If you're reading this it probably means that one of your gal pals is getting married, and whilst there are likely to be lots of parts of the planning you're getting involved with, you've got a big responsibility on your shoulders – you've got to organise the perfect hen do. Whether you're a London local or you've decided to visit the city for some hen party fun, there are loads of great activities you can do that'll make her last night of freedom one to remember. If you need some inspiration, check out our guide to the best hen do ideas in London.
The best hen do ideas in London
In this guide
- Wow-factor restaurants – Meals to remember
- Bacchanalia – Decadent Mediterranean feasts
- Bunga Bunga – Big fat Italian party
- The Piano Works – Food and music
- Sketch – Impressive aesthetics
- Bateaux London – Dining on the river
- La Bodega Negra – Mexican restaurant in disguise
- Barrio – Wild bottomless brunches
- Tayyabs – BYOB dining
- Zizi Factory – The ultimate hen do snack
- Bottomless brunch – Let the drinks flow
- Afternoon tea
Play some games
- AIM – Immersive escape rooms
- Puttshack – Mini-golf party
- Gravity Wandsworth – Activity party packages
- Immersive Gamebox – Innovative games
- Otherworld – Explore a virtual theme park
- Flight Club – Social darts experience
- Monopoly Lifesized – Immerse yourself in Monopoly
- The Crystal Maze Live Experience – Exciting team challenge
- Activity bars – Drinks and fun
- Getting active
- Creative activities
- Foodie activities
Bars and entertainment
- Magic Mike Live – Thrilling stage show
- Ballie Ballerson – Get playful
- Adonis Cabaret – Exciting show plus extras
- Lucky Voice – Modern karaoke bar
- Basement Sate – Decadent desserts and cocktails
- Alcotraz Cell Block Two-One-Two – Immersive cocktail experience
- Horizons Casino – All-night fun
- London Party Pub Crawl – Lively group parties
- Bars – Bars for every preference
- Nightclubs – Stay out all night
Meals to remember
London has more than a few restaurants that offer a pretty spectacular experience and memorable setting. For foodie hen groups who really want a meal to remember, you'll find lots of exciting places to eat in our guide to wow-factor restaurants, from OTT Italian feasts to meals with stunning views of the capital.
Decadent Mediterranean feasts
Opulent restaurant Bacchanalia is a top choice for an OTT meal. The unique decor creates an immersive experience, inspired by mythology and featuring original art by Damien Hirst. Inspired by Greco-Roman feasting, sophisticated Mediterranean dishes are served and finished right at your table. Private dining is available here too.
Big fat Italian party
Considered one of London's top restaurants for hen dos, Bunga Bunga is an Italian dining destination that's ideal if your bride-to-be wants outright silliness and debauchery. Expect delicious food, lively entertainment, and a package especially for hen nights that includes sparklers, confetti, a bottle of prosecco to take home, and a faux flower bouquet to make it all extra special.
Food and music
Get ready to sing and dance all night at The Piano Works. This lively venue does drinks, dinner, and bottomless brunch, paired with non-stop music from the house band. Best of all, you make the requests so write down your favourite tune and pass it to the band. At peak times it can help if you slip them a tip.
Unique venue Sketch combines four restaurants and a bar into one elaborate space that'll light up your Instagram grid. Whether you're after lunch, a Michelin-starred dinner, afternoon tea, or just a few cocktails in a fun environment, there's a highly aesthetic space at this playful destination that's ideal for any hen party.
Dining on the river
A dining cruise with Bateaux London is a fab way to celebrate a special occasion. Enjoy a gourmet meal plus live music as you sail along the Thames and take in iconic London landmarks. Seasonal British menus are served including a relaxed Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, and luxurious five course dinners.
Mexican restaurant in disguise
Trick the bride by taking her for a meal at La Bodega Negra. Behind what appears to be a Soho sex shop, you'll find a clandestine and easygoing spot for Mexican cuisine. This classic dining destination serves elevated street food, with dishes like sea bass ceviche and truffle and black mole quesadillas on the menu.
Wild bottomless brunches
If you want to kick off the hen do with a lively bottomless brunch, the themed events at tropical bar and party spot Barrio are a great choice. You can expect clashing colours, Latin flavours, and a riotous atmosphere. Themes range from rum and bingo to a Cardi B brunch. Alternatively, you can book a variety of party packages.
Thanks to its vast size and informal atmosphere, your hen party probably won't be the only one at iconic Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs. This laid-back restaurant is popular with groups and there's a BYOB policy that makes a meal here even more affordable. Try traditional dishes like saag paneer, curries, naan bread, and desserts.
The ultimate hen do snack
Need something to nibble on whilst you're on-the-go in London? Zizi Factory makes waffles that are the perfect snack for a hen party, shaped like certain parts of the male and female body. Romantic heart-shaped waffles are served too. This place is modern and full of good humour. Every waffle comes enhanced with sauces and toppings.
Rejuvenate before the big day
Treat yourselves to a spa experience as one of your hen do activities - it's the ideal way for everyone to get some pampering in and make use of fab spa facilities. London has no shortage of top quality spas where you can completely unwind, spend quality time together, and indulge in refreshing treatments like massages and facials.
Luxury spa experiences
The bride-to-be can relax before her big day at Aire Ancient Baths. This centrally-located spa has a peaceful atmosphere and offers luxurious treatments like wine baths, Himalayan salt rituals, and argan oil massages. The spa offers a variety of different packages and experiences for the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.
Lively nail salon
Get some pampering in by taking the group to Paint Nails. This salon has a buzzy atmosphere, tropical decor, and loads of colour. Parties are welcome – you can even hire out the entire salon if you like. A range of nail art services are available and you can enjoy classic cocktails, prosecco, and hot drinks whilst you get your mani done.
Get pampered together
Get ready for the hen night with a visit to Duck & Dry. This is London's premier blow-dry bar with an on-trend look and welcoming atmosphere. Get the crew together for free-flowing prosecco and services from the bar's hair and nail experts – unique packages are available for the ideal pre-wedding pick-me-up.
Get ready for the big night
If you've got a big night out planned for the hen do, why not get ready together in style with a visit to one of London's beauty salons. Lots of London's salons welcome groups who are getting pampered before a night out, and sometimes there are drinks thrown in too. Whether you want a quick pick-me-up or a style overhaul, a beauty salon in London is great for refreshing before day turns to night.
Time for some treats
Afternoon tea is a fab way to celebrate a special occasion and our guide to the best afternoon tea in London will give you plenty of inspiration. The city is home to classic afternoon tea experiences as well as more imaginative takes on this tradition. Lots of venues around the capital also offer vegan and gluten-free versions so everyone can enjoy a treat (or several).
All things vintage
Vintage lovers can enjoy an elegant afternoon tea party at Betty Blythe. These charming parties are ideal for hen dos as well as other celebrations. In this cosy tea room you can raid the vintage dressing-up box and enjoy a variety of afternoon tea menus. Make the occasion more special by adding extra activities like a swing dance class.
Unusual afternoon tea
Unashamedly girly Brigit's Bakery is a fun option for a hen party afternoon tea. As well as the elegant tea room in Covent Garden, this place operates roving afternoon tea tours on a converted double decker. If you're planning a hen do, you can hire a private bus or the venue's party room – if you book a bus you can personalise the route.
Afternoon tea indulgence
Head to luxurious hotel The Chesterfield Mayfair for a unique afternoon tea. This is a playful and award-winning tea featuring plenty of sweet treats. Vegan, vegetarian, and halal diets can all be catered for, and you can add champagne to make the experience extra special.
Play some games
Immersive escape rooms
AIM Escape offers a variety of immersive games that'll transport you far from London. Hen and stag party bookings are welcome here and you can choose from a variety of games that put you in survival mode. Each game has a maximum capacity of six people so they're ideal for smaller hen groups.
Puttshack takes mini-golf to the next level with high-tech tracking and extra layers of fun like trivia or beer pong. A number of party packages are offered that are fab for groups, including hen parties. Enjoy a game along with drinks and globally-inspired food. Bookings for large groups are welcomed.
Activity party packages
There are loads of action-packed activities to try at Gravity Wandsworth. This lively venue welcomes groups, including stag and hen parties. A variety of special activity packages are on offer if you're celebrating, featuring eKarting, darts, and bowling. There are food and drinks packages here too, as well as access to bars and a food court.
Immersive Gamebox offers immersive gaming fun. Games are equipped with motion tracking, touch screens, surround sound, and projection mapping to bring the experience to life. Each game at this modern venue is suitable for 2-6 players, and there's a varied library of games to appeal to different tastes.
Explore a virtual theme park
Big groups are welcome at Otherworld VR, an award-winning immersive gaming experience. With a choice of games and challenges, you can think of this as a virtual reality theme park. Unique play pods use wind, heat, and rumbling effects to enhance the experience. Coins you win during the games can be redeemed for real drinks afterwards in the bar.
Social darts experience
Drinks and darts at Flight Club is a unique way to celebrate a hen do. You can book a semi-private playing area with plenty of comfy seating, your own dedicated games master, and a delectable selection of food and drink. Food and drinks packages are available so that you have everything covered.
Immerse yourself in Monopoly
Get competitive on a life-sized game board at Monopoly Lifesized. Move around the board and beat challenges to accumulate cash. It's a novel way to celebrate any occasion – large groups are welcome and bespoke experiences are available. There's also an on-site bar and restaurant to relax in afterwards serving dishes like curried sausage rolls, steak, and burgers.
Exciting team challenge
Tackle the ultimate team challenge at The Crystal Maze Live Experience. Based on the classic game show, your group will travel through different zones and work together to solve puzzles and challenges before you reach the grand finale and enter the crystal dome. This is a lively activity for groups of friends.
Drinks and fun
London is home to a huge range of activity bars where you can enjoy some action as well as a few drinks. There are loads of ways to get competitive with your friends, from playing video games to mini golf, axe throwing, and bowling. Plenty of bars offer a choice of different activities so there's something for everyone to get stuck in with.
Adrenaline junkie hens can have fun at Go Ape. This treetop adventure has courses in several London parks. Take on zip wires and adventures at a height during this unique activity. Big groups are welcome and the experience takes place in all weather conditions. This is a send-off the bride won't forget.
Grisly East London tour
True crime fans will enjoy The Jack the Ripper Walking Tour in Whitechapel. This walking tour takes you to each of Jack the Ripper's crime scenes as well as the streets and pubs that the murderer and his victims frequented. Private tours are available that are an ideal choice for hen parties.
Discover the city
Beat the traffic whilst getting a fab tour of the city with ScooTours. These are London's first electric bike and scooter tours and there a number of routes you can go for. Whether your group wants to see London's iconic landmarks or all of its hidden gems, there's an option here that'll interest you.
Try The Cheek of It! School of Burlesque and Cabaret for a fun and flirty hen do activity. A number of hen party packages are on offer at this dance school for groups of all sizes. You'll learn a seductive burlesque routine, learn how to pose like a pin-up, and the hen will get a pair of nipple tassels to take home.
Personalised dance party classes
The group can let their hair down with a dance class with Polepeople. You don't need any experience to get involved with these bespoke classes. Try pole dancing, belly dancing, or burlesque fan dancing, and add on a vintage-style make up class. All party classes are customised to your preferences.
Painting and prosecco
If the bride-to-be loves getting creative then head over to London Paint Party. Enjoy music and prosecco as you paint a pre-sketched canvas and create your own artistic masterpiece that you can take home afterwards. Private parties that are ideal for hen dos are available, held in your home or a venue of your choice.
Life drawing for hen dos
Nude Life specialises in organising life drawing sessions for hen parties and corporate groups. At your hen do you'll get a fully-vetted, professional, and charming male model for you to draw, whatever your level of creative ability. Added to that, your event can be personalised exactly to your preferences.
Get creative with ceramics
Wonderland Ceramics has been open in East London for more than 10 years now. It's a social creative space where you can paint a pre-made ceramics piece with your own design or have a go at making one yourself on the potter's wheel. Hen do bookings are welcome - you can bring your own booze or purchase it on-site.
Unleash your creativity
If the bride-to-be has an artistic streak then trying out one of the many creative activities in London is a fun way to enhance the hen do. Whatever your level of artistic experience, there's a venue in London hosting fun activities to try your hand at. Life drawing is always a popular choice for hen dos but you can also try out other activities like guided painting, making your own street art, or making jewellery.
Cocktail masterclasses and food
Pacifia Burger and Cocktail bar in Brixton offers a range of party packages combining their fun cocktail masterclasses with food to follow. You'll start with a cocktail masterclass which includes five drinks in total and guidance through making and shaking your own cocktails using fresh ingredients, garnishes and fancy glassware alongside an expert bartender. You'll then get to enjoy their Partito Italiano, which includes a range of sharing plates to go around, all with the option to tailor food and drinks to your event. They also offer the option to upgrade to the three-course dinner which comes with Bellinis and homemade limoncello.
Sort your sauvignon from your soave
Wine tasting is plenty of fun and you'll learn something along the way too. London is home to numerous wine bars and shops that offer tasting experiences, and a private tasting is a great way to celebrate a hen party. Many venues also offer bespoke tastings tailored to your preferences so get the girls together to explore the world of wine at the hen do.
For sweet hen dos
Chocoholic hens will love a chocolate-themed workshop at My Chocolate, which runs a variety of chocolatey experiences. During a workshop the group will watch demonstrations, make your own chocolates, and get to try them afterwards. Chocolate cocktail-making sessions or workshops with both sweet treats and sweet cocktails are on offer for added fun.
Mix up some cocktails
Multi-faceted venue TT Liquor encompasses a liquor store, underground cocktail bar, roof terrace, and a cinema into one relaxed and fun drinking spot. This place is also popular for its cocktail masterclasses – you can book a private session for a hen party. Any group size can book a class where you'll make and drink five seasonal cocktails.
Sweet treats for hen dos
At Biscuiteers you can shop for exquisitely-iced biscuits but there's lots more going on. Drop in for afternoon tea or join an icing workshop. Hen parties can book a special class where you'll get a welcome drink before icing wedding-themed biscuits for you to take home and enjoy. This is a fun activity for foodie hens.
Discover the world of wine
Wine tasting is a fab hen do activity and you can organise a private tasting with Theatre of Wine. This popular wine shop has sites in South, North, and East London. You can arrange a private tasting either in-store or at an alternative venue, where you'll try out between six and eight different vintages.
Bars and entertainment
Thrilling stage show
Head to The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square to see Magic Mike Live, the ideal stage show for hen parties. Based on the hit films, the show brings the atmosphere to life with hot guys, music, acrobatics, and theatrics for a night out the bride-to-be (and the rest of the group) won't forget. After the show you can enjoy even more fun with drinks, food, and games at the casino, which is open 24/7.
Relive your childhood at Ballie Ballerson, a Shoreditch bar with its own adult ball pit for you to frolic in. A range of tickets are available including reserved booths, tickets for the ball pit, karaoke sessions, and bottomless brunch. Signature cocktails and pizza are served to get you in the party mood.
Exciting show plus extras
Check out Adonis Cabaret at For Your Eyes Only in City Road for fun that's fab for hen parties. See hot male performers as well as drag acts and cabaret entertainers for a unique and lively night out. Hen parties can add extras to their booking like life drawing, a dance class, a cocktail masterclass, or dinner before the show to create the ideal hen party package.
Modern karaoke bar
If karaoke and cocktails sounds like hen party fun, head to Lucky Voice. At these modern bars you get your own private booth so there's no risk of stage fright. There are a number of London locations where you can show off your talents, plus you can add brunch or a cocktail masterclass to make it even more memorable.
Decadent desserts and cocktails
Subterranean bar Basement Sate specialises in indulgent desserts with tempting cocktails to go with them. Drop into this drawing room-style venue for a sweet treat paired with a classic or signature cocktail. Groups can also organise a personalised cocktail masterclass here, where you'll get to create your own bespoke drink with expert guidance.
Immersive cocktail experience
Visit Alcotraz for a unique drinking experience. This themed cocktail bar welcomes hen parties, with party packages available. At this immersive venue you'll don an orange jumpsuit, smuggle in your favourite booze, and have the bar staff use it to mix up unique cocktails tailored to you, all under the watchful eye of the prison warden.
Open until 6am, Horizons Casino has everything you need to keep your party going all night. There's a friendly atmosphere at this lively casino. You can play games such as baccarat, roulette, blackjack, and poker, or use slot machines. Global snacks and meals like samosas, steamed sea bass fillet, and chicken satay are served here, as well as a varied selection of drinks, including cocktails.
Lively group parties
Join London Party Pub Crawl for a big night out in a fun and sociable group. Larger groups, including hen and stag parties, are welcome at these events or you can arrange a bespoke experience. You'll visit four bars and one club in an area like Camden, Shoreditch, or central London, and benefit from discounts on drinks and entry all night long.
Bars for every preference
Some people prefer wine, some prefer cocktails, and some prefer beer. Whatever you like to drink, there's a bars in London that'll provide you with delicious beverages and a great atmosphere. Check out our guide to the best bar in London for tons of inspiration for finding the right bar in the capital to help you celebrate the hen night in style.
Stay out all night
Hopefully everyone will be enjoying the hen do so much you don't want it to end. Make the future bride's last night of freedom last a little bit longer by heading to one of London's nightclubs. There's plenty of choice, from exclusive nightspots to places playing the very best in electronic music. The capital is sure to have a club that's the ideal choice for keeping the hen do going until the small hours.