Written by Jenny from City Dance Parties.
Getting to spend a whole weekend partying in a new city with some of your closest pals is pretty much a guaranteed recipe for a fantastic time. You get to explore a new city, reconnect with old friends and boogie the night away with your ‘bride tribe’. What could be better?
Planning a hen weekend away can be slightly overwhelming though, especially when it comes to choosing what city to go to; there’s so many options! You could keep it simple and get the train to a city not too far from you, go big with a weekend in Vegas, keep it classy with a trip to Paris, hit up a party city like Ibiza, or drink in some culture with a trip to London or Italy…...SO MANY CHOICES!
We thought we’d make things a little easier, and share some of our top picks for an unforgettable hen weekend. Whether you’re a creative type, a party animal, or a culture vulture, we can help you find the right city for you!
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to culture, nightlife, hen party activities and fabulous restaurants to wine and dine the night away in England’s capital. You could kick off your weekend with a spot of sightseeing along London’s Southbank, before hitting the shops in Oxford Circus and then dancing the weekend away in some of London’s most trendy clubs and bars. Any cultured or performing hens could take a trip to London’s famous West End and catch a musical or a show! Pair that with a dance class in central London and a late night cabaret show and you’ve got a winning combination for a showgirl weekend! If clubbing's more your thing, hit up Picadilly Circus, Camden or Leicester Square for some unforgettable club nights.
Pro tip: Why not take in some of London’s most iconic sights with a hen party treasure hunt across the city? The perfect way to bond with the rest of the bride tribe; there’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition to spice up a hen weekend!
A city so famous for its parties it needs no introduction. Perfect for a party hen who wants to dance, dance, dance, Ibiza is guaranteed to create some unforgettable memories on a hen weekend. Beaches, world famous nightclubs and cocktails in the sun...what more could you ask for? You could start off your morning with a hangover busting group yoga class, spend the afternoon soaking up some rays on the beach (you could even get involved with some group water sports for a more daring hen party activity!), before hitting the clubs, letting your hair down and dancing the night away. Just think of the Instagram pictures….Ibiza is most certainly a sexy hen party destination!
Pro tip: Embrace the spirit of Spain with a sexy salsa class with your girlfriends. A great way to warm up those hips in preparation for hitting Ibiza's world famous bars and clubs!
Home to PartyWith, no party guide could be complete without mentioning our favorite city to drink, dine and boogie in! With so many gorgeous, picturesque canals running throughout Amsterdam, you could kick off your hen weekend by hiring a boat and having a boat party along water…..what better way to take in some of the sights of this beautiful city? You could while the night away in one of Amsterdam’s trendy bars, book a Burlesque class, or hit up a drag show to really get into the spirit of things! A city packed with culture, cool bars, clubs and of course, bicycles, it’s ideal for a relaxing hen, or an active hen. Any keen cyclists can hop on a bike and spend your hen party exploring the city on 2 wheels!
Pro tip: Grab yourself a bike and take a cycle tour around this beautiful hen party destination! Or Check our PartyWith, and get some tips on how to paint the town red like a true Amsterdam local on your hen weekend.
The city of love, fine food, and home to the Moulin Rouge, Paris is a perfect choice for a classy hen. So many sights to see, so much sexy food to eat, not to mention the amount of fine wines there are to sample. The City of Love, with some fantastic photo opportunities throughout the city. Get a group snap outside the Eiffel Tower, hit up the Champs Ellyses or why not swing by the Louvre. If you fancy a hen party activity with a difference, you could book to a group cookery lesson, followed see an original can can show to kick the night off with a bang! Ooh la la! If that doesn’t sound like a dreamy way to spend your Last Night of Freedom, I don’t know what does!
Pro tip: 2 words: CAN CAN! Why not book a group can can class? It’s a guaranteed giggle, the ideal way to really embrace a bit of French Culture and can be topped off with a night at the world famous Moulin Rouge.
If anyone knows how to party….it’s the Irish. Take a trip to Ireland and have a weekend you’ll never forget hitting the pubs, bars and clubs, Irish style. Grab yourself a Guinness, and have a good old fashioned knees up. There’s plenty of stunning towns and cities close by, like Dalkey, a gorgeous coastal town, packed full of celebrity houses (you can even take a ‘Celebrity houses tour!), or Killeny, with some beautiful walks and stunning views, to take in some fresh Irish air, and idyllic scenery on a hen party afternoon. Finish off your Saturday night in style by before boogieing on down to Temple bar in Central Dublin – a tourist hotspot, but with good reason! If you fancy an activity with a difference, take a Viking Splash Tour – a tour of Dublin that mixes river and laugh, and a guaranteed laugh, and perfect for catching some of Dublin’s famous sights.
Pro tip: You can’t visit Dublin without a trip to Temple Bar. With live music coming from every bar, it doesn’t really matter where you end up; you’re guaranteed to meet new people, have a boogie, and create some pretty unforgettable memories.
Phew! We hope we’ve given you some inspiration and ideas for planning the perfect hen weekend, and finding a destination that’s perfect for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about creating some unforgettable memories with some of your closest friends, so regardless of where you end up, as long as you’ve got some of your closest gal pals or ‘bride tribe’ by your side, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have an incredible time.
A Bit about Jenny:
Jenny, from London, founded City Dance Parties in 2016, after running dance classes for hen parties all across the UK for over 5 years. She loves a good boogie, and is known for cracking out a Single Ladies routine after a glass of wine (As a birthday treat she gave PartyWith’s old team member Izzy a Single Ladies Masterclass which was duly performed at her birthday bash!). Her favourite dance experience? It has to be Belly Dance, or Spice Girls. You can check out the full choice of dance experiences at City Dance Parties (www.citydanceparties.co.uk)