Father’s Day falls on Sunday 19 June in 2016. From beers and James Bond to Churchill and classic cars, The Resident rounds up the best Father’s Day activities in London and beyond to truly spoil your Dad…
1 Whiskey Masterclass at OXO Tower
Show Dad how much he means to you with the ultimate gift: a cocktail masterclass at OXO featuring Tennessee’s best whiskey, Jack Daniel’s. While enjoying coffee and pastries, guests will learn every step of the Jack Daniel’s process from how it’s made, to the special barrels where it ages. Then, guests will learn how to make Jack Daniel’s cocktails. Finally, enjoy £10 off the bill on the lunch menu at OXO Brasserie or Restaurant with more specialty cocktails featuring Jack Daniel’s. Places are limited.
OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank SE1 9PH; 0207803388; email@example.com
2 Sheffield Park and Garden
Enjoy a special barbeque lunch in the breathtaking Sheffield Park and Garden on Father’s Day. Held between 2pm and 6:30pm, this special barbeque lunch will be held in the tea room. Then, stick around to walk off the meal in the garden, which will be open for an extended evening until 9pm.
Sheffield Park, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3QX; nationaltrust.org
Painshill is a beautiful 18th century landscape garden in Surrey, a perfect escape from the city life. Have a day out in the fresh air for a countryside walk or a Father’s Day picnic. Plus, on Father’s Day, Fathers get in free when accompanied by their children.
Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE; painshill.co.uk
4 Father’s Day Falcolnry at Hanbury Hall and Gardens
For the more adventurous fathers, Hanbury Hall and Gardens will host a Falconry day on Father’s Day. With participation from real, trained falcons, there will be spectacular flying displays and wisdom from Worcestershire falcolnry expert Trevor Hill.
School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire WR9 7EA; nationaltrust.org.uk
5 Father’s Day Weekend Classics
Tyntesfield in North Somerset is gathering a wide selection of classic vehicles over Father’s Day weekend. In the beautiful grounds of this historic estate, visitors can see different makes and models of fantastic and rare vehicles and discuss them with other car enthusiasts.
Wraxall, Bristol, North Somerset BS48 1NX; nationaltrust.org.uk
6 Bond in Motion
For Dads who like cars, the London Film Museum has a special tribute to everyone’s favourite spy. The largest collection of original James Bond cars is on display in Covent Garden. There’s even a special ‘Cars of Spectre’ exhibition that’s been on since November. It’s a new way to examine see the development of the Bond films over time, through the films’ iconic cars.
45 Wellington St, Covent Garden WC2E 7BN; 020 7836 4913; londonfilmmuseum.com/home
7 Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones, Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery is hosting Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones. Sweeping through two whole floors of the Gallery, EXHIBITIONISM displays over 500 original Rolling Stones’ artefacts like instruments, stage designs and costumes. With the addition of cinema and interactive technology, this is the most immersive insight into this legendary band’s long history, showcasing their explosive effect on popular culture.
Duke of York’s Building, Kings Road SW3 4SQ; 020 7823 2363; saatchigallery.com
8 Cocktails and Cigars at Churchill Bar
For a classy Father’s Day afternoon, visit the Churchill Bar for cocktails and cigars. Reminiscent of Churchill’s tastes and life, the cocktail list is heavy on Churchill Craft Gin and there’s a selection of cigars to choose from for a smoke.
30 Portman Square, Marylebone W1H 7BH; london.churchill.hyatt.com
9 Churchill War Rooms
Beneath London lies the underground bunker where Churchill and his staff fought for Allied victory in the Second World War. Recently opened to the public, the bunker is unchanged since it was last used in 1945, a comprehensive look at London during the war.
Clive Steps, King Charles Street, Westminster SW1A 2AQ; 020 7930 6961; iwm.org.uk