Insider guide: How to enjoy a socially distant London staycation
Put the Berlin trip on ice, say ciao to Rome for now and indulge in some of the capital’s best bits with our guide to safely making the most of London in this new era.
24th May 2018
For Dads who love inventions, technology and futuristic ideas, The Future Starts Here is just the exhibition to start Father’s Day off with. Currently hosted at the V&A, this is a showcase of some of the furthest reaching ideas of the modern day. See aura-powered bodysuits, a golden Anthropocene spike and footage of an airborne sculpture in the desert.
Afterwards, take a walk in Hyde Park, just a short stroll from the V&A. Stop off at the Serpentine Gallery if your Dad loves art, before buying him a coffee and wandering alongside The Serpentine itself – Hyde Park’s magnificent lake. If your Dad’s a bit of an action man, take him out on a rowing or pedal boat, or on a ride on the UK’s first Solarshuttle – a sun-powered boat that glides quietly across the water.
All those new-fangled inventions and fresh air in the park are bound to whet the appetite. Luckily, Hyde Park is just a short walk from The Athenaeum, which holds a special, father-friendly treat in store. Treat your father to a delicious 3-course lunch at Galvin at The Athenaeum this Father’s Day. Choose from a selection of starters, mains and desserts including a choice of the finest British roasts. Plus, children aged 12 or under eat for free!
Our Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea appeals to those who love a great British tradition, but who have slightly less of a sweet tooth. Drawing on the traditions of the club house, our Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea includes everything from Cumbrian beef and horseradish sandwiches, duck Scotch eggs and Lancashire rarebit with English crumpets, to indulgent cheese scones with Alsace bacon butter. As well as artisan teas, these culinary treats come served with a dram of Whisky.
After sating your appetites, head over to the River Thames at the Southbank to soak up the vibrant riverside life. It’s the ideal time of year to take in a show at the Underbelly Festival – an annual pop-up of live circus, comedy and cabaret. Circolombia is showing on Father’s Day, involving a group of brave circus performers from Bogotá who have plenty of dramatic tricks up their sleeves.
Complete an amazing Father’s Day in the city by transporting your Dad above London via the London Eye – the giant Ferris wheel guaranteeing spectacular views over the city centre and beyond. It’s just a few steps away from the Underbelly Festival, and makes the perfect way to round off a fun-packed Father’s Day.
If you’re hungry again, pick up a snack from a food truck on the Southbank or stop for a casual meal a short walk downriver at Gabriel’s Wharf, a favourite of many television stars given its location right next to the ITV London Television Studio.
One thing’s for sure – this will certainly be a Father’s Day to remember.
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