Sports and Culture in the City: Where to take Dad on Father’s Day 2022

June 13, 2022

Traditionally Summer means Wimbledon and cricket. And of course there’s that gift to milliners, Royal Ascot. So there’s plenty of scope for socialising and even making a grand entrance (off the sports field) if that’s what floats your boat. 

Henley Royal Regatta; Polo at the Hurlingham Club; Royal Ascot. All these prestigious events give you plenty of scope to strut your stuff and enjoy the surroundings as much as the events themselves. 

The Hurlingham Club is in Fulham, Henley is a quick train ride from Paddington Station, and Royal Ascot is a mere 10-minute walk from Ascot station, which those in heels will be thankful for!

All this fits seamlessly with a stay in central London, thanks to those top London hotel deals. Which means you can combine your favourite sport with dinner in town, a West End show, or a spot of leisurely sight–seeing. 

But it’s not all champagne and top hats. There’s hockey from the FIH Pro League at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre; the UEFA Women’s EURO in July, with the final taking place at London’s Wembley Stadium; and the London E-Prix when the ABB FIA Formula E world championship roars around the streets of East London’s historic docklands. 

And in July, just as Wimbledon ends, we have cricket’s England v India Royal London Series, taking place on July 12 at the Kia Oval and July 14 at Lord’s. It’s always a pleasure to watch India play cricket, whatever the form. 

And let’s not forget that June 19th is Father’s Day. 


Sporting Fixtures 

Chesterton’s Polo in the Park Horse Show

Hurlingham Park, London SW6

June 10–12

Summer social meets polo. There are restaurants and street food on offer, including champagne gardens and Polo Bar, a PIMM’s Bus, Fever–Tree Bar and Garden, a luxury shopping village and Little Hooves Kids Club. Music and pitch side parties, plus food festival. And polo. All in central London. 


Cartier Queens Cup Polo 2022

High goal (20-22 goal) Final

June 12  

Guards Polo Club, Windsor 

Guards Polo Club’s fast–paced event attracts the world’s best players and their matchless ponies. Sponsored by Cartier for ten years, finals day is a stylish event. Previous winners include HRH The Prince of Wales in 1986. Non-members welcome on finals day (June 12) as well as the semi-finals (June 8). See below for tickets. 

Cinch Championships 

The Queens Club

June 13–19

Annual event on the men’s professional ATP World Tour. Many tennis icons have made their mark on this tournament, including Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Confirmed to play in 2022 so far are Italy’s Matteo Berrettini and Norway’s Casper Ruud. From the UK we have Andy Murray, Cameron Norris and Dan Evans.


Royal Ascot

June 14–18

“Be part of the drama” says the Royal Ascot website. It’s one of the biggest and one of the dressiest events of the year. As much about the food and drink and the display as the horses, although it does attract the finest horses, of course. The new Pavonian Club is designed for a relaxed day with DJs and an afterparty following the racing. The Garden Club has less bustle than the Queen Anne Enclosure. Go to the website to find out about dress codes and other spaces. 

FIH Pro League

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Saturday June 18

Women England v Belgium at 14:00

Mens England v Belgium at 16:30

Sunday June 19

Women England v Belgium at 13:00

Mens England v Belgium at 15:30

Annual global league for the best men’s and women’s national hockey teams in the world. The team finishing top at the end of the season is crowned champion and receives the trophy. 

Father’s Day UK

Time to take inspiration from all that June has to offer, and take Dad on a sporty Father’s Day adventure. Or why not book him into one of the best 5 star hotels in London, and treat him to a well-deserved gastronomic treat at Blue Orchid’s Cento Alla Torre. The classic Italian eatery will even throw in a free bottle of wine with a meal for a minimum of two people. 

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 2022


June 27–July 10

After so much uncertainty and pandemic concern, Wimbledon’s Centre Court is celebrating its 100th birthday. The All England Club has announced that Middle Sunday (July 3) will become a permanent part of the schedules, and will also be the focus for the Centre Court Centenary celebrations. Seeds will be announced on Weds June 22 and the official draw takes place at 10am on Friday June 22. 

Wimbledon is the holy of holies of tennis, the only grand slam event still held on grass. Famous for its strawberries and cream and the crowds on Henman Hill, this is when Summer really starts for a lot of Londoners.

Henley Royal Regatta

June 28 – July 3

Every year thousands of visitors watch over 300 races from Olympic rowers and brand new crews alike. It’s a great day out by the water with lots of food and drink and an irresistibly holiday feel. Henley on Thames is a picturesque town in its own right and the regatta is within easy walking distance of the station. 

Travel by train: frequent service from Paddington Station to Henley on Thames. Special timetable from Great Western Railway for the duration of the Regatta. Link for tickets an info. 

2022 UEFA Women’s EURO 

July 6 – 31  

Football in nine stadiums in eight cities across England host the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 games, with the final taking place at London’s Wembley Stadium. England is the host team, the Netherlands are the defending champions, and Northern Ireland will take place in a UEFA Women’s Euro competition for the first time. 

England Men v India Royal London One Day International Series

July 12

Kia Oval

Cricket at The Oval in Kennington, London. See England v India in the first One Day International against England, with the irrepressible Virat Kohl and his team. Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravindran Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah take the field. 


 England Men v India Royal London One Day International Series

July 14


Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood, London is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board). On Bastille Day it sees England v India walk onto its famous ground once more. 

London E- Prix

July 30-31

All electric street racing! The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship takes to the streets of London: teams go wheel to wheel on the historic byways of East London’s docklands. Expect a party atmosphere and no petrolheads (just the electric version). Handy for Blue Orchid suites near the Tower of London.  


Culture in the city

If you plan to see England v India play cricket, you might also be interested in the Blue Orchid London Indian Film Festival, June 17–July 3, at the South Bank Centre, London. See the link for the impressive line-up of films, masterclasses and talks. 

My Fair Lady

Until August 27

London Coliseum

St Martin’s Lane

English National Opera. Amara Okereke much acclaimed as Eliza Doolittle.

Beauty and the Beast

June 24-Sept 17

London Palladium

8 Argyll St. W1

Stage revival of Disney’s much loved classic animation.


West End LIVE

June 25–26

Free tasters from West End Musicals in Trafalgar Square. Sing along, dance, enjoy. 

BST Hyde Park

June 24–July 10

Pearl Jam, Pixies, Duran Duran, Elton John, The Eagles, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Nile Rogers & CHIC. 



Until November 19

Playhouse Theatre, Charing Cross

Acclaimed stage performance of the year from Jessie Buckley. Eddie Redmayne the big name draw, Bob Fosse’s dark musical classic.

Mad House 

June 15–Sept 4

The Ambassadors Theatre

Playwright Theresa Rebeck has had many a Broadway hit, but this is a rare world premiere of her work in the West End. Starring David Harbour and Bill Pullman, no less. Mad House is a ‘dark comedy’ about the children of a dying man who have one eye on their inheritance. Pullman plays the fading father, Harbour one of the siblings. Choice. 

The Glass Menagerie

Until August 27

Duke of York Theatre

Covent Garden

Amy Adams (six times Oscar nominated) stars in her London stage debut as the Southern Mama from Hell (based on Tennessee Williams’ own mother). Love was never so scary. Directed by Jeremy Herrin. 


Peaky Blinders: The Rise

June 23-Feb 12 2023

Immersive production from the team who produced Doctor Who: Time Fracture. Help Thomas Shelby take over Camden Town. 


The Globe Theatre

21 New Globe Walk, Southwark, SE1.

Tickets from £6

Henry VIII

Philandering, egotistical ruler from late Shakespeare

Julius Caesar

Another troubled and, in this case, doomed ruler. 

King Lear

Kathryn Hunter in the lead role as the ageing ruler who can’t tell good from bad. Hunter’s fabulously worn–out face should work a treat. 

Much Ado About Nothing

“Admirably clear” production from Lucy Bailey and a warm, sunny, post WWII Italian setting. 

The Tempest

July 22–Oct 22

Much loved late Shakespeare that has both light and dark, laughter and farewells.

Legally Blonde The Musical

Until July 2

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Directed by Lucy Moss of West End smash ‘Six’. Watch out for its successor on July 12: 101 Dalmatians The Musical.   

Cornelia Parker

Tate Britain


Until October 16

Key works from first–rate British artist Cornelia Parker. Show stealer in the immersive War Room installation.

Walter Sickert

Until September 18

Important and controversial artist from the early 20th Century. Impressionism to dark modernism, inspired by popular culture. 

Japan: Courts and Culture at The Queen’s Gallery

Buckingham Palace

Until 26 February 2023

Exquisite Japanese art from the Royal Collection, including rare pieces. From diplomatic gifts to James I and cultural exchanges between the British and Japanese royal families. 

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession

The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace

July 22–Oct 2

Another celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the historic State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, featuring Elizabeth II’s collection of royal portraits and jewellery. 



National Gallery

Trafalgar Square

Until July 31

Raphael had a short life but his skill and charm won him well deserved fame and popularity. The show brings together works from across the globe. A major achievement. 

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