More often than not, Father’s Day ends up (unfortunately) consisting of a botched fry-up and a novelty mug. Whilst this is all well and good for a last-minute symbol of paternal gratitude, it doesn’t quite cut the mustard compared to those who have planned in advance.
Don’t worry, we’ve almost forgotten about Father’s Day, too. Top tip: It’s on the 17th of June!
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a few London based options for your Father’s Day celebrations, promising an eclectic array of daddy daycare packages so you can plan and tailor well in advance. There are no excuses this year!
If you’re Father’s into sports, check out these prime events headlining the sunny mid-June season.
Cricket World Cup
With matches all throughout June, the Cricket World Cup will this year be held in London. With ten teams participating, the Cricket World Cup will undoubtedly be an event to remember. The 15th of June will see London’s Oval Stadium near Vauxhall play host to Sri Lanka and Australia.
If you’re staying at the Marble Arch Hotel London Oxford Street on the Father’s Day weekend, then this match is a mere 15 minutes away on the Victoria Line.
Get a few of your father’s mates together and have a kick about as part of the Shoreditch Powerleague. Five, six and seven a side has never been this fun and with a choice of four pitches to choose from, this could push right past Father’s Day and become a weekly fixture!
Is your father more of a music guy? Below are just some of the options for a Father’s Day spent in the company of London’s buzzing music scene.
Brave New World Festival
Based at the Roundhouse in Camden, the Brave New World Music Festival takes place on the 22nd of June (the weekend after Father’s Day, we know!) and floods the North London borough with internationally renowned afrobeat, jazz and world artists. From the likes of Tony Allen to the Grammy-nominated Seun Kuti, Brave New World is the perfect way to dance your weekend away.
Let’s face it, we all get embarrassed by our dad’s music tastes sometimes, but with Nile Rodgers playing at Hampton Court Palace on the 15th of June, you and your dad could really find something you agree on. Bring some much-needed soul back to your Father’s Day weekend and enjoy one of the 20th centuries biggest music icons.
Fleetwood Mac at Wembley
For the softer-hearted fathers among us, Fleetwood Mac is bringing their legendary soft rock to the Wembley Stadium on the 16th of May. This revival tour will be one for the ages, and their generations spanning sound will have everyone smiling.
Where to shop for Father’s Day
Dads can be tricky to buy for. Most of the time we settle for the high street high tech gadgets and homeware standards, but if you really want to surprise your Dad’s then check out the countless markets in London.
If they’re a foodie, Borough Market hosts a whole village worth of international cuisines, whilst a trip to West London’s Portobello Road will bag you a vintage gem he’ll hold dear forever. For books, London Fields Broadway Market is top of the list, whilst vinyl and records, both new and old, gets no better than in Rough Trade East.