Whether your mum lives in London, or you’re treating her to a weekend away as a Mother’s Day gift, the capital offers plenty of options for treating this most important woman in your life. Indeed, there are so many great ways to spend quality time with your mother that you may decide not to confine it to Mother’s Day, but in fact to make it a regular practice throughout the year!
Here are some of our favourite suggestions on how to treat your mum in London this Mother’s Day:
If your mum has a weakness for tempting eats, there are loads of excellent foodie experiences you can arrange in London. Aside from taking her out for dinner and drinks, why not make an afternoon of browsing the artisan food stalls at the Broadway Market? You can both sample a delicious selection of organic food and drink, from cakes, cheese and bread to local wines and beer.
Or, take part in that most traditional of Mother’s Day activities and indulge in a luxurious afternoon tea. If the weather is good, you can enjoy afternoon tea on the sun-drenched terrace at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, or relax indoors in the elegant Lounge and savour your tea against a background of live harp music. You’ll know your mother is getting nothing but the best as the hotel’s afternoon tea has twice been presented the prestigious Award of Excellence at the Top London Afternoon Tea Awards, organised by the renowned UK Tea Guild.
For chocoholic mums, something quite hands-on might be in order – consider a lively truffle rolling workshop at the Rococo Chocolate School, where you can create your own indulgent treats. Or sign up for the Green & Black’s Chocolate and Wine Masterclass at Vinopolis to enjoy perfectly-matched pairings of organic chocolate and fine wines.
If your mother is an outdoorsy sort, there are plenty of fresh air activities you can enjoy even in the very heart of London. Many of the capital’s parks and gardens are full of spring blooms, making them the perfect spot for a peaceful afternoon stroll, followed by coffee or tea in the café.
You could also take to the waves with an hour-long canal cruise. Hidden Depths Canal Cruises offers Mother’s Day boat trips that start at King’s Cross and head along the Regent’s Canal – including the fascinating 200-year old Islington Tunnel – on a comfortable canal boat decorated with flowers for the occasion. Or for equestrian-minded mums, you could book a relaxing ride in Hyde Park – she’ll enjoy this taste of the country right in the middle of the city.
Even if the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor pursuits, there are always plenty of cultural events in London which can make for a fun day out with your mother. For instance, this year Hampton Court Palace’s annual Florimania weekend (Friday 28th to Sunday 30th March 2014) coincides with Mother’s Day. Take your mum on an outing to the grand Tudor palace and enjoy the spectacular flower arrangements and elegant palace gardens – you can even try your hand at arranging your own masterpiece.
If your mother is the most fashionable woman you know, she’s bound to enjoy the third annual Vogue Festival at the Southbank Centre (Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March 2014). This year the festival is partnering with Harrods to bring an entire weekend of fascinating, star-studded talks dealing with all aspects of the fashion industry. Speakers include such stylish names as Phoebe Philo, Manolo Blahnik, Alexa Chung, Mary Katrantzou, Naomi Campbell and more – this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the fashion magazine come to life.
Of course, a trip to the National Galleries is always a pleasant day out. On Mother’s Day you can marvel at the opulent Veronese canvases in the National Gallery’s Magnificence in Renaissance Venice exhibition; or, pop around the corner to the National Portrait Gallery to check out over 50 years’ worth of fabulous pop culture portraits in Bailey’s Stardust, a collection of works by photographer-to-the-stars David Bailey.
How are you treating your mum this Mother’s Day?