14 Hen Do Ideas In London To Help You Hatch A Plan

Don’t worry your honourable little head, though! We’ve got the ultimate list of ideas for a hen do that will have the bride-to-be clucking with eggcitement. (Apologies for all the fowl puns). So, without further ado, here’s a rundown of the best hen do ideas in London. You can thank us later…

Some girls enjoying themselves at a bottomless disco brunch, one of the best hen do ideas in London
Photo: Blame Gloria

There’s nothing quite like a bottomless brunch, because it’s a place where you can get completely daytime-drunk and nobody bats a bloomin’ eyelid! There’s nothing quite like saying ‘bottoms up’ and knowing that you can continue to say it until it becomes ‘bosshomsupppp’. What better place for a hen do then? From ones hosted by drag queens to ones involving cooking classes, there’s something for everyone in our beloved capital. Check out our list of ‘em all here.

Some drawings taken at a Neon Naked Life Drawing class in London
Photo: Neon Naked Life Drawing

Now if you’re looking to combine a bit of creativity with some drinks on a hen do, then you could do worse than having a go at a bit of life drawing. As a nude model takes centre stage in front of a huddle of budding artists, you’ll get the chance to practise your hand-eye coordination, improve your focus and develop your artistic skills – and have a good old laff while you’re at it too. 

From wine-infused classes to more off-the-wall workshops with bucket loads of neon paint involved, there’s something for everyone here, so have a look at our roundup here and see which one ticks all the right boxes!

People getting ready to shoot ammo at one of the best places to paintball in London
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Who says the boys have to have all the fun?! Sometimes there’s nothing better than letting off some steam chasing some mates in a field with a gun stacked full of paint pellets – and hey, we’re not here to judge. From Cold War-themed nuclear bunkers packed full of high-adrenaline activities to wooded arenas offering bespoke fancy dress costumes, you can have a whole lot of fun in our capital shooting at each other on a hen do. We all love a healthy dose of competition right?

4. Have the ride of your life on a racetrack

Two girls taking to a go karting track, one of the best hen do ideas in London
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Slightly less adrenaline-fuelled but still amping up the competitive side of things, why not take to four wheels and see who’s got the biggest need for speed among the hens? You’d certainly go down in the books for planning a hen do with a difference it has to be said. 

From a mighty track which stretches to over a kilometre in length, to a fun, video game-themed interactive course close to the bars and restaurants of Shoreditch High Street, there’s plenty of scope for you and your gang to unleash your inner speed demons. Ready, set, go!

5. Unleash your inner warrior a la Boudica

A woman about to throw an axe with a coach guiding her at Whistle Punks, one of the best places for axe throwing in London
Photo: Whistle Punks

Guaranteed to get the blood pumping, this one is not to be combined with drinking. We repeat – NO DRINKING! Well certainly before you’ve thrown your axe anyway… Situated in a railway arch in Vauxhall, South London, the simply-adorned Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing venue is London’s first axe-throwing centre.

Here, you and your fellow hens can get to grips with a mighty hand axe, send it whirling down the range, and hopefully bury it in the bullseye with a satisfying KERPLUNK. Instructors will be on hand if you need any help perfecting your skills – not to mention giving you a safety briefing too – and you’ll be competing against each other tournament-style to see who has the best throw. Loser gets the first bottle of vino in post-throwing?

A fun night out at Brixton Jamm nightclub in London
Photo: Brixton Jamm

Now we couldn’t do a roundup of the best hen do ideas in London without mentioning this one. After all, what’s a hen do without busting a few moves to Queen Bey or Rih Rih?! It’s no secret that our beloved city plays host to some of the coolest nightclubs on the planet, from sweaty, rave-filled warehouses to long-established legends of the nightlife scene like Fabric.

One of our favourites is the Brixton-based Bresh, which features plenty of balloons, flowers, smoke cannons, a glitter station, and a photo booth – not to mention Pop, Reggaeton and Disco. It’s one hell of a party and makes for the perfect hen do night out. Better bring your dancing shoes… Cop your tickets here.

7. Treat yourself to a little afternoon tea

Two women cheering their cocktail glasses at the Sun Street Hotel Library Afternoon Tea
Photo: Sun Street Hotel

From fluffy scones and warming cups of tea to salmon sarnies and flutes of bubbly, we like to think we’ve got the whole afternoon tea thing down here in London Town. If you’re really wanting to add a bit of class to your hen do plans, then this is probably your best bet.

From a celebratory afternoon Champagne tea at The Wolseley to ones themed to Sherlock Holmes, there’s a whole host of different ones for you to indulge in and treat yoself. After all, she’s only getting married the once, right?

Someone singing karaoke at Lucky Voice in London
Photo: Lucky Voice Karaoke

Another one of the best hen do ideas in London here, nothing says a party like letting loose at karaoke. After all, drinking is actively encouraged, you can often hire your own booth, and let’s face it – no one cares if you can’t hold a tune. 

From Angel to Camden, there’s pretty much no corner of the capital which doesn’t have karaoke. So, if you’re looking to channel your inner Whitney Houston, there’s absolutely no stopping you! Altogether now… “I wanna dance with somebody, I wanna feel the heat with somebody”… Heck, you can even join the UK’s largest karaoke party billed ‘Massaoke’ if you fancy one big old sing-a-long. Get a hold of your tickets here.

9. Take to the mighty River Thames aboard a boat

A group of women posing for photos with drinks aboard a boat party in London

Ahoy there, matey! It wouldn’t be a hen do roundup without the mention of a booze cruise now would it? And luckily for you and your fellow hens, our beloved capital is full to the brim with them.

With departure dates all through the year, live DJs, drinks aplenty and plenty of space for a boogie, they promise a bloody good time, and London has everything from Bollywood-themed extravaganzas to Garage-infused bashes. Plus, you’ll be able to soak up some pretty epic panoramic views as you go. If you can see straight of course…

David Ian performing at a stand-up comedy club, one of the best things to do for a hen do in London
Image: The Queer Comedy Club

There’s nothing quite like having a good old belly laugh is there – particularly when you’ve got a gaggle of gals with you. So what’s a better plan for a hen do idea then going to a comedy club? 

London Town is full to the brim of some of the best comedy clubs in the world – taking place everywhere from large arena-style venues to tiny pub basements – and for most of them, you can grab a ticket for under a tenner. Win, win. From comedy on the Thames to bottomless booze comedy in Vauxhall, there’s loads for the taking here, so see where takes your fancy!

11. Challenge your group of gals to some healthy competition

A woman playing some crazy golf at Roof East in Stratford
Photo: Roof East

Now this one thoroughly deserves its spot on this roundup of the best hen do ideas in London. Feeding London’s enduring love affair with rooftop pop-ups, Roof East in Stratford has woven the magic of turning an east London multi-storey car park into a free-spirited playground.

There’s plenty on the roster here when it comes to games. Old favourites Sluggers are back with their batting cages, whilst the ever-popular Birdies crazy golf and East London Bowls Club are returning to the bill once more. Add in Giant Jenga and archery – not to mention loads of street food options and boozy bars – and you can see why this one’s on the list!

A burlesque show being performed at Proud Embankment in London
Photo: Proud Cabaret

Hooray, Cabaret! For those who love wacky shows, unusual performances and sparkling entertainment, London has an excellent selection of venues and clubs to watch cabaret in London. From drag performers to burlesque shows to entertaining comedy bits, get the girls together and enjoy everything from fire breathers and acrobats to burlesque performances and even erotic acts – oh I say!

A favourite of ours is The Phoenix Artist Club, which offers up an unforgettable cabaret show. Hidden away in an iconic West End theatre, London’s most theatrical members club is home to a variety of nightly shows. Get involved here.

Four Seasons Spa treatment tables overlooking Hyde Park, one of the best hen do ideas in London
Photo: Four Seasons

Our penultimate addition to this roundup of the best hen do ideas in London is one for those looking for a bit more of a relaxed vibe. Pamper the bride-to-be silly with a whole gamut of treatments – from head massages and facials to salt-infused steams and pedicures – at some of the city’s biggest and best spas.

One of our top picks would be the five-star Landmark London, which sits just a stone’s throw from Marylebone and features a chlorine-free indoor pool, a Jacuzzi and sanarium and even a ‘Mediterranean by Candlelight’ massage which uses essential oils and crystals too. It’s the perfect way to celebrate your mate’s imminent marriage, we’d argue.

An artist playing to a crowd at the City Splash Festival in Brockwell Park in Brixton
Photo: City Splash Festival

Music festivals are the perfect opportunity to get messy, dress outrageously and, probably least importantly at this point, watch some bloody great music. Luckily for us, London has bucket loads on the bill, like the fabulously flamboyant Elrow Town – which is described as ‘a town governed by fun, where everywhere you step is a dancefloor’ – and yearly staples like All Points East, Field Day and the poptastic Mighty Hoopla.

Just some of the acts playing for the 2023 season include 50 Cent, Kelly Rowland and Stormzy, so it’s gonna be a good’un – particularly with some hens in tow. We’ll see you in the field with all the glitter paint on!

So there you have it – a roundup of the best hen party ideas in London. From treating yourself to a spot of afternoon tea (oh darrrrrrling!) to dancing the night away at a raucous nightclub, our beloved capital is bound to satisfy whatever the bride-to-be is looking for. That’s all yolks!