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8 non-naff ways to celebrate Father’s Day in London

Show Dad you care with something more than a shaving kit or novelty mug

Museum of Brands and Packaging
By Bobby Palmer |
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all of June, you’re probably aware that Father’s Day is on its way (this year it’s Sunday June 16). But not all dads are throwback alphas who want to sit around prodding barbecue meat and grumbling about blocked U-bends. No, dads are people too, goddammit. Sack off a mawkish tribute on social media this Sunday and spend some actual time with your pops instead. Take inspiration from the list below or fill the whole of Father’s Day with fun using our guide to London’s unusual things to do.

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Roof East - Birdies crazy golf, rooftop cinema, rockadollar hotd
Cinemas

DON’T just go for a kick-about

icon-location-pin Stratford

DO challenge him to a rooftop games day at Roof East

Find new ways to argue the toss at Roof East’s Social Fun and Games Club, a space filled with batting cages, crazy golf and urban lawn bowls. Then make peace over a surf ‘n’ turf burger at Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club after.

Roof East, Floors 7 and 8, Stratford Multistorey Car Park, E15 1XE. Prices vary.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

DON’T buy him any old bottle of Bell's

icon-location-pin The Gunnersbury, Gunnersbury
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DO try some proper stuff at the Whisky Altruist Father’s Day Tasting

40 years old might be a little younger than your dad, but it’s old when it comes to whiskies - that’s why the chance to taste some in the age range of 23-40 is such a perfect father’s day treat. The idea is that, by clubbing together, guests can try whiskies that would normally be out of their price range - it’s not-for-profit, hence the name.

The Gunnersbury. Wed Jun 19. £45.

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Museum of Brands and Packaging
Museums, History

DON’T dig out the family photo albums for the bajillionth time

icon-location-pin Ladbroke Grove

DO transport him back to his youth at the Museum of Brands

Does your dad adore talking about his first car or the double-decker he used to ride around town on in his youth? Then transport him back to those days at the Museum of Brands which is hosting a hunt spanning 150 years of transportation history. Once you’ve completed the trail, kick back in the garden and let him continue to regale tales of childhood bikes and teenage travels.

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising, 111-117 Lancaster Rd, W11 1QT. £9.

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Mail Rail at The Postal Museum
Museums, History

DON’T trek around by Tube

icon-location-pin Clerkenwell

DO take a ride on the Mail Rail 

Get your geek on and learn about the secret underground railway built beneath London, linking Post Offices from Paddington to Whitechapel and delivering mail until its closure in 2003. A ride on one of the Mail Rail trains (made for carrying millions of letters, not humans) will have you both feeling like big kids in no time.

The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, 15-20 Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DA£17.05. 

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Things to do, Food and drink events

DON’T go out for the same old Sunday lunch

icon-location-pin Various London locations, London
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DO introduce his tastebuds to something different at Refugee Food Festival

This event invites some of the world’s most talented refugee chefs to cook in some of London’s most prestigious kitchens. There’ll be a Syrian culinary takeover from Majeda Khouri at Mercato Metropolitano, Nigerian dishes from Nana Nokki at Refettorio Felix, and tacos with an Egyptian injection at Breddos. Book to avoid daddy's disappointment.

Various London locations. Sun Jun 16-Fri Jun 21. Prices vary.

 

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