Category Archives: Hen Do That Happened

Jane’s London Hen Do

Well, it has been 3 years to the day since this hen do, which means it has taken a shocking amount of time to get it up on this blog. But it’s here now, so enjoy! Jane is my very good friend who I used to work with back in 2010/2011, and we had an amazing day on her London hen do..

Where: London Bridge Area – Beer Bike Tour (they do a lot of different areas around London)
When: 13 July 2013
How long:  Saturday afternoon/evening
How close to wedding:  2.5 weeks before
Number of hens: 9
Theme:  We dressed Jane up as Brendan Brady, a character from Hollyoaks she fancied, and the rest of us Hens all had a moustache in homage.
Cost: £23 per person (£20 pp December to February) Minimum 7 persons

Jane had her main hen do back in Omagh where she is from originally, As I couldn’t make that and a lot of her friends and family-in-law are London based I should probbly throw her another hen do.

I wanted a reasonably priced activity in London for 9 people, and was already aware of the Beer Bike as I live in the area and often see people on it. I knew that Jane would love it, so I booked it.

Everyone met in a pub round the corner from where the beer bike was leaving from, on a very sunny Saturday afternoon. We had a couple of drinks and the fun began.

We dressed Jane up as Brendan Brady from Hollyoaks (who she was obsessed with at the time).

Before the wig (Not the best, but the only one I have)

Before the wig (Not the best, but the only one I have)

Jane as Brendan Brady

Jane as Brendan Brady

The rest of us hens all had a stick on moustache to wear. This wasn’t too great logistically on the hottest day of the year (37 degrees).

A photo of us all in moustaches before they literally slid off our faces.

A photo of us all in moustaches before they literally slid off our faces.

We then went to get on the beer bike. As a pleasant surprise, the ‘driver’ of our bus was incredibly attractive, and really up for a laugh. Apparently he was Channing Tatum’s stunt double. I don’t know how true this was, and I don’t care.

Us on the Beer Bike with 'Big Johnnie' our driver

Us on the Beer Bike with ‘Big Johnnie’ our driver

We took our own booze, and had our iPods playing some tunes on the speakers as we cycled around London Bridge / South London. It was such a hot day though, and it was hard work cycling over Tower Bridge. So hard I had to jump off and grab 2 random guys who were walking over Tower Bridge to get on the bike and help us. We paid them in cans of cider.

Random guys on bridge

In conjunction with the outfit, Jane had a few rules, dares and forfeits. The main one was everytime I blew my whistle Jane had to shout “I LOVE BRENDAN BRADY FROM HOLLYOAKS SO MUCH I DRESS LIKE HIM ON THE WEEKEND”

After our 75 minutes on the bike, we had some food to soak up some of the booze, and then we finished the night at Reflex (an 80s club). Jane finished off her dares, and even managed to make the last train home!

Personalised touches

Dares: I had printed out dares for her, and a large group of blokes in the pub were intent on helping her complete them. She got  a fireman’s lift off a real fireman before she finished her first drink. One of her dares was to get a tweet off a celebrity, I followed someone on Twitter who was in Hollyoaks (I followed him because of his Radio 4 work I hasten to add) so I tweeted him a picture of Jane dressed as Brendan Brady, and he very kindly tweeted back!

For inspiration please see the DARES page on this blog.

Forefit Wheel: I made a forfeit wheel specific to Jane for every time she didn’t obey a rule of the day, or we just felt like she should do a forfeit. The forfeits were:

  • Make (and then wear) a bridal veil from loo paper
  • Stand on a chair and sing “I’m getting married in the morning”
  • Do 30 seconds of Irish dancing
  • Tell us an embarrassing secret
  • Touch a pigeon
  • Use the men’s loos next time you go
  • Gargle the Wedding March
  • Down a pint
The Forfeit Wheel

The Forfeit Wheel

Up close

Up close

Rules of the day: These are very much personalised towards Jane and were difficult for her to stick to.

  1. No shots for Jane
  2. No-one is to mention Chris’s name (anyone who does has to do a shot – apart from Jane as she is not allowed any shots)
  3. ONE whistle blow = Jane has to shout “I love Brendan Brady from Hollyoaks so much I dress like him on weekends”
  4. TWO whistle blows = Jane has to tell me how pleased she is that I met David Beckham this week
  5. If we see a celebrity at least one Hen has to have to have their photo taken with them
  6. Jane must ask permission from any Hen to do a scissor pout photos (we’re all doing a scissor pout in the moustache photo)
Her rules of the day (very specific to Jane)

Her rules of the day (very specific to Jane)

Busted Quiz: Jane loves the band Busted (in a slightly terrifying stalker sort of way), so we did a Super Fan quiz for her (with forfeits if she got any answers wrong)

I think Jane enjoyed her day….

Jane's Facebook status after the hen do

Jane’s Facebook status after the hen do

Upsides: Great way to see London. Very sociable way to spend an hour and a half. Our ‘driver’ was very fun and got involved in the banter. Relatively cheap activity for Central London. Loads of pubs to meet in/have food in. Had our own iPod playlist blaring out.

Downsides: It was VERY hot. And the bike was very hard work. Also, London is expensive! And not everyone will get the gorgeous Johnny! It wasn’t quite as I imagined with someone serving us our drinks as I had seen in Germany and I seem to remember it alluding to on the website. We just had to get our own out of our bags as we cycled along.

Kathryn’s (that’s me!) Hen Do

So, I’m off on a hen do this weekend!! In honour of this, here is the first in the series of ‘Hen Dos That Happened’ and I thought I’d better start with mine. I’ve included the main details, a little narrative, and good and bad points, which will hopefully be of use when you have to organise one. Enjoy!!

Where: Sweden – night on a Cruise liner from Sweden to Finland and back
When: 2122 May 2011 (Exactly 3 years, 1 week ago)
How long:  2 days
How close to wedding:  10 days before
Number of hens: 27
Theme: Gypsy bride and bad-taste bridesmaids 
Cost: £169 (flights, accommodation, dinner and breakfast, all you can drink during meals)

So this is the reason I started this blog. My hen do. And what an epic one it was. 28 girls, 2 days, 3 countries, 2 all you can eat buffets, 1 perfectly in-tune rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart, a sunset, a sunrise, 3 evictions from bars/clubs for me being asleep, 37 re-applications of bright red lipstick, not all on my lips, and approximately 500 crazy Scandinavians.

I organised all the big stuff for my hen do, where we’d go, what we were doing, when, who was coming. I handled all the payments, room allocations, and details of getting to the airport etc. I then handed over the responsibility to my hens for the fun details.

We flew over to Sweden from Gatwick early on Saturday morning, had lunch at a restaurant in the harbour, and then boarded the boat.

All my hens at the airport, in our hen do t-shirts

All my hens at the airport, in our hen do t-shirts


The boat

The boat

I had worked out who was in which cabin before we arrived, and we went and dumped our bags then headed up for drinks in the sunshine on deck.

Later we went to change for dinner, which was an amazing buffet (included in the price) and i was very surprised to turn up at the meeting place and everyone was dressed in bad-taste bridesmaid dresses. That was my highlight I think. Everyone looked great.

surprised face

My surprise at seeing everyone in their bad taste bridesmaid dresses

BTB on deck

Me with all my bad taste bridesmaids

Me with all my bad taste bridesmaids

After dinner, and two hours of beer and wine free on draught (we even stopped bothering with glasses and just poured straight out of the taps into our mouths), we set off exploring the entertainment. There were several clubs and bars on the boat, including a Karaoke bar that we took over for a while. Around midnight everything gets a bit hazy, but I do know that there was a live band on, and the bouncers weren’t very happy if you fell asleep in their bars!


One of my many little naps

I also had several dares to do. As I said things are a bit hazy, but according to photographic evidence I was wearing another man’s socks at one point. I’ll be writing a blog post on ideas for dares at some point in the future.

I went to bed at about 4.30am after watching the sunrise on deck which was amazing. It wasn’t overly fun the following morning when we left the ship (after our included breakfast buffet) and had to get back to the airport with a massive hangover ready for the flight home.

I would post a link to the website here, but unfortunately the company we used for the entire package, which included flights, is no longer in business. If you want to book the cruise and then book flights separately, here is the link:

We went on the Cinderella cruise. You’ll need to check what is now included with this.

Upsides  Great views, inclusive food and drink during mealtimes, Swedish/Finnish people are crazy, staying up for the sunset – my hen’s didn’t let me go to bed even though I kept falling asleep in nightclubs, 2 pregnant friends came with me, it was an absolute bargain, I loved the t-shirts we were all wearing and had a lovely photo book made for me.

Downsides:  It was pretty knackering, a few people got ‘seasick’ after drinking all day the previous day, it didn’t last nearly long enough and apparently it was quite hard for some people to get a bridesmaid dress.


sailingboatssunset We had some lovely scenery to look at as we sailed