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Hen's Guide to

Last Updated 01/04/2016

Central London is glamour personified. It’s swish, sumptuous and sophisticated – you’ll be swept up in the sheer hedonism of London’s most famous and busiest party district. It’s got everything you’ll ever need here – restaurants, bars, clubs and those all-important shops for recovery retail therapy the morning after.

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Soho

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Soho is the biggest name on the London nightlife scene. It’s like a scene from another world – a world where secret den like sex shops sit alongside gorgeous boutiques and illustrious bars. Having won Best London Club Night in the London Club and Bar Awards 2015, Cirque le Soir is synonymous with everything the bright lights of Soho stand for. The nights here are unparalleled; a stunning mix of gorgeous fire eaters and breathtaking aerial, burlesque and circus acts. This place is dazzlingly opulent, and has even seen the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Scarlett Johansson and David Guetta party here. Bar Soho, a spectacular few minutes’ stroll from Cirque le Soir, has been a favourite haunt on the bustling Old Compton Street for years. As soon as you step past the gilded rope, it’s like all of your glamorous Victorian dreams (if you have those…) have come true. The off-kilter interiors feature bathtub and fairground ride loungers, and it’s all deep red hues and chandeliers dripping from the ceiling. DSTRKT is another exclusive lounge in the heart of Central London. You may have heard this bar dropped into chats on Made in Chelsea, and seen the elite venue in various magazines - this is where the rich and famous come to play. And, not that we’re one to name drop, but Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow are just some of the many celebrities who drink and dance the night away at DSTRKT.

Piccadilly

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Piccadilly is another big name in the capital, set mere minutes from Soho. This is one of London’s busiest and best tourist areas – with a heady mix of all sorts of characters from far flung places of the world. Piccadilly Institute is one rollercoaster adventure in the heart of the district. This bar / club is like a chapter straight out of Alice in Wonderland, if Alice had been drinking cocktails for the entire weekend. There are six unique rooms to adventure through – one is even based on the classic Anthony Burgess novel, A Clockwork Orange. Strawberry Moons is another hotspot in Piccadilly, but for a completely different reason. This bar is dedicated to all things 80s and cheesy pop, with a flashing LED disco dance floor, live DJs and, most importantly, 50% off happy hours. And, don’t forget Jewel Piccadilly – the chicest cocktail bar this side of the Thames.

The West End

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The West End may encompass Soho and Piccadilly, but it wholeheartedly deserves a mention in its own merit. It’s luxurious and super elegant, and it’s impossible not to have a good night with its abundance of swanky, cheesy, poptastic, underground and sultry clubs. The Loop is three floors of decadence. There’s a ‘Groovy Wonderland’, as well as a disco room – could there be anything more perfect for a hen weekend in the capital? Make sure you try the exclusive London’s Calling cocktail list – with drinks including Soho Sling and Hackney Hurricane.

Covent Garden

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Cabaret bars, cocktail dens, lively clubs and live music venues – the West End’s crazy and nocturnal neighbour, Covent Garden, has it all. Dirty Martini is one of the hottest cocktail bars in this fantastic drinking district. The cocktail list reads like a who’s who of big names in the boozy biz – including Acai and Wild Tea Martini and Dragon Fruit and Pomegranate Martini. Mabel’s Bar is a sophisticated little haven on Maiden Lane, in the centre of Covent Garden. This place, with an interior inspired from travelling the world, is unique and kitsch – a quirk Covent Garden is famous for.

Opulence is the name of the game in Central London. No other area has the diversity in bars and clubs that this gorgeous district is famous for (the bar crawls are world-famous) - and you can find out even more about Central London on our hen weekends page.