Nothing prepares a gal better for married life like a 32-person WhatsApp group, a sh*t load of alcohol and an inflatable knob... apart from the BarChick hen-do guide.
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!
The deal: £225 off peak/ £250 peak for the whole HotTub Boat (fitting up to 7 people) Book here.
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.
The deal: Classes can be hosted at multiple venues across London, with prices starting at £260 for groups of up to 25 ladies! Book here.
The hunt for a man might be over (at least for one of you) but the hunt for the perfect gin is still on. Head below deck of Mrs Fogg's Dockside Drinkery & Distillery in Liverpool Street and embark on a boozy adventure. After a welcome cocktail, you'll be tasked to produce your own gin using the EnGINe Room’s distillery. With different flavours and botanicals, you’ll create a unique batch of hooch. Test its quality in a G&T, before taking home a personalised 200ml bottle of gin – an evocative reminder of life below deck.
The deal: Classes are every Saturday at 1.01pm & 3.31pm and private classes can be arranged, all starting from £65 per person. Book here.
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/lotta tequila). Choose from 3 courses of the finest fare 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
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 deal: A Bottomless Brunch Hen Do package costs £48 for 2 hours of bottomless bagels, bubbly, beers and bloody marys, and a selection of delicious filled bagels!
9 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX
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 or unlimited Bellinis for £17. Private booking deets here.
42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU
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.
The deal: Tickets £35 per person. Book you and your crew in for a par-tea here.
68 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GQ
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!
The deal: Tickets from £55 pp. This won't work on your Oyster Card, so book here.
Tours leave from 8 Northumberland Avenue, off Trafalgar Square & Victoria Coach Station
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.
The deal: From £48pp, Monday – Saturday: 1pm to 4pm, Sunday: 1pm – 5pm. Book here.
50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
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.
The deal: You can book an appointment with your crew here. There's no price for admission, just ya cocktails (and food if you want it)
310c Earls Court Road, SW5 9BA
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.
The deal: Book an area, get the drinks in and get dancing. Hit them up for Happy Hour and that hen budget can be kept low!
LCC, Arch 253 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE
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.
The deal: You can book in for one of their epic boozy experiences here. Prices start at £60pp.
186 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, W11 1LA
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!
The deal: Brunch menus start from £40pp, the set dinner menu starts from £55pp or you could flash the cash with a £150 tasting menu. Book for a wild night here
Circus London, 27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BA
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.
The deal: Set menus start at £23pp. You can make your booking here.
16 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AJ
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!
The deal: Dinner and show packages start from £60pp. Book your ideal package here.
Waterloo Bridge, 8 Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2AB
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…
The deal: Book your crew in for a night of drinks and dancing. Packages for all group sizes available here.
Blues Kitchen, 143 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR
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!
The deal: Areas are available to book for your crew, and if you book now, they'll DOUBLE your bar-tab. Legends.
Piano Works West End, 47 Whitcomb Street (off Wardour Street) London, WC2H 7DH
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.
The deal: Book in for one of their experiences fit for clucking scoundrels here.
13 Kingly Street, W1B 5PG