15 London Stag Do Ideas to Make It Legendary

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15 London Stag Do Ideas to Make It Legendary
April 22, 2024
18 mins read

If you’re planning a stag do in London, be ready for the party of a lifetime! You’ll never run out of exciting things to do in the capital, from iconic pubs and exclusive nightclubs to crazy golf venues, VR experiences, and adrenaline-pumping adventures.

So, check out our London stag night ideas, then grab your lads and live it up! 🍾

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Best Stag Do Ideas in London

Alright, let’s start our list with the crème de la crème of stag ideas in London. These are the classic experiences we couldn’t skip.

1. Nightlife Thrills

Whether you want to hit a few bars, go clubbing, or enjoy a comedy night – London’s got you covered.

Iconic pubs and bars can be found in Soho, Covent Garden or Shoreditch. The West End is the place for those interested in theatre and musicals (but not only!). Camden is known for its alternative and quirky party spots, while Brixton is popular for its hip-hop and Caribbean vibe. If you’re looking for luxury nightlife, Mayfair is a great choice.

If you’re coming from out of town, check out the FAQ section at the end of this article to learn more about London’s party areas. All right, let’s get to some hand-picked venue recs.

Bar Crawl

Vibrant and quirky interior of Blame Gloria bar in Covent Garden, London, with neon lights and patterned seats for a stag party
Party away in this exclusive space with your own private bar at Blame Gloria in Covent Garden.

Why settle for one location? Explore the London bar scene and make the most of your night.

🥂 Tagvenue recommends:

  • Bar Soho. This stylish, funky, and centrally-located bar is your ticket to a decadent celebration. Great drinks, reasonable prices, and Instagrammable spaces.
  • Nags Head. A fabulous bar in Covent Garden with chic Victorian decor, serving a great selection of draught beers and traditional pub grub.
  • Blame Gloria. Another great choice in Covent Garden, Blame Gloria is a cocktail bar with atmospheric underground interiors and a killer soundtrack.
  • Temper Shoreditch. A unique place with an extensive wine list, awe-inspiring barbecue, and great music. Perfect for a cosy night out.
  • Swingers West End. This one’s more than a bar. The combination of delicious cocktails, mouth-watering food, unbelievable interiors, and three nine-hole crazy golf courses will blow your mind.
  • Made in Brasil. Fancy some tropical beach vibes? Hire the Copacabana Beach Bar that hides in the basement of Made in Brasil in Camden Town!


Neon-lit DJ booth and dance floor at Queen of Hoxton discotheque in Shoreditch, London, ready for a stag party
An infinity LED dance floor, DJ booth, and your own private bar – what more do you need? | Discotheque at Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch

After a few rounds of drinks, it’s time to hit the dance floor and really get the night started!

🪩 Tagvenue recommends:

  • Queen of Hoxton. Light up your stag night with a visit to this club. They’ve got a couple of private spaces to choose from. We recommend Discotheque with the Instagram-worthy infinity dance floor or its edgy sister, The Basement.
  • Ballie Ballerson. Welcome to your Shoreditch playground, where you can hang out in giant ball pits, try signature retro cocktails, and party to great RnB, house, and disco tunes!
  • Club Royale. Looking for some VIP treatment? Look no further than this Chelsea-based luxurious nightclub. Whatever you imagine for your stag night, their team will make it happen.

Jazz Night

Intimate jazz night setting with patrons and a fully stocked bar at Boisdale of Canary Wharf, London, perfect for a stag do
Enjoy smooth tunes and soulful melodies at the Restaurant & Jazz Club at Boisdale of Canary Wharf.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed and slow-paced celebration, indulge in soulful performances paired with fine dining and cocktails at a jazz night.

🎹 Tagvenue recommends:

  • Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. A renowned jazz club in Soho, known for its exceptional jazz performances in an intimate setting. The club offers upscale British cuisine and a wide range of drinks to choose from.
  • The Jazz Cafe. The Jazz Cafe in Camden offers a mix of jazz, soul, and funk music. It’s known for its lively atmosphere and features a mezzanine restaurant where you can dine while enjoying the music.
  • 606 Club. In Chelsea, the 606 Club has a cosy, unpretentious atmosphere. It’s a favourite of London’s jazz aficionados and serves up great British and European cuisine alongside its music.
  • Boisdale of Canary Wharf. This vibrant restaurant offers traditional Scottish cuisine, a wide selection of whiskies and cigars, and live jazz music.

Comedy Club Night

Rows of red seats facing an empty stage with comedy masks at The Comedy Store in Soho, London, set for a stag do night of laughter
Enjoy the laughter at The Comedy Store.

Unleash the laughter on your stag do with a night at one of London’s iconic comedy clubs.

😆 Tagvenue recommends:

  • The Comedy Store. The Comedy Store in Soho is one of the most famous comedy clubs in the UK. It’s known for its outstanding line-up of comedians and classic stand-up shows.
  • Top Secret Comedy Club. This Covent Garden club is renowned for surprise performances by top comedians and offers an intimate setting with a great selection of drinks.
  • The Stand-Up Club. This club in Piccadilly Circus is known for featuring some of the best UK stand-up comedians in a vibrant and welcoming environment.

2. Brewery Tour

Cosy pub ambiance at Temple Brew House in London, featuring a foosball table, wooden barrel tables, and eclectic decorations for a laid-back stag party
Explore some of London’s best breweries and taste craft beers. | Brew House Floor at Temple Brew House

Is the groom a beer-o-phile? Take him on a brewery tour of London!

You’ve probably heard about the Bermondsey Beer Mile. But it’s not the only place with a thriving craft beer scene! The Bethnal Green Beer Mile and the Blackhorse Beer Mile are packed with exciting locations waiting to be discovered!

Many of these breweries are available for exclusive hire. Besides beer and other drinks, they also serve street food or invite you to bring in external caterers. You can also count on some entertainment like beer pong, darts, and live music!

🍺Tagvenue recommends:

  • Forest Road Brewery. Chill out in this low-key space and enjoy house-label ales and lagers, accompanied by mouth-watering pizza.
  • Great Beyond Brewing Taproom. Located in a railway arch in Hoxton, the taproom at Great Beyond Brewing offers a cosy space with board games and, of course, a range of lagers, IPAs, sours, and dark beers.
  • Temple Brew House. This award-winning micro-brewery and basement pub will delight you with unusual craft beers and interactive entertainment facilities. Book early!
  • Drop Project Brew Taproom. Hang out in the modern craft brewery (winner of the 2022 Raise the Bar award!) and enjoy a drinks menu tailored to your tastes.
  • Bianca Road Brew Co. A microbrewery located in two railway arches on the Bermondsey Beer Mile. You’ll enjoy their well-stocked bar and views of the working brewery. For the full party experience, they partner up with local food traders and live music providers.
  • Wolfpack Queens Park. An inconspicuous garage in Queens Park that hides a rustic-industrial loft-style space with fresh craft beer on tap.
  • Hiver Beers. Another obligatory stop on the Bermondsey Beer Mile. They’ll be happy to give you a guided beer tasting, arrange for a DJ to spin some records, or set up a karaoke session.
  • Hackney Brewery & High Hill Taproom. A homely brewery serving fresh Hackney beers on tap, a handpicked selection of local craft beer from the Blackhorse Beer Mile, and other drinks (special requests also welcome!).
  • Long Arm Sports Pub & Brewery. A quirky, industrial pub and microbrewery with delicious Tank Fresh beers. Vegan and gluten-free food options available.

3. Thames River Boat Cruise

Night view of a private party cruise boat sailing on the Thames River with Tower Bridge in the background for a stag party in London
Enjoy a private party boat cruise along the Thames. | City Cruises Ltd

Want to experience the city from a different perspective? Have a stag do on the water! As you glide along the Thames, you’ll be treated to thrilling views of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Many boats offer private hire options, allowing for a more personalised experience complete with catering and entertainment choices.

These cruises can be tailored to suit the vibe of your stag do, whether you’re looking for a sophisticated evening with fine dining and live music, or a more high-energy party with a DJ and dancing.

Alternative Stag Do Ideas in London

Now, how about we step away from the traditional and dive into the extraordinary? If you’re looking to add a unique twist to your celebration, these ideas are for you.

4. Virtual Reality Experience

Minimalist waiting area with neon signage at DNA VR in Camden, London, a modern virtual reality experience for a stag party
Dive into VR gaming for an exhilarating group activity. | DNA VR Camden

Immerse yourselves in a world of digital adventure with VR experiences, where cutting-edge technology meets limitless imagination.

🎮 Tagvenue recommends:

  • DNA VR. London’s first VR arcade with locations in Battersea, Camden, and Hammersmith. Team up with your mates, solve puzzles, and participate in a range of exciting activities.
  • Centre VR Enfield. With state-of-the-art equipment, an extensive library of games, and the option for both solo and team play, this venue offers a thrilling escape to virtual worlds, complete with spectator areas, haptic feedback gear for a deeper experience, a nostalgic arcade room, and a snack bar to refuel and socialise.

5. Graffiti Workshop

Colourful graffiti-covered walls at Leake Street Arches, London, a creative and edgy workshop location for a stag activity
Learn street art in a graffiti workshop. | Photo courtesy of Leake Street Arches

Unleash your creative spirit and leave your mark on the city with a graffiti workshop, a hands-on experience that lets you explore London’s vibrant street art scene.

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6. Indoor Skydiving

Indoor skydiving experience at iFLY London with two people in flight suits floating in air tunnel for a stag do event
Experience the thrill of skydiving indoors. | iFLY Indoor Skydiving at The O2

Let’s add some adrenaline rush to your stag do, shall we? Elevate your mood with an indoor flying session.

Stag Do Activities London

What happens at the stag party, stays at the stag party. But if you need some inspiration, we’ve got a few London-based activity ideas to take it up a notch!

7. High-Speed Thames RIB Experience

Feel the rush of the High-Speed Thames RIB Experience, an exhilarating boat ride that combines sightseeing and adventure.

8. Axe Throwing

Competitive axe-throwing lanes at Whistle Punks in London, with visible scoreboards and a safety net, set for an active stag do challenge
Test your skills in an urban axe-throwing venue. | Whistle Punks, Soho

Step into the world of axe throwing, a unique and engaging activity that requires skill and precision, providing a fun and competitive edge to your stag do in London.

9. Golf Day

Futuristic indoor mini-golf course at Puttshack in White City, London, with glowing play areas and a lively bar, perfect for an entertaining stag do event
Putt your way through the most eccentrically entertaining golf experiences. | Puttshack White City, Hammersmith

Relax and unwind with a golf day, offering a laid-back yet engaging experience for a stag event.

⛳ Tagvenue recommends:

  • Puttshack White City. Experience the future of mini-golf, where patented, cutting-edge technology transforms the classic game into a dynamic, social gaming sensation. Located in Shepherd’s Bush.
  • Big Shots Golf UK. This dynamic venue offers an exceptional golfing adventure suitable for all skill levels, complete with quality food and an energetic bar scene.
  • Junkyard Golf Club. If you’re looking for an experience that’s anything but ordinary, this London hotspot turns traditional mini-golf on its head, offering four outrageously fun courses crafted from the quirkiest of ‘junk’.
  • Putt Crazy. Swing into the extraordinary with Putt Crazy’s whimsically designed crazy golf courses. With a flat rate for venue hire you get unlimited golf, customised table layouts and decorations, and dedicated staff service. Plus, there’s an option to bring your own alcohol and food, alongside the on-site bar and restaurant for catering.
  • The Golf Groove. Tee off in style at Wimbledon’s premier indoor golf oasis, the largest of its kind in London. They’ve got multiple private hire areas, from the high-tech golf bays to the vibrant lounge and outdoor terrace.

London Stag Weekend Ideas

Make the most of your stag weekend in London by indulging in a variety of experiences, from adrenaline-pumping adventures to sophisticated tastings.

10. Themed Hotel Stay

Pick a theme that resonates with the groom’s interests or hobbies. This could be a historical era, a cinematic universe, or a literary genre. Then, find a hotel that fits the theme and personalise the experience with themed welcome gifts, customised decorations, and themed menus.

💡 Check out some of these places for inspiration:

  • The Ampersand Hotel. Ideal for science and astronomy enthusiasts. Their science-themed rooms are inspired by the nearby Science Museum, featuring astronomical wallpaper and quirky scientific details.
  • Sunborn London Yacht Hotel. For a nautical theme, this hotel is an actual yacht moored in the Docklands. It offers a unique experience with stunning views of the river and city.
  • The Courthouse Hotel. This former magistrate’s court turned hotel has the original judge’s bench and holding cells. Its rooms and suites are named after famous individuals who were tried there, offering a blend of history and modern luxury. Perfect for history buffs.
  • The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell. Styled like a Georgian townhouse, it’s perfect for a historical or literary theme. The hotel boasts an eclectic collection of antiques and quirky treasures.
  • Hotel 41. With a black-and-white theme, this hotel offers a more classic and elegant experience. It’s ideal for those looking for a luxurious, old-world charm.

11. Multi-Activity Adventure Day

Electric go-karting track at Gravity Karting, London, with karts lined up for an adventurous and fun stag party activity
Dive into a day of non-stop fun. | Gravity, Wandsworth

Plan a day with back-to-back activities like karting, laser tag, and bowling.

🎳 Tagvenue recommends:

  • Gravity. Rev up for an electrifying ride with all-electric go-karts, where you’ll zoom through neon-lit Japanese streets like a street racing pro. But the fun doesn’t stop at the track! A state-of-the-art, 14-lane bowling alley awaits to continue the excitement.
  • NQ64 Shoreditch & NQ64 Soho. The ultimate neon-lit arcade bar where retro gaming meets craft game-themed cocktails in an explosion of 80s and 90s nostalgia. With everything from Mario Kart to Mortal Kombat available to play, NQ64 is your go-to for a night filled with gaming glory.
  • Bunker 51. A military-themed underground bunker that brings the spirit of Winston Churchill into the modern era of entertainment. Whether it’s laser tag, paintball, airsoft, escape rooms, or zombie experiences you’re after, Bunker 51 has it all.
  • Queens Skate Dine Bowl. Slide, bowl, and celebrate in style at QUEENS, the go-to entertainment hub in Central London. The venue boasts the city’s only year-round ice rink and a legendary bowling alley, complemented by the mouthwatering delights of MEATliquor.

12. Gin Tasting and Distillery Tour

Elegant dining setup at 1751 Gin Distillery, London, with floral wallpaper and wood-paneled bar for a sophisticated stag do
Explore London’s gin scene. | 1751, Southwark

Discover the intricate process of gin making and savour the distinct flavours of artisanal gins.

🍸 Tagvenue recommends:

  • Bermondsey Distillery. Savour the distinctive flavours of Jensen’s Gin, an artisanal gin brand, in a setting that celebrates the rich history and innovative spirit of London’s gin production.
  • 1751. A unique blend of contemporary dining and artisanal spirit production, located just a stone’s throw from London Bridge. Indulge in exquisite dishes and an extensive cocktail menu, and witness the art of gin-making right before your eyes.
  • London Bridge Distillery School. A speakeasy-style basement transforms into a distillery school sanctuary. Hidden beneath The Whisky Exchange shop, the venue offers tastings and bespoke gin-making, whisky, and rum-blending masterclasses. 

Stag Do Ideas Near London

If you don’t mind a drive, you’ll also find awesome things for a stag do outside of London.

13. Hiking in the South Downs

Organise a hiking trip in the scenic South Downs for an escape to nature. The South Downs National Park offers a range of trails that cater to all levels of hikers, from leisurely walks through rolling hills and ancient woodlands to more challenging routes that promise an invigorating experience.

14. White Water Rafting

For an adrenaline-fueled stag do, head to the Lee Valley White Water Centre for a day of white water rafting. Navigate rapids, drops, and waves under the guidance of experienced instructors. This Olympic-standard venue offers thrilling rafting experiences that are sure to get your heart racing.

15. Wine Tasting in Kent

Embark on a leisurely wine-tasting journey through the Kent countryside, often referred to as England’s vineyard. You’ll have a chance to learn about the wine-making process, from vine to bottle, and indulge in tastings of award-winning English wines.

Part(y)ing Thoughts

And there you have it, our guide to organising a stag night or weekend in London.

Actually, there’s enough ideas for multiple parties! Whether you choose a simple celebration over some drinks at a laid-back pub or pack your party full of adventures, we hope that London treats you well. Feel free to tag us on Instagram if you end up using some of our ideas!

Cheers to the ‘last night of freedom’ (or a lifetime of new adventures)! 🥂

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Which area of London should I choose for a stag party?

Your choice depends on what you’re looking for, but popular London areas for stag dos include:

📍 Soho. Known for its nightlife, Soho offers a wide range of bars, clubs, and entertainment options. It’s a lively area with plenty of choices for a night out.

📍 Shoreditch. This trendy neighbourhood is famous for its alternative scene, street art, and unique venues. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something a bit edgier.

📍 Covent Garden. Covent Garden has a mix of bars, restaurants, and entertainment. It’s a great central location for a night on the town.

📍 East End. Areas like Hackney and Dalston offer a more relaxed vibe with craft breweries, quirky bars, and a diverse nightlife.

📍 West End. If you want a more upscale experience, consider the West End with its theatres, high-end bars, and clubs.

📍 Camden. Known for its alternative and music scene, Camden offers a unique atmosphere with live music venues and eclectic bars.

📍 South Bank. For a scenic stag party, South Bank along the River Thames provides stunning views, riverside bars, and cultural attractions.

📍 Brixton. Brixton has a vibrant nightlife scene with numerous bars, live music venues, and a diverse crowd. It’s known for its cultural diversity and offers a lively atmosphere.

📍 Mayfair. Mayfair is a more upscale option, known for its luxury bars and clubs. It’s a sophisticated choice for a stag party with a taste for elegance.

📍 Chelsea. Chelsea offers a mix of high-end bars, restaurants, and exclusive clubs. It’s a fashionable and posh area, perfect for a more refined celebration.

📍 Kensington. Kensington provides a classy and cultured backdrop with its museums, parks, and elegant bars. It’s ideal for a stag do with a touch of sophistication.

📍 Hackney. Hackney is known for its hipster and alternative scene. It’s perfect if you’re looking for quirky bars, craft breweries, and a more relaxed atmosphere.

📍 Greenwich. Greenwich has a unique charm with its maritime history and riverside setting. It’s great for a stag party interested in historic sites, scenic views, and pubs by the river.

📍 Canary Wharf and Docklands. These areas offer a modern, corporate vibe with high-rise bars and impressive views. It’s an excellent choice for a contemporary and stylish stag celebration.

📍 Elephant and Castle. This area has a mix of bars and nightlife options, often with a more diverse and local feel. It’s a good choice for those seeking a less touristy experience.

Who pays for the stag party?

Traditionally, the cost of the stag party is split among the attendees, excluding the groom. It’s common for the groom’s portion to be divided amongst the group, so he does not have to pay for his own stag do. However, this can vary based on the group’s preferences and financial situations.

Who organises the stag night?

The best man is typically responsible for organising the stag night or weekend. They may consult with the groom to understand his preferences and with the other attendees for planning and logistics. In some cases, the groom’s close friends or family members may also assist in the organisation.

How much does it cost to organise a stag do in London?

The cost of a stag do in London can vary widely depending on the activities planned, the duration of the event, the number of people attending, and the level of luxury. On average, you might expect to spend anywhere from £100 to £500 per person for a weekend, but it can be higher for more upscale or elaborate plans.

What are the rules for stag parties?

The rules for stag parties can differ based on the group’s preferences, but common ones include: ensuring the groom’s safety and enjoyment, respecting everyone’s comfort levels, maintaining confidentiality about the events of the night, and setting a budget beforehand. It’s also important to plan activities that are inclusive and considerate of all guests.

Who should be invited to the stag do?

Typically, the stag do is a gathering of the groom’s closest friends, family members (such as brothers or cousins), and sometimes colleagues. The guest list is usually decided by the best man and the groom, taking into account the groom’s relationships and the group’s dynamics. It is important to carefully consider who to invite.

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