Your Official London Mother’s Day Guide 2018
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 11th…
If your mother likes seafood, this ought to float her boat: a five-course dinner with accompanying string duo aboard a beautiful canal boat as it drifts gently along Regents’s Canal from Paddington to Camden and back again.
Details: 11th March | The Prince Regent, moored alongside Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £45
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: 11th March | Various locations | £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 a free cocktail for the mothers, it’s an even better sign.
Details: 26th March | 44-48 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UR | 3 courses for £25pp
Thou shalt find the perfect place in our London Restaurant Bible…
Details: Ongoing | Across London
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 a two course dinner at The Chop House, too.
Details: 11th March | South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF | £49
Hint: Mamma Mia is playing there, too.
Details: Ongoing | Across London
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: 3rd March | 186 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4QH
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, proseco, cakes, sandwiches, pastries, and scones to boot is the best.
Details: 10th & 11th March | Little Nan’s Deptford Bar, Arch 14 4 Market Yard, SE8 4BX | £30
For this year’s orchid festival, the folks at Kew Gardens have decided to go with a lineup of blooms from Thailand. And thankfully, it all takes place in the (very warm) greenhouse. And Mother’s Day will be the very last day it’s on.
Details: Ending 11th March | Kew Gardens, TW9 3AB | £16
It’s simple. You get one of the finest afternoon teas from one of the finest afternoon tea places (or restaurants for that matter) in the city.
Details: 10th & 11th March | Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG | £80
Allow us to introduce you to Sicilian brunch. It involves considerably more pastries than you’re probably used to. Pastries like pistachio cornetti; Sicilian hazelnut, lemon & fig cartocci (they’re like cannolis); and housemate Sicillian cakes. Only then do you dive into the eggs cracked & poached in a slow-cooked tomato sauce with wild fennel sausage, fried aubergine, and more.
Details: Sundays from 11th March | seventeen 0 seven, 23 Warren Street, W1T 5LX
If your mum likes the idea of having nothing but Champagne and cheese for a few hours, then she’ll like what Champagne + Fromage have to offer…
Details: 22 Wellington Street, WC2E 7DD
C&S are specialists in afternoon tea. And they do not mess around when they put one on. Set on two levels, there’s a dinky upstairs café filled with teetering stacked cakes to take away; but head downstairs and you’ll find a quintessential country garden in which they serve said tea service. Which, by the way, is absolutely huge…
Details: 20 Brewer Street, W1F 0SJ
Still stuck? Just take her out to a nice restaurant. You can’t go wrong.