London, the largest city in Europe, holds much allure for the visitor. It offers a wide range of fun and fascinating activities that do not have to cost a fortune. Round the clock, at any time of year, you can find food, drink and entertainment suitable for king or commoner. If it is your birthday, consider treating yourself to something really special in London and create memories for life.
Order a Beverage at the Criterion Theatre Restaurant
Insiders and locals alike know that they can slip into the street-level restaurant of the stunning Criterion Theatre located in the heart of Piccadilly for a surprisingly inexpensive cocktail or cup of tea. The storied restaurant, dating back to 1873 and recently refurbished, will delight you with its decorative ceiling of inspired elegance.
Visit the National Portrait Gallery
Located at Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Gallery is a wing of the National Gallery, which showcases one of the finest art collections in the world. Your birthday is an ideal occasion to savor original portraits of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Henry VII and thousands of others. Admission to the National Gallery is free.
Tickets to a Hit Show
At Leicester Square, visitors will notice several ticket agencies offering half-price, same-day tickets to blockbuster shows such as “Phantom of the Opera.” These agents sometimes have seating availability not even offered by the theater’s own box offices. You can purchase excellent seats inexpensively, especially for matinees. Taking in a hit London stage show makes for an especially memorable birthday.