Top 5 London Experiences for Different Types of Dads
It has probably not escaped your notice that Father’s Day is edging closer, with 16 June just around the corner. While cards and gifts have their place, the date represents a great opportunity to undertake some bonding as a family.
A trip to London is the perfect place to start, with a plethora of activities to suit every type of dad. Whether the man in your family is a music fan, an adventure addict or a real foodie, we have the best experiences to enjoy together this Father’s Day.
The music-loving dad – Handel and Hendrix in London
Classical composer George Frideric Handel and iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix may be worlds apart in terms of style, but the two legends of music are linked by location. Despite living some 200 years apart, a street in Mayfair was home to both of them, with the Hendrix Flat being right next door to the Handel House.
Now, the properties at 23 and 25 Brook Street have joined forces to highlight the wonderful diversity of music in London. Dad will be able to stand in the room where Handel rehearsed his musicians and learn more about the composer’s life through the exhibitions. Next door, the colourful interior design is unmistakably that of Hendrix and you can just imagine him in his flat playing his upside-down guitar.
The active dad – Go Ape Battersea Park
For adrenaline junkie dads, there is nothing better than whizzing down a zip wire or dashing through the canopy across a zigzag bridge. Go Ape has a number of locations in London, but the Battersea Park tree-top adventure is the most convenient if you are staying at the Royal Garden Hotel.
The longest zip line at Battersea is an exhilarating 50 metres, meaning dad will certainly be able to build up some speed. And if he has a head for heights, he will be delighted to reach the top of the tallest platform, which stands at 13.6 metres high.
The inquisitive dad – Tower Bridge Exhibition
Tower Bridge has been a symbol of London since its completion in 1894 and if your dad is on the inquisitive side, he’ll be delighted to learn more about it. As well as crossing the glass floor 42 metres above the River Thames and seeing the bascules lift to allow boats through, the landmark’s exhibition space offers an interesting glimpse into the bridge.
Find out about Tower Bridge’s history and the story of how it came into existence and visit the Victorian Engine Rooms. This area is home to the steam engines that originally powered the lifting sections of the bridge.
The sporty dad – a stadium tour
If your dad is a sports fan then there is likely to be a ground, stadium or arena that he would like to visit during his trip to London. Make it all the more special by treating your dad to a behind-the-scenes tour, which may include everything from walking on the pitch to perusing the silverware cabinet.
The Arsenal and Chelsea stadiums may be the most obvious options, but if your dad prefers rugby to football, then take him to Twickenham. Alternatively, Wimbledon is open for tennis fans and a cricketing dad would not want to miss the chance to see The Ashes during a tour of Lord’s.
The foodie dad – Kensington Gastrotour
There are a number of different food tours around London, but you do not even need to venture outside of Kensington to discover some of the best dishes, produce and wine. The Kensington Gastrotour will take your dad on a journey from Harrods food hall to the boutique food shops of the borough.
Hosted by Celia Brooks, your dad will get expert insight into foodie trends and flavours from the TV chef and author. There will be plenty of tasters, including British cheese, decadent chocolate and Middle Eastern mezze. It’s all finished off with a sampling of eight global wines.