Trying to figure out the perfect gift for or out for your dad this Father’s Day (18 June)? Check out The Resident’s list of great gift ideas and things to do…
THINGS TO DO
1 Spend the day at Connaught Village
There’s nothing better than spending good quality time with your dad, and what better way to do this then spending this year’s Father’s Day exploring Connaught Village. With a wide variety of restaurants and pubs from all over the world, you will have plenty to choose from when deciding on where to spoil your dad for dinner that evening. On top of restaurants and pubs, Connaught Village is home to multiple retailers where your dad can choose his own gift instead of you trying to guess what he wants.
2 Beer Tasting at TT Liquor
This Father’s Day, make your dad very happy by handing him his ticket to TT Liquor’s Beer Tasting event. From 3-5pm this Father’s Day, your dad would have the chance to try 12 handpicked beers from around the globe. He will even have the chance to take home his favourite bottles. Tickets £50 and must be booked in advance.
3 Surf and Turf at Nutbourne
The perfect gift for the always-hungry dads is taking him out to dinner at Nutbourne for their Father’s Day Surf and Turf special. Here dad will get to enjoy two of the best dishes, barbecued Lobster Thermidor and an aged Sussex beef, served on one plate of BBQ perfection. Dine outside and enjoy Nutbourne’s outdoor terrace overlooking Ransom’s Dock in the heart of Battersea. All for just £32 per dad!
4 Father’s Day Menu and Beer Pairing at Village East
For those of you who want to give your dad the perfect meal, but don’t want to cook it yourself, head over to Village East to check out their Father’s Day menu. You and dad can enjoy choices from a pimento cheese appetizer with grapes, jalapenos, mint and sourdough toast to a longhorn beef & bone marrow burger for your main dish. Finish out your meal by indulging yourself with Village East’s dulce de leche cheesecake. The best part of the whole meal, you can choose to pair your dinner with selected beer pairings. Set menu £30pp or £40 with beer pairings.
5 Dufftown’s Glenfiddich Whisky Pop-Up
Every dad loves a good whisky tasting, but Fortnum & Mason is taking the average whisky tasting to the next level. Taking place in-store at Piccadilly, guests will have the chance to wear virtual reality goggles and tour the Dufftown distillery where Glenfiddich is made. The best part – dad will have the opportunity to take home his favourite whiskies as well. Stop by Fortnum & Mason between 15-18 June to check out the event!
6 Free Beer Flights
Good news, if you’re still not sure what to get dad for his special day, you can always turn to the new deal multiple pubs are offering dads on Father’s Day. All the pubs under Hippo Inns, including the Islington Townhouse, the Duke of Sussex in Waterloo, the Eagle on Ladbroke Grove, the Signal in Forest Hill or the Black Horse in Kingston, are offering dads the chance to receive a free beer flight consisting of 3x third pints for booking a table to dine with them. What better way for your dad to celebrate a day about himself than surrounded by his favourite people and his favourite drink.
7 BBQ at Lillie Langtry
Any dad who loves eating BBQ and being with his family is sure to love the idea of attending a BBQ hosted by the Lillie Langtry. Open from 12-7 on Father’s Day, Lillie Langtry will feature a Chase Bloody Mary bar, a Newspaper stand, and ‘meet the farmer’, where guests can talk to the farmers about their food. BBQ, activities for the kids, and even male grooming will be available to enjoy your day celebrating Dad.
8 Cooking with Corrigan
For all those foodie fathers, the perfect gift is a ticket to Corrigan Mayfair’s cooking masterclasses scheduled to take place this Father’s Day. Dads can learn how make Richard Corrigan’s secret bread to brand new Dickie’s Bar cocktails to even learning how to cook the perfect soufflé whilst drinking a glass of champagne. You can even book a private room for dad and the family to watch the chefs make your delicious dinner. Tickets for the Soufflé & Champagne class, £65; Bread Making class, £65; Cocktail Masterclass, £55.
To book see corrigansmayfair.co.uk
9 Grooming, Grub and Guinness
For Father’s Day this year, spoil your dad rotten by taking him by the Marylebone for their Grooming, Grub and Guinness event. The Marylebone will have an ongoing manly Afternoon Tea consisting of items like a hearty grilled rib eye steak sandwich or a chunky pork and truffle sausage roll. Have your dad wash it down with a pint of Guinness then have him make his way over to the pop-up barber, Truefitt & Hill. Dad will feel truly spoiled either after his hot towel wet shave or beard trim by an expert barber appointed by the Duke of Edinburgh himself. Tickets £32pp (additional £6 for a pint of Guinness or £10 for a glass of Macallan Gold Whisky). Barber treatment complimentary. Hosted at 108 Pantry at the Marylebone on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th.
10 Paintballing at GO Paintball London
Few leisure activities allow you to experience authentic combat situations and capture your family! Head for Go Paintball London, located just outside the M25 in Whyteleafe, Croydon, for more rural surroundings in which to battle it out on expertly designed battlefields, whatever the weather. It’s also worth looking online for paintballing vouchers to see if you can get a special deal; even if they’re not paying for it, dads love a good deal!
Salmons Lane, Whyteleafe CR3 0HB; gopaintball.co.uk
11 Cranes Cider
If you’ve got a dad that loves alcohol, the brand new Cranes Cider will surely be a hit this Father’s Day. Choose from three flavours — Cranberry & Lime, Blueberry & Apple or Raspberry & Pomegranate. With 30% fewer calories than other leading brands, your dad will be saying his thanks as he enjoys one of the crisp and refreshing ciders. 12 pack £27.60.
12 Himalayan Salt Shots
Whether your dad loves his spirits and tequila or he loves the aesthetic of these glasses+, these Himalayan Salt Shots are sure to impress him. Made by hand from the finest white and rose rock salt, these shot glasses offer naturally occurring translucent colours and provide a stunning marble effect. Your dad won’t even have to worry about the kick of the spirit due to the built-in crystallised salty after taste. Sold in either sets of 2 or 4 – plus the set of 4 comes with an Acacia wooden serving board. 2 pack £15; 4 pack £25.
13 Snazzy New Tie
We all have dads who could use a little help when it comes to the wardrobe department, so why not start out his new style of clothing with a sweet new tie from New & Lingwood? As one of London’s oldest English gentleman’s outfitters, New & Lingwood are quite the experts at dressing men in the latest styles. Help your dad stay up-to-date with all the new trends by buying him this cool peacock tie as well as sending him over to New & Lingwood to check out what else they have in store. £95.
14 Pierre Marcolini’s Grands Crus
The dads with uncontrollable sweet tooth’s are sure to love Pierre Marcolini’s Grands Crus. You can choose to fill the box with 36 of the world’s purist dark chocolate ganache’s. Reigning from countries like Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, the Caribbean and Madagascar your dad is sure to be impressed with each country’s unique taste and character embedded in their chocolate. £35 per box of 36 chocolates.
Available at the Marylebone Boutique, counters in Selfridges and Harrods and online at uk.marcolini.com
15 Smartphone Movie Projector
For all the dads out there who love watching all the latest box office successes as well as their old favourites, this smartphone movie projector is about to become their new favourite toy. Due to its cardboard material, the projector is light and easy to move and use. Once you’ve inserted your smartphone (it works with both Android and iPhone), the projector will display your movie onto the nearest surface eight times its size. So get ready for lots of movie nights with dad, it’s sure to become his new obsession very quickly. £22.
Available at the National Theatre Bookshop locations and online at shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk
16 Death Star Levitating Speaker
If your dad is a kid at heart who loves everything about the Star Wars series, his perfect gift is the new Death Star speaker. This speaker looks exactly like the Death Star from the original movie, and even manages to levitate in a similar way as well. With its Bluetooth capabilities this speaker will sure to be a crowd favourite — and your dad’s new toy – at the next family reunion. £149.99.
17 Mug fit for Dad
For all the dads who love a good cup of tea, look no further for a gift than a mug crafted by the Emma Bridgewater pottery brand. With a selection of mugs to choose from, your dad will surely feel your love for him when unwrapping his new mug, and every time he has a cup of tea afterwards as well. £19.95.
18 Ardbeg’s Kelpie Whisky
The best way to get into any dad’s good graces is by buying him a nice bottle of brand new liquor. If your dad’s a whisky fan, he’s sure to love Ardbeg’s limited-edition Kelpie Whisky. Released in honor of Ardbeg’s annual Ardbeg Day, Kelpie Whisky was fine-tuned to perfection and your dad will surely taste this perfection when sipping his first sip. RRP £98. Available at Ardbeg Embassies, whisky specialists and department stores.
19 Cologne for Dad
Give the gift of scent to your pop with Leighton Denny’s unisex EDP from his Light & Dark fragrance collection. For the dads who lean more towards stronger scents Light & Dark Desire will be his favourite, but if he prefers the light and springy instead, Light & Dark Lively will be the one to choose. £43.50 / 70ml.
20 Wickes’ Tool Box
If you’ve got a handy-man for a dad who is always leaving his tools all over the place, be your mother’s hero and buy him a Wickes toolbox. At 24-inches, the tool box can hold both large tools and small items, and comes with a detachable organiser. With this tool box, you’ll not only be making your dad’s life much more organised, but you’ll be bringing some peace to your mom’s as well. £34.99.
21 Komono Watch
For all the stylish dads, a Komono’s watch is sure to be a hit. Whether you choose the Daddy Holiday, Daddy Classic, Daddy Hipster or Daddy Cool, these watches are sure to bring a little bit of style to even your dad’s most drab outfit. £89.95.