Dads are often the forgotten hero in our lives – a constant figure who can be relied on to step up with advice, affection and support throughout the year. Father’s Day is a brilliant opportunity to show your dad how important he is and thank him for everything he’s given over the years.
Fortunately there are many ways to make your dad feel special, and a day out in London is one of the best. No matter what your father’s tastes and interests, there’s an activity that’s sure to bring a smile to his face. Here are some of our favourite Father’s Day activities in London – from adrenaline-fueled adventures to laid-back pampering, there’s a treat for every dad.
Help dad look his best
If your father is keen on impeccable grooming, why not start the day with a visit to one of London’s gentlemen-only spas or hairdressers for a bit of a spruce up? An old-school barbershop such as F. Flittner (which has been operating since 1904) is perfect for no-fuss sorts who appreciate fine vintage décor – simply drop by for a cut or beard trim, or even a traditional wet shave. Or visit one of The Refinery‘s two locations in central London for a complete range of spa and grooming services (from aromatherapy massage and facials to hot shaves and manicures) in surroundings that evoke a sleek, modern gentlemen’s club.
Stop and admire the view
Two London landmarks are offering the chance to admire their fabulous views while enjoying a bit of pampering this Father’s Day. Climb to the top of the O2 Arena for stunning views across the Thames, plus cheese tastings, massages, and a demonstration of how to tie a perfect Windsor knot, or book in at aqua shard, the stylish, airy restaurant on the 31st floor of The Shard, for contemporary British cuisine with a surprising extra. On Father’s Day the restaurant has teamed up with ManMade, the luxury male grooming company, to offer a pop-up salon service offering quick treatments before your meal. Be fed, styled and enjoy a stunning city view, all in one extraordinary location.
If your father isn’t a pampering type but enjoys a fine single malt, consider the London Eye Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Experience, which runs on 14th and 15th June. Savour five of Scotland’s top whiskies as a Vinopolis expert talks you through their subtleties, all while admiring the splendid views over the city and river.
Wine, dine and play in style
If your father fancies himself a bit of a card shark or enjoys testing his luck on the machines, an evening out at a casino is the perfect indulgence for Father’s Day. Guoman Hotels has partnered with Grosvenor Casinos to offer an exclusive “Stay and Play” package that includes one night’s accommodation in one of our luxury hotels, plus a welcome drink on arrival, a three-course meal at the casino, personal gaming tuition for first-time players, a £5 gaming chip and £5 slots voucher, and a hearty breakfast the next day. The package is available at The Charing Cross Hotel, The Cumberland Hotel and The Grosvenor Hotel, so you can choose the location that suits you best and give your dad a Father’s Day to remember.
Adrenaline-packed Father’s Day experiences
For adventure dads who want to be on the move, organise an exciting experience that’s sure to get his adrenaline flowing. An RIB speedboat voyage on the Thames is a great family activity and a thrilling way to see the city, or sign him up for a kayak tour of London’s waterways. For something a bit unconventional, challenge your dad to a Segway rally race, or send him on a sunrise hot air balloon ride over London. If you’d really like to splurge, schedule your father for an on-road supercar driving day starting at Brent Cross in north London and let him live out his sports car fantasy.
Great museum exhibitions your dad will love
A museum outing is a great way to spend quality time with your dad on Father’s Day. If your dad is keen on swanky cars or James Bond films, Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum exhibition space in Covent Garden should be your first stop. Already proving hugely popular, this exhibition features vehicles from an assortment of James Bond films, including cars, motorbikes, boats and jets.
Comic fans, meanwhile, might want to catch Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK at the British Library, featuring some of the biggest names in the business in a unique exploration of the medium’s history and potential. For dads fascinated by tales of times past, be sure to seize the opportunity to see the blockbuster Vikings: Life and Legend at the British Museum before it closes on 22nd June, before catching their new exhibition Ancient Lives: New Discoveries, which unravels the fascinating secrets of mummification.
Father’s Day entertainment
After all the weekends he spent entertaining you over the years, your father deserves to sit back and enjoy a top-quality show himself. London has no shortage of outstanding theatre, so choose something your father will enjoy and find some great seats. For intense drama with major star power, check out Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow at the Old Vic, or Simon Russell Beale as King Lear at the Olivier.
For something more light-hearted, catch Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre, or consider some stand-up comedy: Stewart Lee is at the Soho Theatre until 6th July, and Al Murray is hosting a mix of comedy, music and cabaret at the London Wonderground until 5th July.
(Image: London RIB Voyages)