I've left my hen-do to my friends. With a wedding and honeymoon to organise, they've volunteered to take the planning off my hands - and I gratefully accepted. "I just want to go somewhere where I can dance in Converse," is all I've said in way of instruction. But from the emails I now believe are flying around I've left them with a tough task. And having been a bridesmaid - and been in charge of planning a hen - before, it's one of the hardest things you can organise. Where to go that'll accept a group of girls clutching penis straws and screaming all night? Well legendary bar hunters Barchick might have the answer. Exclusively for Bride Chores, the girls with the best knowledge of boozing nationwide, have collated their top five bars for hen dos...
Now that married life is approaching, you'd better get into swinging. From a trapeze that is. Gorilla Circus is setting up on top of the Roundhouse Camden this summer offering group trapeze lessons, which will get your hen party off to a flying start. (Sorry). Best of all the rooftop of the Roundhouse is transformed in to a beach bar every summer so you know where to head for some nerve settling shots beforehand. This might not be one for the future Mother-In-Law or indeed your own mum. But you were trying to get rid of them anyway right?
Leeds girls sure know how to party, so for a hen do it is PERFECT. Why not hit Outlaws Yacht Club and sip champagne in their “Rebel Pin Up” hair salon, get your hair done Missy Eliot style so you all look fly, then head to Mojo for a cocktail class - there are different themes available from disco to tropical and speakeasy to classic. Learn to “shake it like a polaroid picture” and top up your knowledge on what makes a damn good cocktail. Then of course hit all the bars on Call Lane – the street to drink and dance till the early hours. High five Leeds!
It doesn't get better than this. England's most rock n'roll hotel, Hotel Pelirocco, has everything you could need for the ultimate hen extravaganza - we're talking massages, cupcakes, secret SingStar rooms, cocktails and something they call a 'play room'. (Although you might want to save that one for the honeymoon).
Hotel Pelirocco's bar serves up some of the finest cocktails in town so get a few of those in before letting their in-house make-over and photography girls ‘Taboudoir’ step in to get you and your dolls pampered and glammed up, retro style. Guaranteed to make even the least fortunate looking bridesmaid look decent. You’re looking smokin’, you've sang your heart out, got a few drinks in you… and best of all, you’re in Brighton baby! Let the games begin.
It’s all aboard for a cocktail-fuelled boat ride along the Regents canal on Vestal Voyage’s 50ft classic, Polish cruiser! Starting off in Kings Cross you’ll take an hour and a half long trip through the longest tunnel on the canal network and out the other side into Islington. Get all the hens involved (this one is even great-aunt friendly) and kick back with some of their expertly created concoctions. If you’re lucky, or outrageously flirty - it is your last night of freedom after all – they might even slip you some of their infamous “sexy juice”. It’s like love in a bottle. Aye aye Captain.
Bowling and cocktails go hand in hand; a bit of booze will improve your skills or at least your fight talk if nothing else. Come over all Sandy from Grease, dress up, get them sexy bowling shoes on, and get your bowling freak on. Hungry? Tex Mex, burgers and steaks are on offer so have a night of the pre wedding diet right? More importantly they have a LOT of cocktails on offer. Including some ace group drinks for sharing. We’re loving the Dog Rum Punch for 2-8 people (you decide how big you go). With Appletons Rum, pomegranate syrup, pineapple juice and mint it’s delicious.