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Not long now till Father’s Day, so I am delighted to help out with some suggestions for wonderful Father’s Day gifts. As you may already know, many dads may not be so bothered about the gifting side of things and would much rather spend more quality time outdoors and with the family. It can be just so difficult if every single year he ends up with the same old mug and socks set that he absolutely could have done without. He may even say he is happy with the same good old wallet that he’s had for the last 10 years – hinting, he really needs a new wallet!
However, at this point, we will need to find out which products to go for, whether it be something he needs replacing or following up the trends. Sometimes this can lead to habits that last for years, if not decades, despite no concrete evidence that we actually need the item. Simply take a look at their routines to see if there’s room for improvement. Here are few suggestions for gifts for that special father in your life. Shall we begin?
Make your Father’s Day with Liberty’s London grooming kit, including a full-size line-up of cult men’s skincare and hair care essentials, packed up in a Liberty London Seth Rankin wash bag.
From Bumble and Bumble’s universal Sumotech styling solution to leather perfume oil from Malin+Goetz and mineral shaving care from Omorovicza, the contents of this five-part kit are set to transform even the most laid-back dads from unkempt to sartorial gent. With a collective value of over £145, it’s well worth treating him to.
What about a pair of Pastel Sixteen loafers, the most classic yet comfortable shoes you’ll ever try. I would recommend the tradition and celebrate well-loved icons with London pairs. A classic colour for a classic shoe, the London loafer is made with only the finest materials, fitting for a fine English gentleman. The materials include a 100% suede upper, leather lining and a leather sole, which lends itself to the grandeur of London, to make sure Dad is truly dapper in his everyday life. Also, it comes in a variety of striking shades, if your dads have the guts to wear something more daring.
Never say no to chocolate, especially Charbonnel et Walkers. Founded in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain’s first and finest chocolatiers and no wonder when it tastes so divine. It comes in many flavours one of which is Vanilla Raspberries – a true taste of summer! Inspired by delicious British desserts, these dreamy freeze-dried raspberries are coated in creamy, vanilla-flavoured white chocolate. Or perhaps a Sipsmith gin truffle! For all gin lovers, this new collaboration with British artisan gin makers, Sipsmith, is an absolute must! This gin truffle is a decadent addition to their renowned truffle collection. Made with Sipsmith London Dry Gin of truly uncompromising quality and character, these are dark chocolate truffles with a white chocolate, cream, Sipsmith Gin and natural juniper centre, lightly dusted in icing sugar. Simply divine, right?
Show your love and appreciation with Aspinal’s superb range of sophisticated Father’s Day Gifts. Opt for a personal touch with an engraved hip flask, foundation pen with sterling silver or an embossed leather wallet that will be cherished for years to come. Cufflinks will be warmly received by any stylish gentleman, while their leather 15″ Backgammon Set offers a home for his favourite games. To add some sentimental item to the occasion, opt for our impeccably handcrafted briefcase from the limited edition Aerodrome’s collection by David Gandy. Aspinal of London offers a gift to suit every personality.
Chanel have a new fragrance, Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum, with a woody, aromatic fragrance that blends the elegance of sandalwood with the uniqueness of Tonka bean and the sensuality of ambery notes. A warm and voluptuous composition, perfect for evenings in the summer months and for all who love the finer things in life.
Also, to add to the quality time together with your dad, why not treat him to a visit to the trendy Coral Room bar at The Bloomsbury Hotel. You’d be forgiven for thinking when entering the newly renovated Coral Room bar at The Bloomsbury London, that you had walked into something out of a Wes Anderson film set. Designer Martin Brudnizki has kept the original panelled walls, spruced up with the vivid colour which gives the space its moniker, but what really catches the eye is the central bar. A Calacatta marble counter atop a glossy wooden front with antique-style mirroring and brass hardware provides a grand backdrop around which everything else is modelled.
There is an extensive bar menu that boasts a whole host of English sparkling wines and cocktails – the Bloomsbury champions one of the largest offerings in London, broken down by county. Single flutes start at £9 courtesy of a Brut Reserve from Devon. When you’ve finish sipping, you can head to Dalloway Terrace for lunch or dinner in this cosy ambience.
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Are you looking to treat your dad to something more indulgent? Perhaps an overnight stay at The Bloomsbury Hotel, located just seconds from Tottenham Court Road Tube station and the Brutalist landmark of CenterPoint, on what is still a pleasingly quiet street with few tourists. It’s handy for the British Museum, Soho, Covent Garden and theatreland plus lots of other attractions nearby.
I have to say that the building and interior itself brings the original twenties building is a celebrated piece of architecture by Edwin Lutyens, although unremarkable from outside. The larger spaces are impressive, but the reconfigured ground-floor arrangement is confusing – the main reception is now accessed via a side door, so feels like an afterthought. The bold restyling, with lots of strong patterns, deco shapes and great attention to texture, is beautiful and wins you over, with the numerous rooms and suites coming in many personalities. I wish all your dads a wonderful Father’s Day and I hope you spoil them rotten!
Photos by Victoria Metaxas