5 London-based Father’s Day activities your hipster dad will love
Enjoy this Father's Day without a cliché in sight with our list of actually-good stuff to do in London. There's no need to waste another Sunday settling for a roast and a few cans of lager with pops when you've got the capital city at your fingertips. It's brimming with opportunities for a rollicking good time, from delicious street food to Bloody Marys in the sky. So read our list below and give your dad a pleasant surprise on Sunday. This is new-wave Father's Day.
1. Up at The 02
Ever heard of urban mountaineering? Us neither. That is until we discovered that you can climb up The 02 dome in London like a less muddy, significantly more metropolitan Bear Grylls. Whilst there probably won't be any reason to drink your own pee, you'll still get your fair share of thrills on the capital city's answer to mountain trekking. Not to mention the dramatic views of London, which beat Grylls' desolate landscapes of uninhabitable terrain any day.
2. Father's Day Bloody Mary Brunch at Aqua Shard
Head to Aqua Shard for Bloody Marys with a view this Father's Day. The sky-high restaurant is transforming its private dining room into a gin marketplace, with tasting sessions and mixology classes to show you how to make the perfect Red Snapper Bloody Mary. This is the perfect place to treat your dad to a boozy brunch in Bond-esque surroundings. And we all know that if your dad can pretend to be Bond for the day, he'll be a very happy man.
3. Street Food & Craft Beer Festival at Alexandra Palace
Head to Ally Pally this Father's Day to enjoy a street food and craft beer festival in London's biggest beer garden. The event is free (but you don't have to tell dad that if you don't want to), and will include stalls from the likes of Smokestak, The Waffle Float, Backstreet Diner, Bodeans, El Dorado and Wholefood Heaven. Great beer, delicious grub, and breath-taking views of London, what's not to love?
4. Tour of the Chelsea Football Stadium
Of course, if you're really trying to get into your dad's good books this Father's Day, there's nothing to say you can't up the game and take him for a tour of Stamford Bridge. These guided tours take you behind the scenes of Chelsea FC and give you access to areas normally reserved for players and officials. This one'll come in very handy for all those times you want to subtly bribe pops for that lift to the airport or a bit of cash towards your next hols. Oh dad, remember that time I took you on a tour of Chelsea football stadium for Father's Day? Yeah… Good that wasn't it? Don't forget to check into one of the Millennium hotels at Chelsea Football Stadium to make a full weekend of it.
5. Rolling Stones exhibition at Saatchi Gallery
Take dad to the effortlessly cool Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery under the guise of a Father's Day treat. He'll be too immersed in the rock and roll survivors' clothes, photos and artefacts to realise you've organised it as much for yourself as you have for him. In true Jagger style, be prepared for the weird and wonderful, the bizarre and the downright grizzly. This is an intimate look into the band's life, never seen in this light before.
Pick from the quirky activities above to give your dad a day to remember this year. Because if one thing's for sure, hipster dads deserve a big happy hipster day out this Father's Day.