Cow - It's a pub, but not as you know it. There is a reason why this fantastic pub is one of Brighton's best venues. Menu, atmosphere, staff, music, décor... We could put it all into words but frankly that would waste valuable drinking time. Just go!
Brighton Rocks - It does indeed and this welcoming and happy bar is a far cry from
Shouty weekenders, looking to be brash and desperate for attention. This cosy venue knows how to have a good time and doesn't feel the need to shout. Good food, good cocktails, good times.
The Chilli Pickle - If you love the flavours of Indian cooking but crave something different the Chilli Pickle is a taste apart. The lovingly prepared food looks incredible and the menu is truly unique. And just wait until you see the desserts! A master class in exquisite Indian cuisine.
Pho - One of the jewels in Brighton's gastronomic crown, this fantastically original restaurant creates stunning, freshly prepared Vietnamese street food and a really buzzing atmosphere. A real taste sensation.
Sights & Sounds
It really is great to be beside the seaside and any Brighton hen party will be keen to see perhaps the UK's most famous pier (known locally as Palace Pier). If you take a stroll west you'll find the old West Pier which has burnt down. Twice.
Top Tip - Hang around until the birds roost along the seafront and you are in for the most spectacular wildlife show (there's plenty of bars to view it from).
The Pavilion is another of Brighton's famous sights, built by the Prince Regent (who become King George IV) in the style of the Taj Mahal. Round the back, close to the Theatre Royal you'll find a secluded garden, perfect to sit and relax on a summer's day.
East of the pier, sitting on the seafront, Brighton's most celebrated live music venue Concorde 2 has been host to some of the biggest names in rock in a surprisingly informal and accessible venue. Catch great acoustic sets from huge artists or up and coming talent.
For top dance tunes FunkyFish is without doubt one of Brighton's top venues where they take partying to a whole new level. We'd say it's one of the best little club's in the UK and is easy to find, opposite the Brighton Wheel.
In the Diary
May - Brighton Festival (& Fringe). England's largest arts festival where the weird and wonderful become beautifully commonplace.
July - Paddle Round the Pier. The city flocks to the beach for this annual (slightly mad) sports event.
August - Gay Pride Brighton wears it's badge of “Gay Capitol of Europe” with pride. This cosmopolitan and colourful city flies the rainbow flags in spectacular fashion every August.
October - Brighton Comedy Festival. Funny faces and the UK's biggest stand-ups will head to the seaside to soak up laughs.
December - Burning of the Clocks. A uniquely Brighton, this delightful festival marks the shortest day.
Top of the Shops
It's simply not possible to go on a Brighton hen weekend and not enjoy some time in the Laines. Brighton most celebrated district has some of the coolest shops in the UK, and strolling along the North Laines it's easy to see why so many celebs flock to this style loving city. It's also a franchise free zone, so you'll only find trendy independent retailers.
Beyond Retro - If you like your style with a cool hint of yesteryear and are bored of high street pretenders heads to this fantastic retro and vintage shopper's paradise.
Dolly Dagger - It's not just that we love the name (but we do), this is just one of our favourite shops anywhere. Seaside style and retro chic come together in a kaleidoscope of kitsch design.
Churchill Square - For those who prefer high street brands you'll find all the big name stores in and around Churchill Square.
Girls About Town - Getting around Brighton...
“London by the Sea” has a great vibe, the best of it you'll catch along the seafront and most buses head that way. The best of the city's nightlife is all centrally located so you shouldn't have to walk too far on any given night. As for shopping, it's most definitely done on foot as the famous Laines are partially inaccessible by car or bike.
Brighton is a partying Mecca, by day or by night there is so much to choose from; enjoy a Vintage Makeover or head to the marina for a day's Sailing, getting jiggy with a professionally choreographed Dance Class, mix your own fabulous Cocktails or dive into some hilarious Inflatable Games. In this crazy town the world is your lobster(?!?). See more...
Without doubt, Brighton has one of the best dance scenes in the UK. Fatboy Slim is famous for using the beach for the odd 'shindig'. If you're looking to get into one of the cities legendary nightclubs, GoHen can arrange pre-paid Guest List Nightclub Entry. No queues, no fuss and no fess. If you're after something a little cheekier a Male Strip Show in Brighton is an absolute riot with incredible drag acts as well as gorgeous hunks. Murder Mysteries, Burlesque Shows... Brighton has so much more to offer...
"...Have just returned from the most amazing hen weekend in Brighton! Had an absolute blast, with memories that will last a lifetime. The cheerleading activity was SO much fun! All the girls loved it! Would definitely recommend! ..." - Read more >
Beth Lee -
Brighton hen party,
It's time for a hen weekend in Brighton!
Brighton hen weekends are one of the most popular pre-wedding choices in the UK; this Bohemian magnet of the South East accommodates hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Brighton is also known as "London by the sea" and in terms of partying it's livelier than a WAG's credit card! Not least because the range of activities and entertainment is nothing short of inspiring, in terms of pleasing the girls a Brighton hen party comes close to the very top!
Why choose Brighton?
Brighton is richly served by both land and sea, and is a buzzing hotbed of fun and fancy, making it perfect for partying! 8 million visitors a year can't be wrong. It's one of the title contenders for the UK's best party scene, so for a hen party it really elevates things to another level. As well as a fantastic range of activities, both on land and out on the water, there's the legendary nightlife, and enough local entertainment to keep any visitor busy! It's also home to interesting and quirky sites like the famous Brighton Pier, as well as the inviting seafront. And with a collection of trendy shops, top restaurants, cool bars and charismatic pubs, we don't think it's an exaggeration to say that a hen party in Brighton is one of a kind!
What should you do on a Brighton hen do?
You're really spoilt for choice in Brighton - we've got over 60 activities to choose from, including top hen party favourites like chick flicks and cocktails, dirty dancing, pampering or chocolate making! We think that some of the best activities take full advantage of the incredible Brighton coastline. Why not brave the high seas with wakeboarding, zap kats or a banana boat? You can even keep the theme in to the night with a cheeky booze cruise! It's a great way to get all the girls up and going in the morning - nothing like a dip in the British seas to get the blood pounding! And it leaves you plenty of time for a Jamie Oliver cookery class over lunch once you've dried off, as well as a trip to Brighton Beach, or the iconic Royal Pavilion. When it comes to nightlife, Brighton is no damp fish, with some of the most varied and entertaining nightlife in the UK. There are fantastic bars, pubs and restaurants, and opportunities for some serious clubbing! Why not see our Brighton hen night ideas for some inspiration to get you started?
Stay: Choosing your Brighton accommodation
One of the most important factors when booking your hen weekend in Brighton is getting the accommodation right and due to its unwavering popularity that's not always as easy as it sounds, especially in high season or at late notice. Budget aside you want a well located, quality base for you and the girls to head back to after a big night out. We have a great range of tried and tested options in and around the city centre and further out as required... We've been delivering weekends and groups into Brighton since 2002 so you can rest assured we've found the best, group-friendly options, from cost-effective hostels to hotels to self catering apartments to Brighton's only 5 star hotel if you really feel like pushing the boat out. See more here.
How: Getting to Brighton?
Since it's just south of London, getting in to Brighton is a cinch. Trains run from London stations frequently, as well as from stations like Portsmouth in the west. Coaches take longer than the train, but are often cheaper, and good options for groups. Lines run from a few different cities around South England, but primarily London. Driving in Brighton isn't the easiest, especially when tourist season hits in the summer, but if you do choose to risk it, the A23 runs right through the city.
Shop: Brighton shopping areas & recommendations
From the shopping paradise of The Lanes to the quirky shops of Hove and the antique shops in the North Laine, there's a fantastic shopping scene in Brighton. Buy designer bits from Churchill Square or mix shopping and relaxation at Brighton Marina. Soak up some sun with summer shopping, or take the chill out of winter, whenever you're heading on your Brighton hen weekend there's more than enough inspiration for a successful shopping spree. Make sure you don't miss the Artists Quarter on the seafront for one-of-a-kind finds, and when your feet are tired and your bags are weighing you down check in for a pampering day or unwinding wine tasting session. Whether you're after high end fashion, markets or handmade pieces, Brighton's a place that offers plenty of retail therapy.
When: The best times to visit Brighton
Summer is great for obvious reasons - there's a great range of water sports in the city, as well as important lounging on the beach to do! However, if you do miss the summer rush of tourists, Brighton is still home to a prolific range of annual events to keep you entertained. Travel down in February to cheer on the Brighton and Hove Half Marathon, or for something a bit tastier in March there's the Chocolate Festival - ideal for pairing with our chocolate making activity! In March there's also the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, so bring your appetite! In April there's the full Brighton Marathon, then in May there's the Great Escape Music Festival to enjoy. In June you'll find the Take Part Festival, or in July you could check out the Windy Kite Festival. September offers the Fiery Foods Chilli Festival, and Shakedown, and over winter the Burning the Clocks is a historic lantern parade through the city centre.
Because the city is enormously popular year round if you want to ensure availability and an exciting itinerary don't leave the planning too late. Our strong recommendation for any Brighton hen do is to talk to us. Whatever you need, whenever you need it, GoHen's ready to help.