Organising a stag or hen do needn’t be stressful – though it is often one of the biggest responsibilities faced by anyone involved in a wedding party! If you’re on the lookout for something more luxurious than the standard stag/hen fare, then London is a fantastic place to start. The UK capital offers a wide range of experiences and venues sure to elevate the event above the expected. We’ve compiled this quick list of five top ideas for ensuring a stag or hen do which you won’t forget…
1. Book the right hotel
Ensuring you have somewhere to stay during your visit means there’s less pressure to catch transport home after the fun is over – and if you choose the right venue, you could even get the party started at the hotel itself. This is a particularly great option if you have something luxurious planned, as venues such as the Park Grand Paddington Hotel have plenty of facilities which can help all the guests get ready and treat themselves before a great night out.
As a 4-star luxury boutique hotel in the heart of London, guests have access to chic, contemporary accommodation and a stylish restaurant and bar perfect for refuelling. Whether you’re heading off on a day of exploring or eager to immerse yourselves in London’s world-famous nightlife, we offer the perfect base for your stag-hen do in the capital.
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout means you can always stay connected, and share updates on your travels as they happen. In addition, staying in such a centralised location provides easy access to the city’s transport links, and gets you closer to some of the major hotspots in London with ease.
2. Enjoy an evening at a London casino
When you think of London, you might not immediately consider it as a major casino venue – but the city has some suitably fancy options for anyone who wants to pretend they’re in Las Vegas for the evening!
The Hippodrome Casino is one of our favourite spaces for a night of indulgent entertainment and cabaret shows, alongside everything from learning how to play top card games to trying a few high or low stake gambling ideas while you stay in London. The Hippodrome includes several floors and has an ongoing ‘Magic Mike Live’ stage experience, which can be booked online at the official website and makes a great addition to fun hen dos, with an added touch of luxury thanks to the historic splendour of the venue itself.
3. Go and see a West End show
Perfect for both hen dos and stag nights, London’s West End is one of the most impressive ways to experience a city mainstay while keeping everyone entertained on your trip. The London stage draws visitors from all over the world, eager to see top theatrical talent at their best – and at Paddington hotels, you’ll always be close to some of the major theatre venues in the city. Whether you’re in the mood for a fun-filled musical or something more dramatic, there’s lots on offer.
You can either book in advance – highly recommended for some of the larger and longer-running shows at the West End – or simply take a stroll into this historic, energetic part of London and choose something you’d all like to see. The area is also surrounded by a number of great spots for a few pre-show drinks and dinner, including at your hotel itself.
A trip to the West End is a fantastic way to enjoy a more offbeat celebration of an upcoming wedding, and takes you all off the beaten track of more traditional options.
4. Take a helicopter tour of London
The London city skyline includes a rich variety of both historic and modern buildings, and by taking a helicopter tour, you can see it all for yourself from above. This is not only a great way to enjoy a new experience while staying at the Park Grand Paddington Hotel, but it’s also suitably luxurious for those on the lookout for something unusual to try with their wedding party.
There are a number of different tour operators across London offering this experience, and you’ll be taken over key local landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard. Understandably, each operator has its own limitations on the number of passengers – and every journey differs in length and price. This makes a trip via helicopter a great option for smaller groups who want to see the sights in quick succession while really treating the bride or groom with a wedding just around the corner!
London Helicopter Tours is the only operator which has trips beginning in Central London, and trips can be booked online at the official website or customised by giving the bookings team a call to discuss requirements.
5. Travel the Thames in style
Another great option for stag and hen dos with a difference is to incorporate a trip along the Thames into the London visit, and this is a popular way to both reach additional destinations and explore the city from a unique vantage point.
A historic waterway, the Thames travels alongside some of the city’s key landmarks – and also provides a great method for both leisurely and high-octane adventures. Some of the best options include taking an exciting speedboat tour, perfect for energetic guests, and opting for a slower pace on board a sail boat. There are lots of ways to make this work for your own event, and plenty of great tour operators (including Thamesjet, Thames Rockets and RIB Tours) which can both be booked in advance and, in some cases, joined on the day itself.
We recommend selecting your tour ahead of time, particularly in the case of larger groups. This not only gives peace of mind, but also ensures you can take your pick from the various options available and book a boat just for the people enjoying the hen do or stag do.