Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Brighton Hen Weekend

The girls and I recently went on a hen weekend to Brighton. For a UK based hen this was ideal as we were able to jump on a train from London Victoria for less than £25 return, which only took just over an hour. This meant cheap and easy transport and our accommodation was a ten minutes walk from the train station.

There were eleven girls on the hen weekend and we found a house through TripAdvisor to accommodate us all. The property had a large living / dining area where we had a pizza, prosecco and PJ party with traditional hen do games on the Friday evening. There were three double bedrooms and a large bathroom with shower and bath as well as two separate toilets in the main house and downstairs there was a self contained apartment with room for four people and another bathroom.

The house was really modern and clean, a short walk from town and had plenty of keys so no need for sharing. I don't think they encourage hen and stag parties but as long as you don't wreck the place I think the owner will be pretty accommodating.

After breakfast on Saturday morning the Maid of Honour presented us with little bags of change and off we went to Brighton Pier to play on the slot machines and have some traditional fish and chips for lunch. We spent the afternoon at the newly renovated Grand Hotel. We had a coffee in the lobby with live music before our spa appointment.

After changing into robes and slippers we went off into several treatment rooms for massages, facials, pedicures and manicures. We then chilled out in the steam room and sauna before heading to the relaxation room where we snuggled up in blankets on the comfy sofas and put our feed up. We spent a couple of hours chatting, reading magazines and sipping a glass of bubbles. The spa had rainforest showers with shampoo and conditioner as well as hairdryers and straighteners so there was no need to bring anything with you.

Once everyone was ready and we had played the standard Mr & Mrs we headed out for a seven course Greek tasting menu in the Brighton Lanes. The food wasn't amazing but the experience was hilarious as the portions were just huge and kept on coming! By the end we were so full we couldn't face a night club so had a wander along the beach before heading back to the house for some more drinks and dancing. To be honest unless you book a bar in Brighton it may be difficult for a big group to find somewhere suitable.

Sunday was a free day to shop, enjoy the beach or lie in as we were given late check out until 6pm! All in all Brighton was a wicked place for a hen party. The whole weekend cost £250 per person plus trains but did also include paying for the bride so was not bad value for money. It is easily accessible and great in the sunshine as well as geared up for groups.