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

The UK capital has so much to offer

Chloe Best

With endless bars, restaurants and fun things to do, the UK capital is the perfect spot for a hen do, which is why we've rounded up the very best hen party ideas in London.

From relaxing spa days and girly dance classes to boozy bottomless brunching and sporty activities, there's something to suit every bride-to-be. Keep scrolling to see everything you can do to celebrate in the capital...

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1. Bottomless brunch

Bottomless brunch has taken over the capital, and it's a fun way to get the hen party going now that restaurants have reopened. Take your pick from themed brunches such as the Spice Girls, Beyoncé and Hip Hop Brunches that have popped up around the city, or why not book a brunch with a show? Wowcher have an amazing deal which includes tickets to the Dreamboys show, a bottomless brunch and bingo, for only £29 each! To find out more, visit wowcher.co.uk.

2. Karaoke

A hen party favourite, and for good reason, who doesn't love a bit of karaoke? Lucky Voice has outposts in Holborn, Soho and Islington, with a free round of shots when you book a hen party, while Karaoke EPOC is a quirky alternative to chain bars and has been called one of Soho's best-kept secrets. 

3. A gin masterclass

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

Make the most of your destination by treating the bride-to-be to a special dinner at one of London'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

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5. Flight Club Darts

Get some friendly team rivalry underway at Flight Club, an interactive social darts bar that puts a modern spin on the sport with multiplayer games and instant scoring, not to mention a great selection of food and drinks. For big celebrations, you can order prosecco or champagne from £25 per bottle between 3pm and 7pm every day.

6. A cocktail masterclass

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. To find out more virginexperiencedays.co.uk.

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7. A spa day

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

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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. The theatre

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 for just £109 per person. To find out more, visit wowcher.co.uk

10. Afternoon tea

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! To find out more, visit experiencedays.co.uk.

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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.

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.

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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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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 dates from 9 July 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. 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.

21. Climb the 02

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 02 views will not disappoint!

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