Things To Do for Father’s Day in London

By Renuka Nair

Father’s Day Activities

Are you out of ideas on how to spoil your dad this Father’s Day? Instead of doing the same old thing, why not try something new? So ditch the tradition of gifting your dad socks or a bottle of rum. There are better ways to show him how much you love and appreciate him.
London offers a wide variety of Father’s Day activities that will earn you the badge of the best child ever!
Father’s Day is on 19th June this year and when deciding on a gift, remember the best present you can give is to spend time together as a family. So, before things get too sentimental, here are the ten best things to do in London for Father’s Day.

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1. See London by Night

As impressive as London is, it has a different aura at night. The bright lights and crisp night air mixed with an open-top bus and London’s top attractions is a recipe for success.

The bus passes sights like:

  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Tower of London
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Tower Bridge
  • Big Ben
  • London Eye
  • Westminster Abbey

Price

The price per adult is £24, and children between the ages of 5 to 15 receive a discounted rate of £13. Children under the age of 5 ride for free.

They also offer family packages (two adults and two children) for £64.

This price includes a knowledgeable English-speaking guide and lasts for 90 minutes. That leaves plenty of time for dinner before or after the tour.

Times

During the months of October to March, there are daily departures at 19:30 and 21:20.

However, in the summer months, between April to September, they operate seven days a week with departures at:

  • 19:30
  • 20:00
  • 20:30
  • 21:15
  • 21:45
  • 22:15

Pick-up and Drop-off Locations
You must arrive at the Green Park bus stop in Piccadilly 15 minutes before departure. If you have trouble locating the bus stop, it’s right next to the Ritz Hotel.

2. Experience the London Eye

Take your dad on an incredible outing to experience the London Eye for Father’s Day.

Each pod can fit up to 28 people, so you can invite the whole family to share this moment with you.

Each pod provides you with 360-degree views and includes an audio guide available in seven languages.

Price

The price per adult is £29.50, and children receive a discounted rate of £26.00 per child.

There is an option to reserve a private pod starting from £625, which includes priority boarding. In addition, you can order food and beverages upon request.

Times

The London Eye operates seven days a week from 11 am to 6 pm, and one rotation takes around half an hour.

3. Brush Up on Your History at the London Dungeon

If your father is a big history buff or horror fan, the perfect father’s day gift is a trip to The London Dungeon.

The dungeon hosts 19 interactive shows with live actors. Follow the gruesome story of Jack the Ripper or watch a spine-chilling reenactment of a prisoner being punished in the Tower of London’s torture chamber.

Price

The admission price per adult is £28, and children receive a discounted price of £22.50. The duration of the tour is about 2 hours.

Times

They are open seven days a week. Weekdays and Sundays from 10 am- 4 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am-5 pm.

4. Go to a Theatre Show

London’s theatre scene has something for everyone. So, you don’t have to take your dad to Mamma Mia! or The Phantom of the Opera. Instead, you have more masculine choices like The Book of Mormon and Back to the Future.

Prices

Prices will vary depending on the show you want to see, the location of your seat and the date. Tickets can range from £18 to over £100.

Times

Times will vary depending on the show. However, during peak season, there should be showings twice a day. Once in the afternoon and once in the evening

5. Take Your Dad Pub Crawling

London has some of the best pubs in the world. So if your father likes a couple of pints, this will be the best present ever!

Following the Circle Line Pub Crawl guide, you can visit 27 pubs in one day. Yes, many people have failed this mission, but it’s still plenty of fun to try.

A few of the pubs included on this route are:

  • The Shakespeare
  • The Old Star
  • The Princess of Wales
  • Ye Olde Watling
  • Old Swan

Just make sure to line your stomach with a greasy breakfast before embarking on this journey. Drinking water between each drink will also help you last longer!

Price

It’s free! This is something you can do on your own. But, you will need to cough up for an Uber or use public transportation to get from one pub to the next. In addition, everything you drink and eat is at your own cost.

Times

There are no set times; you can do this at your own pace. However, getting an early start will ensure you get time to make it to all the pubs.

6. Be Transported Back to the 80s at the Greenwich Peninsula Golf Driving Range

Transport your father back to his younger days with these 1980’s Crazy Golf-inspired miniature golf courses.

There are 18 holes designed after the most famous holes worldwide, making it the perfect venue for family fun.

Prices

The price per adult is £12, and for children under the age of 16, it is £7. In addition, there is a family rate (two adults and two children) of £31.

Students enter at a rate of £7, and large parties of min 10 players for £10 per adult.

Times

Greenwich Pennisula is open seven days a week from 9 am to 10 pm, so it’s easy to spend the entire day there and dine at their restaurant for dinner.

7. Go Fishing at Hampstead Heath

Ok, you need to prepare beforehand for this one. While you are allowed to fish at Hampstead Heath, you must apply for a fishing permit at £10.60 per person.

There are five ponds to choose from:

Highgate Men’s Pond
Model Boating Pond
Hampstead No 2 Pond
Viaduct Pond
Vale of Health Pond

Price

Entry is free; however, you must pay for the fishing license. So, even if you have family members who don’t fish, they can pack a picnic and enjoy the fresh air.

Times

Hampstead Heath is open all the time. They have no gates to shut you out or lock you in. But, under 16s are not allowed to fish alone in the evenings.

8. Experience The Gunpowder Plot

If you really want to try something new and exciting, buy tickets to the Gunpowder Plot. It’s an interactive play that takes place in the Tower Vaults of the Tower of London.

Guy Fawkes is played by Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.

The vaults lay under the Tower Hill site where many of the Gunpowder plots took place.

Price

The price varies depending on the day you go and the time slot you pick. But tickets start at £40.

Times

The show runs from Wednesday to Sunday, starting as early as 10:30 am, with the last show for the day starting around 6 pm.

9. Go Go-Karting in the Docklands

Tune into your competitive side while go-karting for Father’s Day. London Docklands centre has an 800m track with tricky twists and turns.

The go-karts can reach 65km per hour, which means you can channel your inner speed demon without worrying about traffic cops.

Prices

Starting price is £20 per person, but they do have discounted family and large group rates.

Times

They are open seven days a week from 9 am – 11 pm. Get there early; you will need a whole day to get through everything they offer.

10. Take a Tour of Fuller’s Griffin Brewery

If your dad likes beer, taking a Fuller’s Brewery tour is a fun Father’s Day activity.

It’s only a 45-minute drive from central London, and you can spend the day witnessing how your favourite beer is made.

But you won’t just be witnessing the process; you will also get to sample many of the brewery’s fine ales.

Prices

Tickets start at £25.00 per person and include a 2-hour tour of the brewery and a tasting afterwards.

Times

Tours operate from Tuesday to Sunday with time slots. From Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday, tours start at:

  • 11 am
  • 12 pm
  • 1 pm
  • 2 pm
  • 3 pm

On Friday:

  • 11 am
  • 12 pm
  • 1 pm
  • 2 pm
  • 3 pm
  • 4 pm

On Sunday:

  • 1 pm
  • 2 pm
  • 3 pm

Fuller’s Brewery is closed to tours on public holidays.

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