7 ways to treat Dad in south east London this Father’s Day, 19 June 2016, from climbing over the O2 with serial adventurer James Ketchell to a lingering Sunday lunch in Blackheath, a back massage in Greenwich or even a medieval joust in Eltham…
1 Climb the O2 with James Ketchell
Serial adventurer James Ketchell gives dads a walk on the wild side at Up at The O2 this Father’s day. James will be on hand for one day only on Sunday 19 June, welcoming visitors and sharing his stories against a 360-degree backdrop of London’s skyline. Despite being told he would never walk normally again after a motorcycle accident in 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world. Up at The O2’s guided expeditions offer the chance to see the city in a whole new way. The 90-minute experience begins at Base Camp, where participants are kitted out in jumpsuits, shoes and safety harnesses before being guided in groups along the walkway. Tickets on Father Day are £35 and are in short supply, so book quickly!
2 Good steak at Buenos Aries Cafe
A fabulous selection of Argentine beef dishes in a variety of cuts, including the traditional Argentine Milanesa – tenderised, bread-crumbed rump – are on the menu at Buenos Aires. Pizzas, salads and soups are also on offer, plus there’s a great selection of non-meaty dishes and a good kids’ menu. There are branches in both Blackhealth and Greenwich.
17 Royal Parade, Blackheath SE3 0TL & 15 Nelson Road, Greenwich SE10 9JB; buenosairescafe.co.uk
3 Back massage at Eizun
Spa treatments aren’t just for mum. Eizun Spa Apothecary, just a 10-minute riverside stroll from the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, offers a great range of stress-busting treatments for chaps including the Heavenly Back and Face Ritual. The Eizun massage (pictured above), a powerful yet gentle therapy incorporating both deep and soft tissue techniques, irons out those tight muscular knots.
89 Corbidge Court, Glaisher Street SE8 3ET; 07738 581 683; eizun.com
4 Live folk music at Blackheath Halls
Acclaimed folk singer and songwriter Fay Hield will be performing with her band The Hurricane Party alongside members of the English folk mega group, The Full English, at the Blackheath Halls on 18 June. Playing songs from her acclaimed albums Looking Glass, Orfeo and Old Adam, it’s the hottest ticket
in town for folk-lovers.
23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ; 020 8463 0100; blackheathhalls.com
5 Lunch with a view at the InterContinental
The Peninsula Restaurant at InterContinental London – the O2 is offering a three-course lunch menu, including a glass of champagne, for £35 this Father’s Day. Call at the Clipper Bar (pictured below) before or after lunch to take in the views of the Thames. You could always head to Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range to knock a few balls about while you’re in the area, too.
1 Waterview Drive SE10 0TW; 020 8463 6868; iclondon-theo2.com
6 Grand Medieval Joust at Eltham Palace
Take dad along to the Grand Medieval Joust at Eltham Palace over the weekend of Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June. Heroes from both England and France will meet on the spectacular grounds of the medieval palace and former childhood home of Henry VIII, which will echo with the noise of thundering hooves and lances shattering as knights go head to head on horseback. There will also be impressive displays of foot combat and archery as well as Falconers demonstrating their impressive birds of prey. 10am-6pm. Tickets £16.60 adults, £9.60 kids, £42.80 family, concs £14.50 (members: Adult £3/Child £1.50/Family £7.50/Concession £2.30).
Eltham Palace, Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, London, SE9 5QE; english-heritage.org.uk/eltham
Linger over lunch on Father’s Day at Locale in Blackheath. On Sunday 19 June, this long-established neighbourhood restaurant is serving up a set menu plus live music all afternoon. The two-course set menu is £19 per head, for three courses it’s £29 per head.
1 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath Village SE3 9LJ; localerestaurants.com/blackheath For details and to book call 020 8852 0700