Your Personal Stag Do Expert
Organising a stag do can be a very stressful business, and if you get it wrong you're going to look like a right chump. All our customers get their own personal stag do manager, who will be able to give you advice on what will work best for your group, is on hand to answer any questions you may have, and make sure the stag do is a complete success.
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When you submit an enquiry, we create your own personal stag do area. You can view and edit your event, invite guests, see who paid what and when, get maps, directions and a whole host of other things to make your life simple!
An endless metropolis to explore and drinking sessions that turn into weekend-long benders. To all the restless souls out there: London is calling.
London In a Nutshell
- Imposing Gothic architecture flanked by towering buildings of the future.
- A tapestry of British icons: from Big Ben to the Spice Girls and generations of Kings and Queens.
- Cutting-edge nightlife, underground raves and over 3,500 pubs.
London is one of the most-visited cities in the world: a fact that promises you’ll never be bored. Hop on the iconicLondon Undergroundand tour landmarks likeBuckingham Palace, theTower of LondonandBig Ben, before strolling along theSouthbankand taking in the Thames with a pint and a sarnie.
For the best views of the Big Smoke, climb to the 52nd floor ofThe Shard(Western Europe’s highest hotel bar) or catch the sunset from the gorgeousSky GardenatopThe Walkie Talkie(entry is free, with an onsite bar). From great heights get underground, and experience theChurchill War Rooms(where the famous prime minister plotted against Germany) before stopping for a pint in theSherlock Holmes Pub(a full-on recreation of 221b Baker Street). Once you’ve had your fill, delve into the hipster hoopla ofPortobello Market, the glorious arches ofLeadenhall Market(filmed as Diagon Alley for the Harry Potter films), and take tours ofArsenal,West Ham UnitedandTottenham Hotspur’shome stadiums.
London’s food scene is positively sizzling, its melting pot of cultures a recipe for success.
Wander downBrick Lanefor some of the world’s bestsalt beef bagelsat Beigel Bake, before waddling into one of its famouscurry houses(a result of the area’s thriving Indian community). It’s well worth joining the crowds atCamden Marketfor excellent street food, or heading intoBorough Marketfor mouth-watering bread and cheese.Pop Brixtonoffers a feast of bao buns, ramen and more, with hip locals ordering from its trendy stalls. For something more local, join the lunchtime rush atLeather Lanefor some excellent pitta and falafel.
For a taste of classic London, you can’t go wrong with heading to theEast Endand grabbing ameat pie and mash, drizzled in parsley sauce (aka ‘liquor’). Note that a fork and spoon will do you just fine.
Lime and tonic at the ready, because it’s alwaysgino’clock in London. The UK capital is so crazy about the juniper spirit, that the government once passed five laws to stop people drinking themselves to oblivion. 300 years later, little has changed - even the Queen famously partakes in a daily tipple. While you’re in town order local: Sipsmith, Beckett’s and Butler’s Gin are good bottles.
When it comes to boozing, London is spoilt for choice. There are over 3,500 pubs, nestled everywhere from the bustle ofOxford Circusto the outer reaches ofStratford. Locals have taken homegrown brewers likeCamden Town Breweryto heart, with London lagers and ales proudly on display in place of lesser-quality brews. In the summertime, there’s nothing better than popping a bottle of supermarket prosecco and soaking up the sun inHyde ParkorHampstead Heath.
Just remember before you go off on a jolly that it’s illegal to drink or carry open containers of alcohol on London’s public transport system - so booze wisely!
Getting Around London
As if taken straight out of a Dickens’ novel, London’s neighbourhoods are full of distinct character and fiercely proud of their histories.
Once a den of disrepute, Soho is today a shining example of London’s free-thinking attitudes towards sex and self-expression, with a smattering of strip clubs and LGBTQ bars next to popular West End shows. Come here to wander from bar to bar for predrinks, making sure you stop at Bar Soho, 1940s-themed London Underground bar Cahoots and Mexican hangout La Bodega Negra - just don’t be fooled by the neon sex shop entrance.
Though it’s past its glory days, you can still feel the creative energy brimming from Shoreditch, London’s famous hipster haven. Young professionals gather for after-work drinks at Boxpark (a bar collective built on shipping containers,) or walk through a literal fridge to visit the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town. Above ground, nothing beats the fairy-lit rooftop terrace of Boundary.
Step right up, step right up to one of South London’s best-kept secrets. Home to everyone from Del Boy to grime heroes, Peckham holds a fond place in the London imagination as a hub of hustle. Gentrification has reared its head in recent years, but it still retains a lot of soul: from the popping Peckham Springs bar (between train tracks) and the colour explosion of Rye Lane.
Arts and culture abound in uber-cool Hackney, where graffitied walls give way to some of London’s most creative local businesses. Mare Street is a prime place to eat through the borough’s multicultural past, from Vietnamese plates at Green Papaya to finger-licking jerk chicken at Caribbean Kitchen. For drinks, follow the crowds to London Fields and Kingsland Road.
Waving its hands at the end of the Victoria line, Brixton permeates a sense of community lost in modern London, with local market stalls and beloved institutions fringing its busy Tube station. The area’s strong West Indian heritage lives through the sizzling cooking pans you’ll salivate over at Brixton Village, while the traditional shops of Reliance Arcade have served locals for almost a century. There are also fantastic options for a night out, including foot-stomping live music at Hootananny’s and wild nights at Pop Brixton.
Read more in ourLondon Stag Guide.
London Stag Do Ideas
Line up a cracking day out with our tailored stag do ideas.
- Experience a Premiership Match
Feel the thunderous energy of Match Day in London by getting tickets to a Premiership football game, featuring some of the UK’s most legendary teams. Choose from cheering onArsenalat the Emirates Stadium,Chelseaat Stamford Bridge (in the heart of trendy West London) or you can visit Tottenham’s brand new62,000 seater stadium.
- Scale London’s most iconic buildings
Combine pure adrenaline with heart-stopping views of the London skyline by abseiling down theArcelorMittal Orbit, or climbing 52 metres above the legendaryO2 arena. If you prefer your views more on the chill side, relax withchampagne on the roof of Shard: London’s tallest building.
- Enter the Crystal Maze
Power through the Aztec temples and Medieval Dungeons ofThe Crystal Maze Live Experienceor get chased by alien tripods inThe War of the Worlds Experience, complete with immersive VR and interactive theatre.
- Become a beer expert
London has more pubs, bars,micro-breweriesper mile than any other city in the UK (over 3,500 is the latest estimate), so it knows a thing or two about brews. Take abeer tasting masterclass, or embark on a classicpub crawlfor a proper night on the lash. Alternatively, get the safety goggles on as youbrew your own beer) or get the party started by hosting your very ownbeer festival.
- Join the Dark Side of London
Discover what historic horrors lurk below the surface in the world-famousLondon Dungeon, or tour the city’s mostnotorious gangster hauntswith Lock Stock star Vaz Blackwood. For a truly hair-raising experience, challenge yourselves toescape a prison vanin time to make it to the wedding!
For more visit ourLondon stag tips and ideasarticle for more inspiration.
London is the most expensive city in the UK, meaning if you’re planning a stag here it’s time to start saving those pennies.
Trains:Trains from Edinburgh to London hover around £100-£150 for a round-trip, creeping down the further south of the border your starting point is.
Taxi from airport to centre:Taxis from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports average at £50, £100, £80 and £75, respectively. There are much cheaper options, like express trains (£10-£25), buses (£10-£15) and the Tube.
Tube:London’s popular Oyster Card and Contactless payment options for the Tube cap at £10.10 per day, between zones 1-4 (which is where you’ll likely be spending most of your time). If you venture further out, expect to pay more. On average, it’s £2.40 per single journey.
Local meal:Anywhere between £5 for a jacket potato in a local cafe, to upwards of £20 in fancier city-centre restaurants. On average, be prepared to fork out around £10-£15 for most sit-down meals (not including service charge).
Kebab:£4-£6. Not that it matters when you’re in the state for ordering a kebab.
London Eye ticket:£30 on the day, £27 online. The views aren’t the only thing that’s steep!
Getting to London
Travelling to the capital is unsurprisingly easy with no end of choice.
Road:It's fair to say the vast majority of people coming to London from the rest of the UK will either drive or catch the train. If parking isn't an issue (and you've got the tunes and banter to make the journey bearable) then making the trip by car is a great economical option. The exchange is long journey times: from Birmingham, it takes around 2 hours 40 minutes, from Manchester about 5 hours and from Edinburgh a hetfy 7 hours 30 minutes (not incorporating traffic and service stops).
Some London hotels will allow for parking (check online first), and there are public carparks that will allow a weekend space (but they're expensive). You could in theory park in one of the outer suburbs (for free) and then catch a tube or train into the centre with your wheelie suitcase - but by this point you may have been better off taking the entire journey by rail in the first place!
Buses:One of the cheapest forms of travel around the UK is that by bus or coach. The main coach hub in London is London Victoria Coach Station, with regular services from across the UK running 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm. Again, booking in advance will save you money, with journey times of 5 hours from Manchester (from £5.90 one-way with National Express), 2 hours 40 minutes from Birmingham (£4.70) and 9 hours from Edinburgh or Glasgow (£12.80).
Trains:Direct trains run into London Kings Cross and Euston stations from the whole of the UK, making for a very efficient way to travel. Once you're in town, you're right smack in the city centre, saving you that extra slog from the airport.
A train from Edinburgh to London (operated by London North Eastern Railway LNER, costing between £100-£200 for a return journey) runs every half hour and takes approximately 4 hours 20 mins. Direct trains depart from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston at 20 mins intervals spread throughout the day (starting from around £25 one-way), with journey times of 2 hours 5 mins. You can be at London Euston or Marylebone from Birmingham New Street station in around 1-2 hours (from £6.40 one-way).
Booking in advance will save you a fair bit of money when compared to a spot purchase. Thus, it's wise to plan ahead!
Flights:There are frequent direct flights from most major cities in the UK (Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow Airport, Manchester Airport, Belfast International) landing at any of the main London airports (Heathrow, Luton, Stanstead, City and Gatwick). Flights usually take no more than an hour.
Airport TransferOnce you've arrived, you'll need to transfer yourself to your hotel and this is where you'll likely have to navigate the London Underground. The vast Tube network extends far out across Greater London's suburbs including Heathrow airport (Piccadilly Line). It's by far the cheapest way to get in to and around central London, with a single cash fare to central London (Zone 1) costing £6.00 and a one-day Travelcard for unlimited travel across Zones 1-6 costing £18.10 (Anytime) or £12.70 (off-peak).
That said, if travelling into Heathrow or Gatwick there are regular taxi transfers taking approximately an hour to each and costing approximately £50 to £80 per car. Better still is the Heathrow Express running straight to London Paddington and taking only 20 minutes, and the Gatwick Express arriving at Victoria. Cost-wise you're looking at £20 to £30 per journey and therefore if there's a group of you it's easy to run up a quick price comparison to see what's more cost-effective; for a group of 4 at that price, you'll likely end up in a cab.
If you're lucky enough to be travelling to City airport, which is based exactly where you'd expect; London City (docklands to be precise) and by landing here could see you checking in to your central London hotel within an hour of disembarking the plane. City airport is well served by the DLR (part of London's tube network) and the taxi rank outside will have you rapidly relocated into town in a matter of minutes.
Stanstead and Luton airports offer the choice of train, bus or taxi.