Best ideas for Mother’s Day in London

Mother's day flowersA mother’s work is never done, but she has at least one day off every Mothering Sunday when she gets thanked and spoiled rotten by her children — and rightly so.

Mother’s day falls on Sunday, 10 March in 2013, so you’ve still got some time to find the perfect gift to help you say ‘thank you’ to the most important woman in your life. If you’re stuck for ideas, read on for a selection of some of the best Mother’s Day gift ideas or experiences in London you can treat her to…

Mother’s Day shopping in London

London is a shopper’s paradise, and there’s no better way to spend some quality time with your Mum than to take her on a shopping pilgrimage to the capital.

Our shopping package makes the perfect gift: she will get vouchers for the iconic Selfridges department store or the huge Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre to splurge as she pleases before retiring to the sanctuary of one of our elegant hotels.

To wrap up a memorable trip, you’ll both indulge in a sumptuous breakfast cooked by our world class chefs as your look over your purchases.

Best Mother’s Day florists in London

Nothing says ‘thank you Mum’ like a stunning bouquet of flowers that have been thoughtfully arranged.

Roses are always a popular flower for Mother’s Day (they were sacred to the Greek goddess Isis, who was seen as the ideal mother), and Vive La Rose in central Piccadilly specialises in unique and creative arrangements of roses in all colours.

For something a bit different, Orchidya in Bloomsbury is known for their colourful, exotic blooms.

 Afternoon tea

Why not spoil her with a champagne afternoon tea at The Grosvenor, complete with delicate finger sandwiches, buttery scones with all the trimmings and handcrafted teacakes.

You couldn’t ask for a more special setting for your afternoon tea: The Grosvenor is a Grade II listed building and a former railway station which has retained much of its grand, old world charm.

For more afternoon tea ideas, you can always read up on our concierge’s pick of London’s best tea rooms and coffee shops.

 Make it personal

It’s the personal touches that really make a gift special, so why not treat her to a piece by designer to the stars Monica Vinader’s boutique on Molton Street and have it engraved with a message that means something to you both?

This cult jewellery brand has been featured in high-end fashion magazines like Vogue and is a favourite with Hollywood celebrities. They are having a unique engraving event this Mother’s Day where their ‘master engraver’ will hand engrave your message on a piece of jewellery for your Mum on the spot.

 Mother’s Day experiences in London

If you don’t get to see each other quite as much as you’d both like, why not pencil in some quality bonding time? If you’re lucky enough to be in London for the day, you have your pick of some fantastic options…

  • Take her to The Shard for breathtaking views of London’s skyline.
  • The Ideal Home Show is the perfect place to pick up design inspiration for Mums with a passion for interior décor. Highlights include the kitchen theatre where Mum’s favourite Greg Wallace will be cooking up a storm and the Beauty Bar where you can get a quick manicure.
  • A deep tissue massage at the Elmis spa will banish any traces of motherhood-induced stress, while their mother-to-be massages are a sublime treat for expectant Mums.
  • Show her London’s sites as you make your way down the River Thames with a special Mother’s Day lunch. Mum will be presented with a bouquet of tulips, a Bellini on arrival and be entertained by a band as you savour a three course meal. There are even face painters on hand to keep the little ones entertained.

Best for perfume

Why not accompany her along to one of London’s top perfumeries so she can pick a scent out herself?

Floris swung their doors open in 1730 and have been supplying London’s ladies with fine soaps and elegant perfumes ever since.

Miller Harris in the upmarket Mayfair area is the place to take Mum if you’d like to treat her to a personalised, bespoke perfume. To make it that bit more special, they’ll even engrave the bottle for you.

Heavenly chocolates

For chocolates with a difference, buy her a selection from William Curley’s patisserie. Curley is hugely passionate about the quality of his chocolate and uses traditional French techniques but adds interest with unexpected flavours like lemon with sesame or rosemary with olive oil.

To make a day of it, chocolate fans should try the Mothering Sunday Special at the Belgravia branch. You’ll eat your way through a mammoth five courses of desserts at the Dessert Bar with a celebratory glass of champagne thrown in.

Or why not try your hand at making your own at one of their chocolate making classes? It makes for a great bonding session.

What are you buying for Mum this Mother’s Day? If you’re a mother yourself, what’s top of your wish list? We’d love to know, so please leave a comment for us below.

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