What To Book For Father’s Day

Sunday 19th June is Father’s Day. In case you’ve left it to the last minute, we’ve rounded up 11 things to book now – from whisky tasting experiences and live jazz to a new Fred Perry exhibition at the Design Museum…

FOR LIVE JAZZ: Ronnie Scott’s

Ronnie Scott’s has just released a series of summer shows throughout June and July. The venue will host a variety of artists spanning several genres – so there’s something for everyone. There are two main sittings per night at 6.30pm and 9.15pm, plus ‘Late Late’ shows at 11.15pm, and performances at its small club Upstairs. On Father’s Day at 12pm, visitors can watch jazz band Pixie & The Gypsies perform new music from their latest album Caught In The Rain. Tickets start from £20pp.

47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4HT

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FOR RETRO MOTORS: Classic Car Weekend At Brodsworth Hall

Brodsworth Hall in Yorkshire is hosting a classic car weekend this Father’s Day. Car enthusiasts can visit the estate’s gardens to see hundreds of cars, from vintage vehicles to modern motors from the 80s and 90s. Visitors can learn about different models from their owners, before exploring the estate and stopping by the tearoom for lunch. Tickets cost £14.20pp. 

Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ; Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th June from 10am-5pm

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FOR AN INDIAN FEAST: Jamavar

Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Jamavar has created a four-course Father’s Day tasting menu (from £75pp). Paying homage to founder Samyukta Nair’s Indian father and grandfather, the meal is inspired by the family’s most loved dishes. Start with scallop molee (cooked in coconut milk and tomatoes), achari murgh chicken tikka, or mushroom galouti, before moving onto a main course of lobster neruli. To finish, there’s a chocolate coffee delice with cardamom ice-cream. You can also add on wine pairings for an extra £50pp.

8 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 3NF; Friday 17th-Sunday 19th June

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FOR DINNER AT HOME: La Belle Assiette

La Belle Assiette specialises in taking the stress out of entertaining at home. Either order gift vouchers or organise your own dinner party where a private chef will create a bespoke menu for you and your guests. Choose a starter, main course and dessert, then pick a delivery date for the ingredients to arrive. On the night, your private chef will cook and serve the meal and even wash up at the end of the evening. We like the sound of the new spring menu, which includes confit duck croquettes with apricot compote; rack of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, roasted carrots, and a rosemary jus; and lemon posset with meringue and raspberries. Packages start from £249 for two. 

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FOR GREAT STREET FOOD: WingJam

The UK’s biggest chicken wing festival arrives just in time for Father’s Day. Taking place at Waterloo Vaults, visitors can sample more than 50 flavour combinations from 15 vendors including Chicken George Jr, Wing Lab and The Korean Cowgirl. Among the sweet, spicy and tangy combinations, there will be some seriously spicy chicken wings and out-there flavours like strawberry cheesecake and doughnut wings. As well as craft beers on tap, there will be cooking demos, live music, entertainment and a spicy wing eating contest. Tickets cost £17.50pp for afternoon or evening slots.

The Vaults, Waterloo, SE1 7NN; Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th June from 

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FOR AN AFTERNOON OF CULTURE: Fred Perry: A British Icon Exhibition at The Design Museum

This new exhibition celebrates the story of tennis legend Fred Perry and his eponymous clothing line. Celebrating 70 years since the first Fred Perry shirt hit the high street, it charts the company’s tennis beginnings to its contemporary relevance today. Visitors will find out how the cultural significance of the Fred Perry polo shirt has evolved over the decades. Expect to see retro accessories, magazine cut outs, adverts, short films and more.  

224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 6AG; now until Sunday 19th June

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FOR WHISKY TASTING: The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences has created a whisky tasting experience at its lounge, The View. Dads will appreciate panoramic city views from the hotel’s tenth floor while they try a selection of world whiskies chosen by the hotel’s head barman. During the masterclass, guests can try whisky from the Oxford Artisanal Distillery, as well as a Balcones Texas Single Malt from the US and a single malt whisky from the Scottish Highlands – to name a few. A cheeseboard will also accompany the final whisky. Tickets cost £450 for six. 

116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ; various dates

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FOR LIVE MUSIC: Heritage Live: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are currently on tour and will play at the Kenwood estate by Hampstead Heath on Father’s Day. After forming in 2010 following the end of Oasis, the band has since sold 2.5m records worldwide. Audiences can listen to tracks from their three studio albums, plus two new songs from their latest EP ‘Magic Secrets’. Tickets start from £31.

Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 7JR; Sunday 19th June 

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FOR TOP JAPANESE FOOD: Hot Stone

Japanese restaurant Hot Stone has created a ‘One of a Kind’ feasting platter for Father’s Day (£150 for two). It includes premium wagyu and Kobe beef cuts cooked at the table on the restaurant’s 400°C volcanic rock stones. It’s also served with yuzu-soy jalapeño salsa sauce and fresh wasabi, and you can add on extras like black tiger king prawns and scallops. Treat your dad to a Japanese whisky flight for an additional £25pp.

9 Chapel Market, Islington, N1 9EZ; Friday 17th-Sunday 19th June

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FOR FREE COCKTAILS: Heliot Steak House

Heliot Steak House at The Hippodrome Casino will be offering all dads a complimentary old fashioned cocktail with their meal. They can choose between tequila, rum or bourbon for the base and pick their favourite bitters and garnishes to make a cocktail to their taste, before enjoying it alongside dishes like tomahawk steak, roast baby chicken with garlic butter, and lobster linguine. 

Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH; Sunday 19th June

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FOR SPORTSCAR SPOTTING: Leonardslee House

On Father’s Day, visitors can browse an impressive display of Italian supercars outside Leonardslee House in Sussex. Visitors can take snaps next to Ferraris before exploring the 240-acre estate. Make it an extra special occasion and book a table at the Michelin-starred restaurant Interlude, head on a wine tasting at the four-acre vineyard, or book in for an overnight stay in one of Leonardslee’s new en-suite bedrooms. Day passes cost £14.50pp.

Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, RH13 6PP; Sunday 19th June from 11am-3pm

Visit LeonardsleeGardens.co.uk

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