A few cocktails, dancing and hen party dares might make for a traditional hen night, but there’s no reason you can’t get more creative – particularly if you pick the UK capital as your party venue for the ultimate hen party. We’ve rounded up 25 London hen do ideas to inspire you (fancy dress and L-plates optional) and explore everything from healthy hen dos through to indulgent chocolate tasting tours.
A Jewellery-Making Hen Party
Music, nibbles and the chance to make some jewellery with the experts at Tatty Devine at their Brick Lane store...bridesmaid present: sorted. Packages start at £40 each for eight to 12 guests.
A Chocolate Themed Hen Do
A chocolate-themed hen night isn’t just about eating chocolate: it’s about the history of the cacao plant, too (plus, chocolate cocktails). Chocolate Ecstasy Tours start from £40 each.
A Bedtime Story Experience
Get your pyjamas on for the most glamorous bedtime story ever at 40 Winks in east London. Monthly Bedtime Story Nights feature professional storytellers, actors and musicians with themes including gothic fairytales and tales of terror. There are fortifying cocktails and nibbles, too. Tickets cost £30 and must be booked in advance.
Visit a Trampoline Park
Love the idea of bouncing your way towards the aisle? London’s first trampoline park opened in summer 2015. With 150 connected trampolines, an obstacle course and dodgeball, the site is yours from £12.50 per hour.
Record Your Own Music Track
This is not karaoke. This is a professional recording studio where you record a track and take the CD home. Sound engineering afterwards means it’ll be good enough to play at the wedding – even if there are tone deaf hens in tow. Prices start at £33 per person for a minimum of six with Red 7.
An Afternoon of Paintballing
Paintballing is a great way to let off pre-wedding steam. Prices start at £9.99 per person at various London locations. Just make sure it's not too close to the wedding, you don't want to be left with paintball bruises!
Visit the Roof of the O2 at Dusk
Up at the O2 takes you 52m onto the venue’s roof with fantastic views. Book a dusk slot for the most unexpected sunset in London. Private climbs are available from £550 for up to 16 people.
Have a Crafting Hen Party
At the Makery, as well as hen party “crafternoons” at John Lewis on Oxford Street, you can also buy a Makeaway Hen Kit for £10 to practice your sewing skills in private.
Try Out Parkour
For an active hen party, climb, scramble and scamper during two hours of London parkour. Prices start at £40 per person through Chillisauce.
Have a City Spa Beak
Sometimes you just want pampering. Fortunately London is not short of spas, with packages usually including at least one treatment and access to the facilities. Spafinder Wellness 365 has tracked down the best.
A Party Bus in London
Hop onto a classic London Routemaster bus, settle back with a cuppa and some pastries and be chauffeured around the capital. If your hen party is big, book the whole bus or take over the top deck. Prices start from £45 each from BB Bakery.
A Yoga Hen Party
Yoga goes party thanks to House of Voga with its fusion of 80s dance and traditional poses, all to a DJ soundtrack. Private sessions start from £350 for 45 minutes.
Have Vintage Makeovers
Turn back the clock with a vintage hen party including a makeover, from 20s starlet to 60s chic, or a retro make-up lesson. Prices start from £35 for the makeover, £40 for make-up lesson with Hope and Glorious. If you like this then we also have plenty more vintage hen party ideas that retro brides will love!
Shake It Up
43 Club’s at-home cocktail service includes your own mixologist and “Baron Hector”, a Land Rover Defender converted into a mobile cocktail bar. Prices start from around £20 per head, depending on numbers.
Play It's a Knock Out
The Inflatable Games use props and equipment from the original It’s a Knock Out TV series and there are prizes for the winners. Prices start from £55 per person via GoHen.
Take a Speedboat Along the Thames
Zoom along the Thames on the fastest boats on the river, adrenaline and music pumping. Prices start from £385 to charter a boat seating 12.
Visit a Pop-up Cinema
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. Ticket prices start from around £6.75.
Attend a Food Theatre
Blow torches, knives, bells and popping candy...at the imaginative chef’s table at Parlour in Kensal Rise, the constant flow of courses means there’s no faffing about with menus. Prices start from £55 (excluding drinks) for up to seven guests.
A Hat Making Hen Party
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. As well as her east London studio, events can be held in London hotels. Prices start from £42.
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. Tree Top Adventures cost from £31-33 at two London locations.
Try Rowing a Boat
Hyde Park has rowing and pedal boats seating six, along with deckchairs on the bank and pizza in the café, while Regent’s Park has its own lake and boats. Prices start from £10 per hour in Regent’s Park, £10 per half hour in Hyde Park.
A Champagne Visit to the London Eye
Climb into one of the capsules on the London Eye with a glass of champagne, wine tasting or a chocolate experience to go with your views. Or book a private capsule for up to 25 guests. Prices vary - private capsule hire starts from £520.
A Macaron and Martini Making Masterclass
A never-ending feast of sweet treats accompanied by bespoke cocktails is hard to beat...yes, that’s unlimited macarons and martinis. The masterclass from Ohlala starts at £80 per person.
A Healthy Hen Party
Vegan afternoon tea, mocktails and a zen atmosphere: it’s the perfect recipe to de-stress at La Suite West in Bayswater. Plus, Notting Hill’s shops are on the doorstep. Prices start from £21 per person for vegan afternoon tea.
A Helicopter Tour Over the City
For an event to really remember, take a helicopter tour over London. Trips start from £160 each.
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Are you planning a hen party? Take a look at hen party ideas accross the UK and abroad for even more inspiration.