By Lauren Harmes
The day is nearly upon us to show the women that brought us into the world, helped us grow or were just there when we needed them most how much we love them.
Mothers deserve all the praise they get, so to help you shower yours with everything she wants this year, we’ve listed the top 10 treats to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day.
When looking for somewhere to take your mum for Mother’s Day, you can’t go wrong with small sharing plates of Venetian-Italian goodness.
Situated in Victoria, TOZI encompasses everything we love about Italian cuisine in a lively, friendly atmosphere. What’s more – there is free prosecco for every mum dining on Mother’s Day!
Where: 8 Gillingham Street, London SW1V 1HJ
2. The Big London Bake
If your mum is a baking extraordinaire, first of all: we’re jealous, and secondly, she will love The Big London Bake.
Inspired by national fave The Great British Bake Off, this pop-up baking tent in Tooting gives guests 90 minutes to bake some tasty treats. Attendees are given all instructions, tools and tips and – if nothing else – you get to eat cake at the end!
Where: 38 Tooting High St, London, SW17 0RG
3. Little Nan's
Does your mum love her soaps? Then get her down to Little Nan’s newest spot! Inspired by Eastenders and paying tribute to the likes of Peggy Mitchell, Ian Beale and co, this South Lambeth pub will transport your mum to the Queen Vic and you into the good books!
Expect naff décor, Royal Family china and pop culture posters while sipping on Eastenders-themed cocktails.
Where: The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Rd, SW8 2HJ
4. Mandara Spa
If there’s something mums don’t get to do enough of, it’s relaxation. So what better way to spoil her on Mother’s Day than a day in a spa? The UK’s first Mandara Spa brings a bit of Bali to Britain and offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the South Bank. Treat your mum to a massage, beauty treatment or facial in this contemporary, Bali-inspired setting.
Where: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, SE1 7UT
5. St Germain Elderflower Liqueur Mother's Day Special
St Germain is quickly a favourite liquor among mums thanks to its refreshing taste and versatility – oh and it gets you tipsy! Delve into the world of cocktail making with your mum at this masterclass at Rev. JW Simpson bar in Fitzrovia. Not only is it a great present for mum, but you’ll go away with new skills that you can indulge in at home!
Where: 32 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2QT
6. Floral Making Masterclass and Afternoon Tea
While flowers are the ultimate go-to Mother’s Day gift, it can be a bit over done . So, this year, why not make some together?Enjoy some quality bonding time at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s Floral Making Masterclass and Afternoon Tea, where you can both create paper Pom Pom flowers, followed by afternoon tea with pancakes, sandwiches and scones.Oh and, did we mention welcome drinks?!
Where: St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 2AR
7. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
If you’re anything like us, then your first foray into fashion was drowning your feet in your mum’s heels and raiding her make up bag. Hopefully your tastes have come on a little since then, but fashion is a fun way for mother and daughter (or son!) to bond. This exhibition at the V&A Museum is the largest Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK and displays over 500 objects and 200 rare haute couture garments. After all of that culture, you can head over to The Franklin Hotel which is serving a Dior-inspired menu offering a colourful array of decadent savouries and luxurious treats prepared by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo.
Where: V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
8. Top Girls
Mother’s Day is all about celebrating powerful, inspirational women, and what better way to do this than to enjoy a play focusing on just that? 30 years after its premiere, Top Girls returns to the National Theatre this year and is about Marlene – the first women to head the Top Girls employment agency, and with aspirations to follow in the footsteps of optimistic women and Margaret Thatcher leading the way in the 1980s. This feminist play will leave your mum and yourself invigorated and ready to conquer the world.
Where: National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX
Learning a new skill while eating cake, bonding with your mum and making new friends will definitely result in a successful Mother’s Day! Head down to the Mother’s Day special of professional calligrapher and designer Alice Gabb’s classes where you will learn the basics of calligraphy – from the basics up to how to master the art. Hosted at Carousel in Marylebone, you can enjoy the class itself for £55, or add lunch for an extra £20.
Where: Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB
10. Sky Garden
When it comes to Mother’s Day, the sky should be the limit – so taking your mum to London’s highest public garden will do the trick!
Enjoy spectacular views across the capital before indulging in one of the Garden’s restaurants, all the whole soaking up its incredible atmosphere.
Fenchurch Restaurant is offering an elegant three-course set menu for £60pp, or if you fancy a more laid-back experience, Darwin Brasserie will be serving a three-course brunch for £49.50pp.
Where: 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF