The Handbook thinks Father’s Day is a great opportunity to get the family together and spend time with Dad, rather than just get him a gift and leave him to it. Treat him to a leisurely, indulgent day out in London at one of the capital’s best restaurants, bars or pubs. Here’s our guide to the best Father’s Day experiences:
Classics and cocktails
Smith & Wollensky have created ‘The Old Timer’ – an exclusive Father’s Day cocktail made with Bulleit Bourbon, Old Fashioned syrup and a splash of Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters, which Dad will get on the house if you quote ‘Old Timer’ when booking. It’s the perfect tongue-in-cheek touch to enjoy alongside his classic USDA prime dry-aged steak or platter of seafood, while Smith & Wollensky’s sophisticated ambience keeps the sense of celebration for the special occasion.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Critically acclaimed new restaurant, M Victoria, has collaborated with leading luxury whisky brand Johnnie Walker Blue Label to create a four-course dining experience that will bowl Dad over. The Gentleman’s Tasting Menu is exclusively available over Father’s Day weekend and offers perfectly paired cocktails as well as whisky-infused ingredients for £125 per person – think dishes including 72-hour short rib, braised in a Johnnie Walk Blue Label marinade, with artichokes and truffle mayonnaise, and a Waldorf Salad dessert served with a Den Duet Johnnie Walker cocktail.
It’s well known that Dad takes charge of carving the meat, whether it’s a Sunday roast or Christmas dinner, so make sure he does it with skill. Simpson’s in the Strand is offering Carvery Classes for one, the ultimate Father’s Day gift that he can showcase at his own Father’s Day luncheon as prepared especially by you! The class is lead by Master Cook Gerry Rae, who will teach the old man the forgotten art and industry secrets to carving with expert skill, and all in one of London’s most historic landmark restaurants.
Dinner and a movie
This is one of The Handbook’s favourite Father’s Day packages, offering a three course meal, Five Points ale AND a screening of the much-anticipated new Dad’s Army film in Charlotte Street Hotel’s luxury cinema. Start at Oscar Restaurant for the meal – think Beef, ale and onion pie with mustard pastry & sprouting broccoli and Pecan pie with maple syrup ice cream – and a bottle of Five Points pale ale before settling down for the comedic movie at 7pm. Classic.
Papa was a Bowling Stone
This year, boutique bowling joint All Star Lanes is hosting a one-off special for Father’s Day. Whether you visit Holborn, Bayswater, Shoreditch, Stratford or Manchester (you might have a weekend away on the cards, who knows!), Dad can enjoy free bowling and a limited edition Big Daddy burger on the house when you or any other family member eats and bowls. The epic burger is worth the trip alone, featuring two chuck and rib patties, MOnteray Jack cheese, two rashers of treacle-cured bacon, beer-fried onions, salad and mayo, finally smothered in All Star relish and served in a toasted brioche bun…
Michelin-starred Indian and whisky
Partnering with whisky connoisseurs, Chivas, Michelin-starred restaurant Benares are offering Dad a one-off Father’s Day masterclass. Hosted in the restaurant’s sumptuous Berkeley private dining room, you’ll be treating the old boy to elegant cocktails and canapés, not to mention expert knowledge on the ins-and-outs of whisky making, pairing and tasting. Naturally, you’ll be trying various whiskies along the way before sitting down to an exquisite Indian lunch; to top it off, Dad will be treated to a Chivas Miniature on departure for him to enjoy at home.
For beer-loving Dad, Ealing Park Tavern is hosting a sud-loaded day of enjoyment on Father’s Day. Beginning with a welcome pint on arrival, you’ll be treated to a tour of the site while building up his craft beer knowledge and learning all there is to know about Long Arm Brewing Co. The microdistillery brew bitters, pale ales and seasonal specialties, and Brewmaster Vlad will be on hand to offer tastings as well as the tutorial. After around an hour, you’re then invited to make tracks to the bar and relax with a platter of pub classics such as gourmet sausage rolls, potted crab and a bucket of Long Arm Brewing Co’s brews.
For something smart and swish, head to Knightsbridge hotel, The Wellesley. Having partnered with premier men’s grooming club, The Refinery, the boutique residence is able to offer the ultimate pampering experience, including an overnight stay in one of the sumptuous rooms and a trip in a Rolls Royce to the heart of Mayfair. Including a step-by-step consultation, Dad will get a luxurious facial and traditional wet shave as well as an exclusive Refinery gift bag with the club’s signature shave foam gel and shaving oil. As an additional extra to round off the Father’s Celebration package, a cigar and Cognac pairing session can be booked in The Wellesley’s opulent Cigar Lounge.
Oysters on the house
The Handbook’s favourite oyster farmers and restaurateurs, Wright Brothers, are thanking Dad this Father’s Day with complimentary oysters and a pint of Blue Point Toasted lager when you dine. Fans of their classic seafood platters and elegant portions of hearty fish & chips – deep-fried Peterhead haddock with mushy peas & chips if you will – the generous offer of oysters and a drink for Dad to start is the kind of added value The Handbook adores. Yum.
Where: Kingly Court, 13 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PW, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
Foraging on Father’s Day
Rabbit’s Gladwin Brothers will be hosting a foraging Sunday this Father’s Day. Meeting at the restaurant for 11am, the two brothers will guide and teach the old man on the best foods to forage while working up an appetite on a walk around Battersea and Chelsea. Finishing up back at Rabbit, he will then be treated to a delicious Sunday lunch and the chance to question Oliver and Richard post-forage.
Free for all
If you’re on a budget, The Petersham in Richmond has you covered. Book a table of four of more for dinner on Sunday evening and Dad will dine for free, so less for you and your siblings to split four ways! And offering three courses for only £25.95, it’s excellent value per person – see yourself tucking into seasonal dishes while enjoying picturesque views over the River Thames. Idyllic.
Where: The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
Nearest station: Richmond (0.8 miles)