The Perfect Hen!

Girls celebrating hen party at Wedding Venue

The Perfect Hen!

Those who have read our recent blog “Going to the Chapel of Love” will realise what a wonderful venue The Chapel Bar is for wedding receptions. Still on the subject of wedding traditions, today we want to take a closer look at hen parties.

We were intrigued as to where hen parties originated from, as they seem to be getting more and more popular these days. But they are not a new concept at all. In fact, their origin can probably be traced back to North African, Middle Eastern and Asian roots.

Henna on woman's hands at a wedding venuue

The word hen is believed to derive from henna, rather than the female chicken! Henna is a substance widely used in these wedding cultures as it is believed to have properties that can both purify the bride and protect her from evil. So the original idea behind a hen party is really to prepare the bride for her wedding and ensure that she is purified and protected. A far cry from some of the increasingly outlandish hen parties we see today!

If you would like a hen party that is sophisticated, special – and also at a price that won’t put further strain on those pre-wedding funds! – then where better than The Chapel Bar?

Our Islington location makes us very easy to get to on public transport, so you can rest assured that everyone will be able to get home safely. We can reserve a seating area within our ground floor Saloon Bar so that you can celebrate in comfort and style, or you may like to take exclusive hire of our first floor Terrace Room & Garden! It can seat 22 and has a private bar and a large heated and covered terrace garden. Perfect for a hen party to remember.

Appetising drink made at party venue Islington

We can offer you an exciting selection of cocktails and wines, as well as craft beers and premium spirits for those who prefer. We also have a wide range of food options including buffets, a la carte sit down dinners, canapes, finger food and snacks, and can tailor something to your specific requirements and budget.

Whatever your hen party requirements you can rely on The Chapel Bar to get things exactly right for you! To make sure you don’t miss out on the date of your choice why not contact us today and let’s get this party started!

Our reviews


What a great night. Everything went brill! Your staff were superb. Completely unobtrusive but they managed to be very attentive at the same time. The food was great and the drinks flowed. Having the license for the balcony until 1 am was amazing. Everyone commented on what a great venue we had chosen so I can't recommend it is highly enough. Once again, many, many thanks.

Cheryl Walton

Great Success. Very helpful staff, very friendly security (this isn't very common) and everyone was really accommodating. I would highly recommend.

Chris Topper

We had our Wedding Reception at the Chapel Bar; what a fantastic night. The food was absolutely delicious with plenty for everyone, the bar and door staff were absolutely wonderful and the venue brilliant. We have received loads of excellent feedback about the venue, food and staff. Thank you so much for making our night such a memorable experience.

Mary & Allan Stewart

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