Father’s Day is almost here. If you haven’t yet bought a gift, why not forgo the usual socks and aftershave set for a day out to remember? The best thing is, you’ll get to enjoy it too.
Here’s some ideas on how to treat Dad this Father’s Day in London…
GENTLEMAN'S AFTERNOON TEA
Who said afternoon tea is just for ladies? There are loads in London that are decidedly more ‘macho’ with not a single floral teacup in sight. The Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair puts on a special Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea with a selection of cheese scones, Scotch eggs, sausage rolls, and whisky to wash it all down with. Or, there’s the Sanctum Soho Hotel Gents Afternoon Tea which, instead of finger sandwiches and scones, includes tempura oysters, beef sliders and steak rolls. You’ll finish off with the most masculine of desserts too – a glass of Jack Daniels and a cigar.
Red Tour, Stop: Hyde Park Corner
Sanctum Soho Hotel
Blue Tour, Stop: Regent Street
London is home to countless distilleries and breweries. So whether your Dad is into gin, whisky, wine or beer, there’s a tour to suit. The Beefeater Distillery is London’s oldest, and the perfect choice for gin lovers. The London Distillery Company in Battersea is ideal for both gin and whisky fans. Crate Brewery in Hackney is the perfect one for beer drinkers. This Father’s Day they’re putting on a special beer tasting event which includes a tour of the brewery, plenty of craft beers to try, and food platters to tuck into.
And if he’d rather the tasting without the touring, head to Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar on Sunday the 17th of June for a special Father’s Day Carvery and whisky tasting. You’ll tuck into an immense meat carvery, with the perfect whisky pairing.
Blue Tour, Stop: Lambeth Place
The London Distillery Company
Red Tour, Blue Tour, Stop: Tower of London
Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar
Red Tour, Blue Tour, Stop: London Eye
CLIMB OVER THE O2
For a Father’s Day to remember, head to the O2 Arena in Greenwich for an adrenalin-pumping climb right over the top. It’s the closest you’ll get to mountaineering in the city, and the perfect choice of activity for sporty types. You’ll be kitted out in a climb suit, boots and harness, and guided up the 52 metre structure at a 30 degree ascent. Not one for the faint hearted but a sure fire bonding experience.
If your dad likes a laugh, take him along to one of London’s top comedy shows. Fathers4Justice are putting on a superhero-themed Father's Day Comedy Night on Monday 11th June for an early celebration. Or, there’s the Top Secret Comedy Club which puts on a show every Sunday costing just £1. Bargain.
Why not treat your old man to a Michelin-starred dining experience? Gordon Ramsey Restaurants are serving the special, self-proclaimed ‘daddy of all dishes’ beef wellington in all 14 of their restaurants on Father’s Day. Pick the Heddon Street Kitchen venue in London’s West End and you can tuck into Beef Wellington for two. Dad will get a complimentary craft beer as well.
Blue Tour, Stop: Picadilly Circus
MORE EVENTS IN LONDON FOR FATHER'S DAY 2018
Here’s what else is going on in the city…
The Taste of London festival is taking place at Regent’s Park from the 13th to the 17th of June, and lines up more than 200 food and drink stalls where you can sample the best of British fare.
Blue Tour, Stop: Baker Street
Comic book fan? Head to the O2 for DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes where you can rub shoulders with all the heroes and villains. Browse unique exhibitions like Superman’s original cape. It’s running until the 9th of September.
Catch a show at the Udderbelly festival on London’s Southbank which lines up circus-style shows and comedy performances for the whole family.
Sorted for Father’s Day? Well if you weren’t before, you certainly are now. Pick any of the above activities and we guarantee you’ll get in your Dad’s good books.