1 Afternoon tea at The Fan Museum
Whisk mum away to the tranquillity of The Fan Museum’s beautiful but little known orangery. The unique garden room, with its beautifully detailed murals, overlooks a secret, Japanese-style garden. Here you can take afternoon tea, praised by the Daily Telegraph as London’s Best Value Afternoon Tea, with scones, a selection of freshly-baked cakes and tea or coffee for just £7 per person (plus the £4 museum admission charge). Served on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (call for times and bookings).
12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ER; 020 8305 1441; thefanmuseum.org.uk
2 Lunch Jazz Cruise on the Thames
Who doesn’t love messing around on boats? Especially when lunch is involved. Treat mum to a Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise. Thames Dinner Cruise’s classic package (£50pp) includes a two-and-a-half hour cruise, three-course set lunch and live jazz. Upgrade to the premier package (£65pp) for a guaranteed window table and half a bottle of house wine.
To book call 020 3551 3942 or see thamesdinnercruise.co.uk
3 Sweet William’s Marvellous Mum mug
Be sure to win on the sibling rivalry front with the Marvellous Mum mug from Greenwich-based Sweet William (£15.95). The seemingly sweet message reads ‘to my marvellous Mum’ on the front, adding a cheeky ‘with love from your favourite child’ on the reverse. The ceramic mugs are designed in London and handmade in Stoke-on-Trent.
Find Sweet William at Greenwich Market one weekend a month or see sweetwilliamdesigns.com
4 Beauty blow dry
Make mum feel fabulous with a professional blow dry. Daiva Studio added a sister salon to its Greenwich premises in Blackheath last year. Both are open on Sundays so you can treat mum on Mother’s Day itself (before taking her out to lunch, of course), and both offer a wash and blow dry with straight iron for £30, or with curls for £35, with a senior stylist.
63 Tranquil Vale SE3 0BP; 020 8305 2315; daivasstudio.co.uk
5 Chocolate-themed brunch
If mum has a sweet tooth, take her for brunch at Rabot 1745 in Borough Market. Run by Hotel Chocolat, which has its own cacao plantation in St Lucia, the menu is a celebration of the cacao bean. It’s less chocolate-covered bacon (thank goodness), more cacao balsamic glazed sausage or sourdough toast with nib butter. Accessorise with a cacao pulp bellini. Saturdays 9am-12pm.
Rabot 1745, 2-4 Bedale Street, Borough Market SE1 9AL; 020 7378 8226; hotelchocolat.com