London has everything you need for a brilliant hen party: amazing food, cocktails, activities, sightseeing, culture and more. There’s so much choice, it’s actually very hard to know where to start planning. That’s why we’ve created our ultimate hen party ideas guide for London.
Whatever your budget, we’ve got the best things to do, perfect places to stay, and where to eat and drink. And, honestly, a London hen do doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Remember that on top of this there’s loads of free and cheap stuff you can do too to make a whole weekend of it: picnic in one of London’s famous parks, get yourself cheap on-the-day theatre tickets in Leicester Square, and make the most of happy hours.
We’ve rounded up 23 of the best London hen party activities (we see you, Magic Mike), plus the best bottomless brunches, cocktail bars, afternoon tea and dinner restaurants – with our 15 favourite hotels for every budget to fall into bed afterwards. What will you choose?
What to Do
As much as we’d love to park ourselves in a good cocktail bar and never leave, a memorable hen involves some fun activities. There’s the traditional life drawing and dance class, but we’ve found you some hen party ideas that are a little bit different.
1. Dive into Ballie Ballerson
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A ball pit cocktail bar that also offers a bottomless brunch? Yes, please. Throw yourself into this Instagram-heaven playground and spend two hours rolling about with your girls. (Cue the balls deep jokes…) The Big Baller hen package will see you spend all night in their fun bar too with table service and they serve pizza. Find Ballie in Shoreditch and Soho.
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2. Row, Row, Row a Boat
Add a splash to a summer hen! Hyde Park has rowing and pedal boats seating six, along with deckchairs on the bank and pizza in the café. Regent’s Park has its own lake and boats to hire. Just don’t do a Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones’ Diary and fall in. Prices start from £10.50 per hour in Regent’s Park, and £12 per hour in Hyde Park.
3. A Champagne Visit to the London Eye
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Climb into one of the capsules on the London Eye with a glass of Champagne, wine tasting or a chocolate experience to complement the views from £41pp. Or – if you really want to go wild and get some great pics – book a private capsule for up to 25 guests, with hire starting at £625 for a 30-minute rotation.
4. Visit a Drag Queen Bottomless Brunch
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Strictly Come Drag Queen is an all-singing, all-dancing, all-boozing bottomless brunch at the Canary Wharf Breakfast Club. The queens will be lip syncing for their lives and give you a chance to live out your drag star dreams in their spin off game, Strictly Come Drag Queen. Be wary, these queens’ banter can be vicious – and they’ll love getting their hands on a hen! You can find our pick of all the best bottomless brunches in London below.
5. Sing at Lucky Voice
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Book yourself a private karaoke room at Lucky Voice for the ultimate hen party night. There’s three locations – Soho, Islington and Holborn – where you scream your lungs out to Call Me Maybe (surely everyone’s number one karaoke choice?) or add in a cocktail masterclass too. Hen parties get a free shot to start – and Katy Perry’s Firework never sounds better than after some tequila.
6. Take a Chocolate Masterclass
A must for chocoholics. MyChocolate run a domestic goddess chocolate-making hen party where you’ll be tasked with whipping up your own truffles and going wild with your decorations. You get to take home a big goody bag too. Did we mention calories don’t count on a hen do? It’s £40pp for two hours of chocolate deliciousness.
7. Go Bowling at All Star Lanes
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This ain’t your childhood bowling alley. At All Star Lanes, cocktails and shots are encouraged; your Mum isn’t going to shout at you if you skip your turn to chat up the barman; you can even hire a private space with your own lanes and unlimited bowling! Maids of honour, the retro vibes of this place make it an absolute winner. There’s four locations across London to choose from (and they have karaoke too).
8. Make Yourself Some New Jewellery
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Music, nibbles, bubbles and the chance to make some jewellery with the experts at Tatty Devine at their Brick Lane store – we can’t think of a better hen for a crafty bride. If you’re a magpie for anything shiny, you’ll get the chance to make either a necklace or bracelet in the two hour session. Packages start at £50 each for 8-10 guests.
9. Captain a Hot Tub or BBQ Boat
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After a really unique hen party experience? You can hire a hot tub boat to sail down a London canal, waving at those boring people walking by (pah! walking!). It’s ideal for autumn and winter as the water’s set to a toasty 38 degrees. If a long soak isn’t your thing, you can also hire BBQ boats where you’ll be able to sail along in a circular boat with a real, live grill in the middle. And it starts from only £15pp.
10. Beat an Escape Room
Thanks to their need for team work and problem solving, escape rooms are a brilliant way to break the ice if not all of your hen guests know each other!
London’s Lock’d are one of the capital’s top immersive escape rooms where you’ll have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and decipher riddles before you can escape from one of three diverse escape rooms. This is a totally unique hen party idea, perfect for groups of up to 18 hens.
11. Anything at Drink, Shop, Do
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This fabulous craft cafe/bar in King’s Cross is always bursting with fun activities. If you’re struggling to find a typical hen activity to please the bride, this place will help. Pick a weekend and see what they’ve got on – it might be neon life drawing, boozy soap making or Blair Waldorf-style headband decorating. Drink, Shop, Do have awesome private hen party afternoon teas too (see below) and it turns into a bar in the evening.
12. Bounce at a Trampoline Park
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Relive the best part of school P.E. with a trip to a trampoline park to bounce yourselves silly. Oxygen Freejumping has three sites in London, including at the O2 in Greenwich, with wall-to-wall trampolines, an obstacle course, foam pit, dodgeball courts, runway and a giant airbag!
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13. Climb the O2
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Want to go even higher? You can actually climb the O2 arena for the most incredible views across London! Book a dusk spot for Up At The O2 to watch a glorious sunset and catch the best lighting for your photos. Tickets start from £30pp.
14. Classic Spa Day
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Sometimes you just want pampering. Fortunately, London is not short of spas, with packages usually including at least one treatment and access to steam and pool facilities. Lastminute.com and Treatwell have a great selection of spa day offers at some of London’s fanciest spas.
15. Boogie Down at Disco Yoga
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Book yourselves in for a Disco Yoga session at Trapeze in Shoreditch. You start by ‘glittering up’ at their glitter station before getting your Downward Dog on to Diana Ross and other disco classics. After the class, you get treated to a superfood cocktail – it’s a ‘zen do’ done right.
16. Shake It Up
43 Club offer cocktail-making masterclasses at their London bar and an at-home cocktail service which includes your own mixologist and “Baron Hector”, a Land Rover Defender converted into a mobile cocktail bar. You’ll find out which spirits to use, what flavours to pair together and even which glass to use, so you can convince yourself it’s educational.
17. Play It’s a Knock Out
If you’re after an active hen party idea, take your bride squad to this inflatable obstacle course. It uses props and equipment from the original It’s a Knock Out TV series and there are prizes for the winners. Plus you’ll get great blackmail photos of the bride-to-be in a parrot costume falling in a foamy pool.
18. Make a Hat or Fascinator
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Milliner Katherine Elizabeth is a favourite of Alexa Chung and Lily Allen. Everything from feathers to a glue gun is provided at Katherine’s hat-making hen parties. You’ll create a headpiece or Ascot-worthy hat under the expert eye of her team, and can even pick to have afternoon tea, drinks or dinner served too. You can go to her studio on the South Bank but she can also come to London hotels.
19. Go Ape at Go Ape
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Head into the trees, shake off your inhibitions and Go Ape on Tarzan swings, high ropes and zip wires – perfect for an adrenaline rush before the wedding. There are two London locations – and hen groups of over six save 10%.
20. Visit a Pop-Up Cinema
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For a movie-mad bride-to-be, a starlight screening beats popcorn at your sticky floored multiplex.
Nomad Cinema’s pop-ups occur across the city showing classics and newer releases. You can get discounts for groups and it’s the ideal activity in the summer for a bride who doesn’t want that clubbing experience. You’re welcome to bring alcohol and a picnic so you can make a fun day or night of it!
21. Attend a Macaron and Martini Making Masterclass
A never-ending feast of sweet treats accompanied by bespoke cocktails is hard to beat. This masterclass from Ohlala offers unlimited macarons and martinis alongside a lesson in the notoriously tricky art of making each. They’ll happily personalise macarons to the bride’s wedding colours and can print photos of her and/or her partner onto them! It’s sophisticated and oh-so-fabulous!
22. Soar on a Helicopter Ride
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Got a small hen party group that loves adrenaline-fuelled activities? You can hire a helicopter for a 50-minute, VIP ride over London’s famous landmarks with Heli Air. Up to four guests can take to the skies on the flight of a lifetime and get pictures that’ll be the envy of Instagram.
23. Head to Magic Mike Live!
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Not to everyone’s taste but if your hen has a naughty streak and can’t do without a willy straw in hand, there’s nothing better than Magic Mike. This live version of the Channing Tatum film is sexy, raunchy and a damn good time. Pretend you’re there to admire their acrobatic skills if you must, but get yourself a ticket.
Where to Stay
If you’re coming to London, you’ll want to make a weekend of it and that means great hen party accommodation! Whatever your budget we’ve got some great hotel choices all across the capital so there’ll be one near your perfect location.
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- Generator London – King’s Cross. This design hostel is right in the heart of the action. It’s got its own very cool bar (don’t miss the red double decker) and a huge choice of private rooms, from twins to private female dorms for 12. If you’re after great value, you can’t do better. Private rooms from £44.
- Safestay London Holland Park – Kensington. Another hostel in a prime location and there’s also a branch in Elephant and Castle. This renovated castle is truly Instagram-worthy and has easy group booking for everything from their private twins to 21-bed dorms. Private rooms from £70.
- Travelodge. There are various locations across London of this budget chain. Rooms are nice but basic, clean and comfortable, and you can book a late check-out. What more do you need? Rooms from £49.
- Green Rooms – Wood Green. A super cool, social enterprise arts hotel in North London with en-suite rooms, studio apartments and dorms. Get an apartment for up to 4 of you and you’ll get a nice area to chill out in too. Apartments from £113.
- Good Hotel London – Royal Victoria Docks. This ultramodern, floating, industrial-chic hotel has cosy but beautifully-decorated bedrooms facing right out over the Thames. There’s a fab rooftop bar too! Rooms from £66.
- Citizen M. There’s three locations, our favourite is the Tower of London hotel and its sweeping views over the city. The place is fun, modern and creative, and all beds are king-size. You’ll love it. Rooms from £99.
- Z Hotels. 10 of these hip, ‘affordable luxury’ hotels dot the capital. Rooms are compact but have everything you need: coffee facilities for the morning hangovers, organic bed linen for a comfy sleep, and free wi-fi for sharing your ‘grams. Rooms from £85.
- ibis Styles. Described as ‘economy design hotels’, you might be surprised by how stylish these rooms are. The Southwark one is fab and has eight suites which can fit up to four adults each – with a Nespresso machine and your own lounge. Rooms from £119.
- Qbic – Whitechapel. This East London, sustainable art hotel lays claim to ‘the comfiest room in the city’. The beds and decor are seriously cool, and their veggie cafe and bar are the place to be. Don’t miss the breakfast! Rooms from £88.
- The Pilgrm – Paddington. Made up of four converted Victorian townhouses, Pilgrm is right across the road from Paddington station and has very Instagrammable rooms. There’s an amazing cafe and a 24-hour communal pantry too. Rooms from £99.
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- The Zetter Townhouse. There are two of these converted Georgian townhouses: one in Marylebone and one in Clerkenwell. If you’ve got a big budget, you can even hire the whole house! If you can only afford a room, it’s worth it, with sumptuous, eclectic interiors and an award-winning cocktail lounge. Rooms from £233.
- W London – Soho. Set right on Leicester Square, you’re at the heart of London’s social scene. It’s five-star, total luxury, with a cool Britannia theme, a private screening room and awesome spa. Any party-loving bride-to-be will adore it. Rooms from £263.
- Ham Yard Hotel – Soho. The location is amazing and the interiors are bold and stylish. There’s a bar, theatre, bowling alley, rooftop terrace and so much more – you’ll barely need to leave the hotel. Rooms from £410.
- The Curtain – Shoreditch. Rooftop pool, anyone? This trendy, Manhattan-vibe hotel is right in the heart of Shoreditch and has marble bathroom, curated minibars and the coolest of the cool in its bars of an evening. Rooms from £160.
- Henrietta Hotel – Soho. This boutique hideaway in Covent Garden is bathed in chic pink and blue decor. A delicious bistro downstairs, prime location and seriously good views make this a winner. Rooms from £273.
Where to Eat
A good hen party runs on carbs and prosecco! Explore our best places for dinners, brunch and afternoon tea, with loads of different budgets covered.
- Bad Egg. Hen love eggs? You can choose a bottomless brunch for £35 with two plates each and unlimited Bloody Marys, prosecco or mimosas for two hours (and there’s a cheaper virgin option). City of London.
- Skinny Kitchen. Their F*cking Fabulous Bottomless Brunch is £45 for two course and your prosecco, or add an extra £10 for unlimited pornstar martinis. Food is healthy and the atmosphere buzzing. Islington.
- Shack-Fuyu. This Japanese-inspired restaurant lets you enjoy 2-3 small plates and one big plate per person alongside an arrival drink and bottomless wine or prosecco for only £39. Soho.
- Breddos Tacos. Feast on all-you-can-eat tacos and bottomless booze (frozen Margaritas and beers) at Breddos. It’s £25 for the tacos and another £20pp for the drinks. Carnaby and Clerkenwell.
- Restaurant at Sea Containers. The waterside views are to die for and the posh junk food is dreamy at Sea Containers. It’s £52pp for parties of 9 or more with a brunch ‘feast’ menu and bottomless prosecco and Grey Goose Bloody Marys. South Bank.
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- Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Hop aboard this original Routemaster bus and indulge in B Bakery’s fabulous afternoon tea as you explore the sights of London. £45pp, Victoria or Trafalgar Square starting points.
- Afternoon Tea at Drink, Shop, Do. Crafty brides will adore this three-hour-long afternoon tea package (with a bottomless bubbles add-on) where you’ll get to leave with anything from flower headbands to fascinators and nipple tassles! £50pp, King’s Cross.
- Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Ritz. It’s one of the poshest afternoon teas in the world and ideal for a sophisticated hen party. Served in their spectacular Palm Court with an actual Tea Sommelier on hand and a resident pianist and harpist, The Ritz is pure luxury. £60pp, St. James’s.
- The Potion Room Afternoon Tea. Got a Harry Potter lover? Get cloaked-up, take a seat at your desk and whip up some delicious concoctions alongside your potions master and a selection of Cutter & Squidge’s amazing bakes. Hen package available or £49.50pp, Soho.
- Prêt-à-Portea. This haute couture afternoon tea at The Berkeley is ideal for any fashionista. You’ll have the best looks from the ‘frow’ recreated in pastry and sugar, plus sandwiches and canapés. From £60pp, Knightsbridge.
- High Tea & Tease. A cabaret and burlesque afternoon tea in Soho with bubbles, finger sandwiches, cupcakes and tea – plus a pretty eye-opening show! You can book in for a burleseque lesson beforehand too. £39pp, Soho.
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- Brasserie Zedel. Hidden away in the heart of Piccadilly is this huge Parisian brasserie with authentic Art Deco interiors. The Prix Fixe menu is amazing value, live music plays every night and there’s an awesome American bar and cabaret club on site. Piccadilly Circus.
- Blues Kitchen. Texan BBQ, Cajun classics and burgers are served in bright red booths, while hand-crafted cocktails are poured in colourful bars. The upstairs club room in Brixton is the perfect place to continue the night. Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch.
- Caravan King’s Cross. Housed in a Grade II-listed Victorian grain store, this branch of Caravan is huge and ideal for groups. It serves tasty, healthy plates and great pizzas, with loads for those with intolerances. Bankside, City, Exmouth Market, Fitzrovia, King’s Cross.
- Bunga Bunga. Stay for the night as this metre-long pizza and free-flowing prosecco, Silvio Berlusconi-themed bar and club turns into the place to be for cheesy music and dancing. No hen paraphernalia is allowed: this is for brides who are happy to leave the L-plates at home. Battersea and Covent Garden.
- Dishoom. Delicious Indian food, hypnotic ’60s soundtrack, and individual eclectic design across their five branches. All take reservations for groups of six or more, but the King’s Cross one is a massive, industrial-chic former warehouse that will always have space to take you. Carnaby, Covent Garden, Kensignton, King’s Cross, Shoreditch.
- Darcie and May Green. Found on the Union Canal, these two canal boats are floating works of art serving Antipodean-inspired dinners. You can hire a whole boat if you like, otherwise we love Darcie for dinner and the buzzing bar on May for live music and a fun afterparty. Paddington.
- Flesh & Buns. The Oxford Circus branch has a ‘Press for Pisco’ button where Pisco Sours will appear by magic at your table. Need we say more? The Japanese-inspired menu is cracking too. Covent Garden, Oxford Circus.
- La Bodega Negra. Go past the neon ‘Sex Shop’ sign and gimp suit and you’re in a subterranean Mexican joint with some of the best tacos in town. Fab ambience, extensive cocktails and a great way to confuse the bride when she enters. Soho.
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- Pizza East. The Shoreditch branch is a former tea warehouse with bags of space (see what we did?) and a tasty menu of wood-fired pizzas, fresh antipasti and crafted cocktails. Portobello and Shoreditch.
- Tayyabs. A cheap but cheerful, great value Indian in East London. An iconic restaurant with an atmosphere to match. You’re unlikely to be the only stag and hen in there, we promise. Bonus: it’s BYOB. Whitechapel.
- Berber and Q. Enjoy charcoal-grilled Middle Eastern mezze in a converted old railway arch. It’s a hipster haven but so worth the trek on the Overground. Bookings only up to 14 people. Haggerston.
- Sketch. You’ve 100% seen their egg toilets on Instagram. Go for the picture-perfect pink booths and celeb-spotting, but expect wallets to take a hit. Mayfair.
Where to Drink
Without doubt you’ll want an area in a cute cocktail venue for drinks. Whether you end the night there or not, you can at least start classy…
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- Tonight Josephine. You know that “Well behaved women don’t make history” sign you always see on social? It’s here. And none of you are going to be well-behaved after a night at these super cool and cosy bars. Shoreditch and Waterloo.
- London Cocktail Club. There’s nine of these bars and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Innovative cocktails (some with fire!) and a great hen party package – it’s a winner. Bethnal Green, Clapham, Goodge Street, Liverpool Street, Monument, Old Street, Oxford Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, Shoreditch.
- Cahoots. This 1940s-themed bar in Kingly Court is set inside an abandoned train station with spiffing cocktails and live swing music to get you all in the Blitz spirit. Soho.
- Mr Fogg’s Residence. Choose the original one of this eccentric bar chain filled with all the stuffed animals and maps you’d expect when named after a Victorian explorer. It’s a true spectacle. Mayfair.
- Pergola. These two rooftop bars are the dream location for summer hen party drinks. Hot tip: sign up to their newsletter and you’ll all get a free glass of prosecco spritz! Olympia and Paddington.
- Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town. Step through a Smeg fridge in the Breakfast Club to enter this hidden speakeasy with a whiskey lodge vibe. Just ask to see ‘The Mayor’. Shoreditch.
- Old School Yard. It isn’t classy but it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Think retro American high school vibes and music you’ll be screaming the lyrics along to. Southwark.