Mermaids, Pirates, Dinosaurs, Origami or Sewing and have resident host Miles and his team captivate your party guests. Children’s Birthday parties last 3hrs and are priced at £25 per child. Recommended ages 4-11yrs. Food provided subject to party theme.
From Teenage discos to Princess Tea parties, this elegant venue on the King’s Rd offers a truly memorable birthday. With 3 distinctly different private rooms to hire, their in-house specialists have the savoir faire to bring your Birthday dreams to life. Whether you would like a DJ, a visit from a Princess or an acrobatic display from a Superhero, these Party planners have it covered. They also do a pretty impressive spread of sandwiches, sweets, canapes or cupcakes. Prices on request.
The lavishly adorned doorstep of Peggy Porschen on the King’s Rd may be one of the most photographed locations in all of London. But did you know the iconic cake shop also houses its own indoor version of an English Rose Garden aptly named the Chelsea Rose Room? With dreamy backdrops of soft pastels, antique mirrors and a dramatic ceiling sky light mural to frame those irresistible cakes and bakes, this venue is the epitome of bijou chic. A deliciously decadent option for a child with sophisticated taste and a penchant for a twin set and pearls. Pricey? Yes. Instagram worthy? Very. Venue Hire is based on a minimum spend of £700 (weekdays) £1500 (weekends).
Hammersmith and Fulham: Best Kids Party Venues
Located on the Fulham side of Chelsea Harbour, Gambado houses arguably the largest and most impressive soft play in West London. Further equipped with an indoor carousel, bumper cars, arcade games, slide and ball pit, this venue has it all if you are looking for a high energy/ low stress Birthday party. Weekend Parties last 2hrs and start at £21.95 per child, including food, access to all facilities, party bags, balloons and a dedicated party host.
Another high energy option in SW6 is Clip n Climb. Transport your child and their friends into this towering neon oasis of climbables and allow them to unleash their inner daredevil in the capable hands of the resident experts. Non Exclusive hire starts at £17.50 per child with the option to hire the party room at an additional cost of £100 and order in Pizzas /enjoy Birthday cake. Exclusive hire starts at £695 for up to 35 guests – a good option for joint parties. Check out the virtual tour above.
Westfield shopping Centre may have a few options to consider if your ideal venue is north of the borough. Kidzania and The little Gym are all housed here but if you are looking for something altogether different check out All star Lanes.
An all American Dining and bowling experience, this popular children’s party venue offers exceptional value for money. Priced at £15/£17.50 (weekday/weekend) per child, guests can enjoy a Kid’s main meal, drink and dessert in addition to a game of bowling. Choose from burgers and fries, pizza , shakes and brownies and much more on this classic stand out menu. With extra light bowling balls, ramps , bumps and buffers, All star Lanes are well equipped to get your little ones scoring the perfect strike. Recommended for ages 4 +.
Please note All star Lanes do not cater for Kids Parties after 6pm.
Wandsworth -Best Kids Party Venues
With the recent closure of Flip Out, Wandsworth residents will be relieved to see a new ‘uber cool’ party destination has opened in the form of Strike Bowling. Located across from Southside in the Ram Quarter development, this small bowling venue is proving a real hit with discerning toddlers and teenagers alike.
Parties here are priced at £23.45 per child. This price includes one hour of bowling followed by an hour in the restaurant area where the birthday guests will be served a one course meal (think gourmet burger and fries etc). Parties are available for 8-24 guests and suggested for ages 5-12 years.
We recently attended a party here and I can vouch for the Party food – it was fabulous and abundant.Vegan, vegetarian and GF options available. Parties also tend to take place upstairs with sole use of the entire level, giving a sense of privacy and allaying any fears of losing a child. There is also a handy bar for parents to gather with a drink whilst watching the children bowl.
If you are party planning for a budding gymnast or ninja, this next venue equipped with giant air tracks, sprung floors, bars, beams and obstacle courses, may be the ticket. Located opposite Southside in central Wandsworth, Gymfinity offers a competitively priced (£275) weekend party package for up to 30 children aged 4.5yrs and over. Maximum capacity for younger children is 15. No food provided however there is access to an eating area for you to provide your own.
Wandsworth’s go to Party Service, Bounceagogo operates a ‘pimp my school’ service from three South West London Primary schools in Chessington, Wimbledon and Putney. Transforming the schools with disco lights, special effects, Bouncy castle, rollercoasters, ride on giant beach balls and soft play, Bounceagogo offers the ultimate party experience. Bouceagogo offer different packages for different age groups (1-11yrs) including disco and nerf gun play, as well as their signature Bounceagogo (1-3yrs) inflatables parties. Parties are fully staffed with all set up, tableware food and drink included. Prices start at £334 for 25 guests.
Opening this summer in the Southside Mall, Parthian is a climbing centre like no other. Home to the ‘Titan’ a competition bouldering wall that will feature in the 2024 Paris Olympics, this is a facility for pros and novices alike. Birthday sessions can be booked for up to 8 children for 1.5 hrs and includes a dedicated instructor.
Balham – Best Kids Party Venues
Whilst slightly pushing the boundary of West London, it would unforgivable not to mention ‘Bertie and Boo’ Pirate Adventure Island in Balham.
Run by a family of 3rd generation magicians, this enchanting adventure soft play is dedicated to providing quality children’s entertainment and exceptional parties. With exclusive hire of the venue, comprising soft play and disco party room, parents are invited to relax whilst dedicated entertainers interact with the children, facilitating play with storytelling, magic and puppetry.
Following 40 mins of play, games and dancing competitions the children are invited to eat ( food provided) before enjoying a magic show. Prices start at £349 +VAT. An upgrade to Laser play is also available for budding Superheroes (4-6yrs).
Putney and Barnes: Best Kids Party Venues
Pond dipping, creepy crawly catching and bird watching. Grab your binoculars and wellies and let the team at WWT enthral your party in this natural oasis in West London. Prices start at £265 for a party of 10 children and includes invites, entry, guided activities, adventure playground, room hire and Party bags. Additional children priced at £16 each.
Parties last 2 1/2 hours with the final hour taking place in a dedicated party eating area where a party buffet is available for £4.95 per child. Alternatively there is the option to bring your own food. Activities are aimed at ages 5 – 12 yrs.
If you are looking for the perfect venue for a slightly older child (7yrs+), look no further than Jungle Rumble. A relative newcomer to the list of London Party venues, Jungle Rumble offer indoor crazy golf courses with a distinct party vibe that will score serious brownie points with your birthday child.
Complete with three neon clad courses to choose from – Royal Tahiti, Surfers and Ocean, complete your child’s special day with some post putting Pizza all provided within the birthday package. Prices start at £15 per child (one course) and £19 (two courses) including food and two hours party table reservation. Parties cater to a maximum of 18 children
If you are looking for an outdoorsy activity, Putt in the park’s mini golf experience is worth considering. Set within Wandsworth Park on the banks of the river, this child friendly course is aimed at all ages. Guest can enjoy a round of golf with a set tee time followed by a party lunch of pizzas, toasties and organic fruit juice.
Parties are priced at £21 per child with a minimum of 10 guests (max 70). Parents can enjoy a fully licensed bar onsite . Hurrah!
Not local to Putney/Wandsworth? Putt in the Park have multiple locations including Battersea Park.
Battersea – Best Kids Party Venues
Nestled away behind a pastel pink doorway, a stepping stone from Northcote Rd, The Fairy House offers intimate and magical birthday experiences. With incredible attention to detail, this immersive experience is tailored to the season making for wonderful photos and priceless memories. Little fairies in training will take away wings, wands and a gift bag plus a baked treat. A Birthday Party for up to six guests is priced at £269 at this much loved local treasure. Ages 2+
Nestled between the river and the lake in the northeast corner of Battersea Park is the family favourite children’s Zoo. The Zoo is home to meerkats, wallabies and cheeky monkeys in addition to its farm and mini beast house. The friendly staff at this West London gem have years of experience hosting children’s parties.
A party here offers a sleuthing adventure searching for clues and learning fun facts about the animals with a keeper whilst touring the zoo. Little guests will get to uncover their inner detective and even have to chance to handle some of the Zoo’s residents.This is then followed by a birthday lunch in the party cabin, animal themed crafts and the chance for the birthday boy or girl to paint a brick on the Zoo’s ‘hall of fame’.
All party food and party bags are supplied by the venue. Price: £29.50 per child (including 1 accompanying adult).Min 15 guests (weekend parties)and maximum 25.
Recommended for ages 5+
Top Tip: Party guests are permitted to stay on and enjoy the zoo after the party! This venue is packed with excellent play facilities to while away the afternoon – including a true to life helicopter, sandpit and fire engine. A great option for a full memorable day of fun.
Do you crave some good old fashioned outdoors muddy fun for your child’s Birthday? If so Bushcraft parties, a party service able to operate from any park woods or garden in West London, could be your answer. Think den building, fire making, marshmallow toasting and bow and arrow making – traditional hands on fun facilitated by fully insured bush experts.
Parties start at £250 for smaller parties with one instructor comprising a jam packed 2 hrs of forest fun. All equipment and provisions are taken care of except for food. A simple sustainable option that is ideal for nature lovers.
Learning through physical play is at the heart of the ‘My Gym’ ethos and parties here are jammed with non stop games, puppets, songs and age appropriate relays all preplanned with the birthday boy/girl in mind.
Parties here start at £385 for 15 children (max25). This price includes 1.5 hours of quality hosting by the party team with all activities customised to your child and their guests. Food is available at an extra cost of £6 per child however there is an option to self cater should you wish. There is an additional charge for hire of the party room. Suitable for ages 1-10 yrs.
Set in the heart of Battersea Park, perched above the city skyline you will find tree top adventure course, Go ape. Get wired up and allow the kids to conquer their fears as they navigate the drawstring bridges and fly like superheroes on the thrilling zip wires.
Indulge your thrill seekers from £22 per person. Suitable for all children able to meet the 1 metre height restriction. Optional extras include Party bags (£5 each) and gloves (£3.95). A party room is available for cake cutting or as a general base to meet and greet your guests at a cost of £100p/h (book two hours and receive a complimentary third hour).
Wimbledon – Best Kids Party Venues
Does your child dream of running away with the circus or soaring through the air on a flying trapeze with Cirque du Soleil? The Expert flyers at Flying Fantastic will have them hanging, swinging and climbing like the professionals in this 90 minute party workshop. Budding aerialists can choose from Trapeze, silks, slings and hoop and are guaranteed to leave with some show stopping tricks. Parties are priced at £300 for up to 12 participants.
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