The Handbook
The Handbook

Following on from International Women’s Day last Sunday, this weekend we’re celebrating the leading ladies in our lives, our favourite women, (no this is not a day dedicated to T-Swift although we could also live with that) with Mother’s Day. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to treat your mother, then look no further here are 12 of the best things to do in London this weekend:


Newman Street Tavern

What better way to treat your mother then get her slightly drunk on Prosecco and then for her to go home with freshly-baked Madeleines? Exactly. So head to Newman Street Tavern in Fitzrovia for their bottomless brunch which starts as it means to go on, with a glass of rose sparkling wine. Head chef Peter Weeden will be cooking up dishes such as hand-picked Devon crab, eggs royale, wild sea bass with leek and saffron broth!

Bourne and Hollingsworth

Free refills on Bellinis and Bloody Marys? Check. Special Mother’s Day cocktails? Yep they’ve got that, it’s called the Bottomless Hollingsworth Iced Tea by the way. Crumpets, drop scones and French Toast? Sure thing. Sounds like Bourne and Hollingsworth have everything sorted then.



The Goring

If you’re trying to impress or have some grovelling to do for being a forgetful/ uncommunicative child this year, then you can’t go wrong with The Goring. Having recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment (it was the first time they had closed in 105 years) they’re celebrating Mother’s Day with a set lunch which includes a glass of Ruinart Rosè Champagne and dishes such as crisp fried cod cheeks, octopus, pepper, tomato and smoked mayonnaise as well as their signature dish glazed lobster omelette with duck fat chips and lobster Caesar salad.


If you’re heading Tuttons on Mother’s Day for lunch then not only will you get a classic British lunch with dishes including poached pears, they’ll also give your mother a complimentary glass of Prosecco and pudding – good to see they have their priorities sorted. Quote ‘Mother’s Day Offer’ when booking.

Tuttons Poached Pear

Afternoon Tea

Le Chalet, Selfridges

We have the next best thing to taking your mum to the Alps for the weekend and you don’t even have to leave London (better some might say)- afternoon tea at Le Chalet on Selfridges’ roof terrace. Alongside sandwiches, scones and cakes there will be a pot of tea from the Rare Tea Company and a glass of Gusborne Estate English sparkling wine.  Now you can stop searching for last minute flights you can’t really afford. Must be booked in advanced by Friday 13th

Arch London

They say that nothing says it like flowers but we think cake says it pretty well too. Which is why at The Arch London their Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea comes complete with icing pens so that you can ice your message on a cake – great if you’ve forgotten a card, not that you’d ever forget that would you?

Le Chalet's Mother's Day Afternoon Tea


M Restaurants 

If you head to M Restaurants this week to dine at the Grill or restaurant then make sure you take your Mother. 1) Because you’ll get brownie points and 2) because they are offering complimentary drinkable art. ‘What’s that?’ you asked.  Well Tequila Don Julio have created a giant piece of art which holds about 100 cocktails and as you fill your cocktail glass from the different chambers the piece slowly transforms from an image of a sugar skull to a portrait of Don Julio González. Fancy eh?


Sometimes you want to skip the food and head straight for the drinks and if you do then make sure you head to Vinopolis for their wine tasting and Champagne package. Starting with a glass of Canard-Duchêne you’ll then have the chance to sample several wines, learn a bit about them and hopefully find a new favourite.




On the last Saturday of each month you Villandry host a 90 minute flower arranging lesson followed by afternoon tea. So you could buy it for your mum or you could have it yourself and just give her the bouquet of flowers after, well, you do like tea don’t you? We won’t say anything.

Wright Brothers 

The Wright Brothers are launching their oyster masterclasses on 14th March making it the perfect way to spend an indulgent afternoon. Not only will you learn about oysters you’ll also be able to enjoy them alongside Champagne, wine and get a gift bag to take home with you.



The Good House Keeping Cookery School

Whether your Mum can rival Nigella or her idea of cooking is throwing in a load of ingredients and hoping for the best she can carry on practising with a cookery class at The Good House Keeping Cookery School. Having opened last November classes include macaron making, gluten free baking, classic cakes and advance pastry.

The Balthazaar  Boulangerie

How does this sounds for breakfast in bed? Pain de seigle boule, pastries, rhubarb jam, Saint Honoré cake, granola and chocolate truffles. Sounds to us like a veritable feast. Order one for your favourite lady  in your life -that should be your Mum.