Trying to figure out the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day this year? The Resident picks out some of the top things to do with dad on Sunday 17 June 2018…
Lead image: The London Helicopter Battersea London UK (photo: vickicouchman.com)
1 Helicopter Tour of London
This Father’s Day, show your dad a view of London from the sky. The London Helicopter offers three different flight routes to showcase London like you’ve never seen it before. You will see all of the main landmarks of the city in an unforgettable experience. Tours last 10, 20 or 30 minutes and prices increase based on how long you would like to explore. Make this Father’s Day an unforgettable experience off the ground.
The POD Building, Bridges Court, Battersea SW11 3BE; thelondonhelicopter.com
2 Barbershop Experience at Truefitt & Hill
If you want to get your Father’s Day started just a tad early, Truefitt & Hill Barbershop is the place to go. The world’s oldest barbershop is offering a fantastic father and son opportunity the day before Father’s Day. Once inside the shop, drinks will be offered followed by a choice of four different treatments whether you need a cut or just a trim. To conclude the experience, a goody bag will be handed out, food will be provided and a discount will be available at Deakin & Francis, Britain’s oldest family jeweler. The Ultimate Father and Son Experience costs £175.
71 St James’s Street SW1A 1PH; truefittandhill.co.uk
3 Cocktails & Coffee Table Books at Maison Assouline
For those dads looking to take it easy on Father’s Day, a relaxing afternoon at Maison Assouline might be for you. Dads are invited in for cocktails paired with Father’s Day coffee table books to enjoy at the same time. Maison Assouline has selected some books and titles perfect for what dads would like. Come check out this 11-listed building designed in 1922 right in the heart of Piccadilly.
196A Piccadilly, St James’s W1J 9EY; assouline.com
4 Butchery Masterclass at Lidgate
Your dad has most likely been out of school for quite some time. This Father’s Day bring him back to school at C Lidgate’s Butchers. The butcher and charcutier is offering a classes perfect for Father’s Day with different meats and how to prepare them. You’ll learn the basic butcher techniques from poultry to beef and you’ll even get to take something home with you. Classes start at £95 per person for poultry, up to their most lavish Beef Butchery Course for £230.
110 Holland Park Avenue W11 4UA; lidgates.com
5 Haircut & Workout at Barry’s Bootcamp
If you’re headed in for a workout on Father’s Day at Barry’s Bootcamp, stay around for a haircut as well. Barry’s Bootcamp, House 99 by David Beckham and Cut & Grind are teaming up for a Father’s Day event. For clients attending a class at Barry’s on Father’s Day, they will also be able to sit down for a cut from one of Cut & Grind’s barbers using products from David Beckham’s House 99 collection. Different 15-minute complimentary grooming experiences consist of taper haircuts, tidy ups, beard trims and beard styling. Class prices start at £20 for a single class and can be used at any of the four locations.
Find the studio most convenient for you at barrysbootcamp.com
6 Free Hip-Flask with Lunch at Berners Tavern
Berners Tavern has a special Father’s Day gift lined up for dads. Berners will be gifting a monogrammed hip-flask with every booking made to celebrate this Father’s Day. The flask will be filled with The Ageing Hipster – an authentic mix of Tin Cup Bourbon, Diplomatic Reserva Exclusiva Rum, sacred spiced Vermouth and Bitters. Along with receiving a flask, guests will be able to choose what they’d like from the brunch menu. The flask and cocktail are complimentary with a reservation made on Father’s Day. When making a reservation mention ‘Ageing Hipster’ and give your dad’s initials to be engraved (only before 7 June for engraving).
10 Berners Street W1T 3NP; bernerstavern.com
7 Cocktail Class at Dickies
Dickies is offering a cocktail-making class for those dads who want to enhance their cocktail-making skills. This Father’s Day, dads will be able to use the best seasonal ingredients from Richard Corrigan’s Irish Estate and Virginia Park Lodge. The Father’s Day special will run from 3:00pm-5:00pm and prices start at £55 per person.
28 Upper Grosvenor Street W1K 7EH; corrigansmayfair.co.uk
8 Father’s Day Lunch at Bentley’s
Bentley’s Grill will be hosting a four course lunch this Father’s Day. Included in the meal will be oysters, smoked wild sea trout and Wellington of Irish Hereford beef followed by Irish apple tart. The dads will get something a bit extra as well with a complimentary Guinness. This sure won’t disappoint. You can book online for a price of £45 per person.
11-15 Swallow Street W1B 4DG; bentleys.org
9 Bowl & Skate at QUEENS
If you’re looking to be a bit more active this Father’s Day, QUEENS has a deal for dads. All dads will be able to bowl and skate for free this Father’s Day. This is London’s only permanent all-year round ice rink, but if skating isn’t your thing, bowling might be a good alternative. A dining option from MEATliquor will also be provided. Bookings must be made in advance and the minimum booking size is three.
17 Queensway W2 4PQ; queens.london
10 St John’s Wood Super Car Pageant
Now in its sixth year, the St John’s Wood Super Car Pageant is back on Sunday 17 June. This year, the event will feature more great automobiles, from a 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost to a 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder and a Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle. The event, sponsored by Knight Frank, will take place on St John’s Wood High Street, among the vibrant line-up of independent shops, restaurants and cafes. There will also be Fun Fair rides for the younger members of the audience, and proceeds will go to St John’s Hospice. 10am-5pm.
High Street, St John’s Wood; eventbrite.co.uk
11 Bottomless Beer Brunch at Bōkan
If you’re looking for a good brunch option this Father’s Day, Bōkan has quite the option for you. Included with their brunch is an option for bottomless prosecco or beer. It will be a three course meal created by head chef Aurélie Altemaire and you’ll have great views of London’s skyline in the meantime. There will also be a limited edition Father’s Day cocktail available for a little bit extra. The brunch option is £49 per person and the cocktail is £10 more.
40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs E14 9TP; bokanlondon.co.uk
12 The Spa at the InterContinental London – the O2
A nice, relaxing day at the spa could be the perfect Father’s Day experience for your dad. Lucky for you (or your dad), the InterContinental London is offering a special Father’s Day spa offer running through Father’s Day. The experience feature’s their Hero Treatment specifically tailored to men’s needs. It targets three key areas of the back, face and scalp. Dad’s also will get a complimentary beer and use of spa facilities during their visit. The package costs £110 per person.
1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich SE10 0TW; iclondon-theo2.com
13 Live Jazz at Scoff & Banter
For the Jazz loving dad, the Scoff & Banter in Kensington is ringing in Father’s Day with fine British fare and live Jazz music. Michael L Roberts will be performing who is an acclaimed vocalist and composer and who has featured on BBC Radio 2. Diners have an option for a two-course menu at £27 per person or a three-course menu for £32 per person. Dads will also be offered a gin & tonic during their meal.
68-86 Cromwell Road, Kensington SW7 5BT; scoffandbanter.com
14 Cigar Masterclass at No. Ten Manchester Street
From 16 June until 1 July, book a cigar masterclass experience at one of London’s best places to smoke a cigar. The charming boutique hotel has an outdoor terrace, a sampling room and a humidor to sample some of the world’s best cigars. The masterclass is priced at £188 for two guests. Included in the price is one cigar and two spirits. To book an experience, call 020 7317 5900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number Ten Hotel, 10 Manchester Street, Marylebone W1U 4DG
15 Curious Hat Experience, Liverpool Street
For all diners at Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen at Andaz London Liverpool Street this Father’s Day, they will also have the opportunity to attend an exhibition in the hidden Masonic Temple called the Curious Hat Experience. Guests will be able to learn about the history of hats and the area of East London and how it relates to Jack the Ripper. Regular Spitalfields Market character Colin Rosie will host this event. The talks will take place at 12:00pm and at 14:30pm and guests will need to make reservations by calling 0207 618 7200 or emailing (email@example.com).
40 Liverpool St, EC2M 7QN; londonliverpoolstreet.andaz.hyatt.com
16 The Ivy Tower Bridge & Thames Rockets Boat Trip Experience
For a mix of sightseeing and good food, The Ivy at the Tower Bridge has partnered with Thames Rockets for a limited time to bring guests a fun afternoon out on the water. You’ll enjoy some speedboat sightseeing on the Thames before heading back to The Ivy for a gin & tonic and a three-course meal. The package costs £62 per person and is available on Fridays only until the end of August.
1 Tower Bridge SE1 2AA; theivytowerbridge.com
17 Harley Brunch, Chelsea
Another great brunch option this Father’s Day comes at the Chelsea Harbor Hotel where they have partnered with Warr’s Harley-Davidson. Guests can book an experience including a brunch at the Chelsea River Brasserie surrounded by Harley-Davidson motorcycles. If you want a bit more, you can rent a bike for a day. The brunch is available 16 and 17 June from 1:00pm until 7:00pm. The brunch by itself costs £43 per person and the motorcycle package including the rental is £163 per person. Book the experience here.
Chelsea Harbour Dr, Fulham, SW10 0XG; millenniumhotels.com