Next Sunday is Mother's Day but rather than just settle for the usual voucher and card, why not treat your mum to a master class, an afternoon tea, or a fabulous lunch? The Handbook have rounded up the best of the Mother's Day events in London.

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Beach Blanket Babylon Notting Hill is known for its decadence and glamour. Its eclectic interior style ranges from French Chateau to Boho to Rococo and all within in a Georgian Mansion. This Mother’s Day they are taking the classic afternoon tea and making it that little bit more elegant, that little bit more glamorous. Held in The Ballroom guests will be able to indulge in their Champagne Afternoon Tea whilst listening to a harpist repertoire by talented musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. For those over in the east, then Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch is also serving Champagne Afternoon Tea with bespoke cocktails being served in teapots, much more exciting than Earl Grey! 

Beach Blanket Babylon Notting Hill,  45 Ledbury Road, 020 7229 2907, www.beachblanket.co.uk/nottinghill

Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch, 19-23 Bethnal Green Road, 020 7749 3540, www.beachblanket.co.uk/shoreditch

Watch With Mother

 Sunday afternoons are all about watching iconic films. Well, Charlotte Street Hotel in Bloomsbury are taking that idea and reinventing it for Mother’s Day.  Showing two, set to be classic, films, Les Misérables and Lincoln, in their state of the art screening room, guests can enjoy a three course meal either before or after the film in the Oscar restaurant, which does include blondie sundaes and a dark chocolate roulade… and the best part of all is if four of you dine, then your mum’s meal is complimentary!

Charlotte Street Hotel, 15 -17 Charlotte Street, 020 7287 4434, www.firmdalehotels.com

Say It With Flowers

Whilst flowers are of course an essential part of Mother’s Day, flower master classes might not have been, that is, until now. Blueprint Cafe in the Design Museum is holding a mother and daughter or son, flower master class on the Saturday with renowned florists, McQueen’s. The morning will begin with pastries and coffee before guests are taught how to care, buy and get the best out of flowers, before being followed by a three course set lunch. So not only do you get to learn a new skill but, with it being held on Saturday 9th you can treat your mum again on Sunday. Great news for mums, but children better get thinking!

Blueprint Cafe, Design Museum, 020 7378 7031, www.blueprintcafe.co.uk

View To A Cake

Tompkins is also offering a special afternoon tea this Mother’s Day, their ‘Exquisite Afternoon Tea and View’ includes traditional sandwiches and cakes such as salmon and cream cheese and Victoria sponges, but also modern versions of classics: scones with clotted cream and apple, cinnamon and calvados compote, and pecan and orange brownies. As well as this, guests receive a glass of Lanson champagne and a cocktail, and with it all being served in The Attic Bar you can expect wonderful views too. 

Tompkins, 4 Pan Peninsula Square, 020 8305 3080, www.tompkins.uk.com

Guilt Free Puddings

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all women love chocolate and puddings, or so we assume, which is why the Jam Tree have got it spot on with their Mother’s Day offerings: free chocolate puddings. Jam Tree Clapham are offering chocolate fondant puddings and Jam Tree Chelsea are giving out chocolate brownies to mums with their Sunday lunch. Free puddings, means guilt free indulgence!

The Jam Tree Chelsea,  541 Kings Road, 020 3397 3739, www.thejamtree.com/chelsea

The Jam Tree Clapham, 13-19 Old Town, 020 3397 4422, www.thejamtree.com/clapham

Learning New Tricks

When you think of Mother’s Day the first thing that springs to mind is probably not wine master classes, but that is exactly what is going on at Vinopolis and we think it is really rather excellent. Award winning wine writer and broadcaster Susy Atkins will be holding a special session exploring six, personally selected, lighter styles of wine, including highly acclaimed Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine, as well as discussing food pairings and flavours. If you are unsure what to treat your mum to this year then this is perfect, that little bit different but every bit as fun and educational! 

Vinopolis, No.1 Bank End, 020 7940 8322, www.vinopolis.co.uk

A Taste Of Paris 

Covent Garden favourite, Palm Court Brasserie has a rather special menu for Mother’s Day. The Parisian style brasserie which emulates the elegance 1920s art nouveau movement has always been about good food which is well priced and this is no exception. Gracing the menu are gorgeous dishes such as baked wedges of brie with cranberry chutney, roast salmon fillet and baked Tuscan cheesecake with white chocolate and raspberry compote. The perfect place for Sunday lunch. 

Palm Court Brasserie, 39 King Street, 020 7240 2939, www.palmcourtbrasserie.co.uk

Capital Idea!

If you are treating you mum to retail therapy in the Knightsbridge area then it makes sense that you finish the day off at the boutique hotel, The Capital, and enjoy one of their traditional British afternoon teas. The tea includes the hotel’s signature Eccles cakes as well as favourites, such as warm scones with the hotel’s own jam and clotted cream and a selection of sandwiches. You know it’s going to be excellent too, last year they were winners of the UK Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence for Top London Afternoon Tea 2012.

The Capital Hotel, 22-24 Basil Street, 020 7589 5171, www.capitalhotel.co.uk

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