Why Brighton is the Perfect Place for a Hen Party Weekender
Brighton has it all. It’s a culturally diverse city, with interesting architecture, museums, sea, a pier, great shops, fantastic restaurants, cool bars and an eclectic mix of nightlife. It’s a mini London-by-the-sea, with a friendlier and more chilled atmosphere. Brighton is also a compact city, so almost everything is accessible on foot (and the odd taxi if you’re a bit wobbly).
Even in the midst of winter, Brighton still has rich pickings when it comes to hen party shenanigans. But spring and summer is when Brighton flourishes. We’ve put together some of Brighton’s best bits. Read on and you’ll quickly see why Brighton is the perfect place for an eclectic hen part weekender.
Who doesn’t like to add a couple of hours shopping into a weekend away? Brighton has all the mainstream shops, mainly plonked into the Churchill shopping centre, and along Western Road and North Street. In East Street and the South Laines you’ll find more upmarket and boutique options (such as Jigsaw, Kos, Joules, Hobbs, Toast and the like here, as well as some independents with designer gear). For more funky and vintage independent shops, head for the North Laine area.
Brighton Pier and beach
A stroll along the seafront and up and down the pier is a must-do tradition when you visit Brighton. The Brighton pier offers everything you would expect, from thrill-seeking fairground rides to arcades with slot machines and a whole gamut of fun and games. Grab a candyfloss and go with the nostalgic flow, while you soak up some sun.
If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated, head west along the seafront to Brighton’s i360 and take to the skies in the impressive sci-fi vertical cable car to get a breath-taking view of the city and coastline. You can enjoy a glass of locally sourced fizz as you take in the views. It’s a good idea to book tickets in advance as it’s busy, especially at weekends and at peak times.
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Eclectic eateries and buzzing bars
Brighton is getting there when it comes to the food scene. It’s not quite on a par with London, but if you want good food, there are definitely some interesting and decent places to eat. Of course, if down-to-earth fish and chips and burgers are all you want, then you’ll find these eateries scattered liberally all over the city.
The North Laine area offers a huge selection of buzzing cafes, pubs and bars. If you’re after something alternative, The Mesmerist is worth a visit. This popular retro joint playing music from the 30s and 40s is packed at weekends (you’ll have to queue to get in). Think Lindy Hop, Jazz and Blues. It’s typical of Brighton’s eclectic scene.
If Sex-and-The-City is more your style, head to the Merkaba bar at MyHotel for swish cocktails. Next door to MyHotel is the delightful Chilli Pickle, Brighton’s favourite Indian restaurant, which is well worth a visit.
Gin is big in Brighton. The Office pub in Sydney Street does some great gin cocktails and has an extensive gin menu. The Gin Tub in Hove is worth heading away from central Brighton for. It’s busy and you can’t book tables so an off-peak visit might be more fruitful. It’s a bit pricey, but the gin tasting boards are a great way to sample a few variations. There are old-fashioned phones on customer tables to call the bar and order drinks (a pleasing gimmick).
If you’re after the large chain pubs, they can mostly be found in West Street. Or All-Bar-One is a popular mainstream hen party stop close to the Brighton Pavilion. The Pavilion is a great stop for some hen party snaps.
For a refined vintage tea party, Metro Deco in Kemptown is a charming and eclectic choice. Cocktails in quaint teacups round off a very refined afternoon of scrumptious sandwiches and delicious cakes.
Hen party extras
Whatever you have in mind for the hen party weekend, it wouldn’t be a hen party without some cheeky extras. Whether you organise a nude life drawing session, cocktail making, a burlesque dancing lesson or a cocktail making class, adding an organised group activity to your weekend schedule will get everyone giggling and in the mood for some fun.
Chocolate lovers can book a private room at Choccywoccydoodah for a decadent and gothic chocolate feast. If you really don’t feel up to organising it all, you could get a hen party organiser to do it for you – that way you’ll get the best of all the hen party ideas Brighton has to offer.
Staying in Brighton
There’s a whole range of hotels along the seafront from luxury (The Grand) to cheaper options (the budget Travelodge). Kemptown has many bed-and-breakfasts, some better than others. Shop around and you’ll find reasonable rooms at reasonable rates.
There are lots of boutique options if you’re after something a bit fancier and out of the ordinary (Drakes Hotel or the rock-and-roll themed Hotel Pelirocco are two of many). Airbnb is another option and there are many properties in Brighton large enough for groups. Some may not take hen party groups though.
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Get organising. The Brighton hen party scene is waiting for you!
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