So we may not have the best weather forecast for Fathers Day this sunday, in fact it looks like pretty much rain all around the UK but that doesn't mean you need to stay indoors all day, especially not in the Capital which is brimming with things to do. From tanks to free art to climbing the shard to perhaps a pamper day in an iconic Barbershop the choices are endless and there really is something for everyone's budget! Here are our Top 5 choices if you are in and around the city...
1. Build your own - National Army Museum - Free
Calling all cadets and tank lovers why not pop down to The National Army museum and have a go at the mini-build activities on offer and if that's not for you you could take on the museums rock-climbing wall or explore the handling collection. Suitable for children seven and over
2. Get Artistic - Tate Modern - Free
The Tate has to be one of my favourite Art galleries in London for the simple fact that it is so family friendly and big enough for little ones to have a good run around and join in with interactive activities and being able to make some noise means the whole experience is enjoyable and they also have excellent catering options and Kids eat for Free in both the Cafe and Restaurant - bonus! Perfect for all ages, changing facilities and buggy parking.
3. Take in the view - The Shard - Adult prices from £24.95, Child ticket from £18.95, 0-3 Free
So this is something really special, and even though we have not yet climbed the Shard we do want to do it at some point and I think even though it is pricey it's something that is one off, as it is the Tallest building in Western Europe after all with an incredible hight of 1,016ft and offering the most breath-taking and amazing view across the capital. If you really want to push the boat out you could book a table at The Oblix Restaurant on the 32nd floor
|The Lion King|
4. Get a culture fix on the West End - Prices vary
Whenever we came over to the UK holiday from South Africa we always spent a few days in London and no matter what my Father always took us to a West End show, I have such fond memories of watching Joseph and the amazing Technicolor dream coat, Starlight express and Jesus Chris Superstar, I think it's such a lovely family treat and you can sometime pick up really reasonable tickets for mid-day shows. On the 16th there are some great choices for all ages from The Lion King to the Beatles - Let it Be, a great rainy day option.
|Sharps Barber shop above Ben Sherman|
5. Get your Dad looking sharp - Sharps Barber at Ben Sherman
With John being a traditional cut throat barber at the high end Barber shoe Bentley and Co in Cardiff, he knows more than most how good a relaxing cut and hot towel shave can be for man, especially a hard working Dad! With Sharps being one of the more reasonable Barbershops in London but does not lack on ambience and quality it's a great choice - Beard trims start at 16.50 and haircuts from £26.50
Other ideas could be coming close up with Sharks at London Aquarium, taking on Dinosaurs at The Natural History Museums, or growing art at one of the many free museums across the city from the National Gallery to the V&A.
|Mr A having fun at the London Aquarium|
If you are like us, not from London but visit regularly you will want to find some reasonably priced accommodation and we have used Hotel Direct a few times for hotel bookings and they have rooms available on Fathers day starting form £63 in the 3 star Ambassadors Hotel in Kensington, only 5 min from Earls Court underground and have a huge choice of hotels to choose from.
The main thing is to have fun and spend time with your family and show your Dad how much you care. Hope you all have a wonderful Fathers Day
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