Sophisticated Ideas for a UK Hen Weekend

Today’s wedding blog post is definitely for the ladies – anyone planning a hen weekend and wondering how to keep things classy should read this fab guest post by Jessica Lambert.

With lavish hen parties becoming more and more popular, the pressure is really on to choose ideas that are unique, special and memorable. Still, there’s no need to go abroad; with so many sophisticated hen party ideas available right on your doorstep, you can keep the cash from the flights to spend on the night.

sophisticated uk hen weekend ideas (4)London

The cosmopolitan capital of culture, a London hen weekend provides you with an eclectic choice of things to do:

Afternoon tea at The Ritz

A great way of getting some quality time with the girls and enjoying an afternoon in style is to get some top class service at The Ritz Hotel in London. With a variety of teas, freshly made sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, and pastries, the afternoon tea at The Ritz is a truly luxurious and decadent experience.

London Eye with River Thames Cruise

The London Eye experience takes you high above London, revealing the best panoramic views of the capital. The world’s highest observational wheel, you and the girls will enjoy pointing out landmarks whilst sipping on a glass of champagne.

You can always take your trip to the waterways of London and cruise the Thames in style too. Less spectacular then a ride on the ‘Eye’, it’s a more relaxed experience that gives you more time to chat as you absorb the capital and its flow.

sophisticated uk hen weekend ideas (2)Soho cocktail masterclass

When it comes to fun, a few cocktails can definitely help things along! And there’s no better city to try your hand at making these delicious concoctions. London’s home to hundreds of classy and chic cocktail bars. Whilst learning the art of mixology, you’ll pick up the history of cocktails and all you’ll ever need to know about which spirits go where.

sophisticated uk hen weekend ideas (6)Along the way, your own personal barman will create games for you to play to put your skills to the test! The best bit of course is drinking the results – summer favourites include Mojitos and Cosmopolitans!

sophisticated uk hen weekend ideas (3)Brighton

If you choose a hen party in Brighton then you’ll be getting both beach time and club time, the city is famous for offering both. With one of the friendliest atmospheres in the UK and a long history of tolerance, Brighton is always buzzing. On the beach, down the shopping lanes and especially at night!

Cupcake making and cocktails

A newly popular idea is combining cocktails with cupcakes. Nestled away in Brighton’s famous boutique lanes, the session concentrates on making cupcakes in an easy and quick way followed by learning how to decorate them. You’ll learn the skill of sugar craft and piping by making handmade roses to decorate your cupcakes with. All of this is carried out whilst sipping on your favourite cocktails: heaven!

Chocolate making

What girl does not enjoy a bit of chocolate now and then? Chocolate making is pure indulgence, with the chance to taste lots of the stuff whilst learning about what makes the cocoa bean so special. Once you’ve learnt the essentials, you’ll get the chance to make your very own personalised, handmade truffles and take them home in a pretty ribbon-tied bag. Why not combine the chocolate making session with the Brighton chocolate festival, which takes place on the 17th– 18th March every year and is free?

Champagne tasting

A great way to learn about champagne – something that might help you pick a good bottle for the big day – is to go on a tasting that is both informative and enjoyable. The session will be made fun with the tasting of various champagnes, incorporated into a game where you’ll answer questions testing what you’ve learnt. You’ll definitely leave feeling heady and happy!

sophisticated uk hen weekend ideas (5)Edinburgh

To go with the kilts and good sense of humour, an Edinburgh hen weekend offers an array of unique experiences.

Pamper day

This is the best chance to spend time with the girls and truly prepare for the big day ahead. It’s the way to unwind and find your thoughts. A pamper day allows you to clear your mind and feel really special, made better still by the glorious Edinburgh countryside. Once you’ve relaxed in the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, why not add on a massage or pedicure to top off the treat?

sophisticated uk hen weekend ideas (1)Horse riding

Edinburgh has beautiful rolling countryside, so what better way to experience it than on a horse? With views of the hills and beyond, horse riding creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere; it’s thanks to this you’ll find some alternative chill time.

And it’s always funny when a friend struggles to mount the horse, and fails!

Jessica is from Redseven Leisure (, one of the UK’s leading hen weekend organisers. Visit their website and fill in a few details for your instant and free brochure by email.

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Jenny McAvoy
    9 years ago

    Totally fabulous and memorable and you can always combine with a fabulously decadent hen party photo shoot too 🙂

  • Nice post! Defintely hen parties are getting more and more decadent and important to the bride to be. I run Vintage fascinator making parties in the northwest and they are selling out for next spring already! These brides/hens are very organised compared to how I imagine a stag do would be! The photoshoot idea is so cool too. And vintage afternoon tea! I work with the Dish ran Away with the Spoon who do an afternoon tea service to compliment the parties. It’s brill fun. Sorry for sounding a bit self promotiony, I just think that there are so many good options out there now not just the old tacky ones!

  • Hen Party Brighton
    8 years ago

    Hi Jess, great post! Love your ideas! My fav has to be cupcake making, yum!!!

  • Mini Hat Hair Clips
    8 years ago

    hen nights are reaaly cool i am going on one in Bournemouth soon hurrah cant wait

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