What to get Mum this year… Chocolates, flowers and maybe a box of her favourite loose leaf tea? Again? Let’s be honest, Mother’s Day gifts aren’t often very original. For that reason, we’ve found some slightly different ways you can treat your Mum in London this Sunday. From the indulgent to the arty, there’s something to appeal to every Mumma.
1. Free Meal for Mum at Asia de Cuba
Fusion restaurant, Asia de Cuba on St Martins Lane, have got the right idea when it comes to spoiling mum. Combining the traditions of Cuba and China, this Sunday all mothers who dine in the restaurant will receive a Asian inspired bespoke bouquet of flowers (courtesy of Laura Kuy Flowers) and a Cuban inspired postcard. And, of course, a feast of succulent Cuban Roast served with a selection of Asian-fusion sides. Plus, if you bring your madre along with a family of 4 or more, then the special lady dines for free. To make a reservation, click here.
2. Vogue: A Century of Style at The London Portrait Gallery
Celebrate a century of style with your mum – the woman who’s given you years of fashion advise (and let you learn from your faux pas). Head down to the NPG to view the collection of over 280 photographic prints, all of which were commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. Tickets are £19 (including the donation) and can be bought from the NPG website.
3. Paint! Pop Up Mother’s Day special
You may not be able to buy your Mum an original Monet or Van Gogh, but you can give her your original replication of the paintings. London’s PopUp Painting provides all the tools and guidance you need to create a masterpiece of your own. They’re running special Mother’s Day classes on Sunday, where you can paint Monet’s ‘Water Lillies’ or Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’. Click on the links for event and venue information and download the Fever app to book your place.
4. Lunch at 3 South Place
If you book in for a special 3-course lunch at Moorgate’s 3 South Place this Mother’s Day, your mum will not only indulge in delicious food, but will also receive both a complimentary neck and shoulder massage and a goodie bag of treats to take home. To have a look at the menu, which is priced at £30 per person, and to check availability, go to the South Place website.
5. Visit the Orchid Festival in Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens will be opening it’s doors to the tropical Orchid festival for the last time this Mothering Sunday. Rather than buy your Mum a bunch of standard roses from the supermarket, why not present her with a whole greenhouse of exotic, bright and beautiful flowers. This year the festival celebrates the vibrant and dazzling culture of Brazil, through gorgeous and lively colours. Entry to the gardens, which includes the festival, is £15.
6. Origami Poetry Cafe
If you want to make a cute and personal gesture this Mother’s Day, then head to the Origami Poetry Cafe on the Floating Showroom. Onboard you’ll find a crew of a Baker, a Poet and an Origami Flower Girl, who will welcome you for tea, cake and hot chocolate fondue for only £5. You’ll be able to make origami (perfect for little ones who want to give something special to their Mum) and will also have poem written especially for you, by the boat’s resident poet. The boat will be anchored in Little Venice on Sunday. For more information, see the website.
7. Afternoon Tea
A classic Mother’s Day treat of tea, finger sandwiches, cake and possibly some fizz. Check out London’s ultimate afternoon teas here for inspiration
Featured image: Reuters/Luke MacGregor