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26 hen party ideas in London - from bottomless brunch to a spa day

Team Bride, it's time to get planning

Planning a hen do in London? The UK capital is an epic place to celebrate the wifey-to-be with a never-ending list of bars and restaurants and always something fun to do. 

We've rounded up the very best ideas to inspire your fun weekend with the hens. Whether you're looking for a glamorous night out in the city's swanky Mayfair area, or a classic bottomless brunch, you'll never be short of things to do in London

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From sophisticated bars and restaurants to sporty activities, West End shows, spa days and more, boss your maid-of-honour duties and impress the bride with HELLO!'s round up of the best hen do activities in London...

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1. Bottomless brunch

Zebrano Drag Brunch, was £59, now £27, Wowcher

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If bottomless brunch isn't the ultimate way to get the celebrations started on your girly weekend, we don't know what is. London is home to several themed bottomless brunches such as the Asian tapas brunch at Inamo London, the iconic DreamBoys Show and bottomless brunch and even comedy brunches that have popped up around the city. We're a fan of Zebrano's Cabaret Show hosted by Vanity Von Glow (Soho's favourite diva). Team Bride on a budget? Wowcher have an amazing deal that includes a bottomless brunch with a drag and cabaret show, which is just £27. 

2. Mamma Mia! The Party

Mamma Mia! The Party, from £99, O2 ARENA

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You might be in London, but it's never been easier to journey to the island of Skopelos as the O2 Arena transports you to the Greek island. Your bride-to-be is guaranteed to be the Dancing Queen as the three-course meal at Nikos Taverna turns into a fabulous disco at Mamma Mia! The Party. This theatre-come-dining immersive experience showcases the very best of ABBA's legendary music and a hilarious new story adapted by Sandi Toksvig. Perfect for bridal parties, you'll be taken from dinner to dancing and find yourself lost in a fabulous dream world for the night.

3. A gin masterclass

Gin Tasting Experiences, from £32, Red Letter Days

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If your bride-to-be loves nothing more than a G&T, she won't be disappointed with the gin experiences on offer in London. Head to west London for a trip to The Distillery, the home of Portobello Road Gin, or book a visit to the City of London distillery, where you can try experiences including a gin tasting, gin competition, or even the gin lab experience, where you can design and distill your very own bottle of gin.

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4. Dinner with a view

The View From The Shard and meal for two, £147, Virgin Experience Days

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Make the most of London's stunning sykline by treating the bride-to-be to a special dinner at one of the captial's iconic landmarks like The Shard, Sky Garden or Heron Tower. Not only are there some fabulous restaurants to choose from, such as Sushi Samba or Shangri-La, but you'll get to take in amazing panoramic views across the city while you eat. Take advantage of some of the great deals out there, like this visit to The View From The Shard and three-course champagne celebration dining at Marco Pierre White's London Steakhouse, with prices starting from £147 for two. To find out more, visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk

5. Immersive Great Gatsby

Immersive Great Gatsby tickets, from £45, London Theatre Direct

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You read that right, Old Sport. The Great Gatsby is London's longest running immersive theatre show, and makes for a fabulous evening full of fun, thrills and charleston as you're transported to the roaring 20s and old school glamour of the jazz age. This dazzling experience is the perfect excuse to don your finest flapper dresses and dance the evening away at one of Jay Gatsby's infamous parties. Rather than sitting in an auditorium like you would a traditional show, you'll be encouraged to engage with the actors, take part in their tale and even sip cocktails at the bar whilst doing so. Don't get too caught up in the Champagne though - you don't want team bride to be kicked out before 8pm!

6. A cocktail masterclass

Cocktail Masterclass, from £45, Virgin Experience Days

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Learn some expert mixology skills and get a taste of your creations at a cocktail masterclass, which are available at many of the city's popular pubs and bars. Revolution, Dirty Martini, Tiger Tiger, and Be At One are just some of the places that offer cocktail classes, with your very own bartender to show you the ropes.

7. A spa day

St Pancras spa day, £150, Buyagift.com

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Indulge in some pre-wedding pampering with a hen party spa day. Many London spas are now open, so you can relax with your fellow hens, and treat the bride-to-be to a luxurious beauty treatment or massage ahead of her wedding. Head to spabreaks.com to see an amazing selection of the best hen spa days and breaks. Or try Covent Garden's brand new luxury spa Aire Ancient Baths

8. Rooftop drinks

If the weather permits, you can't go wrong with drinks at one of the city's many rooftop bars. Head to Madison at St Paul's Cathedral for amazing city views, or try our pick of the best rooftop bars in London from Pergola to Bar Elba.

9. A night at the theatre

Pretty Woman musical and hotel stay, £89, Wowcher

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Culture vultures will love the excuse to catch a West End show with their hens. Theatres have now opened their doors again, and there are some great deals about for you to enjoy. Why not treat your bride-to-be to an overnight stay in a 4* hotel and tickets to see the Pretty Woman musical, all from just £89 per person. To find out more, visit wowcher.co.uk

10. Afternoon tea

Champagne Afternoon Tea, £99, Red Letter Days

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Catch up and get excited for the big day over afternoon tea at one of the many hotels and restaurants across London – the only challenge will be narrowing it down to just one. Take your pick from themes including a Mad Hatter's Tea Party at The Sanderson or visit The Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason. Why not step it up a notch and combine your delicious afternoon tea with some perfume making! This amazing workshop will allow you to create your own personalised scent that you could even wear on your wedding day! 

11. Junkyard Golf Club

Who doesn't love a bit of crazy golf? Unleash your competitive side at Junkyard Golf Club, with four separate nine-hole crazy golf courses utilising everything from old bathtubs to fairground rides. There are several different group packages to choose from, so you can take your pick of the courses, cocktails and food you all want during your visit. Head to junkyardgolfclub.co.uk to plan your visit.

12. Life drawing

A hen party cliché for a good reason - it's hilarious and so much fun. Armed with charcoal and prosecco you can all try your hand at drawing a naked hunk. Visit thisiscluck.com to find out more.

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13. A dance class

Channel your inner Beyoncé or pop diva at a dance class, such as Seen on Screen's hen party packages. You could learn a routine choreographed especially for you by a celebrity instructor to perform at the big day, or even create your very own music video, with the workshop filmed and edited to showcase your moves. Visit seenonscreen.dance for more details and to book.

14. An escape room

Want to try something a bit different? Why not enjoy a challenging hour in a private escape room. The Demon Barber of Oxford Street hosted by No Escape takes you undercover on the historic street to find out exactly what makes Mrs Lovett's pies so special. To find out more, visit wowcher.co.uk.

Alice in Puzzleland escape game for four, £80, Virgin Experiences Days

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15. The Thames Hen Party Cruise

Give the bride a hen night to remember with a boat cruise down the Thames. You can take in landmarks including the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena with a trip on Thames Hen Party Cruise - just be prepared to accessorise with a face mask and adhere to various Covid-safe rules. See more at thamescruises.com.

16. The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience

Try the original escape room experience, The Crystal Maze, and bring the hit TV show to life. So much fun for hen parties, you and your friends will navigate your way through four different adventure zones to collect crystals and culminates with time in the infamous Crystal Dome. You can find details at the-crystal-maze.com.

17. Paddleboarding

Take to the water and try your hand at stand up paddleboarding, a fun alternative to the typical hen party activities. Active 360 Paddleboarding hosts lessons at Kew Bridge, Paddington Basin and Richmond. Get all the details at active360.co.uk.

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Try paddleboarding for a more active hen do

18. A silent disco tour

Dance your way around the city with a fun silent disco hen party walking tour. Expect party tunes with live commentary via headphones as you strut, shimmy and boogie around London's West End. You can book on DesignMyNight.

19. Quidditch games

Every Potterhead bride-to-be will love the chance to play a game of hen party Quidditch, with fancy dress welcome – and encouraged. Plan your activity with GoHen, a minimum of ten hens are required.

20. A pottery class

Get crafty with a pottery session where you can put your artistic talents to the test and make everything from a bowl to a plant pot or a ring dish – all while toasting the bride-to-be with a glass of wine. Head down to one of Class Bento's classes which are led by a talented clay sculptor, so don't fret if you're a beginner. 

Sculpt and Sip Class, £32, Class Bento

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21. Street food

Foodies can't go wrong with an outing to one of the many street food markets and venues around London, which have now officially reopened. From a secret food tour of London Bridge to tasty food and cocktails at Street Feast, it's a great option for groups as an alternative to a sit-down meal.

22. Climb the O2

Daredevil hens will enjoy the unique opportunity to view London from up high. Get your gal pals together and climb London's 02. Either set off in the morning to earn those post-climb drinks or embark on a magical sunset adventure with your besties. Up at The O2 views will not disappoint!

O2 Daylight Climb, £39.18, Booking.com

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23. Magic Mike Live

Magic Mike Live, from £39, Ticketmaster

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If you're after a steamy night sure to leave your bride swooning, we're sure she'll love Magic Mike Live at The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino. You'll step into the world of Magic Mike’s mythical club and marvel as a group of extraordinary dancers perform a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular in front of, behind, and above you. Make sure your bride-to-be is prepared to work up a sweat if she's invited on stage to join the cast - it's going to get steamy. OH, and Channing Tatum himself produced the show. Need we say more?

24. Ballie Ballerson

Looking for a quirky bar to take your hens to? London's famous ball pit bar Ballie Ballerson has probably been all over your Instagram and is the perfect solution for a larger group. They do a bottomless brunch, VIP tables, delicious pizzas and cocktails, and the bar turns into a dancefloor as the evening progresses. Check it out at ballieballerson.com.

Bottomless brunch for two at Ballie Ballerson, £60, Red Letter Days

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25. Jewellery-making class

Creative brides will love making their own jewellery with a mobile London hen do experience. With access to glass beads, Swarovski crystal beads and pearls, the entire hen party can walk away with their own beautiful handmade earrings or necklace, plus basic knowledge of jewellery-making techniques for future DIY efforts! The course with Class Bento costs £38 per guest when you book for 10 guests, and the teacher will travel within 50 miles of London.

26. A helicopter ride

Even if you live in London, how much of the capital have you really seen? Thrillseeker brides-to-be will love taking a ride in a helicopter to see breathtaking views of the city – it'll certainly be a day to remember. Depending on how many friends and family members want to join the hen, you can book a range of deals for one or two people at a time to take to the skies from multiple locations.

Helicopter ride for two, £255, Virgin Experience Days

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