Who’s the Daddy? Father’s day gift ideas in Covent Garden & Soho
Dad’s are great. Fact. This Sunday gives us a chance to show them that’s what we think!
Now many dads will be content with a day off from the household chores and watching Euro’16 or the Grand Prix with a couple of beers, but that’s no reason not to show our appreciation and spoil them with a little gift or perhaps some kind of experience.
Thankfully, dads are all different, and with so many gifty options right on TB_HQ’s doorstep, we thought we’d give you a handy guide for the most appropriate treat depending on your dad…
What better way to shout about your dad credentials than sporting some slick dad-apparel from Father inc. at The FMLY Store. Super sharp cotton tees & sweats that leaves no one in doubt you’re daddy-cool.
Or for something a little more subtle, perhaps some new summer threads in time for the weekend sunshine from the recently opened Albam store on Covent Garden’s Henrietta Street.
Could dad do with a trim before the weekend, or even a complete restyle perhaps? Ensure his follicles are on-point by booking him a haircut at London’s friendliest salon, Pierpoint on Archer Street in Soho.
Or if he’s more of an overly hirsute type, why not treat him to the full monty barber shop experience at Ruffians on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden who offer a range of treatments from a simple trim, to full on beard re-working (and ‘tache twizzle, natch) along with their own range of super grooming products.
Now most dads won’t turn their nose up at a good steak, so how about treating them to lunch at Flat Iron? With sites in both Covent Garden & Soho he’ll be spoiled for choice, and with ace steaks from only a tenner it won’t break the bank, free ice cream on the way out too, awesome!
Or, for the dad who prefers to cook his own meat (and with the possibility of sun this weekend, barbecues may be lighting up and down the country) why not treat him to a truly special cut from meat meisters and kings of mail-order meat, Turner & George, they do butchery classes too if your dad has ever fancied wielding a cleaver…
Modern dads like to keep themselves fit, and cycling has a massive dad following. Perhaps he might like to pimp his current steed with something fancy from the Brooks B1866 concept store on Covent Garden’s Earlham Street. From beautifully crafted leather saddles to hi-tech bicycle luggage, there’ll be something suitably manly and practical to suit most bike loving dads.
Or head over to Rapha on Brewer Street in Soho for the ultimate in cycling apparel & accessories. Whether they’re an urban jockey, café cruiser or full on racer, there’s sure to be something to suit from the extensive range.
Perhaps dad isn’t in to cycling, but still likes his fitness? No self respecting dad would be seen at the gym with dirty daps, so perhaps a footware upgrade courtesy of the Nike Store on Shelton Street in Covent Garden is in order? Even better, why not personalise a pair of news sneaks for dad with Nike’s iD configurator?
We’ve got something other than bad jokes in mind here. Covent Garden’s legendary Neal’s Yard Dairy produce some of the finest cheeses known to man, so perhaps a cheesy gift might light up dad’s day, whether it be a selection of artisan cheeses delivered to home, a gift voucher, or perhaps one of their fine cheese (and wine) courses.
SHOE FETISH DAD
You can tell a lot about a man by his shoes, so what do your dad’s say about him? Make sure it’s “I’m a dad with style & panache” by picking up a pair of the finest English hand made shoes from West End legend John Rushton, shoe supplier to none other than James Bond himself (not a dad admittedly, but a man most dads would want to be), or if you prefer, why not treat dad’s favourite battered brogues to a makeover with their shoe refurbishment service.
In fact, just popping in to the store to have a natter with Mr. Rushton himself is enough to make most dads happy, John being the most engaging of gentlemen, and what he doesn’t know about shoes isn’t worth knowing (just don’t walk in wearing trainers…)
Its the weekend, dad’s had a long week, he’s probably tired, so help him wake up on his special day with a caffeine injection from Covent Garden’s own Monmouth Coffee. You can order any of their special roasts either as whole beans, or ground to your specification, by phone or online for next day delivery by courier.
If your dad prefers things a little more traditional, then perhaps treat him to lunch or dinner at London’s oldest restaurant, Rules on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden. Recently starring as M’s club in Bond movie Spectre, this oak panelled Edwardian dining room is where proper gents take time to enjoy the finer side of dining.
Craft beer is all the rage with menfolk (and many of the girls too!), so why not get dad in on the hoppy action with a subscription to one of the many online craft beer clubs. Honest Brew and Beer52 (among many others) offer monthly subscriptions where they send a selection of fancy beers to your door every month. Simple pleasures…
Or for dads who are fans of the grape, there are plenty of fantastic wine merchants in the West End, with Berry Bros. & Rudd being the obvious choice (purveyors of plonk to Her Majesty the Queen and the Prince of Wales no less, so a good place to start), El Vino on Fleet Street (keeping whistles wet for 135+years) or the pun-tastic Planet of the Grapes in Holborn (ace name, ace wines).