10 weatherproof London hen do ideas

I was lucky enough to plan my sister’s hen do in London recently so have LOTS of ideas to share! Here’s 10 weatherproof London hen do ideas. Ultimately, it’s about picking activities that will create connection, joy and making new memories for the bride and her friends (and mums if they’re attending). 

The Pearl: Whatever you end up doing, soak up the fact you’re together, and be open to spontaneous photo opps like striking street art or London landmarks.

The Grit: Don’t forget transit time between activities and plan your route well ahead – it can be tricky to guide a large group on London’s busy streets.

Sing-a-long to a classic movie off Leicester Square

The Prince Charles cinema off Leicester Square has been hosting sing-a-long movie nights for years from the Sound of Music to Dirty Dancing, Grease to the Greatest Showman. Each hen will be given a prop bag to use during the movie itself and taught a few moves and lyrics to interact as the film goes along. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged. Tickets start at £17 per person.

Cooking class led by migrant-chefs

A cookery class is a great ice-breaker for hen groups. You’re all in it together, whether you’re a masterchef or beginner. And you get to feast on your efforts afterwards. There’s lots of London-based options but one cookery school worth considering is Migrateful. Their classes are led by migrants and refugees who teach you about cuisine from their countries of origin. A great alternative group activity. Prices start from £45.

Naughty life drawing class

If penis straws and lap dances aren’t your thing but you still want some willy action on your hen do, life drawing is a tasteful alternative. We did this and it was so much fun. Don berets on arrival to channel your inner artist and then be led through a series of fun challenges by a tutor. The life model is real and very comfortable showing his bits. As it’s all in the name of art everyone feels at ease, even the mums! Prices start at £33 per hen.

Sporty beer or prosecco bike

You’ve probably seen groups of people cycling round town together on one of these group bikes, blaring music and having the time of their lives. Well turns out it’s called a beer or prosecco bike and you can explore London town while having a drink and having an (easy) workout. They do have a cover so if the rain comes down you’ll be covered. Prices start at £25 per person and the bike fits up to 15 people.

Iconic boat party on the Thames

If you’re looking for a night out with a difference, a party boat on the Thames could be just the ticket. Sail past the capital’s landmarks, from Waterloo all the way to the Millenium Dome and back on this four hour cruise.When you’re not gawping at the sights, you can be hitting the (sticky) dancefloor to pop tunes or taking iconic group selfies. There’s plenty of groups on board and everyone is there to have a good time.

Competitive axe-throwing

If the bride-to-be has been feeling a bit stressed, Whistle Punks in Vauxhall could be a good hen activity. Unleash your frustrations and compete with other hens in the ancient art of axe-throwing. The 70 minutes session is made for beginners and it’s really fun! From £22 per person.

Drag brunch

It feels like most London brunches are being led by drag queens and we’re here for it. One of our favourite hosts is Dolly Trolley. She’ll bring the party and the tunes to your prosecco-fuelled brunch, and has some amazing drag acts inspired by Dolly Parton and Lady Gaga. Venues and dates vary.

Step into the 1920s

For a classy evening, head to the Candlelight Club for live swing band and a properly dressed-up crowd. Sip on prohibition era cocktails and chat or dance with other hens by candlelight. It’s not unusual for a man to ask you to dance as well!

Cute cupcake and cookie decorating class

A lifetime ago I trained with Cookie Girl to host cupcake decorating classes. And boy is it fun! The cakes and colourful icing are premade so you don’t need to faff around with that. Just get straight into the fun bit – the decorating! You’ll learn lots of different techniques and if you make a mistake, you can scrape it off and start again (or eat it). The two-hour class is great for groups of 9+ hens and costs £42 per person.

Decadent comedy or cabaret in the heart of Soho

Between Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square is the bijou Phoenix Arts Club. Go for decadent dinner, drinks and an empowering show which could be cabaret, showtunes, burlesque or comedy. Some nights are members-only so check ahead. 

Please note: Prices are correct at time of publication but please check websites for details.

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