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The best ways to see out your bachelor life

Posted: 01.03.12

Strip joints are soooooooo passe. Try these ideas for a stag do with a difference... Aztec Adventure A stag do is ultimately the chance to spend quality time with your best mates so don’t waste it down the pub. Use it as an opportunity to enjoy yourself and reflect on why the lads are so important to you. And remember not all of them will know each other – stag dos are often the first time friends from different aspects of your life meet so ice breaking activities are in order, and there’s no better place to start than with a session run by Aztec Adventure. Based in Worcestershire just a short drive from Birmingham, they can arrange a host of activities to get your pulses racing. And with over a decade of experience in the leisure industry you’ll be in safe hands. Choose from archery, rifle shooting, quad biking, climbing and off road buggies or if you’re really looking to make a splash, the company specialise in water sports. You’ll be shown all the ropes of sailing, kayaking or canoeing which is perfect for groups. You can hire a Kata Kanu that holds up to six people and row up the River Avon for a physically challenging and mentally inspiring day trip. Mix and match an itinerary that appeals to everyone in the group and get ready for the weekend of a lifetime. There’s a choice of accommodation nearby including Beau Castle that can sleep up to 18 guests so you could make a full weekend of your shenanigans with a brilliant action packed stag do without having to leave the UK. And don’t worry about the weather, the natural elements (rain especially) will make for a more lively experience, it’s the great outdoors after all.

• Aztec Adventure For more information, visit www.aztecadventure.co.uk www.aztecwatersports.com or call 01386 860013. The Watersports Activity Centre is based in Lower Moor, near Evesham.

Secrets
If there’s one stag do tradition you must retain, it’s an old fashioned night out to a lapdancing club. Don’t worry if it’s not something you’re normally accustomed to, a trip to Secrets, London’s largest table- dancing club is the perfect introduction to the fine art of exotic entertainment in a safe and welcoming environment where the customer is the number one VIP. Branches can be found throughout the capital including Holborn, Tower Bridge and Swiss Cottage with the flagship and oldest branch located in Hammersmith. Stag groups are welcome to hold their celebrations here with a number of special packages available – this can include a limousine pick up and VIP drop off. You can either sit back and enjoy the continuous stage entertainment, or book a private lapdance where you can even request the dancer of your choice dresses up for you - this really is the ultimate place to live out your fantasies and have some naughty fun with your boys

www.secrets-club.co.uk (Branches across London)

March Hare Leisure 
You will get hurt and you will discover the strangest bruises known to mankind but hey, that’s just part of the appeal of paintballing. Indulge in your military fantasies donning on camouflage from top to toe and handling your own weapon – filled with paint of course. You can either assemble two teams or have your own team challenge another group of stags. After a complete safety briefing and kit change you’ll be given a tour of the battlefields. Expect grassy hills, sludgy mud pits, gravel alleyways, and plenty of unexpected watery dips...it’s not meant to be easy! Sadly the groom normally gets the worst of it, ending up battered, bruised and exhausted but hey, you can handle it. Book for a full or half day as well as sample some of March Hare’s other tempting pursuits include carting and shooting. It’s paintballing though that has the most appeal, no man can resist the urge to fire a shot at their beloved buddies so what are you waiting for? It’s time to get ballistic... 

• March Hare Leisure Mill Lane, Broughton Hackett, Worcester WR7 4BE www.march-hare.co.uk

FOOD AND DRINKS

Archipelago
Don’t be surprised if the menu at archipelago makes you blink, it’s a perfectly natural reaction; we can assure you that what you’ve just read is indeed true. This is no typical eatery, when they say international, they mean it with exotic meats and flavours unbeknown to the average tastebuds. Signature dishes are Love Bug Salad where in among the salad leaves you’ll discover pan-fried crickets and locusts while the dessert of Chocolate Covered Scorpions has to be ordered for photographic opportunities (though we can reveal it tastes pretty good). And while the sides and starters (crocodile fillet and spicy ostrich roulade) will excite and entice the boys, wait until they hit the mains. You’ll find seared zebra, creamy gnu and marinated kangaroo. Finish with a Visit From The Doctor, where the in-house witch doctor visits your table to cure you of any illnesses you may have, leaving you with a concoction to cure it - a great night out that leaves you healthier? You’ve come to the right place...

• Archipelago Restaurant, 110 Whitfield Street, London W1T 5ED www.archipelago-restaurant.co.uk

Hey Jo Club
Frequented by celebrities, you’ll also become one of the A-List upon entering this exclusive Mayfair club, where everyone is considered a VIP. For the ultimate luxury night out, we recommend you hire of one the venue’s eleven luxury secluded booths. Here you can sink into plush armchairs or spend the night lounging on hand crafted oriental swings, while indulging in the most extensive champagne list you’ve ever seen. A personalised service is part of the package, and you and the boys will be pampered all night long. If you’re a keen mover on the dancefloor then this venue is a must. It houses the most advanced digital visual system in Europe; the entire dancefloor consists of a video screen so all your moves are projected, perfect for lads who love attention.

•Hey Jo Club, 91 Jermyn Street, St. James, London SW1Y 6JB www.heyjoclub.co.uk 

McQueen
McQueen is a themed bar, lounge and restaurant dedicated to movie star Steve McQueen. There are different areas that you can adopt for the night – the entrance leads onto the impressive Lounge while downstairs is a dancefloor. An ever-evolving art collection adorns the walls while seating consists of the comfiest leather sofas in Hoxton. Decked out with McQueen memorabilia, it truly is A Great Escape from the other crowded pubs and bars in the vicinity. McQueen’s has a dedicated restaurant that serves food that’s to die for, with celebrated Indian super chef Anupam Som at the kitchen helm. • McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4AA.

www.mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk, www.mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk 

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