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The best restaurants for hen parties in London

Here's our list of hen-party-friendly restaurants in London

By Anna Kibbey and Annica Wainwright
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L-plates and willy straws may not be welcome everywhere, but even as ‘mixed groups only’ policies become all the more common in London, it’s still possible to find decent restaurants for a hen do. Whether the bride-to-be is a party princess or sophisticated foodie, we’ve got a restaurant in London for your hen party covered. Just remember to check the fancy-dress policy before turning up with too many pink accessories.

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London's best hen party restaurants

100 Wardour St

Restaurants Global Soho

What’s the vibe?
It’s notoriously difficult to please everyone at a hen party, but you can’t fail at 100 Wardour Street, which has a super-central location (no North-South standoff) and a crowd-pleasing international menu served until 2am, with live music and DJs in the clubby restaurant downstairs. Kick the party off early with the great-value bottomless brunch (£37.95 with unlimited Prosecco) or £6 cocktails at 6pm.

Maximum booking: 50+

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Bird of Smithfield

Restaurants Contemporary European Farringdon and Smithfield

What’s the vibe?
Tucked away on the second floor, the private room at this classy Brit-leaning townhouse restaurant and cocktail bar in Farringdon is more than just a dining space. You’ve also got a seating area with a screen and projector for techy Mr & Mrs presentations, a vintage record player and enough floor space for an international Twister championship. Cocktail classes can be arranged too.

Maximum booking: 40 – but it’s ideal for 14.

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Dickie Fitz

Restaurants Contemporary Asian Goodge Street
What’s the vibe?
Bright as a bagful of canaries, the former Newman Street Tavern has emerged with a sunny new art deco-inspired look. The mezzanine can be hired exclusively (all the atmosphere of a restaurant but without the prying eyes) and set menus start at £39.50 for three courses. The chef’s Aussie so expect kangaroo tartare (yes, really!), halibut T-bone and Tim Tam martinis.

Maximum booking: 40

Drake & Morgan at King's Cross

Restaurants British King’s Cross

What’s the vibe?
On one Saturday every month, D&M’s lively KX outpost hosts its Green Room Supper club – the perfect opportunity to get the girls together for cocktails, dinner and dancing. The event itself costs nothing (you simply order from the à la carte), a DJ plays the downstairs bar into the early hours and you can’t argue with a menu that offers half a lobster for £14.95.

Maximum booking: 25

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Duck & Waffle

Restaurants Contemporary European Liverpool Street

What’s the vibe?
You don’t always have to compromise on food to have fun. If your chief chicken is a sophisticated sort, you can whisk her up to D&W’s gorgeous 40th floor dining room (the highest in the country), shower her with some of London’s most creative cocktails and tuck into a family-style meal of bacon-wrapped dates, seared octopus and spicy ox cheek doughnut, against this showstopper of a City backdrop.

Maximum booking: 18

The Harcourt

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Marylebone
What’s the vibe?
A bit like having dinner at a friend’s house – if your friends lived in Grade II-listed Georgian townhouses in Marylebone and had impeccable taste in crockery, not to mention a resident Scandi chef. Tucked away on the first floor, the private dining room even comes with its own loo, so once you’ve smuggled them through the restaurant, no one will spot your veils and L-plates.

Maximum booking: 20
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Il Pagliaccio

Restaurants Italian Fulham
What’s the vibe?
‘We’re here for a good time, not a long time’ is the motto of this party-loving South-West London Italian where carbs rule and the limoncello flows freely. Hens are ushered down past local families to the basement for good-value four-course set menus (from £16.95 a head) before the party begins in earnest. Obliging staff have been known to administer limoncello direct from the bottle.

Maximum booking
: 30

Mount Street Deli

Restaurants Delis Mayfair

What’s the vibe?
Exclusive. Evening opening of this smart Mayfair café is by appointment only and there’s only room for 12 guests. The draw? Well. You know all those restaurants that wouldn’t touch your hen night with a barge pole? This is where you get to have their food. Pick a four-course menu from The Ivy, Scott’s, J Sheekey or Le Caprice and their head chefs will cook it just for you.

Maximum booking: 12

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Spatisserie At the Dorchester

Restaurants British Park Lane

What’s the vibe?
Luxurious, girly – and right in the middle of the Dorchester Spa (they’ll even let you eat in dressing gowns if you’re having treatments first). Champagne afternoon tea for 15 costs £59 a head, so this wouldn’t be your budget choice but we’re talking quality fizz (LP Brut) and next-level cakes. Manicures start at £35.

Maximum booking: 15

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