Forget the socks or a terrible tie – this Father’s Day (on Sunday 19 June, but you knew that), treat Dad to a day out he’ll really appreciate. From the best Sunday roasts to unusual activities, discover the ultimate Father’s Day ideas from Edinburgh to London.
Father’s Day in London
Start the day with a traditional wet shave. Trumpers have been grooming the capital’s gentlemen since 1875, so they know what they’re doing. Relax into the manly atmosphere, all mahogany cubicles and leather chairs, then emerge fresh faced and ready for anything.
• Wet shave, £40; Trumpers
Does Dad have a sense of adventure? Book tickets to climb the O2 Arena, or the Millennium Dome as he probably still calls it. Your guided walk takes you 52m above ground level, where you can spot London landmarks up to 15 miles away. We defy you not to hum the EastEnders theme tune…
• Climb the O2, from £28; Up at the O2
After working up an appetite, treat Dad to one of the best Sunday roasts in London. Nearby pub The Gun offers classic roasts right beside the river, or head north to The Jolly Butchers for a mouth-watering selection of meats and a decent veggie option.
Father’s Day in Edinburgh
If your dad loves a wee dram, there’s only one place to take him – the Whisky Experience at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. He can learn all about the ‘water of life’, from how it’s blended to how to fully appreciate Scotland’s national drink. And then enjoy a drop or two, too.
• Tour and tastings, from £14.50; The Scotch Whisky Experience
Line your stomachs before you go with Edinburgh’s best Sunday roasts. Kyloe is a local institution, carving up a roast rib of beef right at your table, while Malmaison in Leith has unlimited hors d'oeuvres to start. That should help keep your old man amused.
Father’s Day in Glasgow
Is Dad competitive? There’s still time to sign up for the Men’s 10K Glasgow race. Not only will he get the glory of beating you – you let him win, we know – you’ll be helping raise awareness of men’s health issues. One for the boys only though.
• Run together, £28 each; Men’s 10K Glasgow
And if he’s always telling you modern music is rubbish, book him a recording session at Glasgow Music Studios to lay down some classic rock. Or challenge him to a DJ duel after you’ve both had a lesson – he may even learn to appreciate your taste in “all that noise”!
• Mix it up, from £35; Glasgow Music Studios
Then pop into The Butchershop Bar & Grill or the renowned Ubiquitous Chip for a slap-up Sunday roast. Heaven.
You’ve been looking after Dad all day, but let us look after you on our overnight service back home. Sink into your bunks and enjoy complimentary drinks, free WiFi and a great night’s sleep.
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