As lovely as they are, sometimes flowers and a card just doesn't cut it for Mother's Day. If you're looking to treat your mum to a gift she'll remember, visit London for the ultimate Mother's Day inspiration.
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There are plenty of fun, relaxing and indulgent activities in London that are sure to delight your mum on her special day. From tempting afternoon tea to West End theatre tickets, spa day deals and sightseeing in the city, show your mum how much she means to you with these unforgettable things to do in London...
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Every mother deserves to feel like the Queen on mother's day, and what better way to treat her than with a luxurious and indulgent afternoon tea at The Rubens at the Palace in London? With red-uniformed doormen, dark wood panelling, patterned carpets, brass fittings and crystal chandeliers, guests are made to feel like royalty from the moment they arrive.
You and your mum will settle into The Palace Lounge and marvel at unbeatable views of the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace - all while you sip on bottomless Champagne and a selection of fine pastries, scones and delectable sandwiches. The perfect way to celebrate your amazing mum.
For more information visit redletterdays.co.uk
A pamper day
From steamy facials to manicures and revitalising massages, who doesn't love a bit of pampering? Heading for a spa day is a fun and relaxing thing to do all year round, but it's a particularly lovely way to spend some quality time with your mum on Mother's Day.
Red Letter Days are offering a Bannatyne Spa Day with three treatments for two, where you can both indulge in a 40-minute treatment package in various spa locations across London. Better yet, you won't just get to treat mum - but yourself too!
For more information visit redlettterdays.co.uk
Trip to the Shard
Whether you live in London or not, there's no better way to soak up the iconic landmarks than with a boat tour along the Thames. After all, you often neglect the beauty that's right on your doorstep. If you're looking to treat your mum to a true London experience, this offer not only includes an Afternoon Tea Thames Cruise, but also two tickets to the View from The Shard. Spend the day soaking up the city's glorious skyline before tucking into scones with cream and jam, cakes and sandwiches on board a leisurely cruise.
For more information, visit virginexperiencedays.com
A baking masterclass
Why head out for tea and cake when you could learn to make it yourself? Bread Ahead run several workshops throughout the month where you and your mum can learn to expertly bake sweet treats such as chocolate brownies, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, pretzels and muffins and more. Looking to scratch up on your cooking skills? You can also pick up a complimentary Bread Ahead cookbook so you can keep fine-tuning your skills once you get home.
As the saying goes: 'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime' - so it looks like we're having cakes for every occasion!
For more information visit breadahead.com
A show in the West End
Treat your mum to a night at the theatre and her Mother's Day will become infinitely memorable. London's West End is home to some of the world's most famous shows, from the musical remix of Shakespeare’s timeless love story & Juliet, to the hilariously funny The Play That Goes Wrong.
Decide which show to see from a range of awe-inspiring theatres across the West End, including Dominion Theatre, The Apollo Victoria Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre and prepare to get your glitz on this Mother's Day.
To book, visit redletterdays.co.uk
The Big London Bake
Calling all Great British Bake Off fans! The Big London Bake experience is the perfect way to treat mum (and hone in those post-lockdown baking skills). Here, you'll don your finest aprons and take to your baking station to whip up some classic recipes, all while sipping on Bakewell-Tini’s, Apple Pie, Lemon Meringue cocktails, plus much more from the all-new Cake Bar.
For more information, visit www.thebigbakes.com/
A trip to the Tate Modern
Found on London's gorgeous Southbank, the Tate Modern presents a rare chance to experience two of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. These immersive installations will transport you into Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections - the perfect way to surprise any art lover on Mother's Day.
To book, visit www.tate.org.uk
Champagne Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea at the Corinthia London is quite the event. Take a lesuirely meal in the glamourous setting of the hotel lounge (under the glow of 1,001 Baccarat crystals no less!). Opt for the Grand Siècle Champagne afternoon tea for £90 per person - such a treat!
For more information, visit www.corinthia.com
Shuck some oysters
For Mother's Day, FishWorks are offering a specially created menu showcasing the freshest British fish and seafood. Available across all three restaurants – Marylebone, Covent Garden and on Mayfair's Swallow Street – guests can choose from starters of lightly seared king scallops or fresh Jersey oysters accompanied with sourdough bread, homemade aioli and salsa verde. Mains of filleted sea bream and grilled whole lobster are followed by a choice of desserts including a warm chocolate brownie and a zingy lemon zest tart.
Book here, https://www.fishworks.co.uk/
Treat her to a limited-edition three course menu at Carluccio’s
In celebration of Mother’s Day, Carluccio’s will be offering a limited-edition three course menu, centred around delicious Italian flavours and ingredients. With dishes such as lemon chicken and artichoke risotto and blood orange panna cotta, Mother’s Day never looked so delicious. Priced at £34 per person, the three-course meal will kick off with a glass of Bole sparkling Italian wine and nibbles of pesto nuts and olives.
To book, visit here
Try The Langham’s brand new afternoon tea
The Langham, London has launched a new afternoon tea collection, just in time for Mother’s Day. With a menu overseen by Michel Roux Jr. and created by Executive Pastry Chef Andrew Gravett , guests can expect sweet treats inspired by traditional British biscuits, including tasty reimagining’s of the custard cream, pink wafer, mini roll and tiffin. Priced from £65pp, guests can expect a truly decadent spread of delights in The Langham’s Palm Court.
To book, visit here
The ultimate Mother's Day lunch, on the house!
With spectacular views across London and delicious dishes to choose from, Sea Containers Restaurant is the perfect place to treat the main lady in your life this spring. This year, Della Vite and Sea Containers have collaborated to create the ultimate Mother’s Day lunch. Choose from a range of classic brunch dishes or a traditional Sunday Roast, accompanied by 1.5 hours of the award-winning Della Vite Prosecco Superiore DOCG for the ultimate Mother’s Day feast. And the best news of all? They want to make sure the special lady in your life has a day to remember, so for one day only, her lunch is on the house!
To book, visit here
BYOB pottery painting
If your mum is a keen creative, she'll love this 90-minute BYOB pottery workshop in Southwark. Learn how to throw a potter’s wheel and create miniature pottery of your own before whipping out the paints and getting colourful. Bring your own bubbles to make the experience even more fun and toast to your fabulous mum!
To book, visit www.wowcher.co.uk
Immersive dining experience at The Savoy
Whether mum is a total Titanic history buff or simply a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's romance in the 1997 film, she'll love this immersive dining experience at The Savoy. Step back in time to 14 April 1912, with The Queen of the Ocean Immersive Titanic Dining for One at The Savoy Hotel in London. Based on the final 24 hours of the RMS Titanic, you will take your seats in the Savoy’s Lancaster Ballroom.
Transformed to be a first-class dining saloon, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable five-course recreation of the final meal served on board the Titanic. Immerse yourselves in the stories, characters and sights of the world’s most famous ship as live actors bring that fateful night to life with a three-hour interactive performance.
After the show, you’ll be able to meet the cast and crew as well as receive signed CDs of the show’s soundtrack.
To book, visit www.virginexperiencedays.com
Jamie Oliver's Cookery School
Surprise mum with an expert cooking class and get ready to learn the skills you need to create delicious dishes time and time again, all from the best in the business, with a Cookery Class for Two at The Jamie Oliver Cookery School. With a choice of classes, it’s up to you which cuisine you’d like to master. Everything from North Indian Thali and Thai Feast to Unbeatable Filled Pasta and Quick & Easy Dinnertime classes is on offer here, so there’s something to appeal to every inquisitive palate.
To book, visit www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk
A puppy yoga class
Ah, London. Nothing captures the quirkiness of this city quite like a yoga class with pets. That's right, you can now book a yoga-come-cuddle class that aims to combine the relaxation virtues of yoga with cuddling pets! If you're looking to treat mum to an unforgettable experience, we've found just the place.
For more information, visit petsyoga.com
Exclusive to this year is a collaboration between The Hummingbird Bakery and No.3 Gin. Three bespoke cupcake flavours, all using No.3 Gin in the recipe, have been created inspired by three iconic gin based cocktails; The White Lady, The Clover Club and The St James's Spritz. At £47.95 you could get your hands on a luxury gift hamper containing a box of the 6 cupcakes and a 50cl bottle of No.3 Gin. Be sure to visit one of their London stores this month to treat your mother.