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Hen's Guide to

Last Updated 29/03/2016

London’s famous East London has recently revolutionised itself – becoming a hot bed of unique restaurants, and quirky bars and clubs - attracting the city’s trendy, hipster crowd. The lively East End of London encompasses a vast range of idiosyncratic districts, each with their own distinctive ambiance and vibe. From the historic Hoxton, to Bohemian Shoreditch, to the iconic Brick Lane – the world renowned East End is overflowing with fabulous places for your hen weekend in the Big Smoke.

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Shoreditch

The hip and happening Shoreditch is renowned as a lively, hipster drinking district, boasting an unrivalled party atmosphere all year round. The Bohemian paradise offers electric nightlife every day of the week. Your first port of call in Shoreditch, should definitely be NOLA – bringing a taste of New Orleans to the East End, with a glorious ‘Big Easy’ hype. Channel your inner Dixie Queens, with the gorgeous, retro surroundings - including upbeat Jazz or Blues music, slow-moving ceiling fans, and a secret cigar terrace and herb garden. The fabulous, expansive cocktail menu will have you and the girls in the party spirit from the offset.

Three tiled images, one of the interiors of NOLA, one of cocktails lined up on NOLA's bar and one of the exteriors of The Shoreditch

After a few classy cocktails in NOLA, head to the lively, 50s inspired bar/club hybrid – The Shoreditch. Serving a massive range of quirky cocktails and hosting live music/DJ sets, this late night opening Shoreditch joint is a wonderful place to end up. And, with a generous happy hour of 2-4-1 cocktails, and four bottled beers for £10 – your hen party kitty will stretch further than you think.

Hoxton

A short walk from Shoreditch, you’ll arrive in super-trendy, Bohemian Hoxton - a stunning spot to relax, unwind and celebrate. Ironically unfashionable and avant-garde, this district is way ahead of the trends – a haven for cool street graffiti, edgy decor and quirky hipster drinking haunts. With the mantra, "free your mind and your ass will follow" - the unique, Zigfrid Von Underbelly is a perfect destination to end a night in Hoxton. Open ‘til 3am on the weekends, this bouncing spot is a home from home – where people can eat, drink and think – whilst dancing the night away. The impressive interiors, including neon lighting, huge totem poles, and madcap, mismatched surfboards lining the ceilings – transport to another world, and there’s even an eccentric smoking terrace where you can take the party outdoors. Needless to say, you won’t forget a night here in a hurry.

Three tiled images, two of quirky cocktails in The Night Jar and one of the interiors of Zigfrid Von Underbelly

Another quirky hotspot in Hoxton is the mysterious Night Jar. The indulgent, speakeasy vibe – this bar has vintage glamour and enchantment down to a T. Boasting a whopping range of rare spirits, and experimental cocktails from different eras – from pre-prohibition to post-war – The Night Jar is guaranteed to have a tipple to tickle your fancy.

The pioneering East End of London is unlike any other nightlife district in The Big Smoke. Prepare to darn your thrift shop Adidas sweaters, ironic T-shirts and tortoise shell glasses – it’s time to party like a hipster. Find out even more about your legendary hen do in the capital on our London hen weekends page.