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11 things to do in London with your mum for Mother's Day

Make mum feel special this Mother's Day with a trip to London...

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Georgia Brown
Georgia BrownSenior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
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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.

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...

A night at ABBA Voyage

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This futuristic phenomenon has received endless five-star reviews, so if your mum is an ABBA fan, she's sure to be amongst the fans singing Voulez Vous long after the show has ended. The ABBA Arena is built around the band's timeless music and never-before-seen concert, so you can have the time of your life on the dance floor or have the option of a seat in the auditorium if you prefer. You can even unleash your inner Dancing Queen in a private dance booth.

To book, visit Ticketmaster

Afternoon Tea

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Try The Langham’s elegant afternoon tea

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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 reimaginings 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

BYOB pottery painting

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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

Jamie Oliver's Cookery School

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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

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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

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