The phone rings. It’s your best friend, with the best news…she’s getting married! She wants you to be Maid of Honour…you’re delighted, honoured, excited. Then it hits…you need to plan that Oxford hen party she’s always wanted…but where to start?
DON’T PANIC. We are here to help and we know a thing or two about the best places to stay, best things to do and best nightlife spots in Oxford. So relax, you’ve got this…read on to discover your guide to the best Oxford hen party a Maid of Honour can throw.
Where to stay
Oxford is full of great options for your hen party accommodation. From grand hotels to a host of low-cost rooms, there is something for every hen party budget and taste. Depending on your plans, the length of your stay and how much you have to spend you may also want to consider options such as Airbnb or self-catered apartments in the centre of Oxford city.
Although taxis and other transport options are readily available, finding accommodation near the restaurants, bars and activities you are planning are a good way to make everything run smoothly. Here are a few great options we would recommend:
A touch of luxury: Old Bank
We are kicking off our recommended places to stay with something for those who appreciate a touch of luxury. The Old Bank hotel is a 5 star, independently owned gem in the centre of Oxford city.
With rooms starting at roughly £200, depending on the season, this is an option for those that want to splash a little extra cash on their hen party accommodation and enjoy all the charm and service which goes with it.
Something different: Malmaison Oxford Castle
Housed in a former prison, but far from prison conditions. Malmaison Oxford Castle is the perfect boutique hotel based in the centre of Oxford. For hens who want all the best creature comforts with a (slightly) more affordable price tag, rooms start at around £150 a night.
Luxurious hotels are great, sure. But what about hens on a budget, or those that just want to save their money for great experiences and a couple of extra cocktails?
For a fit for purpose but no frills stay, try the Travelodge Oxford Peartree. Although this hotel is not central, the cash you will save should easily cover the short distance into the city centre. Rooms start at £65 per night.
Oxford hen party activities
When it comes to what to do on your hen party in Oxford there is a lot to choose from. What you actually do will depend on who is going, not least the Hen and what she is likely to find enjoyable and relaxing. Shopping on Oxford’s bustling Westgate shopping centre or taking a step out of the centre and grabbing yourself a bargain at Bicester Village is certainly an option.
But for those that want to indulge in something a little more involved, try one of these Oxford hen party activities:
Oxford is one of those picturesque cities which can be fully appreciated from the river which winds through it. Sure, there are boat trips available, but nothing is more fun for hen parties than giving punting a go.
Oxford Cocktail Masterclass
We may be biased, but we believe there is no better activity for hen parties than a cocktail making masterclass. This hands-on experience gives hens a chance to get involved in creating their favourite cocktails and have a lot of fun in the process.
The best cocktail masterclass in Oxford? At TVC, obviously.
For hen parties which are being thrown in the sunnier months, you should take advantage of the stunning rivers which run through the city. There is no better way to do this than finding a pub situated on the river bank and enjoying a few drinks whilst you chat away and enjoy the scenery.
One of our favourite river pubs in Oxford is The Perch. This offers a classic pub feel with classic pub grub and a lovely garden.
Is it really a hen party if you don’t have a crazy night out? Oxford nightlife will not disappoint those looking to celebrate in style. Grab a bite to eat from one of the fantastic restaurants, indulge in some delicious cocktails and then bust some epic dance moves in a late night bar or nightclub.
Eats, drinks, dancing and good vibes
Of course, we may be a little bias, but we honestly believe there is no better place in Oxford to celebrate a hen party in style than at The Varsity Club. From a sit-down meal to making memories with a cocktail masterclass (or just having our expert bartenders make them for you), TVC has it all.
Dance the night away
There is no better excuse than a hen party to hit a nightclub at the end of the evening and dance the night away with your friends into the early hours.
The best club in Oxford for doing this has to be Bridge Nightclub. Which is also situated just a stone throw from Oxford train station, making getting there an absolute breeze.
Cool vibes and an alternative (or indeed additional) spot for sipping some delicious cocktails? Visit Raoul’s intimate lounge bar on Walton St.
And now for something completely different…
Cocktails, dancefloor and wild nights out not your thing? Why not try Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe? Open until late so you can get your late night board game fix.
Oxford hen party: a different approach
By their very nature, a hen party should be something to remember. So sometimes it is worth taking a step away from the ordinary and trying something you have never done before. Here are a few slightly different or unusual ideas to try when visiting Oxford:
A good laugh
Oxford is home to The Glee club. A cracking comedy club with some top acts throughout the year. Performances can be hit and miss, but it is certainly worth checking out who is on the schedule on the night of your hen party. Nothing gets the party started like some belly laughs with your friends.
Just like the UK as a whole, we admit that Oxford isn’t known for its year-round sunshine (unfortunately). But when the sun gods bless us with their presence, there is no better place to be than the rooftop terrace at TVC.
With a dedicated rooftop bar, gather the hen party crew for a few cold drinks whilst looking out over the dreaming spires of Oxford.
Harry Potter nut?
If the bride to be is a bit of a fan of the magic world of Hogwarts, why not plan a visit to the Official Harry Potter Highlights Tour of Oxford?
(Fancy dress optional).
So, it is clear the Oxford has a lot to offer when planning your hen party. From comfortable and convenient accommodation to great restaurants, bars and nightlife it is sure to keep even the most discerning hen happy. If you want to secure a fun cocktail masterclass or book a table for drinks and dinner get in touch today.