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Saturday Night in Edinburgh


I need help! I am organising my friends Hen do in Edinburgh over the bank holiday weekend, end of May 2010, and I’ve never been to Edinburgh!

The bride is not one for fancy dress but loves a drink or three and to dance the night away, we have 15 attending, and I have the following planned:

Saturday - I have booked blonde the restaurant, has anyone eaten here? Also not sure where to go after, city or lulu, can I get a guest list any where?

Sunday I have provisionally booked The Real Mary King’s close – is this a good thing to do?

I also need to find a lovely pub for a late Sunday lunch ideally around the castle, any suggestions, the booking is for 15 so need a rather large venue that will not break the bank.

We plan to continue the evening with a pub crawl is there any particular pub we should end up in, good live music etc?

Monday - To finish the weekend high tea at the Bollinger Bar.

Have I missed anything that needs to be seen/ done in Edinburgh, I would hate to drag these gorgeous ladies to this fantastic City and not show them the highlights.

I would really appreciate all suggestions.

Much love x

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1. Re: Saturday Night in Edinburgh

You haven't included any sightseeing of the city at all!

At the very least you should consider a round city bus tour which takes an hour or so, they leave every 15 minutes from Waverley bridge.

For shopping and upmarket bars (although they don't like rowdy hen parties!) , head to George street.

The Mary King's close trip should be fun.

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2. Re: Saturday Night in Edinburgh

First off, you must be a wonderful friend putting all this effort in for the hen, it's lovely to see.

I have never heard of the restaurant - and on looking at a map I can see it is quite a far walk from George St, which is where you ladies want to be on Saturday night. I would recommend eating at Tiger Lily http://www.tigerlilyedinburgh.co.uk/ , but book sharpish as it is very popular, rightly so as the food is gorge! Then you can visit any of the George st bars ( Oloroso is a good one - it has a spectacular rooftop bar http://www.oloroso.co.uk/ ) from here, possibly returning to its underground lavish night club LuLu, which you can book VIP entry and tables on it's website: http://www.luluedinburgh.co.uk/

The real mary king's close is good, however, I personally recommend The historic vaults walking tour ran by Merkat Tours from Merkat Cross on the Royal Mile http://www.mercattours.com/home.asp, more for adults than Mark kings close.

For sunday lunch how about The Frankenstein Pub (http://www.frankenstein-pub.co.uk/) not far from the castle? It's decorated very authentically and the staff are very friendly. Something different I suppose, to your glamourous Saturday night out. You must visit Chocolate Soup (http://edinburghmenus.com/directory/chocolate_soup_eh11qw/ ) on Hunter Square after lunch, just off the Royal Mile, for their melted chocolate soup and cakes, absolutley divine, your ladies will love and hate you for taking them there!! If you don't like the sound of Frankenstien pub, there are lots of cafes on the Royal Mile to choose from, mostly chains though.

For the Sunday evening, how about The Stand Comedy Club's (http://www.thestand.co.uk/ ) Sunday night laugh in, for only £5 each the ladies will appreciate it, and the comedians are great. It's again round the corner from George street so you can pop to have another boogie if you so wish. If you like Indian food there is a lovely modern one round the corner from the Comedy club called Zest.

The Bollinger Bar sounds lovely! Alternative places for Monday's high tea could be Le Monde (http://www.lemondehotel.co.uk/) on George St or Harvey Nichols fourth floor restaurant. Either way, it sounds a lovely idea.

Other things you could do throughout the day are (obviously) the Castle, the Whiskey experience (http://www.whisky-heritage.co.uk/ ), a walk up Carlton Hill to see Nelson Monument, The Dungeons (very scary!) and Princess St Gardens/fountain/Scott monument.

Hope this helps. Have a lovely time :o)

Edited: 05 May 2010, 19:41
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Sounds like a fun weekend, lucky Hen!

I love Blonde Restaurant. It has a very interesting menu, and is a great mix of classy and yet down to earth. It is a small place, 15 of you will pretty much fill the place, so it will be like a private dining experience for yoU!

Blonde is a 30 minute walk from George St, or a 5-10 minute (£7-8) taxi ride.

Lulu is a much nicer place than City (which is frequented primarily by drunken students - although they will be thinning by the end of May). Lulu is quite expensive though. If you look on the website there should be information about getting on the guest list.

Other places that would be nice for a drink/dance nearby include Amicus Apple (Frederick St), Garibaldis (Hanover St), Le Monde (George St), Opal Lounge (George St).

Have fun!

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