This Sunday is the day that afternoon tea is more popular than any other, the day that families swarm to restaurants for a roast without the washing up, and the day that sales of flowers goes through the roof. Whether you want to treat your mother in a traditional way or slightly less traditional (bottomless brunch, we’re looking at you), here is your ultimate guide to celebrating Mothering Sunday in London…
This will be the first Mother’s Day for new South Kensington restaurant Ceru, who opened at the end of 2016. They are putting a Levantine twist on the traditional afternoon tea with Turkish brioche-style bread, spiced fillings and sweet treats like pistachio baklava and carrot and cardamom cupcakes. Available from Saturday 25th March
Introduce your mother to the world of the bottomless brunch at The Botanist Broadgate Circle. Live music will accompany guests enjoying a two or three course brunch with the option to add bottomless prosecco, Bloody Marys, Mimosa’s or wine.
Making Mother’s Day a family affair, Aviary is hosting The Family Roast for Four where the entire family can enjoy a roast whole Suffolk chicken, ½ kg rump of retired Cumbrian dairy cow and a ½ kg slab of slow roast Tamworth pork belly. Traditional roast trimmings of Yorkshire puddings, duck fat roast potatoes, carrots, greens, cauliflower cheese and gravy will be served to complete the meal.
Round up the whole family and it’s not only your mother who will be pleased. When you order two or more courses at Sea Containers in a party of four or more for brunch or dinner, mothers get their meal on the house so your wallet will be pleased too. Oh, and the views of the Thames are pretty hard to beat.
Craft London are celebrating the seasonality of Mother’s Day by celebrating the best spring produce in their menus. Enjoy dishes like wood-fired Devon lamb and diver scallop with baby shrimp, sea vegetables and celeriac broth.
The Bloomsbury are holding floral master classes this Mother’s Day, thanks to local florist, Ochidya London Flower Shop. Learn how to create the ultimate bouquet as you tuck into afternoon tea bites and sip Champagne.
The German Gymnasium celebrates Muttertag in style, with an offering of a delicious three-course menu with dishes including smoked salmon tartar, Schupfnudel and chocolate Flammerie. Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival and treat your mother to the good stuff.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill are celebrating Mother’s Day in a suitably civilised fashion. Take part in a floral crown masterclass with the restaurant’s own florist accompanied by canapés and Champagne, followed by a memorable three-course lunch.
Southern French restaurant, Sardine, are putting a rustic French twist on proceedings with their special Mother’s Day sharing menu. Choose from ricotta and wild garlic stuffed roast chicken, sirloin with swiss card and anchovy gratin or whole fish with mussels.
You don’t have to wait until dinnertime to spoil your mother at Skylon, instead take her for their three-course Mother’s Day Lunch. With a menu that includes beef carpaccio with caper berries, roasted sea trout with courgette linguini and a pistachio brûlée to die for, you can then take advantage of the Royal Festival Hall setting, and take a leisurely stroll down the Thames to walk off the inevitable food coma.
The Counter at The Delaunay are celebrating Mother’s Day with a twist on their classic sweet treats. Swing by to pick up a huge heart shaped Florentine, chocolate heart boxes and individual chocolates and treat yourself to a pastry whilst you’re there.
Make your mother feel extra special this Mother’s Day and treat her to a special four, yes, four course meal, featuring the likes of Ham Hock Terrine, braised lamb shank and creamy polenta, roast sirloin Yorkshire pudding and roasted vegetable, as well as decadent desserts from chocolate fondant to confit orange crème brûlée. But the crowning jewel? Unlimited prosecco.
Matt Greenwood, Head Chef, appreciates the importance of making Mother’s Day special – it was, after all, Matt’s mother who taught him how to cook. Therefore, come Mother’s Day, when dining as a table of four or more guests, Matt will offer mothers their meals for free!
Hush will be serving up their Gin and Jam afternoon tea, which already is a treat in itself, as it includes the likes of macaroons and Earl Grey crème brûlée but given that it’s Mother’s Day and our mothers deserve more, they’ll be able to choose their favourite Hush tea to take home.
The iconic, five-star hotel is lavishing beautifying treatments for mother and daughter within the spacious, grade II-listed, three-floor SoSPA. Indulge in a 30-minute personalised facial, followed by a 30-minute manicure, culminating in afternoon tea in the magnificent décor of the spa. They are also running a competition from 19th – 23rd March. To participate, users can follow @SofitelLondonSJ on Twitter and tweet a short poem for Mother’s Day with the hashtag #SofitelMothersDay to win an exclusive Bernardaud tea set.
Bronte know that mothers always know best, and have curated a short and sweet Mother’s Day menu, taking classic dishes and giving them some Bronte Flair. You can choose a three-course menu from a variety of dishes, with great options for vegetarians, from a feta and butternut squash samosa, edamame and kale pancake, to sticky toffee pudding, there’s something for everyone.
Budapest skincare brand Omorovicza has joined forces with Chelsea Physic Garden and Four Seasons Hotel to bring your mother the pop-up she needs. The Urban Pop-up boasts 360˚views of the magnificent London skyline and the Chelsea Physic Garden have transformed the space to a Garden paradise. Omorovicza’s exclusive includes Hungarian Moor mud, a rose scented gold mask, and a miniature Hungarian facial. Available 20th March – 2nd April
Asia de Cuba at St. Martins Lane want to treat your mother like the queen she is, so they are offering a complimentary delicious dinner for every mother in attendance, who arrives with a party of four or more.
The Savoy and Penhaligon’s have teamed up to create the ultimate Mother’s Day treat, taking the reins on the planning and providing both a meal and the gift. Enjoy a delicious traditional afternoon tea for two in the magnificent surroundings of the Thames Foyer, and present your mum with a bouquet of Savoy Flowers and a bottle of Penhaligon’s new eau de parfum, Savoy Steam. For all you last-minute bookers, worry not, The Savoy have got you covered, running this offer until August.
Quote ‘Penhaligons’ when making your reservation.
Take your mother for afternoon tea at The Capital Hotel, find two other people to join you and your mother’s tea will be complimentary! As well as traditional sandwiches, scones and cakes, there are also tea-infused cocktails…
Villandry are raising a toast to the most important women in our life by giving each mother a complimentary glass of Champagne when they go for afternoon tea. If you’re still looking for a present then look no further than their flower arranging classes with luxury florists, Moyses Stevens.
Curated specially by Executive Chef Alan, Tuttons present a three-course menu featuring the best of English cuisine, by great British suppliers. Dishes include a Scottish smoked salmon and leek tart starter followed by a crispy pork belly main. You won’t have to scrimp on dessert either with their Mother’s Day tasting dessert which features a fabulous trio of mini desserts including raspberry cheesecake, rich chocolate brownie and a mini passion fruit crème brûlée. Must be pre-booked in advance, quote ‘Mother’s Day’.
Spoil your mother this Mother’s Day with an extra special Champagne Pommery brunch celebrating the flavours of Spring, inspired by Molton’s Brown’s limited edition Gourmand Collection. You and Mum will be greeted with a refreshing welcome cocktail, and led to a delicious buffet brunch. Brunch wouldn’t be complete without bubbles, and so The Montagu are offering bottomless Champagne Pommery. Guests will leave with an indulgent goodie bag filled with Molton Brown miniatures and more, and a limited edition gift set is available, which can be personalised on site by a professional illustrator.
Swap your usual Sunday roast for beef toban yaki, black cod miso and sharing platters at Nobu Berkeley ST and Nobu London. So, that your mother can really relax they’ve extended their opening hours, from 12pm – 3pm so she can have a proper lie in before lunch.
Coq d’Argent’s Mother’s Day menu includes the likes of spring black truffle and ricotta tortellini, seared fillet of sea bass with Devon crab risotto and crab foam and tarte tatin. All, served with views out across London.
Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky are going to be serving a special four-course menu with dishes including salmon and cream cheese roulade with Avruga caviar; chicken and avocado salad; saddle of lamb with a herb and mustard crust; sherry trifle and profiteroles.
London Hilton on Park Lane
Located in the very heart of fashionable Mayfair on prestigious Park Lane, AA Rosette-awarded Podium Restaurant and Bar offers a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea to keep things classic.
Percy & Founders
Percy & Founders will be serving up big, Sunday roasts with all the trimmings and they have lots of space so you can make it a proper family affair and get everyone together.
Rivea London will be doing away with their a la carte menu and instead will be serving a Sunday feasting lunch menu created by Executive Chef Alexandre Nicolas. It’ll include starters, mains to share and lots of puddings – including a rhubarb-strawberry Religieuse especially created for Mother’s Day by Pastry Chef Xavier Mertz.
St Pancras Renaissance are going all out with two Mother’s Day events. You can either go for a bottomless jazz brunch with Chapel Down mimosas and performances from Scarlet’s Starlets and The Hamiltons. Or you can treat your mother like the queen she is, with their afternoon tea served in the Royal Suite. She’ll be treated to a complimentary manicure whilst listening to the live harpist and sipping her Chapel Down Three Graces and will be given a voucher which will treat her to a guided tour of the winery and a tutored wine tasting for two.
Make the most of the day with your mother and family and go for a walk along Regent’s Canal and end up in King’s Cross for Sunday lunch or a hearty brunch at The Lighterman in King’s Cross.
If you can’t see your mother on Mother’s Day or are looking for a present to brighten up a Monday, then we suggest Covent Garden Hotel’s Champagne dinner hosted by Barry Melton of Champagne Pommery. Part of the Winemakers Dinner series, the menu includes four courses with each dish paired with a Champagne, including slow cooked pork belly with spring greens, roast potatoes and apple compote served with Wintertime Blanc de Noirs.
Monday 27th March
The Orange, The Grazing Goat, The Alfred Tennyson or The Thomas Cubitt are celebrating not just mothers but grandmothers too – they’ll all receive a free glass of Billecart Champagne when dining.
On the lookout for a Mother’s Day treat she’ll remember? Head to South Place Chop House for a hearty roast lunch with all the trimmings and lashings of gravy before taking your seat in a deckchair in the cosy Secret Garden bar pop-up ‘South Place Cinema’ to watch a screening of award-winning musical ‘Mamma Mia!’. Tickets include a two-course roast lunch with a gift bag, entry to South Place Cinema, a welcome cocktail and popcorn.
Mother’s Day is also the day when the clocks go forward and we all welcome a little more light and hopefully sunshine into our lives! To celebrate both, Daphne’s will be awash with daffodils and every mother who lunches there will get a bijou posy of daffs from their not-so-old charmer manger, Gabriele.
As well as the a la carte menu, which is available every day, spoiled mothers will also be able to choose from a set Sunday roast lunch menu of either 2 or 3 courses plus a complimentary glass of Mumm too. Each of the roasts (Ginger pig. roast beef, whole poussin chicken and nut roast) comes with all the trimmings.
Shepherd’s of Westminster is giving mothers a little extra special treatment during their Mothering Sunday lunch with a complimentary glass of rose Champagne. Dishes on the set menu of 2 and 3 courses include roast leg of lamb and rhubarb sorbet.
For something as sweet as your very own mother, is the afternoon tea at The Arch London with a selection of sandwiches, scones and classic English cakes like Battenberg, chocolate orange tea cake and Bakewell tart. For something more substantial try the indulgent three-course Mother’s Day menu featuring delicious dishes such as citrus cured salmon and fillet of seabass.
Lowering their normal over 21s policy, Circus will be welcoming 16 year olds and over for one day only especially to host a Mother’s Day lunch. The event will consist of a fantastically fun filled afternoon of entertainment with 3 delicious courses including a glass of Prosecco.
Shaka Zulu is typically doing Mother’s Day their way aka in fun, party style with live entertainment and unlimited prosecco, Bloody Mary’s and mimosas. The 3 course dinner features dishes such as beef carpaccio, cajun crusted kingklip fillet and strawberry panna cotta.
Treat your mother like royalty this Mother’s Day with a stunning afternoon tea at Kensington Palace’s The Orangery featuring finger sandwiches, traditional bakes and edible flowers. Formerly built to house Queen Anne’s citrus trees, The Orangery is sure to impress this Mother’s Day with soaring ceilings and imposing colonnades.
Raise the bar for Mother’s Day experiences at Gillray’s with an afternoon tea complete with a view. Indulge in freshly baked scones, pretty pastries and delicate sandwiches whilst soaking up spectacular views of the London Eye, the South Bank and the River Thames.
Add a little sparkle to Mother’s Day with a 10% discount for British jeweller Lola Rose when you enjoy a decadent afternoon tea at 108 Pantry. The tea includes delicate cakes such as warm Bakewell tart and Dulce de Leche.
Can’t be with your mother in person? Flowers are the answer; Rebel Rebel to be precise, the London florists who have created a colourful explosion of lilacs, sweet pea, blossom, rose and lots more pretty flowers we can’t pronounce.
Make a weekend of it and check in to COMO London for a night of pampering. As an added bonus, when you do you’ll receive a complimentary COMO Shambhala juice, luxury foot bath and a gift box, all as part of the COMO Shambhala Loves You package in the spa.
Celebrate this special occasion at InterContinental London Park Lane with an extensive buffet of traditional British delicacies, including the classic Sunday roast and all the trimmings. Shirt Tail Stompers will be performing for a one-of-a-kind performance, all of this whilst enjoying views over the Royal Parks and Apsley House.
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