Last year's party at Windmill Studios

Last year’s party at Windmill Studios

Hello and welcome to kid’s party planning HQ! It’s my daughter’s birthday coming up and we’ve been umming and ahhing about what to do. Should we invite her whole class, or our ‘real’ friends from outside of school — or both, and actually, should we even have a party???

Anyway, I still don’t have a clue about what the best course of action is, but what I do know is that I’ve wasted an inordinate amount of time looking up places where we might hold this thing. Possibly even longer than I spent researching venues for my own wedding…ridiculous!

The list below is not exhaustive but I hope it gives you some good ideas for your own party planning. I’ve managed to order the invitations ( but haven’t even started thinking about the decorations, food for the grown-ups, or birthday cake. Luckily I don’t need to arrange entertainment – that topic alone could be the subject of a whole series of (incredibly boring) blog entries.

At least the present buying should be relatively easy as there’s one thing about 5 year olds – they’re not short of ideas of what they want for their birthdays!


The places below provide entertainment. Food, decorations, party bags etc vary from place to place.

The Little Gym, Chiswick (also available at Westfield)

Snakes & Ladders, Syon Park

Heathrow Gym

Oxygen Freejumping, Acton

Windmill Studio, Ruislip

Piccolo Play Centre, Chiswick or North Acton

Local sports centre
Elthorne Sports centre, Hanwell
Gurnell Leisure Centre, Ealing
Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, Brentford

Will to win football party, Lammas Park

Virgin Active, Ealing Broadway

The Park Club, Acton

Maggie & Rose, Chiswick (if you want to push the boat out!)

Ceramics Café, West Ealing

Pizza Express, various locations

Waterman’s centre, Brentford

Blossom & Bee, Ealing


The benefit of having a church hall is that you can hire a big space for hosting a large number of people – especially helpful if parents and siblings are attending too. However, it does mean more work for you as you will need to do the decorations, food, party bags, cake, entertainment, and clean up afterwards.

St Paul’s Ealing, Ridley Avenue W13 9XW
Main Hall – capacity 150
Playschool Hall – capacity 50

St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road W5 5RH
Polygon £25 – £48/hour depending size of area hired (max. capacity 150). Kitchen use incurs additional charge.

St Peter’s Church, Mount Park Road W5 2RU
£80 for 3-hour children’s party hire

St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane W5 1QG
Large Hall: Capacity 180 people, £37/hour
Small Hall: Capacity 50 people, £25.50/hour

St Andrew’s URC, Mount Park Road W5 2RS
St Aidan’s Hall 104 sq m, capacity 60 people, £36/hour + £7.50 for kitchen use
Johnston Hall 123 sq m, capacity 80 people, £30/hour + £7.50 for kitchen use

All Saints Ealing, Elm Grove Road W5 3JH
133 sq m, tables and chairs available to seat 120, £40/hour

Ealing Green Church, Ealing Green W5 5QT
Capacity 80 people, £25/hour (kitchen currently undergoing renovation)

St Johns Church, Mattock Lane W13 9LA
A few rooms available. Capacity 15-150 people, £12-£75/hour +£30 for use of kitchen

Kingsdown Methodist Church, Kingsdown Avenue W13 9PR

St Stephen’s Ealing, St Stephens Road W13 8HB

The Log Cabin, 259 Northfield Avenue, W5 4UA

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