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London stag do guide


Toying with the idea of a stag do in London? We don’t blame you. After all this is a city that never stands still, where you’re never more than a few Tube stops from lively bars, clubs and restaurants, where there is always something going on any time of day or night.

Combined with London’s immense range of stag activities and attractions, many of which you won’t find anywhere else in the country, and you’ve got all the makings of a memorable weekend. Wherever you plan to base yourselves: super-stylish Shoreditch, high-end Chelsea, bohemian Camden, our London stag do organisers will get things rolling for you. After all, not every weekend has as much potential as this, so why leave anything to chance?

Great if you are looking for

  • World-class nightlife to suit every stag group
  • Huge range of stag activities, many unique to London
  • Very easy for everyone to get to from wherever they’re coming
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Getting around

First let’s address the most obvious point: due to the volume of traffic in London, and the congestion charge, there’s very little point in driving here unless you’ve got no other option. You can easily get into central London from pretty much anywhere in England within a few hours by train, and the city is also served by several airports with direct train transfers to the centre. Whether you’re flying into City Airport, Heathrow or Gatwick, you can be in the city centre within 30 minutes.

You definitely do not need a car to get around London. The city has excellent bus services, as well as abundant taxis, and some days it feels like every other car is an Uber. But of course the most convenient way to get around London is always the Tube. The London Underground gets you to destinations across the city in minutes, journeys that would take you far, far longer at street level.

To get around on the Tube, you can either pay directly by card, purchase one-day travelcards, or, our recommendation, buy Visitor Oyster cards in advance. These electronic smartcards can be pre-loaded with credit, and delivered to your home address a week in advance. Distribute them around the group on arrival and they can be used not only on the Tube but buses, the DLR, even the Emirates cable car over the Thames. Ps: if you’re not familiar with getting around London, the Citymapper app is indispensable for finding your way around in the most practical way.

Bike hire is another fun and practical way to explore London. Santander Cycles have over 750 docking stations across the city, with nearly 12,000 bikes available for hire. It costs just £2 for unlimited journeys up to 30 minutes across a 24-hour period, with £2 more for every additional 30 minutes. London streets are becoming more cycle-friendly, so despite what you may have heard, it’s generally pretty safe to get around London by bike.

As for your activities, most stag do experiences in central London can be reached by public transport. Any that are not, we can arrange door-to-door activity transfers for your group to ensure that everyone gets there right on time. That also means that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers, parking, or figuring out the route yourselves.

Tips and ideas

A London stag do can be pretty much anything you want it to be. Whatever type of group you have, whatever you’re into, however much you’re looking to spend, it’s all here. Our stag do organisers have years of experience in putting together spicy weekenders and can provide you with up-to-date advice, but for starters, here’s our top tips and ideas for a London stag…

First things first: given London’s sheer size, it makes sense to base yourselves in just one or two parts of the city for the duration. You don’t want to be spending half the time travelling from place to place. We’ve got great London stag accommodation in all of the most popular areas so you’ve no worries on that score. 

Next, your London stag activities. Well, where to start? How about with the classics. Naturally, our team here at The Stag Company can put together an action-packed weekend for you with everything from Clay Pigeon Shooting to Paintball, Bubble Football to Quad Biking on offer. 

But we’ve also got some brilliant London stag activities that you just don’t find anywhere else. Live out your retro fantasies and work as a team with a Crystal Maze experience. Or how about spending a day recording your own rock album with a team of musicians at your service, a soundtrack to your weekend.

If your group are football fanatics, we can arrange for you to catch a London team in action at a home game. Or perhaps you’d like a tour of the iconic Wembley Stadium, lining up in the tunnel then popping out pitchside for a photo opportunity?

There are so many fantastic London stag do ideas - all manner of walking tours covering everything from the infamous Jack the Ripper to street art, and street food. You can get your 007 kicks with a speedboat ride along the Thames, sightseeing at full throttle. Read adrenaline-seekers can even climb up the O2 Centre for an incredible view of the city skyline.

Where to eat on a London stag do? You won’t have any difficulties. This city boasts everything from world-class fine-dining restaurants to amazing fast food from many cultures, and whole neighbourhoods dedicated to one type of food. Think Chinatown for east Asian, street food at Greenwich Market, Brixton for flavours of the Caribbean, Brick Lane for curries. 

There are new eateries popping up all the time, but if you’d like us to save you the trouble and book you and the lads into a stag-friendly restaurant in London, we’ll be happy to help. You can’t go wrong with places like Tiger, Tiger, Revolution or Sway - great food at reasonable prices in a lively atmosphere, and once you’re finished you can head on over to the bar.

Lastly, remember that if your London stag do falls on the same weekend as a major event such as the London Marathon or Notting Hill Carnival, many hotels fill up far in advance. It’s essential to book early to ensure your group has the best choice of accommodation at the best rates.

Nightlife

London doesn’t just have the best nightlife in the UK, it arguably has the best in the world. 

Here you’ve got everything on your doorstep, or just a few Tube stops away: traditional boozers, comedy clubs and jazz clubs, 100s of live music venues to pick from, West End theatres, cocktail bars, cigar lounges, clubs like Fabric and Cargo, casinos, strip clubs, Irish pubs, all manner of pop-ups, rooftop bars and speakeasies. The list just goes on and on, and every week there’s somewhere new. Our top London nightlife advice for stags: do a little research the month before you go to see what’s on. You might catch a beer festival, a food festival, or even the legendary Notting Hill Carnival. 

Some of the best stag do locations in London are places like Tiger, Tiger and the Piccadilly Institute, which are welcoming of big groups. Tiger Tiger Haymarket has four brilliant dance rooms for you to enjoy. You’ll be able to split your time between Opal Bar, Cloud Lounge, Groovy Wonderland and White Room. Plus, if you fancy something to eat then they also serve some cracking food, just ask your Event Planner about our two-course meal offer with them. 

If lounging is more your thing though, then you’re going to love the Piccadilly Institute. This venue is more of a late-night bar and is home to six eclectic themed rooms, each with its own cocktail menu for you to explore. Head to Platinum Lace strip club near Leicester Square later on to ensure that the stag has a night he won’t forget in a hurry.

A pub crawl is another solid option for a London stag do. If you fancy exploring the city and visiting some great pubs along the way, then a Treasure Hunt Pub Challenge could be perfect for you.This activity allows you to get a little competitive as you split into teams and it’s also a great icebreaker as everyone works together and is a great conversation-starter.

FAQ

What are the best activities for a London stag do?

The list is practically endless, but some all-time favourites with our groups include Clay Pigeon Shooting, Beer Bus tours, guided bar crawls and the fantastic Crystal Maze experience, which is a popular for alternative London stag do’s. 

Our expert London stag do planners can put together a brilliant weekend for you according to your interests, and also door-to-door transfers for your activities, should you need them.

Do you offer London stag do packages?

Booking one of our London stag packages is the easy way to sort your group out with a first-class foundation for the weekend. They typically contain a few classic stag activities like Paintball or Quad Biking, a meal in a stag-friendly restaurant, and entry to a nightspot, a casino or strip club. Not only are they cost-effective, but they also give you the peace of mind that the basic ingredients for your weekend are all sorted.

Where is your stag accommodation in London?

Having been organising London stag do’s since 2002, we’ve established relationships with many top hotels across the capital, enabling us to offer you excellent value and a wide choice of accommodation. We have stag hotels and self-catering apartments close to all the main nightlife areas, so that you’re never more than 10-20 minutes’ walk from the action. At worst, it will be a short taxi ride away.

We always recommend booking as far in advance as you can, to ensure you have the most choice of hotels. That’s especially the case if you’re coming in the summer, or on a busy weekend such as the Notting Hill Carnival.

How is our booking protected?

The Stag Company is a registered member of the Association of British Travel Agents, the UK’s largest travel association. In a nutshell, that means that your money, and that of everyone else in your group, is protected. 

Is London an expensive destination for a stag weekend?

There’s no getting around the fact that London is the most expensive city in the UK for a night out. But you have to balance that with the fact that it can also offer you the best night out in the UK! Our stag do planners can help you with advice on where you can save money throughout, whether it be our brilliant range of budget stag do accommodation in London, to top tips on getting around the city.

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