Feathers, fizz, and fun: What are the best things to do for a Hen Do?

Planning a Hen Do in this metropolis is like being a kid in a candy store – only the candy is replaced with chic bars, exquisite restaurants, and endless entertainment options.

Fear not, dear organisers, for we’ve curated a list of the crème de la crème of Hen Do activities in London. From sophisticated soirées to thrilling adventures, your duties as the maid of honour just got a whole lot more exciting. 

So, tighten your grip on that checklist, because we’re about to transform your hen-do dreams into reality. Just go over the activities here and pick out the ones that suit your group best! Now let the London escapades begin with… what else? A spot of tea! 

Indulge in a fancy afternoon tea at the Ritz

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Location: 150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9BR, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7493 8181

Pricing: £££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM 

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Picture this: you and your squad, nestled in the plush surroundings, surrounded by opulent decor that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from a classic Hollywood film. 

A Ritz Afternoon Tea is all about creating memories with your nearest and dearest. As you clink teacups and share laughter, you’ll forge bonds that are as enduring as the Ritz’s reputation for luxury. 

For a Hen Do, dressing the part is half the fun. The Ritz provides the perfect excuse to don your most fabulous attire. Also, if you want more recommendations for afternoon tea shops in London, check our article here.

Enjoy dinner with a scenic backdrop at Aqua Shard

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Location: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3011 1256

Pricing: £££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM 
  • Saturday to Sunday – 10:30 AM to 10:30 PM

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At Aqua Shard, the glam game is strong, and the altitude is higher. Perched on the 31st floor of The Shard, London’s iconic glass spire, this is not just dinner, it’s a sky-high rendezvous with glamour. 

Dining at Aqua Shard is an experience tailored for the bride-to-be and her entourage. Enjoy the exclusivity of a Hen Do in a private dining area, complete with personalised service that ensures your night is as special as you are

In the age of Instagram, a Hen Do isn’t complete without photos that make your followers green with envy. Aqua Shard offers the perfect backdrop for those envy-inducing snapshots. Imagine capturing the sparkle of your engagement ring against the glittering lights of London. 

Embark on a spa day at Aire Ancient Baths

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Location: 2-3 Robert St, London WC2N 6BH, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3830 4610

Pricing: £££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM 

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Wedding planning can be as thrilling as it is stress-inducing. Enter the Hen Do spa day – the perfect antidote to pre-wedding jitters. As you bask in the warm embrace of thermal baths and saltwater pools, tensions dissolve faster than that last slice of wedding cake at a tasting.

From massages that unravel knots you didn’t know existed to holistic treatments that transport you to cloud nine and back, this spa day is a holistic haven for the bride and her entourage. Because let’s face it – nothing says ‘supporting the bride’ like kneading away the stress knots from her shoulders.

Experience Mamma Mia! The Party’s immersive theatre and dining

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Location: Unit 6.05, The, 02 Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3995 6288

Pricing: £££

Opening hours: 

  • Wednesday to Friday – 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM 
  • Saturday to Sunday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM 

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For starters, the phrase “immersive theatre” basically means you’re not just sitting there politely clapping at a stage show darling. We’re talking full-on 70s disco fever, sequins and spandex galore! From the second you step through those doors into Nikos Taverna, you are IN this party. 

The actors sweep you into the action with singing, dancing, and plate smashing – might even pull you up on stage for a cheeky rendition of Dancing Queen! It’s as close to being a dancing queen young and sweet only seventeen as this 30-something hen will get I tell you.

And the fun doesn’t stop when the show does either! The night carries on with a delicious Greek feast at long tables where you share laughs and stories with your closest girls. No questionable kebab at 2 AM for us! 

Dine at Bacchanalia

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Location: 1-3 Mount St, London W1K 3NB, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3161 9720

Pricing: £££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday to Saturday – 12:00 PM to 12:30 AM
  • Sunday – 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

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This two Michelin-star Mayfair spot will have you dining in utter luxury darling. No questionable three-day-old Chinese food or sad desk salads for this hen! From the plush interiors to the impeccable service, you’ll feel like royalty from the moment you arrive. 

And the food… chef’s kiss! Exquisite doesn’t even begin to describe the scallops, foie gras and so much more delightful fare awaiting you on the 10+ course tasting menu. 

I know you want your last soirée before matrimony to be non-stop laughter and hijinks with the girls, but take it from us – a dinner at London’s hottest table is an absolute must! Treat yourself to an elegant night full of fabulous food, flowing wine, and the company of your best hens. 

Have a bottomless brunch at Tonight Josephine

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Location: 111 Waterloo Rd, London SE1 8UL, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3637 8089

Pricing: ££

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday & Sunday – 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Thursday – 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
  • Friday – 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Saturday – 12:30 PM to 2:00 AM

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Between trips (or let’s be real – stumbles) to the bubbles bar, you and your ladies can fuel up on cheeseburger sliders, fried chicken, crepes galore… fans self. It’s a carb and cocktail heaven! 

And while you won’t be dancing on tables per se here, you will be laughing, bonding and making those last hazy memories of singledom together over flutes of fizz. The perfect pep rally to kick off a day filled with male stripper grams and god knows what else!

The best part? The bottomless bubbles last a whopping 2 hours! No quick mimosa and go here, ladies.

Watch Magic Mike Live

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Location: Square, Cranbourn Street, Leicester, London WC2H 7JH, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7769 8888

Pricing: ££ (See tickets here)

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

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Magic Mike Live is the ultimate fusion of sensuality and fun, creating an atmosphere that will leave you and your girls utterly captivated. 

Set in a luxurious theatre, this show combines exceptional choreography, mind-blowing acrobatics, and irresistible charm to deliver a performance that will have you on the edge of your seats.

While the show certainly celebrates the male form, Magic Mike Live is about more than just eye candy. It’s an empowering experience that encourages women to embrace their bodies, feel confident, and celebrate their sexuality. 

Attend a gin masterclass at The Distillery

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Location: 186 Portobello Rd, London W11 1LA, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3034 2233

Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM 

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A gin masterclass is not just about sipping cocktails (although that’s a major perk!). Under the expert guidance of a skilled gin connoisseur, you and your hens will learn the art of crafting delicious gin-based concoctions. 

From classic G&Ts to innovative gin infusions, you’ll discover a whole new world of flavours and techniques that will have you feeling like gin maestros in no time.

Here, you and your friends can create hilarious stories that will be retold for years to come. So get ready to raise a glass, clink those gin-filled glasses, and toast to friendship and laughter!

Experience a pizza-making hen party at Bunga Bunga 

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Location: 167 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5PG, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7590 3602

Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday – 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
  • Tuesday to Wednesday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM 
  • Thursday to Friday – 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM 
  • Saturday – 2:30 PM to 3:00 AM 

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Let’s face it: pizza is the ultimate comfort food that brings people together. And at Bunga Bunga, you’re in for a treat. As you embark on your pizza-making adventure, you’ll have a mouthwatering selection of toppings at your disposal. 

From classic Margheritas to bold and inventive combinations, you’ll have the freedom to customise your pizza to perfection. You can let your taste buds run wild, experiment with flavours, and create a pizza that will satisfy your cravings and delight your senses.

The best part about a pizza-making hen party? You get to devour your delicious creations! After all the hard work and laughter, it’s time to sit back, relax, and feast on your handmade pizzas.

Attend life drawing at This is Cluck

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Location: 85 Great Portland Street, London, England, W1W 7LT

Contact: [email protected]

Pricing: ££ 

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This unique experience allows you and your hens to unleash your inner Picassos as you sketch a live model. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a complete beginner, the relaxed and supportive atmosphere at This is Cluck ensures that you can let your creativity flow freely. 

What’s a Hen Do without a little liquid creativity? At This is Cluck, you can sip on delicious cocktails while you sketch, adding a touch of liquid inspiration to your artistic endeavours.

With a drink in hand and a pencil in the other, you’ll find yourself in the perfect creative zone, fueled by liquid courage and surrounded by a supportive and lively atmosphere. 

Enjoy a private escape room at No Escape 

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Location: 51 Oxford St, London W1D 2EF, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3612 4409

Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday – 9:30 AM to 11:00 PM 

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While traditional Hen Do activities are fantastic, an escape room adds a unique twist to your celebrations. It breaks away from the ordinary, injecting an element of intrigue and excitement into your Hen Do itinerary.

Ever fancied yourself as a detective? This is your chance to channel your inner sleuth and put your detective skills to the test. The intricate storylines, immersive settings, and cleverly crafted puzzles at No Escape will transport you into a world of mystery and intrigue. 

You’ll find yourself piecing together clues, decoding messages, and uncovering hidden secrets. It’s a chance to embrace your curiosity, think outside the box, and immerse yourself in a thrilling adventure that will have you feeling like Sherlock Holmes in no time.

Get crafty with a pottery class at Social Pottery

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Location: 136-138 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 9QB, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7419 5248

Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Tuesday to Saturday – 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM 
  • Sunday – 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM 

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One of the most rewarding aspects of a pottery class at Social Pottery is the ability to create handmade treasures. Forget about generic souvenirs or mass-produced trinkets – with pottery, you have the opportunity to craft unique and personalised keepsakes. 

Whether you’re making customised mugs, decorative bowls, or whimsical sculptures, each piece will be a reflection of your creativity and a tangible reminder of your Hen Do adventure. 

It’s a chance to leave with something truly special and meaningful that will serve as a lasting memento of your time together.

Climb the O2

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Location: Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8463 2680

Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM 

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This iconic landmark, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, offers an opportunity to conquer its 52-meter-high walkway, resembling a massive white tent. It’s the ultimate test of teamwork that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to conquer anything that comes your way.

Let’s be honest: no Hen Do is complete without capturing those picture-perfect moments that will forever remind you of this incredible adventure. 

Whether it’s a group shot at the summit, a candid snap of your bride-to-be conquering her fears, or a hilarious selfie mid-climb, “Climb the O2” provides a plethora of unforgettable photo opportunities. 

Try a ball pit bar at Ballie Ballerson

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Location: 97-113 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3BS, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3950 2424

Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Tuesday to Friday – 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Saturday – 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM
  • Sunday – 2:30 PM to 12:30 AM

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Let’s face it – adulthood can be a bit of a buzzkill. Responsibilities, deadlines, and the occasional encounter with a tax return form can drain the childlike wonder out of us. 

Enter the ball pit at Ballie Ballerson, where you can temporarily escape the clutches of grown-up life and dive headfirst into a colourful abyss of childhood nostalgia. Your inner child will thank you for the liberating experience.

Plus, there’s something about diving into a pit of balls that breaks down social barriers faster than you can say “bachelorette bash”. Before you know it, your guests will be bonding over ball pit belly flops and forming alliances for the next round of ball-based antics.

Unleash your wild side at Go Ape

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Location: Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 1603 895500

Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday  – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Forget the mundane and elevate your Hen Do to new heights – literally! Go Ape takes the traditional celebration to the next level, perched high above the scenic views of the Thames. 

This is not your average girls’ day out, this is a treetop escapade that will have you swinging, climbing, and zip-lining with your squad in a botanical wonderland.

At Go Ape, the adventure doesn’t end when your feet touch the ground. After navigating the treetop canopy like modern-day Tarzans and Janes, it’s time to celebrate your triumphs. Unwind with a well-deserved toast, swapping stories of bravery and mishaps over a glass of bubbly. 

Squeal at the Adonis Cabaret

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Location: 59 West St, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 2RA, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 1273 417787

Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

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Sure, you could opt for the usual Hen Do routine of sipping cocktails and playing ‘pin the veil on the bride’, or you could be at Adonis Cabaret, where laughter is as abundant as six-packs on display. 

The show seamlessly blends tantalising titillation with uproarious comedy, creating an atmosphere where giggles and gyrations go hand in hand. 

By the way, prepare for interactive games that will have you up on stage, participating in contests that would make your grandmother blush. Who knew that a night out could be both scandalous and sidesplitting?

Enter another world at Otherworld VR

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Location: 336 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8050 1550

Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday to Tuesday – 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday to Thursday  – 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Saturday – 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Sunday – 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

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Step away from the everyday and plunge into a realm where the ordinary is anything but. From battling space invaders to creating 3D masterpieces with virtual paintbrushes, your Hen Do becomes a cosmic celebration of the extraordinary.

The beauty of Otherworld VR lies in its ability to unite your squad in a shared alternate reality. Gone are the days of awkward small talk and forced icebreakers, here, you’re all in it together – battling digital foes and solving virtual puzzles. 

Plus, at Otherworld VR,  the dress code is as flexible as the virtual worlds you’ll explore. Whether you’re in casual chic or full-on cosplay, the only requirement is that you’re ready to immerse yourself in a universe of pixels and polygons

Tap into your artistic side at Sip n Stroke

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Location:  Paul St, London EC2A 4JH, United Kingdom

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Pricing: ££ 

Opening hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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The beauty of Sip n Stroke lies not only in the strokes on canvas but also in the conversations that unfold. As you and your squad unleash your artistic prowess, the ambience encourages candid chats, shared laughs, and an overall sense of camaraderie. 

Fear not, non-artists of the world! Sip n Stroke is the ultimate equaliser in the realm of creativity. The instructors are there to guide, inspire, and maybe even sprinkle a little extra magic on your canvas. 

Whether you’re a seasoned Picasso or a stick-figure aficionado, everyone leaves with a masterpiece and a newfound appreciation for their artistic side.

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