5 ways to treat Dad in south east London this Father’s Day, 19 June 2016, from classic French cuisine to a traditional Turkish hot towel shave and a great massage…1
Private tour of IWM
The Imperial War Museum now offers private one-hour tours of the First World War Galleries (pictured above) looking at why and how the Battle of the Somme was fought and the impact it had on Britain and the world. Told through the personal stories behind IWM’s unique collection of objects, from the ‘big guns’ of the opening bombardment, to the letters of men who fought in this momentous battle. Tours can be booked for 9-10am or 6.15-7.15pm at £300 for up to 10 people.
Lambeth Road SE1 6HZ; 020 7416 5000; iwm.org.uk
2 French classics at Le Chardon
A Dulwich institution, Le Chardon on Lordship Lane is as close as you can get to a Parisian bistro this side of the Channel Tunnel. It offers a set menu with classic French faves such as onion soup and Moules Marinière Frites with a glass of fizz, plus classic British roasts alongside popular Gallic fare for Sunday lunch.
65 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8EP; 020 8299 1921; lechardon.co.uk
3 Pampering at The Groom Room
From an ultra-close shave using a cut-throat razor through to classic hair cuts, The Groom Room in Dulwich Village caters for all preferences. There’s a whole range of bespoke body and face treatments on offer too. Check out the Special Deluxe, which includes a traditional Turkish Hot towel shave, a wash and cut, plus a facial. Gift vouchers for all treatments are available.
78 Dulwich Village, SE21 7AJ; 020 8693 1818; thegroomroom.co
4 De-stress at The Shala
As well as being a fabulous yoga centre, The Shala in West Norwood offers a great range of holistic therapies including Thai Yoga Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Sports & Remedial Massage. There’s also a great selection of workshops to choose from including Breath for Life, which takes place on Father’s Day.
Chestnut Road, West Norwood SE27 9EZ; 020 8670 7711; theshala.co.uk/therapies
5 Gentleman’s Tea at Swan
The Gentleman’s Tea at the Swan is a feast of savoury tea-time treats including quail scotch eggs, fish finger sandwiches and potted trout, served in a sumptuous room with one of the best views in London. Attached to the Globe Theatre, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-matinee bite or the ‘unlimited prosecco’ tea.
Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1 9DT; 020 7928 9444; swanlondon.co.uk