INSPIRATION / Guide to the perfect Hen Party
With wedding season drawing closer, it means that all the maids and hens step into hen-party-planning-mode. . If your bride fancies taking a hop, skip and a jump away from the satin sashes, phallic objects, toilet roll/dress-the-bride-up games, then we’ve put together a tasteful and ideal afternoon in Islington, North London filled with cocktails and creativity, giggles and glorious food!
Kick off the party with brunch at Bourne and Hollingsworth. Tucked behind Exmouth Market you’ll find yourself in a botanical dream. You can hire out the Greenhouse which seats up to 22 guests. This room is beautiful and bright, even on a grey day. If you’re organising a smaller group of ladies, book a table in the Garden Room and you won’t be disappointed. The brunch menu caters to everyone’s taste. Personally, our favourite are the banana and fresh coconut pancakes, served with clotted cream, berries and honey – yum! Wash the brunch down with their selection of cocktails, juices or teas. This is a sure way to start the day in the best way.
Walk up the road a few minutes and you’ll find us on Amwell Street. Once you arrive we’ll settle you in with a drink of your choice, and nibbles – if you can find room after your brunch! – and then we'll teach you how to write beautifully using ink and nib, unlock your creativity and explore how to put a modern twist on the classic artform of calligraphy in your own unique style.
No experience is necessary and all of your materials are included in each class which you can take away with you. Warning: If you take to it well, the bride might ask you to do the calligraphy for her on-the-day stationery!
After your calligraphy class, stretch those legs and take a short walk past Angel station to Camden Passage. Filled with little back alleys and lanes filled with antique stalls, independent shops, home-furnishing stores, bridal boutiques, coffee shops and many more, there is plenty to mooch around and stroll through before making your way to dinner.
Walk over to Upper Street for a dinner you’ll never forget. Yotam Ottolenghi is Israeli-British born and comes with a wealth of knowledge in the kitchen. His recipes are inspired by his upbringing but with a Mediterranean twist. The restaurant serves both deli-style foods and a small-plate-sharing menu. Both are perfect for a group of people to get stuck in to and find something they’ll enjoy. Our favourite small plate has to be the Roasted butternut squash with tahini, pine nuts and za’atar. Before you ask what za’atar is, we haven’t got a clue, but it’s delicious!
Heading back towards the station you’ll find 69 Colebrook Row, an award winning cocktail bar and one of our favourites. The interior blends 50s Italian Café style with a Film Noir feel. The cocktail menu is plentiful and they have a wine list and serve other beverages with small bar snacks too. With the waiters in their white jackets and black sleeve garters behind the bar stirring up your cocktails and someone tinkering away on the piano in the corner, you’ll feel like you’re the star of a 1920’s black and white film!
If you're planning a hen party and would like us a run a private workshop for you then get in touch. You can reach us on 02078338562 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you!