Gather your hens for these 15 epic London Hen-Do's

Nothing prepares a gal better for married life like a 32-person WhatsApp group, a sh*t load of alcohol, L-Plates and an inflatable kn*b... apart from the BarChick hen-do guide

 

If you've been tasked with planning your best mate's send off, you're gonna wanna make sure it's a banger, or face the wrath of a potential Bridezilla. Don't worry, we've hooked you up with our fool-proof Hen Do ideas to make sure the bride sees off her single lady status with a bang.

 

ACTIVITIES

 

HOT TUG BOAT

All aboard for a BYOB-fuelled hot-tub ride along the Regents canal. Grab a few bottles of fizz, don your favourite cozzie and chillax in one of these epic submerged, floating hot tubs. Each cruise lasts for 90 minutes with 75 minutes of time in the freshwater. It's changed every trip so no danger of bathing in someone else's pee water! Start your cruise from theHotTug House at the Islington Boat Club and Hopefully, the only thing you'll be sinking is your booze!

Price: £225 off peak/ £250 peak for the whole HotTub Boat (fitting up to 7 ppl so from only £32pp)

16-35 Graham St, Islington, London N1 8JX 

POLE DANCING CLASSES

This isn’t just a chance to get your legs over your head and try out some new positions (or is it…). It’s actually a great way to keep in shape: the perfect activity for a group of single or taken girls wanting to look their best for the Big Day. And then after you’ve had a few glasses of fizz at the wedding breakfast, you can crank out those new moves on the dance floor to lure yourself a groomsman, and you’ll probably be the next one to strut down the aisle.

Classes can be hosted at multiple venues across London, with prices starting at £260 for groups of up to 25 ladies!

TOM’S KITCHEN CHELSEA

If you’re the kinda bride that likes to take full control, you can become your own Bartender in the brand-new cocktail masterclass at Tom’s Kitchen, Chelsea! Hens get their own private rooms where, in the hands of experienced bartenders (always a nice place to be), you’ll learn about the origin of each cocktail and prepare your all-time faves… or create your own from scratch like the god damn mavericks you are! Whether you wanna learn a fun twist on the espresso martini, or come up with a bespoke creation, the masterclass can be tailored to fit each party.

£40 pp, 3x cocktails per person

Minimum of 4, maximum of 8 (price on request for larger groups)

 

 

BOOZY BRUNCHES

ELLA CANTA

Didn’t think you could afford the roast beef tacos and a sh*tload of Margaritas at this fancypants joint? Think again, ‘cos even Ella Canta – one of London’s hottest high end restaurants from renowned chef Martha Ortiz – is on the bottomless brunch wagon. To be honest, it’s a steal, and possibly BarChick’s favourite brunch in London (we’ve always been partial to a little tequila). Choose from 3 courses of the finest fare like soft shell crab, shrimp aguachile and Mexican bread stuffed with slow cooked pork and fill up on bottomless Margaritas. We’re not talking sweet and sour mix here – you’ll get to try 4 versions of the classic : pistachio, hibiscus, lavender and sea salt and grapefruit. All EPIC.

The deal: served from 11.30am every Saturday and Sunday.  For £45pp, guests can order three courses each with unlimited margaritas or sparkling wine.

One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1J 7QY  

DRINK, SHOP, DO 

How about starting your celebrations by sipping some bubbly and learning a new killer craft? At Drink Shop Do you can tuck into a bottomless brunch followed by a bit of arts n crafts, like learning how to make your own fascinators (a crucial wedding guest accessory!), embroidered panties (an essential wedding night accessory!) or crack on with hen party games while making a sash for the bride to wear the rest of your sesh. All the materials and tools that you’ll need will be provided… with plenty of drinks to get those creative juices flowing!

The Bottomless Brunch Hen Do package costs £48 for Two hours of bottomless bagels, bubbly, beers and bloody marys, and a selection of delicious filled bagels!

9 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX 

BOURNE & HOLLINGSWORTH BUILDINGS

It just ain’t brunch without a Bloody Mary in tow, and at B&H you can go all customised with vodka, tequila or gin in yours. Add in potato hash, salt beef, hollandaise and crispy shallots and you’ve got the first meal of the day nailed. On top of that, expect a sh*t load of interior inspo for your new marital home, and a bathtub in the ladies for you to have a recharge nap after a few hours of the free flowing drinks, and you’re set for the day!

The deal: Saturday and Sunday, bottomless Bloody Mary’s for £17 // £18 for unlimited Bellinis

42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU 

  

AFTERNOON TEA

COCKTAIL TRADING CO. AFTERNOON TEA

There ain’t no party like a liquor-laced afternoon tea party – at least that’s the sentiment of the Cocktail Trading Co boys. If you fancy a boozy bash that involves pop classics, finger sandwiches, and cocktails garnished with Mr Kipling cakes, then this is one invitation you don’t want to turn down. Taking place on the first and last Sunday of each month, you and the rest of the Hens can expect more colourful concoctions, cheesy tunes and flamboyant fun. 

Tickets £35 per person

68 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GQ

THE B BAKERY AFTERNOON TEA BUS

If you want to combine cake and sightseeing in one, hop aboard the Afternoon Tea bus take an hour and a half long tour around all of London’s best spots while you scoff down sarnies and a sh*t load of cake. It’s the ultimate two birds and one scone situation and there is even the occasional Gin Lovers boozy special on offer! Boom!

Tickets from £55 pp.

Tours leave from 8 Northumberland Avenue, off Trafalgar Square & Victoria Coach Station

THE SANDERSON

If you have the cash and want to capture some excellent shots for the Gram, go for this epic Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea. We’re talking ladybird and caterpillar cakes, music boxes for sugar cubes and teapots with hats. This has Instagram-fest written all over it, chuck in some bottomless prosecco and you’re on for an awesome afternoon with your gals down this trippy rabbit hole. 

From £48pp, Monday – Saturday: 1pm to 4pm, Sunday: 1pm – 5pm 

50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG

 

COCKTAILS

EVANS AND PEEL DETECTIVE AGENCY

Apparently lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking off her clothes (but BarChick has found it’s better if you do). Well you’ll need to talk a pretty good game to make it through the bookcase and into the bar here. Roleplay is the word of the week, which is handy and probably something you should practice as you’re about to spend your whole life with the same person… ooops. 

310c Earls Court Road, SW5 9BA

LONDON COCKTAIL CLUB

The London Cocktail Clubs are infamous for throwing epic parties night after night, but the cheeky crew at the Bethnal Green contingent take it to a whole new level. This joint’s got way more room to move and groove than the other LCC’s; with a ‘derelict train yard’ theme going on, it has a split-level mezzanine with tables upstairs, perfect for dancing on. Plus there is a massive outside area and cocktail tube maps for you to make your way around. You won’t be leaving thirsty, that’s for sure. 

LCC, Arch 253 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE

THE DISTILLERY

The Distillery is a four-floor juniper metropolis that is perfect for all hens who are as obsessed with gin as we are! Grab a table in Gintonica for some bang-on G&Ts, head to the Ginstitute for a gin masterclass or sample the gin selection straight from barrels suspended above the bar in The Resting Room! Don’t ever wanna leave? Better book into one of the three boutique guest rooms that are located on the top floor; overlooking the iconic Portobello Road, these suites are stocked with everything needed to get the mother-of-the-bride well and truly ruined. 

186 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, W11 1LA

DINNER

CIRCUS 

Time to run away with the circus at this epic Covent Garden venue; an awesome collision of restaurant, cabaret and cocktail bar! Take a seat at the stage (which is also a table) which dominates the room and watch as the show takes place on suspended hoops twisting above your heads! The food is Pan-Asian and the cocktails are just as exotic, perfect for getting you in the mood for dancing once the music has been turned up after dinner!

Circus London, 27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BA

QUAGLINOS

Hidden down the back streets of Old School Mayfair, head down into this huge decadent space which has opulent art deco vibes, and a staircase like the one in Titanic leading down to the second of two bars. There’s loads of room for dining, including a super swish private dining room, and on Saturday nights there’s live band and DJ action – it’s BarChick’s ultimate one-stop party and dining spot. Dress code is glam, and the loos have some serious beetle-juice vibes which provide a great backdrop to your bathroom mirror squad selfies.

16 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AJ 

PROUD CABARET

What hen do is complete without nipple tassels, feather bowers and a bit of casual fire breathing!? The ultimate dinner and a show combo at Proud Cabaret under Waterloo Bridge offers all of the above and more; its sexier than Dita Von Tease’s underwear collection and will give you some extremely hot inspo for tantalising your future Mr on the wedding night. Watch the show while enjoying an Asian-inspired menu at the edge of the stage and then dance the night away after the last bra drops! 

Waterloo Bridge, 8 Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2AB 

PARTY TIMES

BLUES KITCHEN SHOREDITCH

A firm BarChick fave. Live bands, shedloads of Bourbon and a wicked rowdy crowd. You can’t go wrong. Book the camper van out the back for your gals for a private party, then head out into the raucousness outside where the latest tunes with be cranked out all night long.

P.S. There are other Blues Kitchen bars around the city, that are just as wild, they just don’t have the camper van…

Blues Kitchen, 143 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR

PIANO WORKS WEST END

No need for a tired Spotify playlist when you can request your favourite bangers to be played all night long by the live 6-piece badass band at this wicked basement club in the West-End. Book your girl-gang a table at Piano Works and fill out the request slips to create the soundtrack to your night, then take to the dance floor and start throwing your best shapes until the early hours!

Piano Works West End, 47 Whitcomb Street (off Wardour Street) London, WC2H 7DH

CAHOOTS 

Follow the ‘to the train’ signs, chat up the ticket inspector and step foot inside the old tube carriage at “Kingly Court Station”, complete with vintage TfL carriage seats. Get dolled up with victory rolls, red lippy and step into the 1940’s with ration-inspired cocktails garnished with pear-drops and crumbled Oxo cubes served in teacups… and you can party here ’til 2-3am.

13 Kingly Street, W1B 5PG