Mother’s Day: Ways to Spoil Your Mum in London
Treat your mum, mother figure, or any other boss lady in your life to something special this March 27, and here’s The Resident’s suggestions on where to go and what to do this Mother’s Day in London…
Photo: Petersham Nurseries
1 The Petersham Afternoon Tea, Covent Garden
In a venue that is as elegant and sophisticated as the actual meal is, Petersham Nurseries’ afternoon tea, taken in the its Covent Garden restaurant, is a real treat. Guests can toast with a seasonal bellini followed by the three-course meal, which pops a contemporary fresh twit of the classic British afternoon tea where nature’s bounty sings. On the menu, Scottish girolle arancini, goat cheese and plum chutney sandwich and egg and asparagus sandwich. There’s also smoked trout and labneh blinis and Garden herbs scones with lobster and crème fraiche, as well as scones with clotted cream and jam. The tea is finished off with rhubarb chiffon cake, green tea and white chocolate ganache macaroon, hazelnut and caramel choux bun, chocolate tartand millefoglie and berries.
Dates: Thursday to Saturday 3pm-5pm
Cost: £55 per person
Address: Floral Court, 27 King Street WC2E 9DS
2 Say it with flowers, various locations & online
Who doesn’t like receiving a bouquet of flowers? And you’re spoilt for choice if you want to send your mum a bunch of beautiful blooms. SSAW Collective focus on home-grown seasonal varieties that are likely to be plucked from the collective’s own farm just out of London. At the moment, profits from the Seasonal Bunch for Ukraine, will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee. Bloom have a range of bouquets at various price points, and delivery is plastic free. My Lady Garden put together vibrant and colourful bouquets as well. Or you could send your mum off to a Judith Blacklock workshop, on either dried flowers or flower arranging, which teach and preach sustainable techniques and materials.
3 Hoppers, Soho, Marylebone & King’s Cross
Enjoy a slap-up meal at convivial Sri Lankan and South Indian restaurant, Hoppers. Alongside the regular menu, which includes many well-known faves such as string hoppers and kothus, for Mother’s Day the restaurant is plating up Dutch Burgher Lamprais (£25) – a banana leaf wrapped parcel of curry (chicken or veg) served along side a host of yummy sides including spiced samba rice, prawn balachan, seeni sambol and egg and fish frikkadel – and these side can be made vegetarian too. There’s also a special, fiery take on the classic Venetian bellini you can treat your mum to too.
Dates: Specials available on Sunday March 27
Address: Soho: 49 Frith Street W1D 4SG
Marylebone: 77 Wigmore Street, Marylebone W1U 1QE
King’s Cross: Unit 3, 4 Pancras Square, King’s Cross N1C 4AG
4 Santosh Shah’s modern-Nepalese afternoon tea, Westminster
For an afternoon tea with a bit of a twist, Santosh Shah’s modern-Nepalese afternoon tea is a a selection of Nepal-inspired bites, served in the impressive Old Westminster Library, now The Cinnamon Club. The MasterChef: The Professionals finalist has created a menu that starts with chutneys and pickles that are paired with Nepalese and Indian street food-inspired bite – fried moms, plantain doughnuts and Nepalese pizza soya chatamari. For sweets, tuck into Nepalese confectionary such as chocolate yomari, orange and polenta cake and mango lassi.
Dates: Sunday, March 2; sittings at 12.30pm & 4pm
Cost: From £66pp
Address: The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, Westminster, SW1P 3BU
5 Spa day & lunch, Piccadilly
For an extra special gift for both you and your mum, Hotel Cafe Royal’s Akasha spa has a Mother’s Day spa package, to relax you both. The package includes a 60-minute treatment for two, a healthy two-course lunch, a glass of champagne each, a full day access to the space facilities and homemade chocolate truffles to take home.
Dates: Sunday, March 27
Cost: £375, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book
Address: 10 Air Street W1B 4DY
6 Quaglino’s, St James’s
To douse your celebrations in some old school glamour, Quaglino’s has a three-course mothers day menu you can feast on. On the menu, you’ve got the likes of Whiskey and maple cured salmon with fennel, pickled sour apple and cucumber; Jersey oysters; Pan fried stone bass with Jerusalem artichoke, Plourde clams and sauce vierge; and banana creme brulee with caramel and mascarpone cream. Dine on all this, while listening to live jazz by the Kiristin Quartet and Otty Quartet.
Dates: Sunday, March 17
Cost: three courses £60
Address: 16 Bury Street SW1Y 6AJ
7 Dirty Dancing, West End
If you’re thinking about taking your mum to a West End show, Dirty Dancing at the Dominion Theatre marks 35 years since we all learnt that nobody puts baby in a corner, and mums and daughters finally found common ground over an appreciation for Patrick Swayze while watching his moves on rewind. Marking this iconic film’s 35th anniversary, this classic coming-of-age story comes to the West End in all its hip-grinding glory. The stage show features all the hit tune including Hungry Eyes and The Time Of My Life, as well as a lot of the film’s original dialogue.
Date: February 2 – April 16
Time: 7.30pm/8.30pm and matinee shows
Tickets: From £20
Address: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ
8 Sycamore Vino Cucina, Covent Garden
This March, this Italian restaurant in Covent Garden is celebrating motherhood across the generations with the launch of Amore Nonna. Translating as ‘Love Grandmother’ in Italian, the restaurant is serving up a unique twist to the traditional Mother’s Day celebrations by honouring the matriarch of any good Italian family. Head Chef Rafael Liuth (ex-Sketch, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s) has created limited edition dishes inspired by his own grandmother as well as dishes from Lombardy, as part of the restaurant’s series that spotlights different region’s cuisine each month. Guests who dine with their nonna receive a glass of fizz on the house and a little gift from the team.
Address: 66 Great Queen Street WC2B 5BX
9 Bottomless brunches
Although we would have cringed at the idea in our teens, drinking with the parentals as an adult is kind of fun. And drunk mums are very entertaining. Get boozy with her this Mother’s Day over a leisurely bottomless brunch. Mayfair Spanish restaurant El Pirata has a tapas bottomless brunch that can be had with fizz or sangria. Neverland’s Little Kyoto in Fulham has a breezy Bottomless Japanese Brunch. Steakhouse STK Westminster‘s bottomless brunch offers up bloody Marys, mimosas, red or white wine or prosecco as well as smoked pork belly Benedict, and the wagyu breakfast burger. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell has several brunch options to try, and a choice of bloody Marys, bellinis, fizz or verditas ( a zingy pineapple and tequila concoction). And Sette, in the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, has new brunch offering free flowing champagne, or a menu of bloody Marys to try from the restaurant’s Bloody Mary Bar.