Father’s Day in London: Treat Your Dad on a Budget!

On Sunday the 15th of June Britain will celebrate and honour fathers and paternal figures alike. If you think your father will appreciate a change from the trusted combination of a new tie and pair of socks, there is plenty to do in our vivacious and diverse capital city. Don’t let the recession stop you from treating your dad to a well deserved break, as there are many free events and attractions in London. Plus, if you’re looking for cheap London hotels, look no further than the Swinton Hotel!  Read on to see what you could treat yourself, your family and your father to this Father’s Day.


Until Sunday the 27th of July you can enjoy free access to American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel’s new exhibition, ‘Every Angel has a Dark Side’. Famous for his ‘plate painting’s (large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates), Schnabel’s exhibition is on show at the Dairy Art Centre, which is a ten-minute walk from both King’s Cross station and the Swinton Hotel (bonus!)

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK

Are you or your dad avid comic book aficionados? Why not take a trip to the British Library and see an exhibition which features  some of the biggest names in comics, including work from Alan Moore (‘Watchmen’, ‘V for Vendetta’), Neil Gaiman (‘Sandman’), Mark Millar (‘Kick-Ass’) and Grant Morrison (‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’).  The exhibition runs until Tuesday the 19th of August.


If your dad is into sport, why not take him to one of London’s sport museums? There’s the Chelsea Football Club Museum, where alongside all the history, you can enjoy many child-friendly, interactive exhibits. A great choice for tennis fans is the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour, and for rugby fans there is the World Rugby Museum at Twickenham (which includes a visit to the England changing room!) Dads who love cricket will enjoy a trip round the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum at Lord’s Cricket Ground where you can trace 400 years of cricket history. As well as the static displays, this museum includes footage of some of cricket history’s greatest moments in the Brian Johnston Memorial Theatre. Sporty dads may also enjoy the Arsenal Museum, which includes a visit to the changing rooms, director’s box and players’ tunnel.

Food and Drink

Treat dad to a delicious meal, or a drink, at one of London’s gorgeous riverside pubs. The Dove at Hammersmith is in the Guinness Book of Records for having the smallest bar in Britain. It serves highly recommended food and beer, and is extremely popular because of this. Located on South Bank there is the Anchor Bankside pub, conveniently situated between Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Sir Francis Drake’s world-famous ship, The Golden Hinde. The Anchor Bankside was originally built in 1615, and has a terrace bar overlooking the river Thames. For a more modern vibe, there is The Narrow, Gordon Ramsey’s riverside gastro pub, which has been called one of the most picturesque pubs in London.  The Narrow is located on the river at Limehouse, with panoramic views of the Thames river.

Wait… There’s More!

On Sunday the 15th of June, you can take your dad on a trip he can really boast about, with a climb up to The O2′s 52m-high viewing platform. Got a dad who loves to garden? Why not take him to some of the 200 private gardens opening their gates to the public, at the Open Garden Squares weekend on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of June. Is your dad a history buff? Why not take a trip down to the Waterloo Festival at Hyde Park on the weekend of Father’s Day, where you can relive the drama of the Napoleonic War and come face to face with Wellington’s Troops at this Apsley House festival, all for less than £10!

There are so many diverse and engaging events suitable for a Father’s Day treat in London. If you’re travelling to the capital for one of these fantastic events and are looking for cheap London hotels, please don’t hesitate to contact the Swinton Hotel by telephone at +44 20 7837 or by email at swintonhotel@hotmail.com.

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