It seems unfair that Mother’s Day only comes once a year.
Especially when you consider that Sunday comes once a week.
But also because – taking a very rare break from the shield of cynicism that we sit oh so comfortably behind – mums do an extraordinarily difficult job, one that deserves recognition that goes beyond a phone call. So we’ve given birth to this list of the very best ways you can pamper, treat, and otherwise indulge her in the capital on Sunday the 26th…
London Shell Co.
If your mother likes seafood, this ought to float her boat: an Earl Grey Sparkler welcome drink and a seven-course dinner aboard a beautiful canal boat as it drifts gently along Regents’s Canal from Paddington to Camden and back again.
Details: 25th& 26th March | The Prince Regent, moored alongside Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £45
Mother’s Day at the Museum of Brands
Some cynical people like to point out that Mothers Day was an ‘invented’ holiday. Unlike all the others. But The Museum of Brands actually intends to explore this aspect of it – looking at the history of the holiday, how mothers have been depicted in media, and how women have influenced advertising. There’ll be a talk, a special trail through the museum, and access to all the museums permanent & temporary exhibitions.
Details: 26th March | 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT | £14
Mother’s Day Luxury Chocolate Workshop
Usually, the world ‘luxury’ gets thrown around willy nilly. But in this instance, we think it’s deserved. After all, you and you mother will get to dip into chocolate martinis, prosecco, truffle tasting, chocolate taster platters, and chocolate decorations, before making a dozen of so truffles of your own to take home.
Details: 26th March | 10c Branch Place, N1 5PH | £80
When a place is literally called Mommi, it’s generally a good sign for Mother’s Day. And when that place is serving a Peruvian roast with charred roasted achiote chicken or slow-cooked suckling pig, plus bottomless bubbles, plus a free cocktail for the mothers, it’s an even better sign.
Details: 26th March | 44-48 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UR | 2 courses for £15.50pp, £29.50 incl. bottomless bubble
Mother’s Day Hand-Tied Bouquet Workshop
Missed Mothers Day? Desperately reading this guide on Monday, the day after, hoping and praying that there’ll be some event taking place tomorrow? Well, you’re in luck. Because Little Bud and The Social Pantry have teamed up to give you, respectively, a hand-tied bouquet class and bottomless prosecco.
Details: 28th March | Social Pantry Cafe, 170A Lavender Hill, SW11 5TG | £60 (£50, of bought as a pair)
Take her to one of the best restaurants in London
Thou shalt find the perfect place in our London Restaurant Bible…
Details: Ongoing | Across London
Mamma Mia! At South Place Hotel
You can’t really do better than taking your mother out to see the world’s most charming case of paternity fraud this Mother’s Da, at South Place Hotel’s deckchair-laden cinema. And there’s the option to add in a Sunday roast to the entire thing, too.
Details: 26th March | South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF | £20-45
Mamma Mia! At POP Brixton
Mamma mia, here we go again. My my, how can popup cinemas resist you? Mamma mia, does it show again?
Yes it does, at POP Brixton this Mother’s Day.
Details: 26th March | POP Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ | £12
Take her out to the theatre!
Hint: Mamma Mia is playing there, too.
Details: Ongoing | Across London
Free rum, off-menu dessert, and gift at Cotton’s Rum Shack
Nothing quite says “I love you Mum” like taking her to a place that’s giving out free booze, and Cottons is doing just that. All mothers will receive a free rum punch, plus a free gift, pluuuus if you whisper “mum’s the word” to your waiter, she’ll also get a free off-menu dessert.
Details: 26th March | Camden (55 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN), Shoreditch (48-49 Boxpark, E1 6GY), and Notting Hill (157-159 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LF)
Bubbledogs new hotdog
Sandia Chang’s new ‘dog was inspired by her mother. Now, on the face of it, that may not sound particularly complimentary. But trust us, it is. Because it’s a hotdog from Bubbledogs (one of the finest hotdog kitchens in the world, no less) and it has an all-beef number Chinese brown sauce and sautéed spicy pickled mustard green relish, all topped with fresh coriander.
Details: Throughout March | 70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG | £7.50
E17 Designers: Mothers’ Day Special
Looking for a Mother’s Day present? Of course you are. What else would you be doing here. So head down to the E17 Designers Mothers’ Day pop up to get a selection of arts, crafts, design, and gift stalls.
Details: 18th-19th March | 137 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4RT
Little Nan’s Bar Mothering Sunday Tipsy Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is nice. Afternoon tea in which the teapot are filled with booze is nicer. And Afternoon tea in which the teapot are filled with booze AND there’s still normal tea, hot mulled apple juice, Victoria sponge, carrot cake, sandwiches, pastries, and scones to boot is the best.
Details: 26th March | Little Nan’s Deptford Bar, Arch 14 4 Market Yard, SE8 4BX | £25
Mother’s Day in the Sky
Every mother secretly wants to get high on Mother’s Day, so take her up to the top of the Millbank Tower. Sky Bar are offering brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea packages with a “cinema experience” thrown in for good measure. Or you could just skip all of that, and go for a drink to take in the view.
Details: 26th March | London Sky Bar, 21 – 24 Millbank Tower, SW1P 4QP | £45-£65
45 Jermyn St.
At the end of the day, you can’t beat a cliché. And if you can’t treat your mum to a couple of Champagne cocktails and caviar nestled on scrambled eggs made before your eyes on a trolley rolled up to your table on Mother’s Day… then when can you.
Details: 45 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6DN
Because special four course prix fixe menus are nice, but special four course prix fixe menus with a welcome rose-tinted cocktail and tea that comes with a mini chocolate spoon are better.
Details: 26th March | 23 Foley Street, W1W 6DU | £45
Still stuck? Just take her out to a nice restaurant. You can’t go wrong.