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The Best Places For a London Stag Weekend

Refined, outgoing or a total adrenaline junkie, these activities are perfect if you want a stag do with a difference…

Champion for a day

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Sporty stags should book in for a stadium tour at one of London’s best club grounds. For the real VIP treatment, head to The Emirates stadium to experience the Arsenal Legends tour, from £37.50pp. A former player will guide you around the infamous stadium and it includes entry to the Arsenal museum, where you can have your photo taken with the FA cup.

More of a rugby fan? Explore the royal box, the players tunnel and even the hallowed players changing rooms at Twickenham stadium, from £16pp.

Get your drink on

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If you want to keep it classy, a specialist drinks bar could be the right place. Whisky Bar at The Athenaeum is the place for smaller parties. With 270 different types of whiskey, even the most discerning drinkers should be satisfied. If your group prefer gin, head south for 214 Bermondsey, an underground gin club with homemade tonic. The sleek design and lively atmosphere simply complement the best gin cocktails in London.

A laugh a minute

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With the best venues in the UK, London’s comedy scene is buzzing. Firstly, check out the famous faces in town the weekend you’re visiting, you can currently see Russell Howard at The O2, Jimmy Carr at The Eventim Apollo or Simon Amstell at Richmond Theatre. But if you want a bit more audience participation and a more intimate setting, check out the The 99 club, The Comedy Café Theatre or The Comedy Store and you will definitely walk away with face ache. (Prices vary)

Bet on a good night

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Bet your way to a brilliant night at one of the luxury Grosvenor Casinos. At Russell square, stag parties are welcome and there are specially designed packages to cater for all. At the Russell Square venue, The Full House Experience, from £30pp, includes a three course meal, gaming tuition and a £5 gaming chip and slots voucher. Desperate to learn how to play Poker? For £15 per person, an experienced dealer will teach you everything you need to know to become the next Dan Smith – who has earned around $10m from playing poker this year!

Ride on

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Ramp the adrenaline by hopping on a speedboat and heading up the Thames.  The Thames Rib Experience has the perfect package for Stag dos, including the James Bond Spy Experience, from £485 per boat. A guide will be able to point out the places where the famous films were shot before you power your way back down the Thames at high speed while listening to the James Bond theme tunes. Wannabe movie stars will love it but make sure you do this before you start drinking, otherwise things could get a little messy!

Another option would be to get sweaty and climb the O2. The Up at the O2 Twilight Experience, from £26pp, means you’ll start the climb at night and get to take in the twinkling London skyline at the top. 

The Top Five Footballers Of 2014

This week’s rather long 23-man shortlist for the coveted Ballon d’Or provided a sharp wake-up call to English football.
We may boast the most exciting league in the world, but is it really the greatest?

The fact that just five Premier League stars have been nominated for the prize this year (three of whom are newbies) tells it’s own story about the individual quality perhaps.

According to this list, 78% of the world’s best footballers DON’T play in England.

Just for fun (although it proved far more complicated than I’d imagined) I’ve narrowed FIFA’s stellar cast of 23 down to a top five.

Gareth Bale, the sole Brit on the list just missed out, placing sixth in my own rankings but I’m happy with the standard of those that did make the cut…

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