Birthday in London!

It just dawned on me that I'm going to be in London on my birthday this summer! We will be there for a few weeks so we'll have time to see all the sights but I want to do something unique ON my birthday. Any thoughts on this?? What's something fun and memorable that isn't touristy but that would be one to remember? We love outdoor activities and I'd love to find a good restaurant/nice pub to go out for lunch or dinner. We don't mind driving a ways out of town if there's something not too far away that's worthwhile? I'm so excited! Thanks in advance for your ideas!
:) Anita

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

Drive out to Avebury, eat at the Red Lion, and have your picture taken sitting on the biggest stone you can clamber up on. Drive down to Dover, eat ice cream, drink beer at the White Horse, and have your picture taken pretending to write your name on the wall with all the channel swimmers. Walk over to the Dorchester, eat at Alain Ducasse's joint, and have your picture taken while you're puking when you see the bill.

Posted by Claudia
Land of La
2014 posts

Forgive Ed for not using spell check. Couple of ideas. See if English country walks is still in business and take the Stonehenge to Salisbury hike. Includes a pub lunch. Charming pub. If that's too much in a day. Why not check this website; www.walks.com. Find one you'd enjoy and take it on your birthday. Enjoy yourself.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Afternoon tea at The Ritz. A real treat. Little cakes (They can be your birthday cakes!), finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, and champagne if you want.

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
575 posts

Ed...you crack me up! I've noticed your posts on a number of feeds here and I usually laugh out loud!

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
575 posts

I love the walk idea Claudia! Sounds like an amazing day...will definitely check out the website.
Thanks!

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
575 posts

Rebecca...tea sounds great too! Is that the best place in London to have high tea? Are there others you might recommend as well? Love a good afternoon tea...

Posted by Christina
New York, NY, 10025
365 posts

Tea is a great idea! I missed Thanksgiving one year because I was in London doing research, and I went to tea as a festive way to have a special meal even while on my own abroad. I went to the Orangery at Kensington Palace that day, but for something even fancier, Fortnum and Mason does a lovely tea. My husband and I are tea freaks, and that was our honeymoon pick!

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
575 posts

Thank you Christina! I've had tea at the Orangery and was hoping for something different. I'll definitely look up your recommendation!

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Anita, Here are some places to have afternoon tea or high tea (two different things). As you probably know, tea in the afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00 is fairly light; finger sandwiches, scones, little cakes. High tea is 6:00 or thereabouts, and is all of the above, with a hearty and filling meal with meat. The high tea can serve as a before-the-theatre supper. Here are some more tea places, my favorites first: Brown's Hotel, Mayfair The Wolseley, Piccadilly Now the expensive ones, which are not necessarily my favorites: Claridge's (very fancy) The Dorchester (very fancy) The Goring Hotel Others that are very good, but thankfully not as expensive as those just named: Fortnum & Mason
Patisserie Valerie (several locations)

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
575 posts

Thank you Rebecca! These all look like great options...I'll definitely check them out. Cheers!

Posted by Toni
Charlotte, NC, USA
2847 posts

Get your hotel or Harrods Food Hall or Fortnum and Masons to pack you a picnic basket and go out the Kew Gardens. Wander around until you find 'YOUR' perfect spot, then have lunch (or have them pack a 'tea basket'- or have tea there....) You could even put together your own at Sainsbury's or Tesco's or Waitrose or Marks & Spencer's....... Can you tell I REALLY LOVE Kew Gardens!!!
They also have several places to eat there.

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
575 posts

Thanks Toni! Great idea! I haven't been out to Kew Gardens yet so that sounds like a great option. Cheers!