The Fashion Girls' Guide To Hen Nights

The Fashion Girls' Guide To Hen Nights

There is an alternative to feather boas and willy straws on a hen night...

If the thought of donning a pink feather boa, plastic tiara and sipping luke warm cocktails through a willy straw leaves you in a cold sweat, don't panic. When it comes to hen nights we've mastered the classy alternative. You'll still giggle uncontrollably, you'll still stumble and you probably won't remember it all but most importantly you'll feel like yourself throughout, not an extra in Bridesmaids. Here's how... 

Swap the hummer for a chic chauffeur…

Pink stretch hummers are so last season. We hired a BMW M6 Gran Coupe to whizz us around for the evening. When it rolled up to the curb, in gun metal grey, all sleek lines and contured edges, we knew we had picked the supermodel of the car world. A passerby actually exclaimed 'Phwoar' (we were only slightly offended it wasn't directed towards us.)  The interior didn't disappoint either with the softest cream merino leather seating and a dashboard that looked like it belonged in a jet with the snazziest looking in-built sat nav system we have ever seen. Our driver explained he called it the cockpit and that all the key details from the car – fuel, tyre alerts etc automatically appeared on the windscreen. Pretty cool huh? But it was the roof that we loved the most. Made of carbon fire and stretching the whole way across the car we could watch the skyline change as we cruised around London town.

Ditch the Magic Mike screening for karaoke…

Hen nights are all about gathering together your best group of girlfriends and making it a memorable night. And what's more memorable than reliving your childhood fantasy of being in a girlband with your fave gals. We rented a private room at Karaoke Box in Smithfield but they've also got locations in Soho and Mayfair and sang until we were hoarse. Sure, it's a little bit daunting at first but after a couple of 'Karaoke Monster' shooters – butterscotch schnapps fused with Baileys – you'll be trying to snatch the mike from the bride to be. The day before it's worth having a think about what songs you want on your playlist so you don't waste time debating what to add when the clock is ticking down your time. Madonna's Vogue, Lionel Richie's All Night Long, Spandau Ballet's Gold and Taylor Swift's Blank Space were all hot hits for us.

 

Go for streetfood rather than a posh meal…

Save the seven course tasting menu for a night when you're going to be sober enough to actually taste it. We whizzed south of the river to Lewishman for Streetfeast's Model Market. Set in a former 1950's indoor and outdoor market it's been transformed into a food and drinking hub packed full of beared app developers and those slash/slash career girls that describe themselves as a singer/model/yoga teacher. We feasted on sticky ribs from Smokestak, scoffed pork steamed buns from Yum Bun and couldn't say no to a naan roll from Rola Wala. Plus the adult only slushies from the Slushy Bar, rose from Winyl and tequila shots on the Lewishman High Line didn't disappoint either. Add to the mix fire pits, glowsticks and a huge outdoor dancefloor and you're guaranteed a fun if slightly blurry night.


 
 
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