As lockdown begins to ease here in the UK, many brides are starting to look forward to their special day after having to put it on hold for so long. However, due to ever-changing travel restrictions, it's likely that your plans of a hen party abroad may be scuppered. 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, here’s everything you can realistically consider doing to celebrate in the near future, along with your nearest and dearest.
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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 started to reopen. 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
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. Keep your eyes peeled for reopening dates.
3. 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.
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. With indoor restaurants planning to reopen on the 17 May, we'd get booking! 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. 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. Providing it reopens smoothly, we're hoping their usual Brunch Social on weekends will also resume (with prosecco, pizzas and a game of darts, from £30 per person).
6. Cocktail masterclass
Learn some expert mixology skills and get a taste of your creations at a cocktail masterclass, which should soon be available at many of the city's popular pubs and bars. Dirty Martini, Tiger Tiger, and Be At One are just three chains that offered hen party cocktail classes pre-lockdown (and have plans to do so again), with your very own bartender to show you the ropes.
7. Spa day
Indulge in some pre-wedding pampering with a hen party spa day. Providing all goes well, London spas should be opening soon 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.
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 12 of the best rooftop bars in London from Pergola to Bar Elba.
Culture vultures will love the excuse to catch a West End show with their hens. The theatres will soon open 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 Tina Turner musical, all for just £119 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 to The British Museum. 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
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. Drink, Shop & Do
Crafty brides and their friends will love a workshop put on by Drink, Shop & Do. They offer all sorts of activities, such as making your very own personalised hen party sashes, flower headbands, or playing hen party games. Get all the details at drinkshopdo.co.uk.
13. 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 to perform at the big day, or even create your very own music video, with the workshop filmed and edited to showcase your moves. See seenonscreen.dance for more details.
14. Escape Room
As soon as they reopen, why not enjoy a challenging hour in an escape room. MISSION: BREAKOUT – LONDON is located in the ghost tube station in Camden, with two different games rooms and 60 minutes to solve the puzzles to escape. Or take your friends to the historic location of Oxford Street and enjoy a private escape room for four, as you go undercover in the Demon Barber's shop to find out what exactly makes Mrs Lovett's pies so special. To find out more, visit wowcher.co.uk
15. 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
Probably the original escape room experience, The Crystal Maze brings 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.
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.
18. 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. Street Food
Foodies can't go wrong with an outing to one of the many street food markets and venues around London, which have officially reopened following the coronavirus crisis. From a culinary tour of Borough Market to tasty food and cocktails at Street Feast, it's a great option for groups as an alternative to a sit-down meal.
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