The Best Alternative Hen Do Ideas

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by Melissa Henry |
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Are you over the cliché hen night of drunken debauchery and cringe worthy strippers? You're not alone. For a night to remember (rather than one you'd much prefer to forget), we've scouted out some of the most unique alternatives for a sophisticated hen party celebration, no L-plates or hen party sashes required...

Try an immersive dining experience

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If you’re looking for a unique and immersive dining experience then the Gingerline might just be for you. When you book, you'll know only that the location is somewhere on the East London Line. An hour before arrival, you'll receive a text with directions to a mysterious world where performance meets music and food. Naturally, you'll be sworn to secrecy on the night - hen party games don't have to involve squirty cream.

Become a gin making (and tasting) expert

Created especially for the sophisticated type, Mr. Foggs Gin Tasting Safari includes sampling rare gins from around the globe. An expert barman will lead you through the history, origins and tasting notes of each, allowing you to add different botanicals to infuse and decorate your creation. It's all about interaction, involvement and incredible alcoholic creations - getting boozy is totally up to you...

Get arty at a life drawing class

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With not a fruit bowl in sight, practice your artistic flair as you create a masterpiece. Life drawing classes offer huge giggles for your hen party as your subject bares all for you to study. It's way more tasteful than a stripper, after all...

Chill out at a yoga retreat

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Healthy hens deserve to let their hair down without having to endure the hens party toxifying hangover. For a weekend encompassing yoga, surfing and digital detoxing, try a YogaGlamp retreat (check your mobile in on arrival). Take your pick from an array of activities including horse riding and massage, then enjoy wholesome vegan food before retiring to sleep in a luxury bell tent.

Get creative at a jewellery making class

Be inspired with Kat&Bee Jewellery classes and create your own hen party accessories. From small and stackable to big statement rings, necklaces, bracelets or earrings, jewellery queen Kat will teach you the inside tricks of the trade. You'll come away with a piece you have made - great to use in hen do party bags - and have learnt a new skill - not bad for a hen do, right? Classes will suit all levels of expertise.

Try an alternative night out

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If your bride is decadent and glamorous but can’t bare the sight of a sticky dance floor, then 40 Winks was made for her. The dressiquette is elegant and glamorous jimjams and nighties (and if you're in need of hen do party games ideas, you can win prizes for the best dressed at 40 Winks); the night infused with amazing stories, music and cocktails and canapés. A totally unique experience.

Indulge in a spa weekend

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If your bride-to-be prefers a more chilled affair in the country, then look no further than The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel. With an array of indoor and outdoor spa facilities, including an ESPA treatment menu, it's a true haven of relaxation. The rooftop hot tub alone is well worth a trip - lie back and relax in the warm waters will enjoying a glass of fizz. Bliss.

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