Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 26 March in 2017, so there’s plenty of time to plan a treat. We’ve picked out 40 ways to spoil mum rotten in central, north, south east, south west and west London…
Lead image: Champagne & Fromage in Greenwich
1 Aster, Victoria
The newly opened Aster is a gleaming 10,000 square foot palace of brass and marble with plush fabrics in shades of purple and gold that’s surely impress mum. Expect dishes such Arctic char and hot smoked Greenland prawns with aubergine caviar, as well as Pyrenean lamb shoulder with braised January King cabbage, as conceived by Executive Chef Helena Puolakka, who combines the Nordic cuisine of her Finnish heritage with classic French dishes. Aster also offers an afternoon tea filled with delicacies like open-rye sandwiches topped with Atlantic prawn skagen or cured salmon and pickles, as well as seasonal teas like smoky earl grey and lemon and ginger sencha.
150 Victoria Street SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com
2 Oyster Bar at Bibendum, South Kensington
If you’re not one to make plans, take mum to the Oyster Bar at Bibendum, which doesn’t take reservations (also a handy excuse should you have forgotten to book anywhere). The setting is informal, with tiles and pictures depicting great races of the past, and the mood is relaxed, luxurious but not pretentious. Choose a medium seafood plateau with crab, crevettes grises, crevettes rose, langoustines, whelks, cockles, three Colchester oysters and three Jersey Oysters. Serves two-three people for £75.
81 Fulham Road SW3 6RD; 020 7590 1186; bibendum.co.uk
3 Bateaux London Thames Cruise
Take mum for a three-course meal with unparalleled views of iconic landmarks like the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral on board Bateaux London. Lunch starts with a choice of ham hock terrine with piccalilli or whipped goat’s cheese with beetroot, followed by either pork and sage stuffed chicken breast or roasted salmon fillet. A dessert of red velvet brownie with cheesecake cream and passion fruit curd will follow. Both Bateaux London’s vessels – Harmony and Symphony – will host the two-and-a-half hour Mother’s Day cruise, with Harmony departing at 12.15pm and Symphony departing at 1pm. £50 per person (£65 for a window seat), including drinks. Under 12s £34 (unders 3s not permitted). Embark at Embankment Pier.
Call 020 7695 1800 or see bateauxlondon.com
4 Talli Joe, Shaftesbury Avenue
This Mother’s Day Talli Joe on Shaftesbury Avenue is teaming up with four inspirational female chefs to bring diners a special collaborative menu called A Taste of Home. Inspired by the food memories of chefs Romy Gill, Maunika Gowardhan and Asma Khan, as well as food writer and presenter Rebecca Seal, Executive Chef Sameer Taneja’s special menu will be offered throughout March as an extended celebration of Mother’s Day. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of each Mother’s Day dish from the A Taste of Home menu will be donated to the Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which runs centres of learning for children from slum communities and orphanages in India.
152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8HL; tallijoe.com
For an afternoon full of love and appreciation, bring mum to the Savoy. The luxurious hotel already has a great reputation for its afternoon tea, and they have extra special plans for Mother’s Day. They will be greeted with a stunning bouquet of Savoy flowers, followed by an indulgent tea for two. Afterwards, they will be gifted with a bottle of Penhaligon’s new eau de parfum scent which has notes of aromatic rosemary, fresh geranium and delicate rose.
The Strand, London WC2R 0EU; fairmont.com/savoy
6 Mercante at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
Italy is recognised worldwide as being a nation that adores their Mammas, and this Mother’s Day, Mercante at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, is bringing to life some Italian traditions like calling Mamma for a chat and gifting her delicious cakes. Mercante will be gifting all Mammas who dine in the restaurant with traditional heart-shaped Festa Della Mamma cakes after Mercante’s Sunday brunch menu of regional specialties, with the addition of some traditional homespun recipes such as Grandma’s Meatloaf with Spinach and Provolone Cheese. Also, for those unable to celebrate Mother’s Day with their loved ones, Mercante will be inviting diners to use the newly installed guest phone, so they can call their mothers and tell them how much they care!
Piccadilly W1J 7BX. To book see mercanterestaurant.com or call 020 7499 6321
7 No197 Chiswick Fire Station
Still the place to be and be seen at, No197 Chiswick Fire Station is one of the most aesthetically pleasing spots you can take your wonderful mother to on her special day. With fresh, chalky interiors throughout with industrial wood tones thrown in here and there, you can both kick back in sumptuous surroundings while enjoying eggs Benedict and blueberry ricotta pancakes, which taste even better than the whole affair looks.
197-199 Chiswick High Road W4 2DR; 020 3857 4669; no197chiswickfirestation.com
8 The Melody Restaurant, Hammersmith
Mother’s Day wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without an evening of bonding over a champagne afternoon tea. Get nostalgic in a sophisticated, classic setting while indulging in scones covered in clotted cream and exotic teas at The Melody Restaurant, where the giddy tipples will keep on coming. Set inside St Paul’s Hotel, the building is like a giant dollhouse for grown ups, charming in every way.
153 Hammersmith Road W14 0QL; 020 8846 9119; themelodyrestaurant.co.uk
9 Chiswick House
Stroll through the Edenic gardens at Chiswick House as they transform and bloom in preparation for spring as part of their annual Camellia Show. With 33 different varieties, you won’t be short of soft, fluffy and vibrantly coloured blooms to marvel at while spending time with a one of a kind, much loved woman. Running from 3 March to 2 April, you’ll be able to catch the wondrous display just before it closes.
Conservatory Yard W4 2QN; 020 8742 3905; chgt.org.uk
10 4160 Tuesdays, Acton
Give your mother the gift of a personalised perfume experience this Mother’s Day at 4160 Tuesdays London. She can spend either an entire afternoon or two hours with Sarah in store or at home, going through all her likes, dislikes, passions and favourites. Experts in mixing tantalising scents such as coffee, leather and tangerine, she’ll leave with a scent that’s quintessentially her in every way.
8 Issigonis House, Cowley Road W3 7UN; 020 8749 8015; 4160tuesdays.com
11 Dorsett Hotel Pavilion Spa, Shepherd’s Bush
The ultimate in luxury relaxation, The Dorsett Hotel’s Pavilion Spa is clad in soft gold, silver and white tones, making it almost heavenly. Book your mum in for a tranquillity experience gifted from above, with a sauna and steam room at her disposal. Let her choose from a range of treatments including a green tea wax, organic facials, lymphatic drainage massages and a range of extensive anti ageing treatments.
58 Shepherds Bush Green W12 8QE; 020 3262 1026; dorsetthotels.com
12 The Ledbury, Notting Hill
Nobody does a tasting menu quite like Brett Graham, Head Chef of The Ledbury, which was voted 14th in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants last year and carries two Michelin stars. Expect a real treat, with dishes like Chantilly of Oyster, Tartare of Sea Bream and Frozen English Wasabi, Candy Beetroot, Baked in Clay, Caviar Salt and Smoked Eel, Roast Turbot, Jerusalem Artichoke and Lemon and Chinese Water Deer with Smoked Bone Marrow. £140 per person or £245 with wines.
127 Ledbury Road W11 2AQ; 020 7792 9090; theledbury.com
13 Granger & Co, Westbourne Grove
Between his easy-going approach to food and his wonderful instinct for what makes a great meal, restaurateur and food writer Bill Granger has managed to make his brunch specialties known on a global scale. Inside the bright, open dining room in Notting Hill, guests can casually enjoy classic brunch-time favourites alongside produce-inspired dishes with a unique Australian twist. An extensive beverage list permits for the perfect pairing of drinks with any of the selections. But be sure to save room for dessert; Granger & Co offers a variety of decadent cakes and sweets for the perfect ending to any meal.
175 Westbourne Grove W11 2SB; 020 7229 9111; grangerandco.com
14 Arancina, Notting Hill
This family-run restaurant in is one of the few Italians in London serving Sicilian dishes. It’s a small venue – easily recognisable from the orange Fiat 500 displayed in the window, the very same car that the restaurants owners, Edo and Michele Mortari used to get themselves from Rome to London before launching Arancina. Their pizzas are in traditional ‘alla pala’ rectangular style, with rich Sicilian-style tomato sauce. Don’t leave without trying the restaurant’s namesake, arancini, deep fried saffron risotto balls stuffed with all manner of delicious meat, cheese and vegetable fillings.
19 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill W11 3HG & 19 Westbourne Grove W2 4UA; arancina.co.uk
15 Kew Gardens
A stroll through the iconic Kew Gardens has to be one of the better ways to spend Mother’s Day, come rain or shine. Get educational and learn about the history, science and seasonal highlights behind the acclaimed garden, or just talk, walk and reminisce with your VIP guest. Afterwards, head for the Orangery restaurant for a warming aubergine gratin or an indulgent cream tea.
Kew, Richmond TW9 3AE; 020 8332 5655; kew.org
16 Petersham Nurseries’ Teahouse
Head down to the Petersham Nurseries’ Teahouse for a homely, warming lunch in idyllic surroundings. It’s hard to feel anything but happy in such a whimsical environment full of foliage and flowers, and it’s the perfect spot to catch up properly with one of the most important people in your life. Sip on handpicked whole leaf tea while talking the day away.
Church Lane TW10 7AB; 020 8940 5230; petershamnurseries.com
South West LONDON
17 The White Onion, Wimbledon
Roasted perigord goat’s cheese with pine nuts and watermelon, tender suckling pig with apple curry purée, lamb shoulder terrine in aioli – talented head chef Frederic Duval serves up beautiful French-Mediterranean dishes that incorporate his Normandy roots at The White Onion. It’s fancy, but it has a neighbourhood feel, and you can combine your reservation with a Mother’s Day shopping session in Wimbledon Village.
67 High Street, Wimbledon SW19 5EE; 020 8947; thewhiteonion.co.uk
18 Trinity, Clapham
The French gastronomy at Clapham Old Town establishment Trinity has long been a go-to for special occasions, and even more so since it received a Michelin star last year. A reservation there is a treat that a well-deserving mum is sure to appreciate on Mother’s Day. Chef proprietor Adam Byatt SW Resident’s very own food columnist – will look after you and guide you through the extensive wine list.
4 The Polygon, Clapham Old Town SW4 0JG; 020 7622 1199; trinityrestaurant.co.uk
19 Valentina, Lavender Hill
Valentina Fine Foods on Lavender Hill is a family-run Italian delicatessen and restaurant. For mums that are fans of Italian cuisine, it’s a winner. Our top picks include the salsiccia pizza with fior di latte mozzarella and the decadent risotto porcini. The bacio di valentina, a homemade chocolate fondant served with chocolate sauce, ice cream and a Baci chocolate, is not to be missed.
281 Lavender Hill SW11 1LP; 020 3841 1610; valentinafinefoods.com
20 Jan, Battersea
Northcote Road newcomer Jan serves up Caspian flavours inspired by the golden age of the Ottoman Empire and the Persian dynasties (think courgette hummus with flatbread, harissa marinated hanger steak and cardamom dusted doughnut twists), so it’s perfect for a mother more adventurous when it comes to dining, who might also appreciate the rather alcoholic ‘Persian Courage’ cocktail on offer.
78 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 6QL; 020 7525 9446; myjan.co.uk
21 May the Fifteenth, Clapham
Bistro-style eatery May the Fifteenth (formerly the Abbeville Kitchen) is situated in the heart of the picturesque Abbeville Village. A special Mother’s Day dinner there is best preceded with a leisurely stroll around nearby Clapham Common – that way, you’ll work up an appetite for the menu, which changes daily and features the likes of pig’s cheeks, potatoes and ‘nduja, or Cornish bream with salsify and anchovy butter.
47 Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 9JX; 020 8772 1110; maythe15th.com
22 The Wetland Centre, Barnes
A visit to The Wetland Centre is the perfect way for little ones to spend time with their fabulous mums while learning at the same time. Make a family day of it and marvel at the unrivalled wildlife on offer, including ducks, kingfishers and water voles. Feed the birds, embark on a guided tour and even meet the otters this Mother’s Day.
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT; 020 8409 4400; wwt.org.uk
23 Kate Anderson Spa, Barnes
Send your marvellous mum to Barnes’ Kate Anderson Spa for a specialist silk revelation massage. Relaxing your muscles, joints and frantic mind, this luxurious massage combines a mix of varying rhythms and pressures while using an indulgent silk balm that leaves you feeling silky smooth and baby soft.
55 Church Road, Barnes SW13 9HR; 020 8748 6500; kateandersonspa.co.uk
24 Sandrine, East Sheen
If you’re going for the box-of-chocolates option, make sure they’re the best. Sandrine Chocolates in East Sheen has been providing locals and those in the know with luxury Belgian chocolates, handmade especially for Sandrine by a small and long established family firm of Belgian chocolatiers, for more than 25 years.
239 Upper Richmond Road SW14 8QS; 020 8878 8168; sandrine.co.uk
South East LONDON
25 Champagne + Fromage, Greenwich
Treat mum to a cheese board with champagne for a Mother’s Day meal that she’s sure to enjoy. The selection of champagne and cheeses at French bistro Champagne + Fromage blends quality with taste.They even offer an afternoon tea with a selection of cheeses and macaroons, which they pair with – you guessed it – glasses of champagne.
34 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BL; 020 8853 3106; champagneplusfromage.co.uk
26 Craft London, Greenwich Peninsula
For a taste of new British cuisine head over to Craft London for Mother’s Day. The building looks out on to the Thames and has a restaurant, café and bar all in one, so it can satisfy any craving you’re having. You can try the tasting menu and then head over to the O2 to catch a show.
Peninsula Square, North Greenwich SE10 0SQ; 020 8465 5910; craft-london.co.uk
27 Handmade Food, Blackheath
Give mum a break from cooking, but make sure she still gets a meal that tastes like home at Handmade Food. With one of their set menus, you and mum can enjoy meals made with local produce that is seasonal and fresh. The restaurant’s ambience will feel just like home.
40 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath SE3 0BD; 020 8297 9966; handmadefood.com
28 Chapters, Blackheath
Chapters is ideal if you’re searching for a restaurant with an atmosphere and food to match. The award-winning kitchen is known for its Sunday roast, but the menu presents other dishes sure to make your mouth water, along with wines and cocktails.
43-45 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath SE3 0TJ; 020 8333 2666; chaptersblackheath.com
29 Locale, Blackheath
Locale is going all out this Mother’s Day with a special set menu offer filled with their delicious Italian food dishes. There will also be live soul music, so mum can enjoy dinner with a show. The restaurant is also sweetening the deal by offering bottomless bubbles to accompany the meal.
1 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath SE3 9LJ; 020 8852 0700; localeblackheath.com
30 Pedler, Peckham
Whether it’s Sunday brunch or an evening roast you’re looking for, Pedler is the place to be. The quaint little restaurant serves up classic British dishes that will satisfy everyone at the table. Order some of their enticing eats and pair it with one of their delicious cocktails concocted with Little Bird Gin.
58 Peckham Rye SE15 4JR; pedlerpeckhamrye.com
31 The Gun, Docklands
If mum is a history buff then The Gun, just across the river from Greenwich, is the perfect restaurant. The venue dates back to the 18th century and was a favourite of notable figures such as Lord Nelson and his mistress Emma Hamilton. They’ll be serving up complimentary chocolate truffles, and afterwards you can visit the nearby National Maritime Museum.
27 Coldharbour, Docklands E14 9NS; 020 7515 5222; thegundocklands.com
32 Joanna’s, Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace favourite Joanna’s combines style with culinary excellence. There is no better way to say thank you than taking your mother here to dine. You can both indulge in their renowned European cuisine while sipping on one of their popular drinks. You can even reserve their private booth to make your meal a relaxing experience you won’t forget.
56 Westow Hill. Crystal Palace SE19 1RX; 020 8670 4052; joannas.uk.com
33 Crystal Palace Market’s Wine and Oyster Bar
Deli by day and restaurant by night, the wine and oyster bar at Crystal Palace Market is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion. Conveniently located on the corner of Crystal Palace Park, you and mum can have an afternoon stroll before enjoying a plate full of delectable seafood.
3-7 Church Road, Crystal Palace SE19 2TF; thewineandoysterbar.com
34 Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall
Stop by and have a cuppa at Tea House Theatre. Their mission is to make all guests feel comfortable and relaxed, which every mum deserves, especially on Mother’s Day. Delight in the charming decorations as you are treated to an afternoon filled with delectable homemade goodies and all of your favourite teas.
139 Vauxhall Walk, Vauxhall SE11 5HL; teahousetheatre.co.uk
35 Piacha, Islington
Piacha is hosting a Mother’s Day tea perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Alongside their expansive tea selection they will be serving decadent berry and chocolate cakes, salmon rye and honey brie cocktail sandwiches, matcha green tea ice cream, and chocolate truffles. Sounds like a sugar coma just waiting to happen!
280 Upper Street N1 2TZ; 020 7354 8365; piacha.co.uk
36 Galley, Islington
Start the special day with Galley’s eclectic breakfast menu, available from 11am to 1pm on 26 March, inspired by the Mediterranean and North Africa. Indulge in the luxurious duck benedict with hollandaise sauce and sumptuous duck meat, crisped on the outside, as well as red mullet and soft shell crab brioche with chilli spiked mango chutney – only the finest for the best mum in the world.
105-106 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN; 020 3670 0740; galleylondon.co.uk
37 Fresh Lifestyle, Islington
Book your mum in for a specialist Lava Shells massage at Upper Street’s tranquil Fresh Lifestyle Salon & Spa. Sea shells are heated to provide deep muscle relaxation alongside Aveda’s pure flower and plant essences, each combining to create a calm and stress busting environment. If you are really aiming to please, combine this with the Stress Fix body massage.
316 Upper Street, Islington N1 2XQ; 020 7704 2262; freshlifestyle.co.uk
38 Grace and Thorn, Brick Lane
Give your mum the gift of freshly picked blooms with a twist this Mother’s Day. Putting a laid-back touch on the staple gift of a flower bouquet, Grace & Thorn create bundles of spring that look as if they’ve just been picked by Dorothy in red slippers while wandering through the Oz fields. Both the In Bloom and Walk On The Wild Side bouquet options are full of bold colours without being overpowering.
91 Brick Lane E1 6QL; 020 3883 9650; graceandthorn.com
39 The Gilbert Scott, King’s Cross
It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without the compulsory posh afternoon tea where you can enjoy a good natter with your dear old mum. Head to The Gilbert Scott restaurant, situated inside the grand St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, for gorgeous 19th century surroundings, tall ceilings, rhubarb eton mess, classic teas, Moet & Chandon Brut NV or Ruinart Rose. With bubbles on tap, what’s not to absolutely love?
Euston Road, King’s Cross NW1 2AR; 020 7278 3888; thegilbertscott.com
40 Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross
Great Northern Hotel is inviting guests to treat their mothers to a well-deserved pampering stay with their exclusive REFRESH+REVIVE experience. In partnership with cult New York apothecary MALIN+GOETZ, they have created three different pampering products that will await you in your room – a Detox Face Mask, Recovery Treatment Oil & Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment. The following morning you can enjoy breakfast at Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant, whose award-winning menu includes both healthy and indulgent options. The REFRESH+REVIVE Package is priced from £259 per night, based on two sharing and available on a Friday or Saturday night only. Available for stays on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout March and April 2017.
Call 020 3388 0800 or see gnhlondon.com