It’s nearly wedding season, and you know what that means – it’s already hen party season! Chester has always been a popular hen night destination, and you’ll often see hens parading the streets during race season. However, this is a guide written by local experts for those who wish to see what’s off the beaten track, here’s our round up for some of the best and most unique hen night ideas in Chester!
Where to Stay
Chester has a lot of unique and chic boutique hotels that are befitting brides to be, if you’re looking for the ultimate decadence, you can always stay like the queen at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel. For those who prefer the non-traditional and quirky however, there’s Oddfellows, which gives all the best Alice In Wonderland vibes with it’s glamorous interiors.
What to Wear
Channel the “Cheshire Set” look by taking cues from the wardrobes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. A fashionista is spoilt rotten among Chester’s shops. Head to the Grosvenor Centre for all the major high street brands, such as Topshop, H&M and Quiz, or pop into Browns department store. Explore Bridge street and Watergate street for semi-luxe brands such as Reiss and French Connection and find plenty of coffee shops for a pit stop along the way (We love the Baristas and Cinderbox).
It’s time for a pamper! Get your make-up done at the MAC counter in Browns before heading down to Nailista for a luxe manicure or fresh set of nail extensions. Afterwards have a quick cocktail break at The Alchemist or grab a “light” lunch from Hanky Panky Pancakes.
Hanky Panky Pancakes
Where to Eat
Chester has all the usual famous chains such as Las Iguanas and Coast to Coast, but if you want to eat like the locals do try the institution that is Hickories; based down by the river they serve up delicious American cuisine. If you’re in the mood for a more glamorous afternoon tea type affair, Mad Hatters Tea Room offers an endless display of glittering cupcakes, including a great selection of vegan and gluten free treats.
If you’re exhausted from all that shopping however, you might prefer to get a Deliveroo to your hotel from Mama K’s, this lady offers the best of her homemade, authentic American recipes and is not to be missed!
Where to Party
Chester has a good selection of clubs, but those in the know love the cocktail bars of Watergate street; for Gin lovers there’s Craft and Company, and those who prefer their cocktails sparkling and covered in rainbows might prefer Kuckoos, where the braver among us can sample a Northern Zombie at their own risk.
If you prefer a chilled out atmosphere, you might like to seek out the secret bar Prohibition, head up some stairs near the art gallery on Watergate street, knock and await instruction. The new bar The Boardroom is also a must-visit if you fancy yourself a cocktail buff.
Whether you are spending a long weekend in Chester or popping in for a night on the town, don’t forget to book in at Nailista for pampering for you and the girls!