Mix - Mix is slick, polished and effortlessly classy. This cocktail lounge is where Reading's bright young things go to relax with a Tequila Sunrise in hand, and you couldn't ask for a more laid back start to your big night out.
Where? Unit 5, Kings Walk, RG1 2HG
Coconut - Cocktail queens rejoice! Coconut's professional mixologists are sure to impress with their imaginative creations and this spacious bar is the perfect place to indulge in a few cheeky bevvies. The beautiful Asian artwork on the walls is reason enough alone to pay Coconut a visit!
Where? 63 St. Mary's Butts, RG1 2LG
Milk - Got milk? Well, this bar doesn't actually, but what it does have is a devilishly delicious range of rum based cocktails as well as a fabulously alternative vibe in a space that looks like the loft-conversion of your dreams.
Where? 8 Merchants Place, RG1 1DT
Shed - This is a modern café/restaurant with a woody, rustic aesthetic and a healthy amount of bunting. Whether you're sitting out in the sun, tucking into a delicious toastie or enjoying the company of the hens indoors with a hangover-conquering bacon baguette, you'll find plenty of reasons to love this cute spot.
Where? The Old Forge, 8 Merchants Place, RG1 1DT
Nibsy's - When you're laden with shopping bags there's nothing better than a spot of coffee and cake and that's exactly what Nibsy's excels in. This charming café is airy, light, and the eats on display wouldn't look amiss on The Great British Bake Off.
Where? 26 Cross Street, RG1 1SN
Sights & Sounds
After a particularly heavy night out, a visit to the delightful Forbury Gardens could provide the perfect way to wash away the excesses from the previous evening's alco-frolics. On a (hopefully) sunny day, these Victorian gardens are absolutely gorgeous and seeing as they've been recently restored, they're looking better than ever. We recommend taking a group selfie by the famous Maiwand Lion statue; after all, you can never have too many!
Reading's students and budding young professionals all have one thing in common; they all spend their weekends partying in Q Club. Most Reading nights out end up here, and its resident DJ's spin only the freshest tunes for you to throw shapes to - the hens won't want the fun to end!
Lola Lo is a perfect for a bride-to-be who loves the unusual. Pacific island décor is the order of the day here so you'd all do well to dress up with a grass skirt and flowery lei and really drink up the tropical atmosphere. 'If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain...'
In the Diary
June - Royal Ascot. Ladies day is a traditional celebration of all things lady-like and we're sure your hens are the perfect example.
August - Reading Festival. We've all heard of it, but if you haven't experienced a day at Reading you're missing out!
December - Christmas Market. Soak up the festive spirit and peruse delightful market stalls filled with niche pressies for your loved ones.
Top of the Shops
Reading is within a couple of hours of London, so as you'd expect, this town buzzing with students and aspiring professionals is slick and stylish. But don't be fooled by all the flash clothes, those fashionistas you're seeing on the high street didn't pay top dollar for their wears, and you won't have to either. With a range of vintage stores about, you can escape the main shopping districts and explore Reading's niche backstreets in search of a bargain buy.
The Oracle - Although it's not as cheap or anywhere near as bijou as the vintage stores, Reading's main shopping precinct is still worth a look and there's plenty of places to eat as well as shop.
Frock and Roll - Retro-chic is certainly in fashion at the moment and the unique range of dresses you'll find here look as if they came straight out of the swinging 60's...'It's greased lightning!'
Where? 111 Watlington Street, RG1 4RQ
Creative Crafts & Workshops - This lovely boutique is positively bursting with creativity and the gorgeous dresses and accessories that have been lovingly hand-crafted are sure to look amazing on the tiles tonight!
Where? 3 Harris Arcade, RG1 1DN
Girls About Town - Getting around Reading...
This pretty town isn't that big, but here at GoHen we understand that a hard days shopping can be seriously tiring. It's times like these where Reading's superb bus network proves to be supremely handy. In fact, you can even buy a ticket to use for your entire stay - save the coppers for the cocktail bar ladies!
Or if you prefer old fashioned leg-power you can make the most of a public ReadyBike throughout your big weekend.
Reading is absolutely packed with the kind of frolics that'll make your hen party truly unforgettable. Looking to get hands on? Enjoy Cocktail Mixing, Pizza Making or one of our fabulous Craft Parties! For active girls, Glee Dancing, Pole Dancing and our hilarious Twerkshop is sure to provide some big laughs. A day at the races is a must when you're this close to Ascot and of course, a relaxing Pampering Day is always a good idea after the bride-to-be's weeks of stressful wedding planning. See all our hen party options...
Reading has some of the best nightlife in the UK, and there's a load of amazing nightclubs that we'll be able to arrange guestlist entry for. In the mean time however, you can expect to enjoy Comedy Clubs, Casinos and Restaurants as well our killer Murder Mystery dining experience. See all our nightlife options...