12 Fun Ideas for Father-Daughter Time in London

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London is a city which offers plenty of variety and new experiences, making it perfect for fathers and daughters looking for a fun day out.

Whether you want to see the sights, enjoy an action-packed adventure or simply have a meal together, this guide should point you in the right direction of some of the city’s friendliest spaces and events.

Take a trip to ZSL London Zoo

Penguins in London Zoo

Animal lovers will enjoy a trip to London Zoo, which is perfect for all ages. For younger daughters and their fathers, there’s the chance for kids to try being a zookeeper for the day – and for adults, there’s plenty of opportunities to meet the animals who live here.

Visiting the zoo is also a wonderful way to support London Zoo’s conservation work and research, so it’s a real feel-good day trip as well as a fun and informative one.

Visit the Tower of London

Tower of London

Interested in history? Then a trip to the Tower of London is an absolute must. A fortress which has lasted almost 1000 years, it’s been a prison, a zoo and now acts as one of London’s top tourist attractions.

Scale an arena with Up at The O2

While the O2 Arena is best known as one of London’s top entertainment venues, it’s also a place for high-octane adventures. The ‘Up at the O2’ experience allows you to scale the building, before reaching the top and enjoying fantastic city views.

Aerial view of Millennium Dome- 02 Arena

It goes without saying that this is not an experience for everyone, and it is also best-reserved for fathers and daughters who are relatively confident in their ability to scale a building! There’s plenty of expert guidance on hand, so if you’re feeling extra adventurous, be sure to give this a try.

Book a stadium tour

If dad and daughter are fans of football, tennis, cricket or rugby, then a stadium tour could be the perfect experience for you both to enjoy! There are world class stadiums and arenas in London, and you’ll be able to find out more about the players and the stories which have helped make sporting history.

Some of our favourite stadium tours in the capital include Wembley Stadium Tour, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour, the Twickenham Stadium Tours and the Lord’s Tour.

Have afternoon tea

A Park Grand Restaurant Afternoon Tea is a great way to have fun in London as a father-daughter duo. This tradition has seen a major resurgence in popularity over the last few years, and venues like ours now offer not only the traditional dishes of sandwiches, cakes and tea, but also ways to upgrade and personalise.

afternoon tea

Check out the menu for more information on all the afternoon tea options which are available to you – you’re sure to find something which tempts your taste buds.

Visit Kew Gardens

London is an unexpected hub of natural beauty, and Kew Gardens is perhaps the most beautiful place of all. This historic garden regularly hosts events which take full advantage of the unique space, but it also offers a wide variety of fun ways to bond as a father and daughter while you’re in the city.

Palm house in Kew Gardens, London

Whether that’s learning more about the world around you, or simply taking a few photos surrounded by stunning plants and greenery – Kew Gardens offers something for everyone.

Catch a live sports event

London is a major hub for all kinds of different sports, so you’ll never be short of matches to watch or games to see. If you can’t manage to score tickets for some of the biggest sporting events in the city, then don’t despair!

As a sports-mad location, you’ll find plenty of bars and pubs where you can watch the sporting action while grabbing a few drinks and a bite to eat while staying at the Park Grand Paddington hotel.

Enjoy a trip along the Thames

There are many different ways to explore the Thames, ideal for fathers and daughters. If you’re an active family, then consider opting for a speedboat ride on the Thames Rib, or if you prefer a slower pace, book a leisurely tour of the Thames, which could last around an hour and will guide you past some of the top buildings and historic spaces in London.

walking tours by thames

This is a fantastic option for a fun day out, and you can celebrate your river adventure with a meal at the Park Grand Restaurant.

See the underwater world at SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Sea Life Aquarium under Clear Blue Sky at Night in Summer, London, England, United Kingdom

If you’re fans of nature and want to discover the world beneath the waves, then a trip to SEA LIFE London Aquarium is ideal. A trip here can be as active or as peaceful as you like; there’s even snorkelling excursions available for fathers and daughters who want to pick up the pace on their trip to London.

Visit the London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

A popular haunt for anyone who wants to know more about the way London keeps moving, this is also a popular spot for dads with a keen eye on trains, buses and more. The museum is very family-friendly, and while this normally centres on younger families with small children, it’s also a great place for fathers and daughters to visit while staying at the Park Grand London.

See a West End show

London’s West End is famous around the world, and with good reason. If the pair of you are in the mood for some fun entertainment, then this is the ideal place to look.

West End theatre

The West End is synonymous with drama and musicals, but if this doesn’t appeal, don’t panic. There’re plenty of other types of play and performance which you can see here, including comedy and fringe theatre productions which might not otherwise have been on your radar.

Visit a comedy club

comedy club

If you both love to laugh, then visit a London comedy club while spending time in London. This is a great way to bond over your shared sense of humour, and you can choose between established acts and lesser-known and emerging comics at some of the city’s top venues. Our favourites include The Comedy Store, Soho Theatre and Laugh Out London.

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