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Our pick of the top hen party destinations from Sex and The City to relaxing spas

By Andrea Petrou on April 13th, 2010 1 comment

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We’ve given you so many different hints and tips in the build up to your big day that we actually forgot one of the most important pre-wedding events, and that of course is your hen night/weekend. Hen parties were traditionally a way to get the girls together before the wedding and to give the bride company on the night before her big day. However, these have now turned into huge events with some brides-to-be taking their friends off for a whole week in order to celebrate those “last days of freedom”. Other’s however have chosen to use their days and evenings to relax in spas alongside their relatives and close friends.

We’ve put together a top list of places to go on your hen weekend/week or night.

If you don’t live in the capital then this is an excellent excuse to visit, and ladies who live here, don’t turn your noses up just yet because there are hundreds of things to do here. Take the girls and head for afternoon tea at the Ritz or brunch at Claridges, or be a bit daring and enjoy a spot of wine tasting at Vinopolis. There are also some great spas in this area, which you can visit during the day before painting the town red at night.

If you want sun, sand, culture and good place to party then this Spanish town, not too far from Barcelona is perfect. It’s modern and chic and the open air clubs are out of this world. However, as tourists don’t venture to this part, instead opting for it’s more famous cousin, there is still a wide range of culture meaning you’ll get authentic food and service. And we’re talking from personal experience with this one.

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What can we say about this perfect place that hasn’t been said before. It’s hip, it’s glam and perfect for those who have an extra bit of cash they want to splash out. Grab the girls and have a Sex and The City weekend away.

Fancy a night away but not too far from home? Then Edinburgh could be just the place. You can either drive, depending on where your based, or get a cheap flight with a budget airline such as Ryanair. Visit in the summer if you can to really make the most of the city’s festivals and nightlife.

This has only recently become a top-spot for groups of girls. Although the city hasn’t shed off it’s romantic side, more and more people are venturing to France’s capital to enjoy the architecture and cosy cafe’s the city has to offer. Especially now the Eurostar means we can get there quicker than ever.

Why not grab the girls and have a Gavin and Stacey themed night. Visit the sitcom’s hotspots at night and the beach by day. Wales also has some beautiful countryside and cottages for those not looking for a big weekend away. Grab your hiking boots and take advantage of some of the welsh walks.

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  • As well as having a wine tasting day/night you can also get the full authentic one with wine tasting weekends, which will be one pre-wedding event that your briday party will not want to forget.Although London is nice and wine tasting places are available it doesnt quite have the same punch as travelling to a vineyard for the experience.

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