Spoil Dad this June with our top activities and events for Father’s Day in London
Words Helen Brown
If you’re planning to pamper Dad this Father’s Day – 18th June – we’ve got just the round-up. Say goodbye to the socks this year and treat him to one of the city’s unique Father’s Day experiences. Whatever his hobby, you’ll find the perfect day out. From grooming and boozing to sky-high city views, here are a few of the best things to do for Father’s Day in London.
GENTLEMAN’S AFTERNOON TEA
Afternoon tea at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences has long been renowned for excellence. Thanks to Galvin, the iconic hotel is now serving a brand new Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea – perfect for Father’s Day. Choose from a selection of savouries including Lancashire bomb rarebit and English crumpet. Also on offer are irresistible cheese filled scones served with bacon butter and lashings of Gentleman’s relish. Tea is served with a dram of specially blended Athenaeum Speyside Whisky.
FATHER’S DAY AT GALVIN
This Father’s Day, the Michelin-starred Galvin brothers are giving Dads what they really want; food with family. Chris and Jeff Galvin, have created the menus they would most like to enjoy. Expect incredible roasts, all the trimmings, steak tartare, indulgent desserts and excellent drinks. Galvin La Chapelle in Spitalfields will serve a French seasonal menu. On it are favourites such as roast sirloin of Scotch beef and apple tarte tatin with crème fraiche. Fathers will also be invited to indulge in a post-lunch digestif from a menu of Cognac, Rum and Whisky in the Spitalfields garden. This is served with Havana Cigars and a special selection of Father’s Day cocktails and flights.
THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD
Head along to The Shard this Father’s Day to indulge in it’s stunning 360-degree views and champagne. Enjoy the scenery with from the open-air viewing platform or take a look through one of the 12 digital telescopes and explore the city from above.
AT DAY AT THE JAMIE OLIVER COOKERY SCHOOL
For a spot of bonding over baking, take part in The Jamie Oliver Cookery School with Dad on his special day. Create pasta to rival the Italians whilst discovering the secrets of one of the UK’s most successful chefs. Get stuck into steak cooking, try your hand at bread making or discover the flavours of Vietnamese street food. You’ll head home having learnt all of the basics so that you can perfect that pasta dough every time. Bellissimo!
From £166 per person, jamieolivercookeryschool.com
GENTLEMAN’S CUT, SHAVE & SMOKE AT THE BULGARI SPA
For the dad that preens himself to perfection, this package combines men’s grooming with a bespoke cigar experience. The Gentlemen’s Cut, Shave and Smoke includes a haircut, style, wet shave and expert advice on maintaining the hair and scalp. Dad will then experience the renowned Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop and Sampling Lounge. He’ll have a cigar recommended by Bulgari’s Habano Sommelier along with a drink of choice from the Gentlemen’s Grooming drinks menu.
WHISKY TASTING ON THE LONDON EYE
The EDF Energy London Eye are offering a special boozy package with their Vinopolis Whisky Tasting Experience. An expert will guide you through 5 whiskies whilst you enjoy savoury nibbles and the stunning view. For a more personal experience, treat your father to a Private Whisky Tasting Capsule.
TASTE OF LONDON FESTIVAL
Let Dad discover London’s world-class chefs and hottest restaurants at Taste of London festival this Father’s Day. The festival descends on London’s Regent’s Park once again for five days of foodie wonderland. This year welcomes 40 of London’s best restaurants in a showcase of culinary creme de la creme. Expect live cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, talks from leading chefs, shopping, drinking and more. For the first time, Taste Residence invites you to enjoy a sit-down menu at the table of top chefs including Massimo Bottura and Alex Atala.
14th – 18th June, london.tastefestivals.com
A DAY AT CONNAUGHT VILLAGE
Connaught Village provides the perfect opportunity to taste culinary delights from all over the world. Treat your father to a meal at one of the delicious restaurants – including Kurobuta, Bombay Palace, Colbeh, Al Maskoof, Stuzzico and more. Alternatively, book your spaces onto the Connaught Village World Food Trail that runs throughout June. There’s also the option to wine taste at Connaught Cellars or grab a pint at the Duke of Kendal. Connaught Village is also home to endless shopping opportunities from the likes of Menswear Buyer’s Club and William Mansell.