It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday (March 19), and where better to spend it than London, regardless of whether you're a weekend visitor or a fully-fledged Londoner. The capital is home to some of the most exquisite dining establishments in the world that are still waiting to be explored (we are fully aware that the volume of bars and restaurants can make finding the perfect one, feel like a needle in a haystack).
Taking that important person to a restaurant for Mother’s Day needs to be special, and possess an atmosphere that they'll enjoy equally as much as the top-notch food. So whether she'd prefer the exclusiveness of private member’s clubs, dinner with a view inside iconic London landmarks, or somewhere with a slice of history (a la a new Michelin star restaurant that looks out onto the newly renovated Battersea Power Station), we’ve got you covered. Hello! Fashion has the low down on some of London’s coolest yet ultra elegant bars and restaurants, that will satisfy your appetite and please your delectably aestethic Instagram feed.
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Italian luxury at Lucarelli, Harvey Nichols
Lucarelli has landed in London. One of the newer fine dining spots in the capital, the restaurant opened four months ago on the iconic Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. Expect an authentic Italian terrace dining experience, with all dishes on the menu using ingredients sourced directly from Italy. Think bruschetta, seafood dishes, freshly made pasta and pizzas. What could go wrong? The sophisticated interiors take Mediterranean alfresco dining and drop it into the heart of London.
Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ, Lucarelli
Fine middle-eastern dining at Jeru Mayfair
Jeru sits at 11 Berkeley Square in the heart of Mayfair. It prides itself on using British produce and with a modern Middle Eastern twist. Executive chef Roy Ner has created a lunch a la carte menu for Mother's Day that includes: Potato Bread with chickpea miso butter & truffle honey (a Jeru signature), Black Chickpea Hummus, Tuna Ceviche and charcoal roasts with a choice of; Chocolate fed Beef, Charcoal brick pressed chicken, Sumac salmon and Vegan pastrami cauliflower roast. The name meaning ‘Old City’ encapsulates the vibe of the interiors. Think a traditional riad with a glossy, opulent edge that helps it slot perfectly into Mayfair.
The Mother's Day Menu will be available on Sunday 19th March 11am-4pm.
11 Berkeley St, London W1J 8DS, Jeru
Mother’s Day Specials at Annabel’s
Iconic club Annabels are hosting two Mother’s Day specials menus inspired by their chef’s mothers. Diners at The Garden can expect dishes like a Bacon pudding, a traditional lamb roast, or spaghetti bolognese, whilst guests at Matteo’s can expect an array of Italian dishes also inspired by the restaurant’s chef’s mothers. Adorable.
46 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AT, Annabels
Members at Mark’s Club can expect an exquisite menu especially for mother’s day inside the walls of its beautiful Mayfair townhouse.Chefs are sharing dishes inspired by their childhoods around the world including: Salt Baked Sea Trout, White Asparagus Velouté & Caviar and Mother's Delight a decadent dessert made up of Mother's Meringue, Mango Soft Serve and Passionfruit Turkish Delight.
46 Charles St, London W1J 5EJ, Mark’s Club
Michelin star food with a view at Joia, Battersea Power Station
Joia is a new Portuguese restaurant from two Michelin starred chef Henrique Sa Pessoa, that is located on the 14th, 15th and 16th floors of art’otel Battersea Power Station that combines Catalonian and Portuguese flavours, and a focus on Spanish and Portugese wines. JOIA, meaning ‘jewel’ in Portuguese, offers a restaurant, bar and rooftop with unparalleled views overlooking the iconic Battersea Power Station. The bar boasts floor to ceiling windows, with modern, airy pastel and gold interiors that oozes sophistication.
15th Floor, 1 Electric Boulevard, Nine Elms, London SW11 8BJ, Joia Battersea
Afternoon Tea in the clouds at Shangri-La, The Shard
When in London, especially when visiting on a short trip, seeing the Shard is a must. Therefore a spring-inspired Mother’s Day Afternoon tea inside the TING lounge is the perfect treat. Inside the wisteria-clad lounge expect an exquisite miniature white chocolate and passion fruit Shard building for two to share paired with fragrant teas, a selection of finger sandwiches and sweet and savoury scones and desserts.
The Shard Level 35, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU, Ting
Immerse in Greek History at Bacchanalia
For the lavish ladies in your life, Bacchanalia is the ultimate choice. Another masterpiece from Richard Caring, be prepared to transport to another world, immersed in Greek god statues, hand painted ceilings and Greek and Roman artwork. The interiors are quite literally breathtaking. Even the bathrooms are so delectable you won’t want to leave.
Also, Naomi Campbell and Lady Amelia and Eliza Spencer are just a handful of names who attended their lavish opening party, and they have ‘the world’s most private of private members’ clubs opening this spring. Need we say any more?
1-3 Mount St, London, Greater London W1K 3NB, Bacchanalia
Live music at limitless lobster at The Ned
Inside Millie’s lounge – one of The Ned’s ten restaurants and bars – you can treat your mum to a ‘Mother's Day Feast’ inside the Grand Banking Hall. The feast includes limitless lobster (including lobster mac and cheese), oysters and roasts with all the trimmings alongside, salads and more. You’ll also enjoy live music throughout the afternoon on The Nickel Stage.
27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ, The Ned
A sensory dream at Mr Fogg’s house of botanicals
Enjoy drinks along a true sensory journey and a totally Instagrammable backdrop at Mr Fogg’s house of botanicals in Fitzrovia. A bar and restaurant that does what it says on the tin – natural light, windows and high ceilings awash with finicky foliage and vintage style chandeliers fill the upstairs hideaway – the Treehouse. An array of gin concoctions and other aromatic drinks pair with the botanical nature of the interiors.
48 Newman St, London W1T 1QQ, Mr Fogg's House of Botanicals
Lunch with a view at Searcys at the Gherkin
Searcys at the Gherkin has everything you need for the perfect Mother’s Day afternoon. 360 views across London, enjoyable music that isn’t so loud you can’t hear one another, and most importantly, delicious food. Enjoy a quintessentially British lunch from the 39th floor of the iconic Gherkin building. A glass of Searcys own Selected Cuvée is given upon arrival, followed by specially curated spring dishes created by executive chef Phil Neil. Already got lunch plans? Stop in for a drink or two at the Iris bar (which is quite literally inside the roof of the Gherkin) for a Champagne Trio, or a rosé trio by Whispering Angel.
30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP, Searcys
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