Planning a Liverpool hen do? Here’s what I did (and I’d highly recommend it!)
So obviously my blog has a wedding section because I’m getting married in 36 DAYS. The hen do should traditionally be the day before the wedding, but that tradition has long escaped out of the window. Hen and stag dos are bigger than ever, and usually require whole weekends dedicated to celebrations. They can be in the same country, local, or abroad.
I’d highly recommend a weekend in Liverpool for a hen do. It’s a great city with a mixture of bars, depending if you’re a cocktail gal, a gin drinker or a non-drinker. Here’s how we got on for my Liverpool hen do on 16th and 17th March.
Where We Stayed
The whole trip was a surprise for me. I knew we were heading to Liverpool, but that was where my knowledge ended. Which is why when we walked into 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic hotel, I couldn’t believe it. I’d hinted at my sister months ago that it was my ideal hen do location, but didn’t realise she actually took my comment on board!
Then when we got there, they’d only upgraded us for no cost to their Presidential Suite. It was the most beautiful hotel room I’ve ever stayed in. It was incredible.
You could see the Liver building and the River Mersey from our room. It was such a clear day you could see Birkenhead on the other side. The room had a champagne booth, a bath big enough for 10 people, and a shower that turned into a steam room.
My Mum had organised for a bottle of champagne to be in our room when we arrived. I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone planning a Liverpool hen do. They did everything they could for us, nothing was too much trouble, and it’s a stunning building.
Glasses of fizz consumed: 2 and a half
What We Ate
After checking into our fabulous hotel room (and feeling well and truly like royalty) we headed to our evening meal. Again I had no idea where I was going, only that I had to endure a 4-minute walk in 5 inch heels. Ouch. Just as I was considering giving up, we walked into the restaurant: Piccolino’s!
We have a Piccolino’s in Chester, and it’s the sort of place you’d go to if you wanted a semi-fancy evening meal. Not your everyday weekend kinda job. My Mum had had to preorder my meal, guessing what I’d like. Luckily, she chose perfectly! Calamari to start, medium-rare steak for main and fruit salad for dessert (since I’ve cut out chocolate, cake, and biscuits for a whole year).
One of my best friends from uni organised the goody bags which were filled with homemade shots, a Truth or Dare card game, sweets, party poppers, and a badge for each person. I also had my sash which I didn’t want to take off all weekend!
Glasses of fizz consumed: 2
The next day, we had a spa day, followed by an afternoon tea in the hotel. It included a whole range of sandwiches, scones, cream and jam and mini desserts too.
Glasses of fizz consumed: 1 (and 1 cocktail)
What We Did
I don’t really like clubbing so instead we had plenty of cocktails at the bars local to the hotel after our meal. We headed to the Alchemist, which was about a minute’s walk and on the way back to the hotel. Being a Friday night, it was heaving, but we stayed for about an hour.
Then we headed to the bar at the top of the hotel for another hour and more drinks, before going to bed at about 1am.
Glasses of fizz consumed: 1 (and 2 cocktails)
The next day, we had a leisurely hotel breakfast at 10am, and then had booked in for a mini spa experience. The spa was exclusively ours for two hours, and involved more Prosecco (surprise surprise), and a 30-minute treatment each. My Mum had booked me in for a back and shoulder massage, which after all the wedding stress was 13642% needed.
The pool was amazing as it was cloudy with some kind of salts in so felt like a giant jacuzzi/bath. Sorry for the terrible picture quality, spa lighting isn’t the best….
Glasses of fizz consumed: 2
The Liverpool hen do was so ‘me’. My family and friends couldn’t have done a better job of organising it. I loved every second and didn’t want to come home afterwards. I need to do this every year!
Total glasses of fizz consumed: 8.5 (and 3 cocktails)