The sophisticated girl’s guide to hen parties

If pub crawls, novelty hairbands and male strippers are your idea of the hen night from hell, read on...

Sophisticated hen parties

Designer hotel 42 The Calls in Leeds hosts an Ab Fab Weekend for £199 for two people. You get one night’s accommodation, champagne and a Harvey Nichols gift pack containing a £50 Harvey Nichols voucher.


Try the pampering package at the five-star Edinburgh Residence. For £518 per person per night based on four sharing a townhouse you get a bottle of champagne, a three-course dinner served in your suite, a spa treatment and full Scottish breakfast. Also included is a taxi ride to Harvey Nichols for a personal shopping consultation, complete with champagne and a goody bag.

Brush up on your bruschetta by inviting your hens to an evening cookery class with Enrica Rocca, a celebrity chef in Italy and South Africa who’s now based in west London. One-day courses from £170 per person.

Birmingham has gone very cosmopolitan – witness Brindley Place‘s trendy canal-side bars and cafés and the posh shopping at The Mailbox, Birmingham’s answer to Bond Street. And be sure not to miss the impressive, space-age-style Selfridges. For the ultimate treat, stay at Malmaison. Rooms start from approx £125 per night.

If you and your friends are hardened shopaholics, check in to the Knightsbridge Hotel. It’s just around the corner from the delights of Brompton Road and Sloane Street. Twin rooms from £220 per night. Special deals are available throughout the year -the Strawberries and Cream package (available until September 2006) includes one night’s accommodation, horse-riding in Hyde Park followed by champagne and strawberries. Weekend rates start at £340 per room per night.

Soar above London on a champagne flight on the London Eye, from £35 per person. Book a private champagne capsule for up to 25 people, from £440.

If you and your friends enjoy arts and crafts, book a mosaics or stained-glass course at Zantium Studios in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. Two-day workshops start at £160, including lunch and refreshments. For a private house party, stay on-site at Godfrey Hole House for “210 for 3 nights fir 3 people sharing.


The Chester Grosvenor has a brand new spa, with five treatment rooms, a Turkish steam room, themed showers, a herb sauna, an ice fountain and a salt grotto. Day packages start from £185 per person.