Courtesy of McQueens
Where to eat: For a one-stop evening, head to McQueens, named in honor of actor Steve McQueen. The space has a rugged, masculine feel with plush leather sofas and plenty of exposed brick. The menu is limited, but with pumpkin ravioli and roast chicken, there's something for everyone. The super-sleek Supperclub also offers dining and dancing. There's one dinner seating: 8 p.m. and the four-course chef's tasting dinner is about $70 (There's no a la carte ordering, but vegetarian options are available). Be sure to reserve a table far in advance. For a more quick and casual meal, stop by one of the outposts of Byron Burger. The owner was so taken with the burger craze here in the States, he started this chain in 2007. The shoestring fries are unforgettable.
Where to party: A favorite of Princes William and Harry, the Mahiki lounge is a must-stop for your hen party. Order the pina colada that comes in a carved-out pineapple or try the Krakatoa, a flaming cocktail that serves four. The Peacock Bar has a burlesque show with men and women dancers, then turns into a club in the wee hours. You can also schedule a private cupcake-making class or champagne tasting for you and your ladies. Karaoke is just as popular in London as it is stateside. Book a private room at Lucky Voice or join in the fun in the main room.
Where to relax: Partake in a traditional English tea with a twist. The Pret-a-Portea at the Berkeley Hotel has all the usual tea accoutrements: canapés and tea sandwiches, plus cookies in the shape of shoes, bags and dresses inspired by the fashions of Christian Louboutin, Paul Smith and more.
Where to brunch: Brunch isn't quite the rage in London that it is in the States, so not every restaurant serves it. One of the most dependable is at Electric Brasserie in Notting Hill. Expect the regular pancakes and eggs, along with more traditional English breakfast fare including porridge, baked beans and grilled tomatoes. On a sunny day, take advantage of the outdoor patio.
Dress code: The fashion in London is similar to New York's, but slightly less flashy when it comes to labels. Think Kate Middleton in a Reiss dress.
No bachelorette party in London is complete without: A pre-party or shopping trip with Butlers in the Buff, handsome gents for hire to fulfill your every (R-rated) desire.
Things to Know: If you are not familiar with London, consider using a bachelorette-party-organizing service such as The Stag and Hen Party or check out Visit Britain, the national tourist board Web site, for ideas.
-- by Anne Fritz
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