Rather than something he can unwrap, give the birthday boy an experience he’ll never forget. Here are a few great ticketed events that you can slip into the perfect 18th birthday card for a unique birthday he won’t forget.
Whatever sport he’s into, there’ll be a game, match or tournament that he’d love to watch live. London has a variety of international sports stadiums, including Wembley Stadium which hosts football, rugby and American football.
There’s also Wimbledon for tennis, Lord’s Cricket Ground and The Oval for cricket and other multi-sport venues, such as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the O2 Arena. So no matter what his taste in sports, there will always be something to put the England jersey on for!
The UK has a thriving live comedy scene, particularly in the big cities like London, Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham. The 2022 Chortle Awards named the Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool the best comedy venue, with the 99 Club in Leicester Square, London coming in as runner-up.
So if comedy is their thing, why not splash out on entry to a show and slip the tickets into their birthday card? You could choose from a professional comedy night, tickets to see a touring comedian or try an open-mic night to catch the best of up-and-coming talent on the comedy scene.
Fancy Dining at Gordon Ramsay’s
Gordon Ramsay currently has 34 restaurants across the entire UK including his Michelin Star awarded establishments, the Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea and Petrus by Gordon Ramsay in Knightsbridge. Or for a more relaxed dining experience, choose one of his informal venues like street pizza or street burger.
If you’re looking for a unique 18th birthday celebration that works well for a group of friends, then an escape room is a brilliant idea. There are many different types of escape room activities to try, including live-hosted events such as The Crystal Maze Experience and escape rooms with actors or a host. There are also automated escape rooms and escape rooms narrated by audio or video to help you figure your way out.
Escape room experiences are available for teams of between two and eight people and they’re great for those who like a challenge and fancy something a bit different than your standard run-of-the-mill party. Escape rooms are fun, engaging, and interactive and if you’re successful, you get automatic bragging rights!
London Ale Trail
As an 18-year-old he’ll now legally be able to drink alcohol so why not introduce him to beer in style with an ale trail? The Ale Trail Company offers bus-based ale festivals across the UK. Or go for something totally different and try the London Craft Beer Cruise, which goes along the Thames, allowing you to take in the sights of London as you enjoy your hand-selected beers and toast to the birthday boy!