If you’re searching for stag party destinations for the ultimate pre-wedding celebration, then consider the city of London for your getaway. Packed from corner to corner with every kind of bar, restaurant and attraction you can think of, London has endless options for every stag party. No matter what the groom’s style is, whether he wants something laidback or action packed, check out our guide to planning the ultimate London stag do.
If you think the bride and her party would enjoy any of these activities, consider combining the stag and hen party for a hag do in London.
Hire a Capsule on the London Eye
Located on the bank of the River Thames next to London Waterloo station, you can’t miss the iconic London Eye. Grab the boys and hop aboard one of the capsules to get one of the best panoramic views of the city. Or you could do one better and hire a private London Eye capsule, where you’ll get to enjoy a selection of food and drink as the wheel rotates.
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Cruise Through the Thames on a Speedboat
You’ll feel like James Bond cruising along the river aboard one of the Thames Rockets. These unmissable red speedboats depart from the London Eye and Tower Bridge and are one of the most exciting ways to see London.
Take a James Bond Tour
Speaking of James Bond, if the groom is a big fan of Ian Fleming’s world famous character then he’ll love Stagweb’s James Bond tour. A private bus will take you on a three hour tour of more than 15 famous Bond locations across London, stopping at the places that inspired Fleming in his writing plus some of the filming locations from ‘Skyfall’.
Go See a Stand-Up Comedy Show
What could be better than a London stag do that combines the groom’s favourite beverage with his favourite comedian? Kick back and be entertained at one of the many comedy clubs across the city whilst enjoying a drink. Smaller clubs such as the Camden Comedy Club and Shambles are brilliant for seeing up and coming comedians, whereas The Soho Theatre is where you’ll find the big names on the circuit.
Win Big at the Casino
Try your luck at the glamorous Casino at the Empire in London’s Leicester Square. Open 24 hours a day, this Caesars Palace style casino has an illuminated dance floor and a range of party packages that would be perfect for stag dos.
Go on a Tour of Wembley Stadium
If the groom is a major footie fan and regularly travels for matches, then you need a stag party in London that celebrates his passion – and a tour of Wembley Stadium would do just that. Guided tours at this internationally famous stadium include behind the scenes access, as well as the chance to see historical gems such as the 1966 World Cup crossbar.
Dance the Night Away at London’s Top Clubs
London has clubs by the bucketload, so if the stag party fancy throwing some shapes then you’ll have plenty of places to choose from. If the groom loves his DJs then the trendy Egg London club is ideal, or how about the Ministry of Sound if you seek an amazing party atmosphere? For all your drum and bass, house and techno needs, head to fabric.
Go Bowling the Stylish Way
Does the groom love a game of bowling? If so, kick it up a notch and take him to Brooklyn Bowl in the 02 – a US-inspired bowling alley which features 12 new bowling lanes. But it’s not just about the bowling here, you can also experience incredible food in the Blue Ribbon Restaurant and a range of live music.
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Sample The Finest Whisky
We featured a whisky tasting experience in our guide to Edinburgh stag dos, but it’s not just the Scots that are partial to a drop or two of this spirit. East London Liquor Company is tucked away in Bow Wharf, an area in London known for its distilling history, and it specialises in importing and producing the finest handcrafted spirits such as whisky, vodka, rum and gin. Check out the bar for an amazing selection of drinks or you could book one of their excellent tours and tasting session.
Go to Zombie Boot Camp
If the groom is obsessed with ‘The Walking Dead’, then a London stag do isn’t complete without a trip to zombie boot camp! Arranged by Stagweb, this terrifying but exciting activity will put your nerves to the test as you battle hordes of zombies (a host of very realistic SFX actors) in a decommissioned nuclear bunker. You’ll definitely need a stiff drink afterwards.
Check out our active stag party ideas for more action packed activities like this.
Go Wing Walking Over the City
If the groom has nerves of steel when it comes to heights, then give him an unforgettable London stag party by booking a wing walking session with Stagweb. After all, what better way to see the city’s landmarks than being strapped to the top of a bi-plane? Non flying members of the stag party can cheer everyone else on from the safety of the observation area.
Take a Beer Bike Tour
You’ll no doubt be on a tight time schedule on your stag do, so how about saving some time by booking a beer bike tour – a way to see the sights and enjoy a beer or two at the same time. Available through Pedibus, the tours take you past all the key sights and you can bring your own drinks and music on board.
Visit the City’s Best Bars
If a tour of The Big Smoke’s best bars is on your agenda, then you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a drinking den. From major city hotspots to quirky hidden gems, you’ll find that London has a watering hole for every type of stag do. For bars with a vintage twist, try the Victorian Bath House in Bishopsgate for top notch drinks amongst lavish interiors, or how about the 1920s speakeasy style Nightjar bar? To celebrate a stag do the German way, take a trip to the Bavarian Beerhouse in Old Street or Tower Hill where it’s Oktoberfest every weekend.
Fly a Plane (Sort Of)
See if the groom has what it takes to fly a plane by signing the stag party up for the London flight simulator with Stagweb. Perfect for groups of six or more, this experience will see each stag step into a state of the art Boeing 737 simulator cockpit with an experienced pilot. Take it in turns to see who has the best landing skills – anyone who crashes has to do a suitable forfeit!
Grab a Bite to Eat
Line your stomachs before you hit the town by checking out one of the city’s best restaurants for stag parties. Try Rileys Sports Bar in Victoria for a hearty meal and a game of pool or darts. For some of the best burgers in town, seek out one of the many Burger & Lobster restaurants or Meatmarket in Covent Garden for enormous burgers plus milkshakes with a boozy twist. If the groom would prefer more of a fine dining experience, head to the prestigious DSTRKT Restaurant in the trendy Soho area.
Have a Paintball Battle
Channel your favourite action movie with this ever popular stag party activity. Stagweb offer a paintballing experience in London where you’ll split into teams and be let loose around the obstacle filled course. It’s a fun way to blitz a hangover or get all the stags bonding if it’s the start of the weekend.
Climb up the 02
This one is not for the faint hearted stag! Stagweb’s climb the 02 experience involves a 90 minute climb up to the highest point of the iconic London landmark, where you’ll get to enjoy a stunning 360° view. Just imagine the glory as you return to the ground triumphant.
If gin is the groom’s tipple of choice, then the gin tasting experience from The Stag Company would be a definite highlight for a stag do in London. During the tasting session, you’ll sample various types of gin whilst learning about the history from an expert.
Treasure Hunt Pub Challenge
Break the ice and get all the stags involved by embarking on a treasure hunt pub challenge with The Stag Company. Follow the map to find interesting hotspots in London while you tackle challenges and trivia at each place – plus you can stop at pubs for well earned refreshments along the way.
Experience The Shard
Towering at an impressive 95 storeys above the city of London, no stag do in the capital is complete without a trip to The Shard. A variety of chic restaurants and bars are situated at various points of the tower, but if you really want to test your head for heights then you can head to The Shard’s highest viewing platform. The view is so worth it if you can stomach the height! Visit The View From The Shard for more info.
Did you know that you can get married at The Shard too? It’s the ideal setting if you and your partner are looking for modern wedding venues.
Become a Pizza Pro
If the groom is a budding chef in the making, then a pizza making party is sure to make his weekend. After the professional shows you how to whip up the perfect pizza, you can pile on whatever toppings you want and you’ll get to eat your finished creation.
Indoor Go Karting
A great activity for speed loving stags, an indoor go karting experience with The Stag Company is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going. Race around the tracks and compete to see who will come out on top.
Don’t forget to download our Mr and Mrs quiz questions for a fun game to play during the stag party – put your knowledge of your partner to the test!