Organising a hen party can be one of the toughest jobs for a maid of honour as she prepares to help the bride-to-be celebrate her impending marriage in style. Gathering friends and family from far and wild and organising entertainment, activities and refreshments for everyone is no easy task, but it’s certainly a fun one. Luckily, we’re blessed with plenty of places to choose from on UK soil when seeking out the perfect hen do destination. Whether you want wild and raucous, chic and luxurious or chilled out and relaxing, you’re bound to find something to suit all tastes without having to travel beyond the British Isles. Here is our guide to five of the best hen party destinations in the UK:
One of the world’s most thrilling cities, if you can’t do it in London then it’s probably not worth doing at all. No matter what size of party you are trying to accommodate you will find something to suit all budgets with no shortage of hostels, apartments and hotels from the cheap and cheerful to the toe-curlingly expensive. Shop until you drop by day, take in the sights on a Thames boat trip while sipping cocktails, catch a show in London’s famous Theatreland and party until dawn in a trendy Soho nightspot.
Some of our top spots:
Neverland: games, photo booth, frozen cocktails – anything is possible for up to 30 guests
Duck and Waffle: open 24 hours a day, they take bookings for up to 18 people
Tonight Josephine: Prosecco Pong, Cocktail masterclass, Sass-aoke – sounds good?
Boutique shops, trendy cafes and the famous beach are all perfect for relaxing in style by day, while the sea offers plenty of opportunity for thrills and spills on boat trips or kayak tours. This is a mode city that oozes style and yet retains its unique beach resort charm. Famous for its eclectic and relaxed nightlife, it’s more popular with hens than stags so you won’t be pestered everywhere you go by groups of boozed up men.
Top hen party spots in Brighton:
Barbie Dance Class – you’ve seen the latest film, now learn the moves. Can be held in a number of locations.
Alacatraz – an immersive prison themed theatrical activity.
Pryzm – expect VIP treatment at this lively club/bar. You can hire a VIP booth or a private suite.
If you’re looking to get pampered for the weekend, then where better to do it than in a Roman spa town? This West Country gem is compact and charming and is the only city in Britain to boast World Heritage status, which means there is much to admire while you’re there. Riverside pubs and restaurants are perfect for toasting the bride to be, while you can unwind after a tough day of sightseeing by relaxing in the Roman baths.
Top spots in Bath:
Thermae Bath Spa – have a relaxing day in the stunning rooftop thermal pool and enjoy some R&R in the multi-sensory Wellness Suite.
Cocktail Bars – try The Ivy Bath Brasserie, the Bath Distillery Gin Bar or Sub 13
Cookery – you and your friends may be foodies and fancy trying you hand at some cooking. Pasta Laboratory offers pasta making classes, at Simi’s Kitchen you can experience Middle Eastern cooking, or if you love baking, then you must try the Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School.
This most picturesque of cities is nestled in the north of England but well worth the visit wherever you’re travelling from. Another city with unique history wherever you go and its Roman heritage is celebrated in true pampering style with a selection of world class spas for you all to get treated like goddesses. A world class food scene means you certainly won’t go hungry, while characterful pubs and a thriving student scene mean nightlife is top notch too.
Afternoon tea – The Grand York does a wonderful spread and they also offer a Hendrick’s G&T afternoon tea!
Escape Room – LockedIn games offer mind boggling games including Rags to Riches, Caught in the Act and Boneyard Cemetery…..
Bottomless Brunch – this is a nationwide favourite. A great way to get the hen party going if you have planned a whole day and want to get it started with a bang. Impossible York offers a choice of small plate and side from a set menu, as well as 90 minutes of bottomless drinks that includes gin cocktails, prosecco and beer.
This popular city is flooded with visitors throughout the year and swells during the summer months for festival season. But don’t let the crowds of tourists put you off, there are world class hotels galore and more than enough entertainment to accommodate you all, whether you want to get spooked on a ghost tour, take in the historical majesty of the castle, catch a show or simply soak up the fine architecture while the sound of bagpipes floats out from many street corners. You won’t be the only ones donning fancy dress costumes in the Scottish capital, as you’ll find plenty of fellow partygoers from all corners on stag and hen parties, so you can enjoy a fun-loving atmosphere any time you go.
Pick of hen party venues in Edinburgh:
Fox Lake Adventures – not for the faint hearted, but if you and your friends are sporty, then this is perfect. Take part in Foxfall Ropes, Ringo Rides, Segway tours, wakeboarding, and zip trails, all in one convenient location.
Comedy Ghost Bus Tour – the name says it all! Want to know more? Click here
Cocktail Making – if you are feeling exhausted even thinking about Fox Lake Adventures, then an afternoon of cocktail making would be perfect. Voodoo Rooms, Alchemist and Revolution all offer cocktail making classes.
Have a great day!