Just a heads up: it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, so you still just about have time to get that present sorted, book that table and get your card sent – you don’t want to be the one that forgets. If you’re in need of some inspiration of where to take the leading lady, mother, grandmother, women in your life then have a look at the list below…
We all know that mums are meant to like flowers and bubble bath, but you know what mums love?… Unlimited cava. Yes you could give them another bunch of flowers, which they will dutifully display in the vase you gave them at Christmas or you could take them to Aqua Nueva for their Sobremesa Sunday menu and get them tipsy. Dishes includes chestnut and black truffle terrine with wild mushroom raviolis and citric pumpkin and grilled hand-dived scallops served with San Sebastian crab gratin as well as unlimited cava. All mums will also have homemade truffles to take home – bubble bath just won’t make the cut next year!
Red Carnations and Postcards
If you were to head to Cuba for Mother’s Day you’d see the mothers presented with red carnations and beautiful postcards; if you were to go to China you might see the children give their mothers a bouquet of white lilies and if you were to go to Asia de Cuba you see mothers eat for free. Dine in a group of four or more and mothers get to tuck into the like of citrous ceviches, fresh salads, cuban style slow roasted pork or lamb, mini doughnuts and a guava whipped cheesecake for free – of course you don’t have to let onto that part. In honour of Cuba and China’s traditions all mothers will be presented with a bouquet from Laura Kuy Flowers and a Cuban inspired postcard.
Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)
Massages and goodie bags!
They thought that their stress levels would decrease once we had moved out, but now our mothers just have to try and deal with our problems from further away, which actually makes things more stressful. You try explaining a credit card statement down the phone – in fact you just try explaining a credit card statement at all. Exactly. Take your mother for brunch at 3 South Place however and not only will they have a three course meal and live jazz from Audioguido trio, they’ll also have a complimentary neck and shoulder massage to ease away tensions. They’ll receive a goodie bag of hand-picked treats from a selection of the hotel’s London partners including; artisan jam and honey supplier Butterfly and the Bee’ soy candle specialists East Wick, and luxury perfumer and cosmetics producer James Heeley. Now let us explain credit cards….
Decadent Afternoon Tea
We don’t want to say that the cakes at Pont St’s are better than our mother’s because we’re pretty sure that is some sort of blasphemy, so what we will say is that the cakes at Pont St’s Marie Antoinette are really, very good and worthy contenders. We’re talking absinthe choux, rose macarons and chocolate opera cake but of course Mum, your Victoria Sponge is still our favourite, promise….
Where: 20 Chesham Place, London, SW1X 8HQ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.5 miles)
Whilst you and your siblings are very good at providing the drama at most family meals in the form of bickering, why don’t you take the day off on Sunday, give your vocal cords a rest and let the performers at Circus take over? Circus are opening for Mother’s Day for the first time with a Sunday lunch offering including the likes of Snow crab California rolls with avocado, chives and cucumber and white miso truffle baby chicken with lotus roof, spinach and teriyaki. They’re also lifting their 21+ policy for the day so that your baby siblings who are 16+ can come too. Don’t worry you can take centre stage with your antics again next week.
Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Westminster, London, WC2H 9BA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)
Foraging, Family and Food
You don’t need to explain to us, we know you had every intention of taking your mother out to the countryside for a long walk before rustling up a meal from scratch using raw ingredients straight from the field, in a display of culinary genius and sophistication – we know you were. You just didn’t get round to planning it (and can’t tell a poisonous mushroom from a non- poisonous one) so instead let the Gladwin brothers take over. Bringing their rural way of life to London they will be hosting a day of foraging and food, starting with a walk in Battersea Park hunting for ingredients such as wild garlic, yarrow, chick-weed, mallow and wild chervil. These will then be used in dishes such as roasted hay aged popes eye beef with horseradish curd, wild mushrooms, heritage carrots, oak smoked potatoes with a red wine reduction. Delicious.
Tea at the Palace
Let’s hope this weather continues to Sunday, because it’s the perfect weather for a walk in the beautiful grounds of Kensington Gardens before afternoon in The Orangery. Decorated with edible rose petals and with a complimentary glass of Rose Spumante Prosecco for each mother, the afternoon tea will include pastries, sandwiches and orange scented and currant scones. We don’t want to make corny references about treating your mother like the Queen she is but you get our drift.
Afternoon Tea For All
If you want to take your mother out for afternoon tea but can’t afford the prices (and it’s hardly like you can ask your mum if you can borrow some money) then panic not because Villandry has a wonderful afternoon tea which includes a glass of Champagne for a rather nice £18. They’ll also be serving their Mother’s Day Sunday lunch and we recommend starting it with a round of peach and Prosecco bellinis!
Where: Villandry, Great Portland Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Great Portland Street (0.3 miles)
Say it With Prosecco
The Jones Family Project are celebrating Mother’s Day by giving every mum a glass of Prosecco on arrival, because if anyone deserves it then it’s your mum. They also have a great Sunday roast lunch menu where you can tuck into Ginger Pig roast beef, whole poussin chicken or a nut roast for just £17.50 for three courses! Hurrah!
Live gypsy jazz and complimentary desserts
For those dining at Smith & Wollensky this Sunday, an easy-going atmosphere will be accompanied by live gypsy jazz from Hot Club of Jupiter fro midday – 3pm. Whoever said steaks were manly was very wrong; the classic American steakhouse is the perfect spot for a civilised Mothering Sunday lunch, and all Mothers will receive a complimentary dessert and salted caramel chocolates to take away with them.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Give her flowers - in cocktail form
We will probably all end up giving our mothers flowers on Sunday, but go one step further and treat her to something she isn’t expecting. Edoardo Casarotto, Head Bartender at The Shard has created a floral cocktail especially for the occasion; we present to you The Hendricks Daisy. Summery and floral, it contains elderflower, peach and the classic Hendrick’s infusions of rose and cucumber, all garnished with an edible daisy.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)