Some would say that every day is Father’s Day – but apparently it’s this Sunday, 21st June. Here’s how to spoil your Dad, that’s if you’re not too busy being spoiled yourself.
Book: A Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea. You won’t find a floral teapot or tiered cake-stand in sight as the finest establishments in London serve up tasty morsels to suit the most masculine palates. We love the wild boar sausage rolls and mini ale pies on offer at The Athenaeum, poached oysters and a cigar on the roof terrace of the Sanctum, Soho or the savoury bites and craft beers at Whyte and Brown.
Budget: For a no-book luxury option that won’t break the bank head to Canada Square for brunch from the open top vintage Champagne and Oyster Bus. Two courses start at £20 a head.
Buy: A new belt to take in his expanding waistline. Black Brown Reversible Belt with Rotating Buckle (£37.50)
Book: A tour of one of the Capital’s historic landmarks. Many people walk past the Tower of London daily without ever venturing in. Book a Yeoman Warder tour, then enjoy lunch in the New Armouries Restaurant. Or, visit the Cutty Sark or HMS Belfast. If music’s his bag, there are countless gigs on this weekend including Fleetwood Mac at the O2.
Budget: Take the old man back in time with a visit to one of the capital’s many museums or art galleries, many of which are free of charge. Depending on his passions he may enjoy The Natural History Museum, The Imperial War or National Army Museums, The Science Museum, the V&A or The National Gallery.
Book: A behind-the-scenes stadium tour should give a sports-mad Dad a very special day. Try Wembley for footy fans, Twickenham for egg-chasers, Lord’s for cricketers and Wimbledon for tennis enthusiasts. Check visitlondon.com for booking details.
Budget: For an active afternoon, hire ‘Boris bikes’ from the many stands dotted around the city or book an affordable open-air swim at Hampstead Ponds or Kings Cross Pool. Armchair sports fans will love the opportunity to watch some cricket in the Surrey Hills. Head to Abinger Hammer, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, grab a pint at the pub and sit by the stream that skirts the pitch.
Buy: Sporty yet stylish men may appreciate a merino wool scarf or warm jumper for spectating at outdoor events and on the terraces. (Murrow Grey Jumper, £45) Or check out our range of official sports ties, (from £27.95)
Book: There are plenty of outdoor activities and opportunities to commune with nature in the urban metropolis. Choose from the London Wetland Centre in Barnes, Kew Gardens or ZSL London Zoo. Hire a boat and go water bird spotting in Battersea or Regent’s Park or take a Thames Clipper between Westminster and Greenwich.
Budget: Why not help your father explore some of the capital’s fabulous green spaces. Take a stroll through leafy Hyde, Regent’s or Green Park or sit by the bandstands and watch the world go by.
Buy: A jacket to ward off bad weather. The Arthur Blue Quilted Jacket (£79) will suit his al fresco lifestyle. Wandering types will also love a classic umbrella, or these quirky compass cufflinks, (£19.50).
Book: If your Dad’s a bit of a sloth, appeal to his love of the seated position this Father’s Day, with a screen or stage-based treat. Tickets for a West End Show should keep him firmly in his comfort zone. Damian Lewis and John Goodman are currently starring in American Buffalo at the Wyndham. There are no performances on Sundays, but tickets are available for the rest of the run.
Budget: Can’t afford the West End? Do the flicks, with finesse! Head for drinks in the BFI on the Southbank, then catch a movie on the massive screen at the BFI IMAX.
Buy: Blue Stripe Woven Boxer Shorts (£14). Equally great under jeans, or for lazing around the house.
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