Whether you’d like to treat your dad to a spot of pampering, or you’re on the look out for a quality craft beer experience to share with him, we’ve got you covered with these fun Father’s Day ideas
Words: Madeleine Howell
1 For the would-be chef
The Michel Roux Jr Cooking School at Cactus Kitchens is conveniently located between Clapham Common and Clapham North. It’s the perfect place to bond over newfound gastronomic skills with the Michelin-starred chef himself in the fully kitted kitchen, or to take a class with Masterchef’s Monica Galetti and the stars of Saturday Kitchen. If you’re strapped for time, they also do gift vouchers.
1 St Luke’s Avenue SW4 7LG; 020 7091 4800; cactuskitchens.co.uk
2 For the foodie
Brickwood serve an outstanding brunch, perfect for a relaxing Father’s Day morning in a rustic setting. Go all out and order the maple cured bacon and eggs on sourdough, a breakfast burrito or ‘The Butcher’ – eggs, bacon, black pudding, herbed sausage and hash nuggets. They also cater to the healthy foodie, with cold pressed kale juices.
16 Clapham Common South Side SW4 7AB; 020 7819 9614; brickwoodlondon.com
3 For the craft beer enthusiast
Take a brew-loving dad to the Craft Beer Co. on Brixton Station Lane. The décor oozes industrial chic with huge, bold copper pipes towering over the bar. Make it a family affair and book a group tasting, so he can try out wacky, experimental beers from the world’s most adventurous breweries with all his loved ones.
11-13 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PA; 020 7274 8383; thecraftbeerco.com
4 For a spot of pampering
This one is for the dad who scrubs up nicely. The father and son package at Porter’s Gentlemen’s Grooming will give you quality time, while the Gentleman’s Reviver and Indulgence Package will ensure he is ready to head out to lunch with the family or just enjoy a leisurely stroll around the picturesque Abbeville Village.
29 Abbeville Road SW4 9LA; 020 8675 0309; portersbarbers.co.uk
5 For the keen cyclist
The tour guides at Biker’s Delight offer a tour along the River Wandle, including wine tasting at the Denbies Wine Estate. You and your dad can cycle 25 miles from Wandsworth Town past historic watermills and nature reserves, through the North Downs and over Epsom race course. Alternatively, opt for the guided Thames Path route via Putney and the more rural Hampton Court Palace.
85 Gassiot Road SW17 8LB; bikers-delight.com