Mother’s Day is looming closer. The 30th March is a day to show gratitude to your mother for all her love and support. Below we take a look at some ideas to give the longest lady in your life the perfect Mother’s Day in London.
Gifts for Mother
Traditional flowers are the classic gift on Mother’s Day. However, it is important to choose a bouquet that befits the lady you are buying for, and Bloomsbury Flowers have a wide array of beautiful flowers. One of London’s top florists, they design, create and deliver bespoke flower arrangements. Bloomsbury Flowers are located near Covent Garden and Holborn tube stations.
SugarSin Sweet Shop
Got a mother with a sweet tooth? Why not treat her to a taste of Scandanavian sugary paradise by taking her to this delicious and flavourful sweet shop. The products are free from trans fats and genetically modified ingredients, so you won’t feel too guilty taking her there. Again, SugarSin is located between Covent Garden and Holborn, so you could pick up some sweets and flowers!
Penhaligon’s is a revered English perfume house. It was founded over 150 years ago by William Henry Penhaligon, who become Perfumer to Queen Victoria. Quintessentially British and exclusive in nature, a gift from this shop is sure to be well received.
Using the finest and rarest ingredients, Penhaligon’s create original and innovative scents. There are also a range of gift sets, including bath soaps, candles and a selection of oils. Penhaligon’s have a range of boutiques and concessions that can be found around Central London.
Lunch, Tea, and Coffee
The Tea House Theatre
The Tea Theatre Room in Vauxhall is an old Victorian Public House that originally opened in 1886. Offering loose leaf tea, lovely sandwiches and homemade cakes, this venue is a great place to choose for Mother’s Day. A relaxed and homely atmosphere that prides itself of tradition, creative décor, value for money and an ultra friendly service.
Riding House Café
Sitting on Great Titchfield Street, right in the heart of Central London, this classy and chic venue offers a range of pastries, smoothies and a large variety of teas and coffees. A modern and funky vibe gives the Riding House Café a unique place for afternoon tea.
The Modern Pantry’s mantra is “to please and excite the palate, by fusing everyday cooking with modern ingredients”. Located in Clerkenwell and owner by renowned chef Anna Hansen, the Modern Pantry uses high quality ingredients, in a trendy yet classy environment.
Their afternoon tea menu offers a range of sandwiches, scones and teas, with the option of bubbles if you are feeling adventurous.
Pig and Butcher
Slap bang in the middle of the sought after area of Islington, the Pig and Butcher offers a wide range of beers and ales and meat straight from the farm, which is butchered, cured and smoked on site. Fresh, organic and high quality food is of paramount importance to the Pig and Butcher, and their Confit Barbary duck leg, smoked bacon lentils & kale dish regularly gets rave reviews.
Art and Events
Decorating Teapots at Pottery Café’s Mothering Sunday Special
Pottery Café – a novel way to spend your Mother’s Day. Choose from handmade English pottery, pick your paints and sponges and off you go. Make a personalised design for your mother and spend some quality time in this creative environment. There is also a café providing refreshments whilst you create a pottery masterpiece. A thoughtful place to take your loved one.
Those who love flowers and their history, will be enchanted by the Garden Museum on the South Bank. A green fingers paradise, the museum captures what gardens mean to people through collections, exhibitions, archives and activities. Over Mother’s Day 2014, there is an exhibition of ‘Fashions & Gardens’, exploring the relationship and links between the two. A great choice for a gardening enthusiast.
Walks and Tours
Strawberry Hill Gothic castle
Fancy doing something a little different? Strawberry Hill Gothic Castle was built in the 18th century by Horace Walpole and could be an original alternative to the usual Mother’s Day outings. Described as one of England’s most elegant and eccentric Georgian Gothic houses. Reopening on the 1st March after a £9million restoration, the Gothic Castle really is a sight to behold, and the winding paths and grove trees provide a picturesque walk around the gardens. On the 30th March, Mother’s Day, JMW Turner’s play, Elemental, is being performed at the Castle, with tickets on offer for £18
Regent’s Canal Boat Cruise
If the weather is good, then there is no better way to view London’s finest scenery than on a boat cruising down Regent’s Canal. Take in the world famous Camden Lock, London Zoo, Regent’s Park and Little Venice. Some companies such as Walkers Quay offer restaurant boats, so you can enjoy a delicious lunch whilst taking in the surroundings in the company of your mother.
Changing Of The Guard Walk
London is synonymous with Royal Guard’s and the patriotic mothers out there will be enthralled with a day out experiencing the changing of the guard and having the opportunity to walk with the procession master. The walk takes around the hour and is a great opportunity to get some inside information and excellent photo opportunities. Find out more about how to join the Changing of The Guard Walk on the 28th March, for an early Mother’s Day present.
Relaxation and Beauty
Organic Pharmacy Manicure
With six stores in London, The Organic Pharmacy sell pure, healthy and free from chemical products. A great company to visit to purchase beauty and health gifts and they also offer in shop services such as facials, health and detox treatments. Their original Green Coffee Body Sculpting option offers as combination of massage techniques designed to reduce bloating and stimulate circulation, in addition to fat burning coffee and thermogenic chilli which help target problem areas. An innovative approach, and more can be found out by visiting the Organic Pharmacy Manicure Website
Facial at Chantecaille
After all those years of hard work looking after you, it is time to give back and help your mum revitalise herself on Mother’s Day. Treat her to a luxurious facial at world renowned Chantecaille Healing Spa on Bond Street. The tranquil spot offers a relaxing environment to enjoy a wide range of treatments undertaken by beauty professionals. The list of services can be found on the Chantecaille website
Situated in the heart of Covent Garden, Sanctuary Spa is an excellent choice if you wish to pamper your mother and show her your appreciation. Better still, join in on the day with the Sanctuary Spa ‘Time For Two Gift Voucher’ which includes a day’s use of spa facilities, 55 minutes treatment each and 45 minute Rasul treatment each. Available for £165 at Sanctuary Spa online.