It’s almost Father’s Day: the one day a year your old man can be assured he’s not just a glorified cabbie/money-lender/DIY-doer. So, show him some love and take him to one of these family-friendly days out on June 21.
1. Take him for a piss-up in a brewery
The Meantime Brewery has really pushed the boat out with its Dad’s Day offering. Not only have they created a whisky-tinged beer in honour of Dad’s Day, they’re laying on a special three-hour tour ‘full of beer, banter and brewing know-how.’ They’ll even throw in a bottle of the good stuff. And, if that’s not enough hops for your old man, take him to Meantime’s new tasting room for a beer-infused steak or some BBQ pulled pork. The tour takes place noon–3pm and costs £17.50. You can book tickets here. Lawrence Trading Estate, Blackwall Lane, SE10 0AR.
2. Treat him to chicken and fizz
Two words: unlimited prosecco. Hunter 486 is serving up a roast chicken special for Father’s Day. Its Norfolk Black free-range chicken will be served up with roast garlic, crispy roast potatoes, aioli, parsley and caper sauce and gravy. Oh and back to that prosecco: you can add all the fizz you can handle for just a tenner. What more could you or your dad want on this special day commemorating his strongest sperm? Two courses for £24 or three courses at £27, add unlimited prosecco for £10. The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, W1H 7FD.
3. Let him eat cake and enjoy a personalised poem
We can’t all be poetic, but an original ode to your dearest dad is a pretty sweet idea for a gift, right? So why not get someone else to write it and tuck into some cake while they’re at it? Head to the Origami Poetry Cafe at The Floating Showroom where a poet, baker and ‘origami flower girl’ will serve you and your family a selection of delicious baked goods, some tea and help you all craft an origami heart to take away with a poem inside. 11am–6pm, The Floating Showroom, moored on Hertford Union canal along Victoria Park, E3 5T. £5 per person, includes classic afternoon savoury and sweet treats.
4. Take him on a cruise
Hidden Depths Cruises will be running special canal trips for Father’s Day on the hour from 11am. As well as taking in some top-notch views, dads get to climb aboard for a discounted price (although you should obviously be paying). It’s BYOB and food, so be sure to pack a picnic of his favourite snacks and tipple. Boats run from King’s Cross via Islington Tunnel. Adults: £10 Dads: £8. Book here.
5. Get him scrubbed up for dinner
What dad wouldn’t enjoy a gift that combines personal grooming and fine dining? Aqua Shard has teamed up with ManMade barbers so your dad can enjoy a wet shave, beard trim or haircut at its pop-up salon before sitting down to Aqua’s very British menu. Aqua, Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY. Three courses cost £48. Book here.
6. Treat him to a lads’ take on afternoon tea
Regular afternoon tea fare might not get dad’s pulse racing, but how about if there’s some more substantial finger food thrown into the mix, like mini burgers and stilton tarts? If that sounds up his street take him to the Lancaster London for tea with amazing views over the city.
7. Buy him a month’s worth of movies
If your dad’s a film buff, a membership for the recently re-opened Regent Street Cinema should do the trick. A month’s membership will get him concession rate tickets for him and a guest (you, for example) and priority booking for the cinema’s line-up of art house movies.
8. Take him for a sausage and beer special
Treat your Pa to a classic German sausage and stein combo at Herman Ze German for just a tenner during the week of Father’s Day, or even better: if you’re one of the first 100 folk to send in a family portrait with you and your Vater then you can get the deal for free! Your economy will make him proud. To enter, post your pic to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook linking Herman ze German and #uberdaddy. The ‘Ze Uber Daddy’ offer runs from Sunday 21st to Saturday 27th June.
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