A Guide To Your London Stag Weekend
London has been the setting for many of James Bond's most amazing scenes. Now you and the lads can get in on the action, racing down the Thames on the Ultimate Rib Adventure. Leaving the group shaken but not stirred this is a truly epic way to see London at high speed with the music pumped and your Connery impression in full swing… "The namesh Bond, Jamesh Bond…"
Best Bars in London
Grace - Without a doubt one of London's coolest bars. Relaxed, comfortable and uber trendy, it's what partying in the metropolis is all about. A top choice for a feed as well with proper pub grub menu perfect for hungry stags.
Gem - With over 3,000 pubs in London this really is a proper little gem. Worth heading to, just for the pulled pork taco but we can also recommend their pulled pints and great atmosphere.
The Porterhouse - A proper London boozer set slap bang in the middle of vibrant Covent Garden. If ever there was a place to launch a great night out from The Porterhouse is definitely it.
April/July - Udderbelly - Music, comedy and circus are fused together in one of the UK's largest arts festivals. Not to be missed.
July - BST Hyde Park - Headline acts come together in a series of gigs to rock London.
August - Great British Beer Festival - This isn't men in knitwear with tankards, the London beer festival features great food, bands, DJ's and the nation’s best brewers.
"I don't know what London's coming to - the higher the buildings the lower the morals."
- Noël Coward
Where to Head...
By day Covent Garden is cool, laid back and a great place to rest your hangover, by night it's one of London's best nightspots. Soho is also worthy of a visit, forget the seedy history (although there are still plenty of "gentlemen’s entertainment to enjoy) Soho is now full of London's bright young things looking for a top night out.
The O2 - One of London's most iconic venues, you can now scale its dizzying heights and climb the roof for a simply unbelievable view.
Wembley - If you've never been you really should make a pilgrimage to the home of football.
London’s O2 arena is big enough to hold 1,000,000 pints of beer. Challenge accepted.
A Taste of London
Eats - Pieminster. If you want an authentic taste of London then you can’t get better then Pieminster's authentic pie and mash in Camden Town.
Drinks - The Camden Town Brewery. Eating all the pies is thirsty work so wash it down with what is quite possibly the finest beer brewed in the whole of old London town.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around London
Arm yourselves with Oyster Cards to travel via the London Underground & Overground trains, trams, buses and DLR.
Alternatively hop on a "Boris bike" and use a bit of pedal power.
"You're ‘avin’ a bubble intcha?" - I do believe you’re pulling my leg old chap.
"You really are a pain in the Khyber!" - You’re starting to bother me somewhat.
"Who’s up for a few Lillies?" - Would any of you like to join me for a drink?
"Let’s go down the battle and get Brahms!" - Let’s go to the public house and drink a large amount of alcohol.
40 Reasons Why London Rocks!
Football - The city is home to some of the sport's most iconic teams, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Leyton Orient...
Ray Winstone - Still 'the daddy' Ray isn't just a superb actor, he's a proper cockney geezer known to be partial to a pint or two in his home city. "Stay off my manor you slaaaaag!"
London Dungeons - Stitch up the groom by letting the actors know he's on his stag, stand back and get ready to laugh at his expense! Classic. Find out more...
Street Names - You can call us childish, but any city that has street names like 'Cock Lane', 'Ha Ha Road', 'Quaggy Walk' and 'Hooker's Road' is ok by us.
Abbey Road - Everyone who is anyone has recorded there. You'll also find the world famous zebra crossing outside where the Beatles were snapped. Great to film your own stag reconstruction.
Going Underground - Some of the weirder things that have been left on London's underground trains include a samurai sword, a stuffed puffer fish, a human skull and a coffin. 'Er, I think you dropped this?!?!?'
The Roof Gardens - If James Bond had a penchant for partying, this is where he'd get his clubbing kicks. Make no mistake, this is VIP stuff and a night here can get pretty pricey, but if you're willing to splash the cash then get your suits on and get yourselves on the guestlist for a spectacular night out. See more...
Radio Rooftop - Possibly the greatest rooftop bar in the city, Radio Rooftop offers man-sized portions of tapas to satisfy your hanger as well as delicious man cocktails and some of the best skyline views in the city.
The Houses of Parliament - Officially they're actually known as the Palace of Westminster and they're considered to be the blueprint of many western democracies. The building is full of hot air.
Fabric - If three floors of non-stop partying doesn't satiate your appetite for clubbing, we don't know what will. This is one of the capital's most famous and amazing clubs! A must for your London stag do. Find out more...
Big Ben - It's an iconic symbol of both Britain and London, but it's actually just one of the bells that is called "Big Ben". The structure that houses it is called the Elizabeth Tower. Dull but true.
Michael Caine - The legendary Londoner is one of our greatest actors and a good source of inspiration to practise your cockney accent... "You're only s'posed to blow the bleedin' doors off!"
London Bridge - The modern version is one of London's greatest attractions, but the original had a few striking features as well. Specifically? The heads of William Wallace and Guy Fawkes as well as many others for 355 years of its 600 year history. Nice.
Ultimate Rib Adventure - Fancy seeing the sights but don't have a lot of time? Our Rib Adventure is fast, furious and takes you past all the waterside highlights...albeit at butt-clenching high speeds! See more...
Educated Cabbies - London taxi drivers have to study between two to four years before they're considered ready for their theory test. Prospective cabbies can often be seen riding scooters in fluorescent jackets while learning "the knowledge"..
'avin a Bubble! - London's comedy clubs have produced some of the UK's top comics. You can see the next wave here...
Breaking Harrods - Harrods actually sold cocaine until 1916, Walter White eat your heart out...
02 Arena - Previously known as the Millennium Dome, you could actually fit the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Statue of Liberty inside this massive structure which is the largest of its kind in the world.
Climb the 02 - Or you could man up and climb it! See more...
The Blues Kitchen - The boys will love this diminutive but brilliant bar that feels as if you've traded the River Thames for the Mississippi with it's deep south décor and epic low n' slow big BBQ eats. Find out more...
Ministry of Sound - The Ministry of Sound is simply legendary. Working at the cutting edge of electronic music, the DJs at this club's decks are among the best in the world with thousands of party-goers flocking to Ministry's dance floor every week to sample the latest hits in a truly state-of-the-art clubbing environment. Discover more...
Heaven - When it comes to clubbing in the capital, Heaven has got it down. This venue is equal parts underground and high tech, providing a nightlife experience that feels modern and new without sacrificing the indie spirit. See more...
Spring Heeled Jack - In Victorian London you couldn't go anywhere without hearing of Spring Heeled Jack - a sort of half-man, half-bat, fire breathing demon that went around attacking women. It's been largely dismissed as a case of mass hysteria, but new sightings are still reported.
KOKO - This renowned gig venue is seriously awesome with both big-name bands, as well as up-and-coming acts taking to the veteran stage to wow the crowds with their incredible sets. The Koko is well worth a visit on your London stag weekend. Find out what's on...
Mini Cooper Tour - See the capital in quintessentially British fashion courtesy of our epic Mini Cooper Tour. This is a must on any London stag do. See more...
Corsica Studios - This club is alternative, edgy and always electric. Real music lovers praise Corsica for its no-nonsense attitude and its laid-back style, although there's nothing relaxed about the epic tunes that rumble through the expertly engineered sound system here. Find out more...
Trafalgar Square - Nelson's column is truly majestic, but before the statue was placed at the top, the 14 stone masons responsible for building the monument had dinner at the top. #Lads.
Arsenal - North London's most successful club are loved for their flowing and attacking play which is a long way from the "Boring boring Arsenal" tag they got stuck with in the 70's and 80's. Now in a new home they are still chasing an elusive European title.
Tottenham Hotspur - London's "glory boys" have been a bit short of trophies in recent years and haven't achieved a league title since 1961 despite they're ultra-attacking style. But they have got a song written by Chas & Dave.
Wembley - 'Whatever will be, will be, we're going to Wembley...' It's the home of football and the sport's most iconic cathedral and the stuff of boyhood dreams.
Stadium Tours - You can tour any of the capital's premiere football grounds with our amazing stadium tours. Get a unique, behind the scenes look at some of the greatest grounds in the country while enjoying plenty of banter with the boys. See more...
The Thames - Who doesn't love messing about on the river? Especially when you can race on it like Bond! See more details...
Boris Johnson - Mad, bad and hilarious to know? Pint drinking, wiff waff playing Boris is either loved or hated by Londoners but he just might become leader of our country. And he's certainly 'interesting'
Madness - You can't have a decent knees up without the 'nutty boys'. Proper cockneys who know how to bang out a tune on an old 'Joanna'.
Cara Delevingne - If you just said, 'who?' then you need to give her a quick Google, then turn in your man card and leave.
Micky Flanagan - As cockney as they come. You can follow in his cockney steps on your big London stag weekend "Are we going out out?"
Chelsea - They've tipped the balance in recent years to become London's leading club including some great home grown talent. Of course having Abromvich's wallet has helped but are they the same without the genius of Mourinho?
Cargo - This is an underground club at the peak of its powers. Nights here are always rocking, and once the smoke machines are firing, the laser lights cut through the mist to create the neon-lit pictures of nightlife we thought were reserved for our clubbing fantasies. See more...
London Eye - No London stag do is complete without the obligatory trip up the eye. These are without a doubt the best views in the city, and there's no better way to end a big weekend in the capital. Find out more...
Queen - Possibly the greatest rock band of all time, Queen are simply legendary. With a seemingly endless back catalogue of smash hits including tunes like Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, Don't Stop Me Now and We Are The Champions their unique musical stylings have a truly rare timelessness about them.
Londonist - Top tips for the best bars, clubs events and deals.
The Nudge - Find London's new, up-and-coming restaurants, clubs and bars handily delivered to you by in-the-know insiders.
Secret London - Get the lowdown on the cities nightlife ahead of your big weekend.
Visit London - More official tourist news and superb to stay in the know on the city's biggest events.
Victorian clerics warned building the underground would "Disturb the Devil".
A guide to a London stag do
The following guide is to help you plan an incredible London stag do - in probably the greatest city in the world! We’ve got loads of great ideas, advice & recommendations for you ... ‘ang about ... it might even put the wedding in the shade!
Talk about popular, London is always up there both for us Brits and visitors from overseas because they're set in one of the world's greatest cities! The city’s like a magnet for fun and adventure, you're definitely going to have a night or two to remember! It's a huge destination with incredible options, thousands of accommodation and entertainment venues, plus we've got the very best London stag do activities ready for you. StagWeb was actually born slap bang in the heart of the city and knowing "the smoke" like we do, we'll put you and the boys in the position to get so much more from this amazing location! Two tips from the off are don't leave it too late or take short cuts, either of those will mean you’ll likely end up with less but shell out more. But here’s the good news ... We can help you start planning straightaway, so take advantage of us and easily get hold of the Capital’s greatest options!
Better choices = better value
The Capital covers a huge area and that means massive options, thousands of venues and bucket loads of potential activities, but apart from being spread out not all venues are the same and getting value in what can be an expensive city is crucial. As the organiser you want to make choices that really get to the best of what’s on offer and make the itinerary flow from one thing to the next with a minimum of fuss – and we can genuinely help you with that, putting the stag do in a better position and pinned to better value from the word go.
Until 1916 Harrods sold pure cocaine to the public.
When should we go? Planning when to visit ...
That bit’s easy – year round. It’s a 24-7, 365 days a year kind of place! Plan a smart itinerary and it’s always a top time to visit, there’s always so much going on. Spring and summer are top times for travelling to the Capital when the better weather means lots of extra alfresco entertainment, whether it’s a few beers on the Thames or spilling out into the streets of Soho, Covent Garden and the West End. Even a boys trip in the dead of winter’s a blast because "the party don’t stop" for a little chill or a dash of rain, besides which there are hundreds of weatherproof venues and undercover activities.
Where should we stay? Getting the best out of staying, playing & partying!
Unless you’ve got particular requirements we’d advise you want accommodation to be central, in the heart of the action or at least close enough to get to it quickly. With big nights in mind you’ll want to be in or within striking distance of the West End which doesn’t always make for the cheapest accommodation but on the upside we’ve got plenty of deals and preferred hotels for you to take advantage of. And if you need to keep it tight we’ve got cost effective solutions to fit most budgets, it’s all about planning. If activities are going to play a big part in your London stag weekend consider the logistics of getting where you need to go, that means transfers, traffic and time. We can talk you through all of this and get you comfortable with local knowledge and considerations. When it comes to where you want to be the earlier you get started the better ideas, options and prices you’ll get. Our accommodation and nightlife pages have more good advice.
What should we do? Recommendations & ideas
There are loads of group events for you and the boys to take on but with the centre being so busy and built up, you’ll find activities that require more space (like motorsports and watersports) are on the outskirts of town or a little further afield – so if they’re in the mix allow for some transfer time. Transport solutions are generally no problem because access is easy, as the organiser it’s definitely worth thinking about all activity options so you get the right fit for the group. You’ll want to have a decent daytime event to mark the occasion and your best mate’s send-off and we can help with expert recommendations here. Sport’s obviously a very big deal with all the majors well represented from football and rugby to cricket and golf, and of course horse racing. We’ve got all the bachelors’ bankers covered from karting and paintball to clay shooting and even chess boxing! Check out the activities page or simply call in to get started.
Buckingham Palace was built on the site of a notorious brothel.
What will it cost? The old ‘spondoolics’
So you’re probably thinking it’s going to be a whack ... you might be surprised, we build most weekends bespoke to suit client needs (and that includes working towards budgets) and we’ve got a fantastic reputation for great value. Or you can pick one of our ready-made packages, predesigned with big laughs and stag-sized challenges. What’s the catch? There isn’t one, StagWeb was originally based in London and we’re well connected with very strong links, plus we’ve been managing London stag weekends since 2002. Have a look at our packages. What you’ve got to allow for on any stag is the entertainment budget, drinks, clubs, taxis, etc – that’s where the costs add up and why building a smart itinerary with the right venues and getting a lot sorted in advance really pays off. It’s easier as a group and much easier still if you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, gentlemen in the case of the Capital – it definitely pays to be prepared.
How can I get there? Travelling into the Smoke for the weekend!
Rush hour aside, (avoid it if you can), arriving into London for a boys weekend is a doddle, whether you travel by plane, train or automobile. And of course there’s the coach aswell. Just remember to allow enough time to get across town to where you need to be.
Cor’ blimey guv': what you should do next
Hopefully the above gives you a good idea of how to get started, the easiest thing to do from here is to either call in, pick a package or send us a brief of what you need, the plan it page is a great place to start. And if you’re worried don’t be, there’s no hard sell, the service is the best in the business, you get your own expert contact and you can make all the changes you need to get what you want, that’s why we’re here. Once you’ve sent a brief in we’ll be back to you quickly with a range of London stag do ideas and suggestions to fit your budget! You’ll get your own London expert account manager and event team backing you up every step of the way. Why not get started today!
The last word ... thousands of reasons why London sets a rare standard
Gents it’s a megacity, a fun, fashionable, historic, gold plated, award winning Capital that’s without doubt one of the world’s greatest destinations for a stag, which should fill even the most well travelled in your group with healthy anticipation. Going out for a couple of legendary lads nights is a certainty – only a few places in Europe can match the range you get here; plus the activities are either central or within reasonably easy reach. In cooking terms, London’s ingredients add up to a very tasty weekend.
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