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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.

Secret Missions!

Top Secret

On my mate Kate’s Hen do in early August, I thought it would be fun to set all the Hens secret missions. They all had to complete them at some point on the first night (although one secret mission had all weekend).

There were some hilarious results, so please feel free to steal these and use them on one of your hen dos. Also, let me know in the comments section if you have any other good ones.

Here they all are:

  1. Take a selfie with everyone individually! Be overly enthusiastic about it, and pull terrible faces!
  2. Convince someone you will be naming your daughter James or Andy like Ryan Reynolds or Jack Osbourne. Or Thor if it’s a boy (this was for a 5 months pregnant Hen)
  3. Accidentally prick at least 3 people with your/a badge pin (a bit of a mean one, but I was running short of ideas)
  4. Gradually exaggerate your makeup throughout the night (before 10pm). Get darker eyeliner, lipstick all round your mouth, loads of blusher etc.
  5. Hide all the white wine (without people noticing)
  6. During an appropriate time take a sip out of everyone’s drink as soon as they put it down. Don’t ask them if you can.
  7. Guess what everyone’s secret challenges are, come and tell me when you think you might know. (This was for the bride to be)
  8. Somehow let me know when you are going to attempt it (by asking if I want a drink, and nodding) and then nod at least 30 times in a minute without anyone realising. You can try as many times as you want, but I have to count 30 obvious nods.
  9. Eat 2 bags of Wotsits in 2 minutes
  10. Make an outfit out of other peoples clothing (at least 3 other people) without anyone realising. (Top, jacket, trousers etc.)
  11. Swap your rooms bags with another rooms and act a bit outraged when you ‘discover’ what’s happened!
  12. Over the course of the evening Break into song 5 times in context to what someone says. If someone says wedding, sing I’m getting married in the morning, if someone says tomorrow, sing the sun’ll come out, tomorrow etc.
  13. Ask to try on everyone’s shoes. Even if they won’t fit you. Actually try them on.
  14. Get a celebrity to Tweet us! You have all weekend to see if we get a Tweet.
Wonky secret mission

SECRET MISSION 4: Gradually exaggerate your makeup throughout the evening

Laura secret mission

SECRET MISSION 10: Make an outfit out of at least 3 other peoples clothes

Lynn secret mission LIGHTER

SECRET MISSION 11: Swap your room’s bags with another rooms

All of the challenges were good, but a couple deserve a special mention:

Secret Mission number 4. This was the best one I think. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but Clare really piled on the makeup throughout the evening and people were too nice to say anything. Everyone was relieved when it turned out she was just doing it for her secret mission.

Secret Mission 5. I ruined this one. I went into the kitchen and someone told me all the wine had disappeared. Even though I knew it was someone’s secret mission, I’d had a few drinks myself, forgot it had been removed on purpose, and restocked the fridge myself with extra wine we had in the cupboard. It would have been great to see everyone panic for a bit If I hadn’t ruined it.

Secret Mission 9: Eating 2 packets of crsps in 2 minutes sounds easy, but I’d bought the Wotsits in specifically for the challenge, and they were the only 2 bags in the house. My friend Kirsty had this challenge, but my mate Karen was hungry and really wanted the Wotsits so she stole a bag off Kirsty. Kirsty then had to continue eating the first bag, whist trying to wrestle the 2nd bag back off Karen to compete her challenge in the 2 minutes. All whilst not telling Karen why she wouldn’t let her have any Wotsits.

Secret Mission 14: We got a Tweet! Jane Tweeted a video of a game we’d played that I’d seen on Celebrity Juice (The Cornflake Shake as I call it – this will be on a separate post at some point) to Leigh Francis and Holly Willoughby, and Leigh Francis Tweeted back as you can see below.