Top 10 Trending Hen Activities in London for 2018!
Want something a little different from the usual boozy big night out for your hen? Don’t get us wrong – here at Orchid HQ we love any opportunity to have a good old dance and drink, but we know how much every girl wants her hen to be one to remember (and for all the right reasons!). If you’re on the hunt for some inspiration to help make your hen something a little different, bang on trend or simply as fun and fabulous as you, then look no further than our list of the Top 10 Trending Hen Activities for 2018!
- Treasure Hunt around the City
Treasure Hunts aren’t just for pirates, they are for hens too! This is one of our most popular and favourite hen activities, with each personalised Treasure Hunt kit containing all the necessary ingredients for your treasure hunt experience including clue packs, maps, pens and even a fun scratch-card quiz game ending with prizes for the winning team! A Treasure Hunt is a brilliant combination of sightseeing, clue solving and photo challenges with some great pubs thrown in for good measure, this fun activity is a great ice-breaker and guarantees to keep everyone entertained!
- Cocktail Making Masterclass with a Twist
Cocktail classes have always been such a fun activity for any hen, but gone are the days of just shaking together a Sex on the Beach. Start your night right with a cocktail class with a twist! Whether you are a gin lover, a prosecco loving princess or mad about Martinis there is a cocktail class out there for you!
We LOVE the Alchemist, with its quirky interior and even quirkier concoctions such at the ‘Bounty’ cocktail with Koko Kanu, Cocnut Water, Briottet White Chocolate & Lime (!) you will be sure to shake up something special with your personal mixologist.
Or choose the Botanist, with locations all over the UK a unique cocktail masterclass in a beautiful venue is never far away! Move over Cosmo and Blue Lagoon and make way for Poppy & Pomegranate or a Cinnamon & Oregano Old Fashioned to add a sophisticated twist to any hen.
- Private Dining
Upgrade your evening meal to something extra special; eat, drink, chat and laugh the night away with private dining for your group. Private Dining is such a lovely option for groups who want to play all the fun hen games without questioning eyes of onlookers or for anyone who wants to make their weekend feel super exclusive and intimate.
The Tank Room at the Cambridge Brewhouse is a little gem of a function room, perfectly sized for more intimate parties and with its retro décor and private phone line direct to the bar you can happily spend your whole evening being wined and dined in this special space.
Or just a stone’s throw from the iconic Roman Bath’s the Roman Baths Kitchen has quirky and cosy private dining room available in their gorgeous townhouse building, the perfect venue to have a truly Bath experience.
(P.S. Private Dining is also a fun and easy way to add a Butler in the Buff to your hen weekend as sadly you can’t just put a naked man anywhere!)
- Gin & Wine Tasting
If you’re a group who appreciates the joys of wine but don’t want to be horribly hungover the next day after a too many glasses at a sticky floored nightclub, wine tasting is the perfect thing for you!
At Orchid HQ we <3 Veeno Wine Bar (now popping up all over the UK!), with their special wine tasting experience you enjoy a selection of white, rose and red wine alongside exclusive and authentic spuntini (appetisers) on a delicious sharing platter which complement each of the wines. Finally, you will taste a sweet wine with our homemade Italian tiramisù. What better way to spend an evening than with great wine, delicious food and your favourite people.
For the ultimate classy experience head to Epernay Champagne Bar, Leeds most iconic Champagne Bar where you can enjoy an hour’s tuition and tasting from an Epernay Expert who will teach you all you need to know about Champagne! Epernay also offer a delicious brunch or afternoon tea with a delicious French twist, champagne and fresh French croissants, for a special and classy hen you just can’t beat it.
- Spa Day
A relaxing spa day will NEVER fall out of favour. And why should it! Who wouldn’t want to be pampered all day, relaxing round the pool or in the steam room with their best girls before the madness in the lead up to the wedding begins. With access to the hotel spa facilities for the whole weekend (yes even before check-in and after check-out!), whether you are 21 or 61, everyone will be sure to leave the weekend feeling refreshed without having broken the bank. One of our all time favourite spa hotels is the Cadbury House Hotel just outside of Bristol, with its outdoor hot tub, relaxation room and hanging cocoon pods!
For something extra special head to the Thermae Bath Spa where you can bathe in Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters just as the Romans did, relaxing in the stunning open-air roof-top pool by day or by night! You can even have private use of the open-air thermal Cross Bath with prosecco picnic (just as the Romans wish they did!).
Or if you really want to win the award for Zen Hen of 2018 why not add a Yoga Session to your weekend… pause, stretch and let all the wedding stress melt away.
- Comedy Club
If you’re looking for the perfect alternative to a boozy night look no further than an evening at a Comedy Club! Put a smile on the whole groups face and laugh the night away at a comedy show leaving you chuckling all the way to the wedding.
Our favourite comedy spots? We can’t get enough of the Comedy Loft in London and Birmingham, where every Saturday they get 4 of the best comedians on the circuit performing their superb sets. And forget the faff of sorting dinner for your group and take advantage of the Comedy Lofts drinks and dinner offer and enjoy a yummy dinner whilst you watch!
- Not So Traditional Afternoon Tea
An old classic that will never go out of style, Afternoon Tea is a wonderful addition to any hen making a special event out of having something to eat. Not only does it add a sophisticated twist to your weekend, but now there are so many fun variations from the traditional Afternoon Tea!
Enjoy an exquisitely delicious Afternoon Tea in style onboard a vintage Routemaster Bus whilst capturing the cultural sights of Bath or London with B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, or pick up one of their adorable Afternoon Tea Picnics to pop in the front of your Boris Bike and enjoy in one of the cities beautiful parks!
Or if you wanted to be transported back in time head to Heartfelt Vintage in Bristol for exclusive use of their quirky boutique whilst tucking into a delicious, homemade afternoon tea, with the opportunity to try on all the lovely vintage clothing and accessorises in the shop!
If gin is more your thing head to Circo in Bath for a Gin High Tea which combines a classic high tea experience with a professionally delivered gin tasting where you will create your own gin, whilst indulging on high tea treats and tasting a selection of premium gins. Whatever your hen’s style there is a unique Afternoon Tea experience waiting for you and the girls!
- Blow Dry & Up Do
After a busy fun filled day what better way to relax, unwind and get glammed up before you head out for the evening than getting a beautiful blow dry at a luxury or boutique salon! Having your hair professionally done isn’t something that most people get done very often (unless you are Kate Middleton!), so squeezing in a trip to the blow dry bar will really add that extra special touch to your weekend.
Here at Orchid we are slightly obsessed with Duck and Dry in London, have a bouncy blow dry or get Duck and Dry’s beautiful braids accompanied by a glass of prosecco ready to head straight out to dinner and drinks feeling and looking like the belle of the ball!
For our Scottish hens we know that we can trust Heidi and Pearl Edinburgh to pamper you like a princess with their ‘Blow Out to Go Out’! Whether you’ve got your Best Friend, Sister, Mum or Grandma Doris on your hen, everyone will be guaranteed to enjoy this treat.
- Boozy Brunch
Why just have brunch when you can have brunch with unlimited prosecco!! Forget your usual morning routine of tea and toast before you rush out the door for work and start the party with a boozy brunch and while away a couple of hours in a cosy café and enjoy having an excuse to drink before 12!
The temptation of a bottomless brunch is never far away here at Orchid, with Grace and Browns in Clifton just minutes from our office with a lure of bottomless fizz for 2 hours, a delicious brunch main and a selection of naughty bites to finish, if it was socially acceptable we would be there everyday!
And remember your boozy brunch doesn’t have to bottomless and end in an afternoon nap in the hotel! We can’t wait to try Little Flute London’s ‘Bubbles & Brunch’ where you are treated to a 3-course brunch, glass of prosecco on arrival and 6 tasters of fizz, adding a classy and unique spin to your day.
- Dance Masterclass
Whether you want to channel your inner Beyoncé, learn how to dance the Charleston like a true flapper girl or nail that Dirty Dancing lift a dance masterclass will be sure to have everyone moving, shaking and laughing their way through the day! Dance classes are such a fun way to celebrate and make hilarious memories to last a lifetime.
Want to make your masterclass extra special? Well our friends at Dance Party Experience say that every hen party need just a few ingredients: music, dancing, bubbles and boys. So why not have a Butler in the Buff to join you for your dance class for an afternoon that is suave and sophisticated whilst cheeky and mischievous!