8 Ways to treat your Dad this Father’s Day
It’s a fact: Dads are notoriously difficult to buy for. When it comes to mine, his wish-list generally comprises of just a few household items you’d put in your trolley at Sainsbury’s – like a multi-pack of socks, or a bag of sweets – so I’m always left either succumbing to the confectionary aisle, or wracking my brain for a more exciting idea.
With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, here’s a selection of some relevant events happening in London, as well as a few gift ideas that’ll take Dad’s classic list and add a touch of something special. Whether you’re celebrating a Dad, Grandad, or another sort of father figure, you’re guaranteed to surprise him – after all, he deserves it.
EVENT: The Petersham Restaurant in Richmond upon Thames are offering a free three-course dinner for Dads on Father's Day. For every four guests, one Dad goes free, and for a party of eight, two Dads go free - so be sure to bring Grandad too.
Enjoy an afternoon stroll around Richmond Park, or a meander through stunning Kew Gardens, before settling down for a gourmet Sunday dinner in the 4* hotel's stunning restaurant, where you'll have panoramic views of the famous bend in the River Thames, and the surrounding Petersham Meadows.
GIFT: This epic cookbook by Jonas Cramby has only just been released, and is an ideal gift for Dads who are a slave to the barbecue. If he's mastered the sausages and burgers, then why not encourage him to expand his repertoire, by having a go at some Korean and Japanese classics, like yakitori and marinated bulgogi bowls?
There's also a wide range of sides and snacks to dabble with, so get ready for a full on feast. Frankly, this gift is a treat for you too ... your summer barbecues are about to get a whole lot more exciting.
EVENT: Got a Dad who's the king of boardgames? Take him for a Father's Day outing to Roof East's Social Fun and Games Club - a rooftop playground for grown-ups complete with crazy golf, batting cages, bowls, curling, VR foosball and shuffleboard.
After he's realistically whooped you at every single game, treat him to a delicious, dirty burger from The Burger Project, some of the amazing Vietnamese food on offer at Eat Chay, or a North Indian inspired Hot Kati Roll from Kolkati, before a good old-fashioned game of table tennis or giant jenga to finish off the evening.
GIFT: Swimming trunks from Aussie brand Tom & Teddy are colourful, eye-catching, and come in both adult and child sizes - so Dads and lads can adorably match, whilst still looking stylish.
Styles range from the bold and bright Island Living collection - where you'll find watermelon prints and flamingo themes - to the new Jungle Collection, which boasts super-soft, mid-thigh trunks featuring leafy landscapes and elephant patterns.
EVENT: Treat the fathers in your life to a true blast from the past at the Museum of Brands, where there's 2 for 1 entry on Father's Day.
Grandparents in particular will love the famous Time Tunnel, which is home to over 12,000 original items like posters, packages, toys and confectionary, from the Victorian era until today. Treat Grandad to a nostalgic look back at the hidden treasures of his childhood, before laughing about freshly resurfaced memories with him over a slice of cake in the micro-climate courtyard garden.
GIFT: Swap the classic gift of bog-standard aftershave for one of these excellent Father's Day bundles featured in Bulldog Skincare's 2019 Gift Guide. Plus, there's 25% all of them.
Dads keen to stay youthful will love the 3-part Age Defence Bundle, whilst those who need a good pamper will feel instantly revitalised by the bamboo sheet mask in the Energising Bundle. If he rocks facial hair, then the Beard Care Kit will make sure he's looking hipster rather than historic, or if he loves to sack-off the stubble then he will definitely find solace in the 4-part Shaving Bundle.
EVENT: If he loves football, then what better way to celebrate Father's Day than by spending the evening in Stamford Bridge watching England XI take on World XI in Soccer Aid? So far, the epic line-up includes, Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Jamie Redknapp, Susanna Reid, Didier Drogba, and many more.
Plus, with all the money raised from the match going towards Unicef's protection of children and their families in poverty-stricken areas of Sierra Leone and Zambia, you'll be celebrating your Dad, and contributing in making a difference to the lives of thousands of other families, at the same time.
GIFT: Even if he's asked for a pair of socks, I guarantee he wont be expecting a pair like these. Up your Dad's sock game with some high-quality and unique beauties from luxury company Happy Socks.
Pick out a vibrant pair of your choosing, or show what a truly great Dad he is with the Father's Day Gift Box, which boasts three pairs of vibrant socks adorned with trophies, "Dad" written in hearts, and #1 foam finger patterns. There's also some limited edition sets - Jagger fans will love the Rolling Stones Sock Box Set, whilst other music icons like Wiz Khalifa and The Beatles also have their own collections.