Friday, October 11, 2013

London for the Ladies: A Guide to Having a Hen Party in London

The name hen party doesn’t exactly sound like the best time out for girls. Unlike stag parties for men. The stag is a majestic animal, something men are definitely not when they’re going out. 

Us ladies are left with the common hen. If only we could call them cat, bee or panther parties, the whole thing would look so much better. But what’s in a name, right? Hen or not, bachelorette parties could definitely be the sole reason for getting married in the first place.

London ladies know how to party, whether it’s on Brick Lane, Shoreditch or Stoke Newington. So if you’ve decided to travel to London with the girls, expect the time of your life.

Where’s the hotel?

Get that map out and start planning. London is the place where there’s something happening almost everywhere. So pick your favorite local color and you’ll be fine. If you’re looking for high street, super central fun, check out South Kensington and Victoria. If you’re an indie girl, the east is your best bet.

London is not cheap, so if you were planning a budget escape, this will not be it. Hotel rooms go at about 100 to 300 pounds per month, although you can find cheaper options in the trenches of the internet. To save up money, travel by tube and skip the cabs, which can leave a big hole in your budget. Everybody takes the tube in London and you know what they say, when in Rome.

The coolest hotel find is definitely Shoreditch House. This retro super-classy biscuit factory turned hotel features beautiful rooms, a rooftop pool, gym, spa and bowling alley, not to mention a restaurant with an extensive list of bespoke cocktails.

Where’s the party?

While you’re in Shoreditch, make sure to grab your girls and hit the clubs. This is the fashion-forward gem of London, so if you’re feeling creative with your outfit you’ll blend right in.

For some serious dance and house beats, visit Dalston Superstore and expect table dancing, carnival gone wrong masks and sudden explosions of breakdancing.

If your idea of fun is more Ibiza than underground bar, take the tube to Victoria station and immerse yourself in the mood at Pacha. This almost anti-London club is located in a historical 1920s building and will bring you DJs, two dance floors, a summer terrace and a dress to impress kind of crowd.

And if you’re into the hipster scene and want to explore that, Stoke Newington has what you need. Vogue Fabrics knows its house music, its fashion and its dancing. This is the place to be yourself (or an improved version of yourself) and let loose. Who said a hen party can’t be alternative? Especially in London.

How about bonding with the girls?

Hen parties are not just about clubbing and epic hangovers. They’re also about catching up with the most important people of your life and bonding in geeky, funny or strange ways. This is why bachelorette and hen parties are so fun, right? London is where eccentricity was born, so if you’re looking for that, you’re in the right place.

You might start slow and steady, at The Ginstitute , where you’ll learn to make your own cocktail and take a whole bottle of it home. Plus you’ll get back to your future husband with a skill he’s sure to appreciate more than anything else.

Now that you’re warming up, how about a sexy private party? Too fast for you? I don’t think so. Bordello, the decadent lingerie boutique, hosts super awesome hen parties where you can try on lingerie, learn sexy dance move from legend of striptease Jo King or make your own nipple tassels.. There’s also a little bit of male skin involved, but we won’t spoil the surprise for you.

If you and your girls are more like the girls of Sex and the City than anyone else, Midnight Movies, Martinis & Manicures at Berkeley Hotel will make you gasp with excitement. This is the classy version of a pajama party. You get overnight stay, rooftop fashion film screenings, popcorn and ice cream. Sounds like a treat, right?

No hen party is complete without a striptease. But if you’re not into that, you can bring a dose of cheekiness with Life Drawing Classes. This Full Monty-infused hen party idea features a naked male model, your hotel room, paper, pencil and a lot of hidden smiles. You can take photos and have a drink while you’re at it. The best artists do, right?

That’s London for you. It has everything you need. What you need is time, money and your girls. Oh, and a good enough reason to go out there and have some well deserved girls-only fun! Planning your great escape to this vibrant city does not have to add to your already stressful wedding planning, there are tons of great party planning services such as RedSeven that can create the perfect hen party weekend for you and your best girlfriends.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Los Angeles whose writing covers a variety of subjects from travel to fashion. As an avid visitor of the UK, she loves making a stop in London to check out the latest entertainment that the exciting city always has to offer!


Jean | said...

Dori and Marcela, I'm just not a "clubbing" kinda gal, I'd definitely opt for the night at the Berkeley!

BLOGZOOM said...

Dear Dori,

The beginning of his article is different and fun. Of course you understand better, because he lives in England.

Report stay in London is very useful, because I hear from everyone who is an expensive city (but wonderful).


Dori said...

Yeah the Berkeley sounds great! :)

Yes, Marcela really did an excellent job in sharing all of the things to do. Hugs to you :)

Sarah Short said...

I was looking for some ideas for something a little bit different for my friends hen party i'm planning. This has some good ideas, they sound fun, I want to do something different though!

I saw this article when I was searching but i need more ideas:

Please help ladies I need something along the lines of the ideas in that post. Something crazy and different for a crazy bride to be?
Thanks!!! :D
sarah x

Dori said...

Sorry that I'm late in responding. I guess that it's late to respond to you now. I can't think of anything off hand though. Sorry I couldn't be any help :)