You don't need to speak fluent cockney to be 'having a laugh' in this legendary party city.
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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 pumping and your Connery impression in full swing… "The namesh Bond, Jamesh Bond…"
Queen of Hoxton - God Save the Queen... of Hoxton is without a doubt one of London's coolest bars. Relaxed, comfortable and uber trendy, it's what partying in the metropolis is all about.
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 - The London beer festival features great food, bands, DJ's and the nation’s best brewers.
August - Notting Hill Carnival - Party in the streets of London at one of Europes's biggest street festival.
"I don't know what London's coming to - the higher the buildings the lower the morals."
- Noël Coward
Districts - 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.
London’s O2 arena is big enough to hold 1,000,000 pints of beer. Challenge accepted.
Eats - Pieminster. If you want an authentic taste of London, then you can’t get better than 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.
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.
London, one of the greatest party cities in the world! It's also one of the world's largest cities so you'd be forgiven for not knowing your way around (it takes London cabbies years to 'suss it awwwwt'). But we don't want you walking around looking lost and hoping for divine (liquid) inspiration, so here's a quick stag party guide to London to ensure the groom gets the weekend he deserves ("It serves him right!").
QI - It's illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour. Don't say we didn't warn you!
Covent Garden is typical of London because of the crazy mix of people it brings together. You'll find those heading to the Royal Opera House rubbing shoulders with buskers, hipsters, tourists, party girls, bankers. It's one of the city's great melting pots and has some great pubs and eateries as well as being within walking distance of Soho and Leicester Square.
Mostly known for being home to the capital's theatre land, the West End is also packed with great pubs, bars, comedy clubs as well as some of the city's biggest nightclubs. If you want a night with a real touch of class, then going "Up West" is the way to do it.
Forget the men in dirty macs, Soho has definitely moved on. Artists, writers, TV companies and microbreweries have all moved in. At night the bars are varied and loud. Tolerance rules and straight and LBGT bars sit comfortably rubbing shoulders (although the music is very different). Soho is also the gateway to London's Chinatown and some of the capital's best food. You'll actually find a mix of cuisine from countries across Asia and while they might not look much, the prices are good and the food is amazing!
Camden is boho. Big bears, tattoos, checked shirts, it really is as cool as London gets. If you enjoy quality food and drink but don't like paying the Earth, then Camden is a great choice. There are a number of microbreweries and artisan food and drink companies in the area as well as brilliantly inventive restaurants. It's also seen the birth of some of the biggest names in British rock history, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Squeeze, Madness all played Camden on their way to stardom.
Shoreditch is like that girl at the party who is just way to fashionable to talk to you. But you really want to get her number. Experimental, edgy, unpredictable, it's the kind of night where anything can happen and probably will. If ever you're going to wake up with a tattoo of Holly Willoughby wrestling a crocodile and no idea how it got there, it'll happen in Shoreditch.
Birthplace of none other than the Ministry of Sound, the South Bank has some serious party credentials. It has spawned a number of other big clubs but be careful of poor imitations. By day there is a great art scene as well as the National Theatre and South Bank Centre if you're feeling a bit more highbrow.
QI - Aldgate tube station sits on the site of a mass grave, where over 1,000 bodies were buried during the Great Plague.
Solet's get a bit boring; Big Ben is actually the name of one of the bells, not the tower itself that overlooks Westminster Palace, aka The Houses of Parliament. Did you know it has eight bars that are all subsidised by the taxpayer? Shocking. It's also within easy walking distance of 10 Downing Street, not that the PM ever walks. Lazy.
If you've never visited London before then this is one you should tick off your list. With the fountains, guards, and sheer number of windows (you can't help but think, I'd hate to have to clean all those if I owned that place!). Property prices in London? Experts reckon if Buck House were to go on the market, you'd be looking at an asking price of around £4 billion!
Looking for somewhere to rest those hangovers and get a bit of fresh air? The park covers 350 acres with lakes, sports pitches and running and bridal paths. It's also home to some major events and concerts. A nice place to spend a few hours and just take it easy.
Top tip: head to the Punch and Judy pub in Covent Garden, sit out on the balcony and just enjoy London. From up here you can watch the brilliant buskers and let the world drift by. Covent Garden has its own energy, yes, there are lots of tourists, but if you look around you'll also find some great pubs and good eateries (be brave, head down the side streets for the best options).
It's as English as it gets, one of the first places Londoners flock to in times of triumph and happiness (World Cup results, the end of WWII, Royal Weddings). It's actually illegal to jump in the fountains so don't go sending the groom in for a dip. It's also within walking distance of every other sight on this list. Yes, surprisingly, you can get around the whole lot on foot.
A really fascinating look at just what went on during some of the nation's darkest days and how rudimentary the tools were that the war office had at their disposal. Fascinating and a nice diversion from making jokes about all the groom's exes.
QI - Former London street names that have been cleaned up include Shiteburn Lane, Pissing Alley and Gropecunt Lane.
You probably won't get invited in for a cuppa or even get anywhere near the front door but if you're clever you can get some pretty creative photos of all the guys together on the big weekend.
Definitely one for the photo album. Get all the guys lined up and you'll find no end of smiling tourists happy to take a shot of the whole group together. Get friendly and you can get a few random tourists into your shots just for laughs. In fact, we dare you! How many tourists can you get in a photo with you? Post your results on our Instagram page.
Can rivers be cool? Well James Bond has raced on this one so we're going to say yes. It's also been the backdrop of a great many album covers over the years so get the guys looking mean and moody and get snapping. There are just so many points along the river to get amazing shots and enjoy those Waterloo sunsets.
Want something Instagram cool? Soho by night is the place to do it. There's a great buzz and plenty of good lighting to get something a little bit different. This is definitely the place to get a bit more artistic with your photos or catch the guys a little bit more relaxed rather than grinning insanely at the lens.
QI - Weird things to have been left on underground trains include samurai sword, a stuffed puffer fish, a human skull, and a coffin!
Samuel Johnson declared: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." We're not sure about that but we did have a nap on the Northern Line once.
You see it's just so big and there are so many amazing things to do it's difficult to know where to start... unless you're StagWeb, we know exactly where to start and can help you book a hassle-free, stag weekend while saving you money (*Superhero pose*). It's what we do. Here's a quick look at our top 7 London stag-tivities.
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QI - The Houses of Parliament has 8 bars (Oi, do some work!). If that wasn't bad enough, drinks are subsidised by the taxpayer. Oh yeah, no problem Boris, you're welcome *tut*!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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