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Top Destinations for Chic Hen Party Weekends

From Paris to Bath, we look at some of the hippest places to spend an elegant hen weekend


There’s been a celebrity revival recently of the trashy and tacky hen do. In the last six months, Peaches Geldof, Kim Kardashian and The Saturdays’ Rochelle have all donned tiaras and sashes on hen party weekends.

However, if you prefer a night with a bit of class, the cities of UK and Europe won’t disappoint – with everything from champagne teas, designer shopping, Michelin starred restaurants and beautiful spas. Eclipse Leisure has organised its fair share of hen weekends and with their expert insight this guide will inspire your destination and activity choice for an elegant hen party, with top tips on how to keep the event dignified.

London Hen Weekends

London

Why London?
Ladies on a hen weekend in London can take advantage of the capital’s big selection of elegant restaurants, hotels and activities. Try your hand at perfume making, chocolate making or wine tasting and be sure to enjoy afternoon tea in one of the chic venues.

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The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea is perfectly catered to fashion-lovers, with each of the sweet treats designed to match key fashion trends. For something more ceremonial, afternoon tea at the Teanamu Chaya Teahouse has 18 different types of tea to choose from. If you’re looking for cake stands with exquisite pastries, matching china, rose-petal champagne and finger sandwiches, head to the Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair – voted Top London Afternoon Tea by the Tea Guild in 2012.

 

Bath Hen Weekends

Bath

Why Bath?
According to data from Eclipse Leisure, Bath is the most popular destination for hens who want to indulge in a spa and pampering weekend. Naturally, the city is a popular choice with a nice selection of spas ranging from large commercial spa brands to boutique spas that take advantage of Bath’s natural thermal spring.

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Bath has a number of restaurants where you can enjoy a sophisticated dinner. The Telegraph notes The Olive Tree as the best place in Bath for ‘posh-dining’. It will tickle the fancy of any foodies in the party with a menu including truffled confit chicken and consommé with poached hen’s egg – how very apt!

 

York Hen Weekends

York

Why York?
York has a diverse choice of hen activities, including cocktail making, but the quality of food and quirky museums are also a big attraction for high-brow hens.

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Yorkshire has the largest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants than any other county in the UK and is home to The Burlington, a highly acclaimed restaurant boasting four AA rosettes, a Michelin Star and UK Wine List of the Year. Other sophisticated attractions to enjoy in York include a boat trip on the lake at the 18th century Castle Howard or for any craft-happy hens, the Quilt Museum has some wonderful fabric and design inspiration, as well as an Italian deli and restaurant.

 

Paris Hen Weekends

Paris

Why Paris?
Avoid the binge-culture of the UK with a hen weekend in Paris, the epitome of sophistication. Hen activities popular in the French capital include spa & pamper sessions and wine-tasting, although it’d be a shame to miss out on some Carrie Bradshaw-esque shopping and posh lunch!

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There are also the designer shops to peruse along the Champs Elyse with big names including Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Lacoste, as well as high street favourites Zara. This up-market area of Paris is the perfect place to enjoy a refined lunch. Ladurée is one of the most chic and elegant cafes on the Champ Elyse, specialising in macaroons but offering a whole variety of other delicacies to try. Enjoy a glass of champagne with a delicious pastry, or indulge in their famously rich chocolat chaud.

 

Brighton Hen Weekends

Brighton

Why Brighton?
Brighton is a favourite location in the UK for a hen-party, but that doesn’t mean you have to go for pink-sashes and cheap cocktails. There are plenty of elegant cafes, spas and bars to enjoy in complete sophistication.

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From traditional favourites like Champneys to sleek and contemporary establishments like Sk:n, and a number of organic treatments and products, Brighton is a haven of all things spa-related. In the evening, see a show at the traditional Theatre Royale, which shows everything from the Russian State Ballet to the Japanese Yamato Drummers.

 

Valencia Hen Weekends

Valencia

Why Valencia?
This Spanish city is an excellent option for a hen weekend in the sun, with plenty of culture and a gorgeous sandy beach to keep everyone happy.
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The intimate atmosphere of Valencia’s old town is great inspiration for salsa dancing, lessons here are popular with hen groups as are boat cruises and wine tasting experiences. Enjoy traditional tapas overlooking the Turia River or head to the city’s long golden beach for an afternoon of sunbathing and sangria.

 

Tips for an Elegant Hen Weekend

  • If you’re not a fan of city-life, head out to the country with a stay in a traditional cottage, perfect for long walks and hearty meals in a cosy country pub.
  • If your hen party has a diverse mix of people, think about inviting certain people to join in with different parts of it, especially if it spans over a couple of days.
  • It’s possible to have activities centred on alcohol that are both fun and dignified, like a champagne breakfast or a wine-tasting experience.
  • Fancy dress is fun but it’s easy for it to look tacky. Instead, ask your hens to wear something that reminds them of the bride, or bring a token of one of their favourite memories of the bride – it’s a great ice-breaker and people will feel more comfortable in their own clothes.
  • Always have a plan B. An afternoon picnic in the park sounds great but if it rains you don’t want to have to retreat to the nearest bar or café that has space.

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