If you’re looking for ideas for Father’s Day in London, look no further! From a tour of London’s oldest pubs to plunging into the ponds at Hampstead Heath, Sunday lunch with a view to family fun on the crazy golf course; our round-up has ideas to suit all tastes and pockets.
As father’s day experiences go, a trip to the go-karting track is sure to be a winner with all of the family. TeamSport has karts suitable for 8 years upwards, and locations in East London (Docklands), North London (Edmonton) and South London (Mitcham). Head to the East London venue on the banks of the Thames for 800m of multi-level track and petrol karts.
If the old man knows his De Havillands from his Spitfires, a trip to the RAF Museum in Hendon could be right up his street for Father’s Day. Entry into the museum is free (book tickets online) but for a truly immersive experience, how about sitting in an actual Spitfire? Climbing inside the cockpit, bullet resistant windscreen in front of you, gun buttons at your fingertips, you really get a feel for how it may have felt to have been a WWII Spitfire pilot.
A dining experience is an ideal thing to do in London for Father’s Day. Head to Cabana in Covent Garden for the Amazon Brunch packed with Brazilian flavours, like Cinnamon Rabanada. And for something savoury, how about The Full Brasilian?
The most significant surviving WWII ship in Britain is the HMS Belfast, which is now a museum on the River Thames. With an extraordinary 9 decks to explore, you can discover this ship’s fascinating 80 year history, from the D Day landings to the Korean War.
A fun Father’s Day activity in London is surely a round of crazy golf. Putt in the Park has family friendly outdoor mini golf courses in Wandsworth, Battersea and Acton parks, with food, brews and refreshments available too. There’s also Swingers in the West End and the City of London. But as 18 plus venues, it’s one to enjoy with the grown up children.
Yes, we know it’s not London, but we couldn’t resist a wild card Father’s Day gift idea. Treat dad to a day out in Brighton with London Walks. Afternoon tea at The Ivy, soaring 450ft on the Brighton i360, a tour of King George VI’s pleasure palace, the Royal Pavilion, and of course, Brighton Beach. And you’ll get Simon, London Walks legend and Brighton local, as your guide.
For a proper Sunday roast, head to Blacklock in Shoreditch, Soho, City of London or Covent Garden. Styled on a traditional London chophouse, they promise roasts that are almost as good as mum’s. The Colonel Fawcett in Camden serves up a Sunday roast packed with local produce (and has its own beer garden too). Or for Sunday lunch with a spectacular view, how about Searcys at The Gherkin, with a set Father’s Day Menu at £55 for a three course meal.
For a special Father’s Day bonding experience, there’s nothing like a bracing dip in a natural bathing pond! Over on Hampstead Heath, there’s Highgate Men’s Pond and the Hampstead Mixed Pond. There are even outdoor showers to round off the outing nicely! Suitable for children age 8 plus.
To really push the boat out this Father’s Day, try the Buenos Aires Steakhouse with locations including Chiswick and Richmond. With specialties like the Argentine spiral-cut rib-eye steak and the Argentine Chateaubriand, this is sure to be a big hit with dad.
For a Father’s Day gift with a difference, take dad on an adventure into subterranean London. Down Street Station in Mayfair is a disused London tube station and bomb proof shelter where Prime Minister Winston Churchill took refuge in WWII. Tours are operated by London Transport Museum and run from the Athenaeum Hotel.
Ah, but not just any barber shop, we’re talking about a trip to Geo. F Trumper on Curzon Street Mayfair. Dad will be pampered in traditional style in the luxurious surrounds of the salon, complete with mahogany cubicles and glass display cases. Set up by George Trumper over 100 years ago, choose from a classic hot towel wet shave, haircut and styling and even face, hand and foot care. Either walk in or give them a call to make a booking, or you could plump for Geo. F. Trumper vouchers, so dad can be pampered at his leisure.
London’s last remaining London galleried inn to the handsomest pub in London, quintessential British pubs to gastropubs. Give dad ultimate bragging rights courtesy of a private pub walk with London Walks, where he’ll get a guided tour of the best pubs in London. Even better, get a group of dads together and share the adventure, and the cost.
The perfect gift for Father’s Day is surely quality time spent together. So, head to the ponds of Hampstead Heath to fish at one of 5 ponds. Or there’s the Regent’s Canal between Hackney and Haggerstone. Just bear in mind that you’ll need a permit and a rod licence too!
Willows on the Roof sits on the top of the John Lewis, Oxford Street, and this summer rapper Tinie Tempah is hosting his fried chicken food pop-up RAPS at the rooftop bar. This is a good spot for live music too, with DJ sets on the cards too.
Some might say Churchill was the greatest leader in British history, and this Father’s Day, you can treat your dad to a private tour with London Walks in Whitehall. With a London Walks guide at your side, they’ll show you where the machine gun nests were to be placed, the barbed wire, the ‘knife-rest’ road blocks and the anti-tank trenches. You could even end with a tour of the Cabinet War Rooms (ask your guide to show you the memento of Churchill’s war time strain).
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar at Marriott County Hall on Westminster Bridge has a gin tasting masterclass for Father’s Day 2022. Sample three gins, learning how to identify subtle flavours, before a Sunday roast. The views of the London Eye and Big Ben will make this an experience to remember.