Are you considering throwing a hen party in Brighton? We’ve rounded up the best Brighton hen activity ideas, the coolest places to eat and drink, and the ultimate places to stay.
There is so much to do in this vibrant seaside city, no matter what style of hen party you want or your budget. From drag brunches to stand-up paddleboarding and axe throwing to vintage afternoon tea, you'll find 75 Brighton hen do ideas below, including our top tips for bottomless brunches, rooftop bars and secret speakeasys.
As much as two days of cocktails on the beach sounds like a dreamy plan, a great hen involves some fun activities. Here are our favourite hen party activities to do in Brighton.
1. Escape from Alcotraz
Alcotraz Cell Block One Three is the coolest speakeasy in town. Hidden below the unsuspecting Brighton Seafront is a secret prison speakeasy where you'll don orange jumpsuits, smuggle liquor past the warden, and mixologist "inmates" will create you quirky and bespoke cocktails in your own prison cell while you get pally with the guards. It's seriously unique and serious fun.
2. Bottomless Drag Brunch
Are there a better three words? Tucked Brighton offer amazing drag brunches with three hours of food, bottomless booze and ridiculously fun drag from some of the UK's finest talent. Expect lots of laughter and Prosecco on tap. Tickets start from £30 pp and they offer veggie, vegan and gluten free brunch options so everyone is covered!
3. Spook Yourselves on a Creepy Ghost Walk
If you know the bride-to-be likes a thrill and enjoys creepy horror films and spooky ghost stories, why not organise a frightening ghost walk? Led by a master storyteller in full Victorian costume, take on the Ghost Walk of the Lanes and learn the colourful and spooky history of Brighton's famous Lanes, visit 10 scary sites and hear a multitude of haunting tales. You can book onto their public walking tours or make a private booking.
4. Take on an Escape Room
Immerse yourself in a brainteasing challenge as you and your hens take on one of Brighton's award-winning escape rooms from Pier Pressure. From a '90s rave room to a jewellery heist to saving Brighton from a nuclear missile, each of their escape rooms is so incredibly well-thought-through, detailed and fun. It's the ultimate test of communication and teamwork which makes it a great kick off to a hen instead of the usual hen party icebreaker games.
5. Rib Ride around the Pier
Adrenaline junkies will love this! Go on a 25 minute powerboat ride on a rib around Brighton Marina with Ross Boats – a bumpy ride that will have you screaming and shrieking, but loving every minute of it. Alternatively, they have more sedate catamarans you can privately hire for a few hours to take a more leisurely trip around the harbour.
6. Try Cheeky Life Drawing
If you want to add a naughty twist to a creative class, why not book a life drawing session? Nude Life will send a model to your accommodation (or they can help you arrange a venue) who'll kick off by serving you a few drinks before stripping down for you to draw - all materials included. It's classy and creative and a great giggle.
7. Experience a Silent Disco Walk
The Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party is unlike anything your hens will have done before. Dance, walk and skip your way around Brighton to the sound of disco and pop classics on your own private headphones. Lead by hostess Mama Roo, there's be live commentary and fun surprises along the way, as well as a playlist to get you in the mood for a day of dancing.
8. Go Under the Sea
Why not spend an afternoon at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton, which is the oldest operating aquarium in the world? You’ll find an underwater world filled with fascinating creatures – see everything from sharks to seahorses and ride the UK’s first glass bottom boat.
9. Party at 450ft High
Take in the amazing views of Brighton from the BA i360 Viewing Tower on the seafront. Their events team can plan you a VIP day, from a private party in a Sky Bar pod to a magical three-course dining experience with all of Brighton below you to a raucous BBQ on the beach or afternoon tea by the sea. If you fancy DIY'ing your i360 trip, tickets start from £16.50 (and cheaper if you're residents) and you get access to the Sky Bar for a much-deserved glass of Nyetimber bubbles.
10. Get Coyote Ugly
If the bride-to-be’s favourite film is Coyote Ugly, let her recreate the iconic dancing on the bar scene. There’s only one place where you can dance on the bar legally, and that's The Copper Rooms. Spend the afternoon learning the routine before taking to the bar.
11. Get Giggly
Have a laugh by heading to Komedia, Brighton’s premier live entertainment venue, which has regular comedy, music and cabaret shows. Check out what’s on before you go and enjoy an evening of stand up before heading out on the town. If you want something a bit more intimate and exclusive, check out The Secret Comedy Club.
12. Shake It Off
You can't do wrong with a cocktail masterclass and the ones from Mixology Events are some of the booziest around (with great alcohol-free options for sober guests). You'll get a welcome drink, make four delicious cocktails and test your imagination in a cocktail making competition, all in their two hour masterclass. They do them virtually too if you want to stay in your Brighton hen house and make cocktails from there!
13. Relax in the Spa
Not the partying type? No problem – book a relaxing weekend break to help soothe any pre-wedding stresses at Cisswood House. Enjoy a range of mini treatments, including manicures, massages or facials, before enjoying a light lunch and some bubbly. Your package can also include dinner, a bottomless Prosecco brunch, cocktails or an overnight stay.
14. Take on a Treasure Hunt
Get everyone outside with an organised outdoor treasure hunt from Puzzle Parade. It’s basically all the fun of an escape room mixed with a sightseeing tour of Brighton - an ideal ice breaker and a great way to immerse yourself in the vibrant streets, shops and cafes of the city.
15. Burlesque It Up
Proud Cabaret in Brighton hosts some of the most jaw-dropping burlesque and cabaret dinner shows in the world! As well as a delicious meal and expert cocktails, you'll be wowed by their acrobats, fire breathers, drag beauties and burlesque performers. You can get just drinks tickets too to watch the show if you've got dinner plans elsewhere.
16. Paint Some Pottery
Not everyone wants action, adventure or alcohol on their hen party, and that’s fine. If the hen likes to get creative, what about a pottery painting section at the Painting Pottery Café? Everyone can get together, paint their pottery and take it away as a keepsake at the end – the hen receives a larger piece which everyone can sign as a memento. Your fired pottery can also be sent on to the hen organiser if you can't take it home then and there.
17. Go Wine Tasting at a Vineyard
Did you know Sussex boasts many vineyards? If you know the bride is partial to her wine, organise a wine tasting and a tour of an English vineyard like Albourne Estate – pretend you’re in the South of France as you sip English wine and try matched local cheeses. They do a great day trip where you'll visit two vineyards on a vintage Routemaster bus with lunch included.
18. Eat Vintage Afternoon Tea
Does your bride love a vintage vibe? Metrodeco is a vintage-inspired tearoom in Kemptown where you can have a fancy afternoon tea with bubbles, cocktails or a G&T. The menu has veggie, vegan, and gluten free options too. They do cute takeaway 'beach boxes' too if the weather is nice and you want to enjoy your treats on the beach.
19. Gamble in a Casino
There are a couple of casinos in Brighton – why not pretend you’re in Las Vegas and place a bet, if you’re feeling lucky? The Rendezvous Casino has experience packages where you can learn to play Poker, Blackjack or Roulette in a fun, interactive class, or you could just take your chances on the floor!
20. Throw an Axe
Tribe Urban Axe Throwing is calling out for a visit. Adventurous hens will love slinging at axe and even joining in the daily tournaments to win a spot in the hall of fame. They're currently at the North Laines Brewhouse so you can take in a brewery tour and tasting too.
21. Enjoy Some Bubble Mayhem
Ever fancied trying zorb football? With the Bubble MayHen package at Chilli Sauce, you and the hens will get to enjoy a hilarious and chaotic version of the beautiful game, all strapped into giant inflatable bubbles. You'll get to enjoy a bottle of bubbly at the end too for the winning team! It's a sweaty and stupidly fun afternoon activity.
22. To the Beach
Head to the beach and hire stand-up paddleboards or kayaks from Brighton Watersports. The team there can teach you how to use the equipment and do great value group hire packages. If you want something even more unique, they can organise ringo rides, wakeboarding and waterskiing too - plus there's even a skate school if you've always wanted to get on a board!
23. Sing Your Heart Out
Book a private pod at Lucky Voice and start singing! Choose your song, adjust the pitch and belt out your favourites just in front of the girls. You don’t even have to go to the bar – simply press a button and have drinks brought to you.
24. Soar Over the City
For a totally breath-taking experience, why not organise a hen party helicopter ride over Brighton and the Sussex Downs? Helifly.co.uk has a range of flights to suit all budgets, although this does suit smaller hens better as the maximum number of passengers the helicopters can hold is three or five. No harm in the others sipping Champagne while they wait to take in the sights, though.
25. Meet the Dreamboys
Get the Magic Mike experience in Brighton by paying a visit to the Dreamboys. After the sexy show, you can even meet the male strippers after the show and have your photo taken with them! They perform on Saturday nights at Pryzm Nightclub and there's even the option to add on a meal and activity there first, including a dance class, cocktail making or life drawing.
26. Go on a Bar Crawl
It’s a hen party tradition for a good reason – you can’t beat a good bar crawl. If the hen loved nothing more than a night out at uni, why not go old school and turn it into pub golf? Plot a route, plan your outfits and sort out a scoring system. You can also go for a guided bar crawl from the likes of Chilli Sauce.
If you decide to do a couple of days in Brighton, you'll need somewhere fabulous to stay. Here are our top picks of accommodation for every budget.
- Whatever your budget, Airbnb is a good choice to start your search. A flat or house is perfect for hen parties as you have a lounge and kitchen for everyone to gather, get ready, play games and then eat breakfast together as you nurse a collective hangover.
- The Brighton Boutique Guesthouse in Kemptown is a lovely, pastel-hued guesthouse right near all the main attractions. With six simple but comfortable bedrooms, including a triple room and a quad room, there's enough space for mid-size hen parties.
- The OTTO Brighton Breeze Hotel and Spa is a chic hotel, also in Kemptown. Rooms are on the smaller size but they're clean and comfortable and there's a hot tub!
- The New Steine Hotel has a charming, Seventies feel to it. There are 20 bedrooms and the staff are really friendly and great with recommendations. The hotel has a French bistro which can offer private dining for groups.
- Chain hotel ranges are always great for large groups as they often offer group booking discounts. Try the Travelodge, ibis, Premier Inn and Jury's Inn; there are hotels on the waterfront or cheaper ones a little further back into town.
- Paskins Town House is made up of two town houses with bright and gorgeous Art Deco interiors. The bedrooms are fab value but you can also choose budget rooms which have shared bathrooms if you need a cheaper option.
- Keystay have short-term let apartments which you can hire from a weekend to a whole week. Stay at Parker's Pad which hosts up to 10 people and is located right above a Tesco Express which means you don't have to go far when the Prosecco runs out.
- Snooze is a 'funky' B&B with six en-suite retro doubles and two suites with Seventies styling. The interiors are vibrant and quirky and perfect for those looking to party.
- The Lodge Brighton has three luxe properties to rent for up to 22 people: the Cottage, the House and the Lodge. These elegant, boutique self-catering houses are made for Instagram.
- Want to stay in an iconic Brighton landmark? The Grand Brighton is a seafront hotel with tons of history. It's a must-stay in Brighton if you've got a bit of budget to spare.
- Beatnik Breaks has four seriously cool houses in Brighton, from the industrial chic Railworks which can sleep up to 35 people to the loft-style converted Stables which can hold 31. They're perfect for hiring a private chef and mobile mixologists for an amazing evening at home.
- Crown Gardens are experts in group bookings and rep the cutest Brighton hen house accommodation, such as Brighton Mermaid House and Darling-by-the-Seaside. Whether you want a hot tub or pet-friendly properties, they can find you the perfect one.
An army marches on its stomach - and that's especially true for a hen army! A good meal before you head out for the night will save you the next morning, as will a great bottomless brunch if you decide to go for hair of the dog.
- Redroaster has won awards for its boozy brunches so that should give you an idea of how good the food is here. Think Big Mac bao, crispy chilli eggs, and fish tacos, with tasty vegan options too. You get unlimited mimosas and spritzes for 90 minutes.
- The Tempest Inn is one of the best pubs on the seafront and they have a fab bottomless brunch every Saturday and Sunday with bloody Mary's and mimosas on offer. Sister pub The Mesmerist do a cracking one too at £23 per person.
- The West Hill Tavern are an independent, family-run pub with a great vibe and some of the best pizza around. If your hen loves sourdough pizza, she'll go wild for their bottomless brunch which includes a pizza, bottomless Prosecco and seasonal mimosas.
- The Watershed is a floating bar and restaurant at Brighton Marina Yacht Club. It's a super-fun seaside experience with two hours of bottomless bubbles.
- Want booze and entertainment? The Boy Toy Brunch at Przym includes topless waiters, sexy male dancers and circus performances, as well as a two-course brunch and 90 minutes of bottomless Prosecco.
- For drag brunches, check out Tucked Brighton, Proud Cabaret and Bougie Drag Brunch.
- The Urchin is a fab gastropub in Hove that focuses on shellfish and craft beer. Try some of the best oysters around and go for whatever is on the specials board - it'll be delicious.
- No.32 is a relaxed and stylish restaurant in the iconic Laines. Think Asian fusion casual dining and an excellent Sunday roast.
- Vegan or veggie? Food For Friends is an award-winning vegetarian and vegan restaurant that's been around since 1981. It's got insanely good local and organic food and a whole list of natural, biodynamic wines.
- Indian Summer are an awesome Indian restaurant with killer cocktails and an epic biryani and thali menu.
- Fatto a Mano is a smart neighbourhood pizzeria with insanely good flavour toppings and a good vegan selection too. You'll feel like you've stepped into Naples, but you can also get it delivered straight to your hen house for a tasty treat at home.
- If your bride is a real foodie, she'll love fine dining restaurant Isaac At which is one of the coolest restaurants in the city. Splash out on their tasting menu for a real treat.
- Likewise, Etch is a fancy fine dining restaurant from a former MasterChef: The Professionals winner and it has a monthly seasonal tasting menu which is sure to impress.
- The Flint House is a cool, buzzy spot with a large dining room and outdoor spaces so it's great for large groups. There's also a glamorous first-floor cocktail bar and rooftop terrace.
- Brighton is packed with great gastropubs that are great for evening meals and Sunday roasts. Look at The Ginger Dog, Earth and Stars, The Tempest Inn and The Lion and Lobster.
- We'll always support going to somewhere local and independent, but if you need a large group booking, sometimes chains can accommodate you easiest. Look at Las Iguanas, The Breakfast Club, Revolution and The Rum Kitchen.
- If you're after somewhere to grab a quick, tasty lunch, head to Shelter Hall. This seafront food market has seven different kitchens serving up everything from Neapolitan pizza to Malay curry to fried chicken to grilled meats. Book in advance or walk-in and get a delicious lunch while listening to live music.
Whether you want a rooftop terrace, a speakeasy, a cool pub or classic cocktail bar where you can drink and dance, we've got them all covered.
- Rooftop terraces are dreamy in the summer and Brighton has some fab ones including The Mesmerist, the quirky Mrs Fitzherberts, Bohemia Brighton and No.32.
- As for speakeasys, you're spoilt for choice. We've already mentioned Alcotraz, but try Shimmer @ The Gin Tub, Twisted Lemon (and the new Twisted Lime), and Speakeasy @ The Wick.
- Patterns is one of the funnest nights out in Brighton, with a cool beachfront bar, club and restaurant. There's always live music or top DJ sets so you'll get in the party spirit quickly.
- The Plotting Parlour on the edge of Kemptown does insanely delicious cocktails and features cool frescoed walls and a gold bar.
- The much-loved Maggie Mae's offers fab entertainment, live shows, addictive cocktails, and a dance floor calling out for you to boogie.
- The Joker is a pub/bar which has live music most nights, an upstairs club called the Devil's Disco, and a dark, sultry vibe.
- The North Laine Brewhouse is great for hens who like craft pints, knockout food and a party vibe. Similarly, BrewDog Brighton is fab for a casual pint or two.
- For great value drinks and dancing, you'll always have fun at Be At One and Revolution.
We also have a round up of the best stag do ideas in Brighton – don’t miss it! If you want some extra fun on your hen party, be sure to download our hen party dares and print out our Mr & Mrs quiz questions!