Treat, pamper and spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with these unforgettable gift ideas and memorable days out in London.
What better way to treat your hard working mum than to take her for a traditional, elegant and relaxing afternoon tea in a grand London hotel or quirky tea room. Here 3 options for a something a little bit different in London:
Sanderson Mad Hatter Tea
Location: Berners Street London, W1T 3NG
Style: Mad Hatter Tea party themed with the menu taking inspiration from Lewis Carol’s topsy turvy tale.
Cost: £35 each
Days and times: Sat-Sun 1pm – 5.30pm
The Tea Rooms
Location: Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UH
Style: A delightful venue for a homely afternoon tea. Decorated with bunting, vintage china and knitted knick knacks, you’re instantly transported from the hustle and bustle of London life.
Cost: £20 or £23 with glass of Prosecco. Mothers day special tea is £25.
Days and times: Tea is served from 11.30am and last sitting is 4.30pm. Open 11am-6.30pm and must be pre-booked.
Soho Secret Tea Room
Style: Tucked away above the historic Coach and Horses pub, you have to ask the barman to let you go behind the bar and up the hidden stairs to find this vintage-chic spot. With its delicate mismatched porcelain teacups and impressive gramophone whistling out jazz in the corner, this is the perfect spot for some tea and scone-related indulgence for a day out.
Cost: £18 per person.
If you and your mum enjoy cooking together then why not do it under the guidance of a professional chef. You will not only pick up some cooking tips to take home but get to enjoy the fruits of your labour with a glass of bubbly!
Location: Carnaby St, London, W1B 5PW
The class: You and your mum can cook and eat a lovely seasonal meal under the guidance of Head chef and owner Jay Morjaria.
Cost : £25 per person includes a free glass of bubbly on arrival.
Times: Choose from 3 time slots: 3.00pm-4.00pm, 5.30pm-6.30pm and 8.00pm-9.00pm.
L’atelier des chefs
Location: Oxford Circus
The class: Hands-on, interactive cooking classes run by professional chefs. Choose between 3 classes; brunch with bloody marys, coffee, toast, perfect sunday roast, mastering french cuisine.
Cost: Between £49-72 per person.
Times: Three time slots depending on the experience you opt for; 10.30 to 12.30am, 1.30pm to 3pm, 4pm to 6pm
Cocktail tasting at Four o’ Nine
Location: Clapham Rd, SW9
The experience: Clapham bar Four o’ Nine has teamed up with Sipsmith distillers to host an afternoon tasting session, 5 cupcakes & cocktails & some all-important time with mum!
Cost: £30 per person
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Wine tasting at Vinopolis
Location: Bank End, SE1
The experience: Vinopolis is offering a special tasting with wine expert Susy Atkins from Saturday Kitchen and The Sunday Telegraph. She will take you through her own pick of wines as part of her masterclass, then give you the chance to explore your new knowledge over a two-course lunch.
Cost: Tickets £50
Location: Departs from Tower pier
The experience: 3-course lunch, glass of bubbly and beautiful sights along the River Thames.
Cost: £39 per person
Times: 11:30 Boarding, 11:45 Departure and 14:00 Return – 2 hour and 15 minute river cruise.
Location: The boats are moored alongside the towpath around the southside of Brownings Pool and the Dingwalls Dock in Camden Lock Market.
The experience: Find a picturesque, quieter side to London by taking a traditional narrow boat from Camden Lock to Little Venice along the Regents Canal. This is a memorable afternoon that you don’t have to save up for.
Cost: £10.30 for an adult return.
Location: All over London
The experience: Discover London with a treasure hunt, spy mission or murder mystery! These routes will lead you and your mum through a variety of London locations, where you will discover views, buildings, parks and places you never realised existed!
View from The Shard
Location: London Bridge
The experience: The Shard is an iconic, landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. At a height of 1,016ft (310m), the tallest building in Western Europe, the viewing platform is almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London.
Cost: £24 per person
Times: All day – but book up quickly it is selling out fast!
Foot spa & pedicure
The experience: 45 minute Fish Pedicure with ipad and internet use and application of OPI moisturiser following fish pedicure.
Pamper Day with treatment & bubbly
Location: Health Aroma at Thistle City Barbican Hotel
The experience: Full body exfoliation with a choice of scrub, glass of bubbly each and full use of the spa facilities.
Get crafty at Pottery Café
Location: Fulham Rd, SW6.
The experience: If your mum is creative and loves being hands on then take her to Fulham’s Pottery Café. They are throwing a Mothering Sunday special, where you can decorate mugs, teapots and more fuelled by complimentary cupcakes and tea.
Cost: Prices start at £5.99 for a mug.
Sunday Lunch at Pig & Butcher
Location: Liverpool Rd, N1.
Lunch: Treat your mum for a slap up meal at Pig & Butcher. The main meal includes a whole roasted Norfolk free range chicken (or pulled pork) for two to share with all the trimmings and quirky and delicious drinks.
Cost: Chicken, £15.95pp
Hannah is a Digital Marketing Executive at Inspiring. She blogs about food here: datedinners.com and tweets about food here: @misshana_. She squeezes in time for graduate careers advice and commuting rants too.