March 10 marks Mothering Sunday; a day dedicated to showing your mum – or the mother figure(s) in your life – just how much you love ’em. It’s the perfect excuse to go on a fun outing together and make some memories, or if you’re a mother yourself, give yourself a lil treat (or two). Below are a whole host of things to do for Mother’s Day in London; there’s something for everyone, no matter what your mum is into.
1. Let your mum take centre stage on a trip to the West End
Enjoy an evening of glitz, glamour and fabulous storytelling with a musical this Mother’s Day. There are a plethora of London West End shows to choose from, including the lauded Disney’s The Lion King, semi-biographical Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, and of course – one to pull on every mum’s heartstrings: Mamma Mia! Browse West End show tickets here.
If you’re quick, you may be able to nab the last few tickets to the Candlelit Sound Bath sessions happening on the weekend before Mother’s Day (March 2-3). Taking place at a venue in West London, these meditative sessions use sound therapies to encourage relaxation in participants. An experienced practitioner will use Tibetan and crystal bowls, tuning forks, shamanic drumming to let sound waves wash over you (this is where the ‘bath’ name comes in). The space will be illuminated by hundreds of candles, allowing mum to focus on just herself for 75 minutes. The perfect early Mother’s Day gift, in our opinion.
3–4. Indulge in the serene sounds and surroundings of a candlelight concert
Slightly more high octane than the candlelit meditation session; why not treat your mum to an enchanting evening of music by candlelight instead, inspired by her favourite acts? From classical masterpieces to modern pop hits, the Candlelight series wows with moving piano and string renditions, stunning historical venues, and of course, the gorgeous glow of soft candlelight.
🕯️ Candlelight: Magical Movie Soundtracks (March 8)
🕯️ Candlelight: Tribute to Gorillaz and Blur (March 9)
Our friends at events powerhouse Fever have collated some of the best Mother’s Day experiences from around the capital, bringing them together into one ticketing platform. Will you treat your ma to an immersive exhibition, or a theatrical night out? Perhaps a delectable set menu or a day out with a difference? Find your inspo here.
A big old box of popcorn and some cheap cinema tickets? Sounds like a match made in Mother’s Day heaven to us! Whether you let mum choose the film, or you call the shots; settling in for a couple of hours in front of the big screen is certainly a rather blissful way to treat the leading lady in your life.
7. Escape for the night with a fancy hotel stay
If money is no object for Mother’s Day this year, then perhaps a luxurious stay at a gorgeous London hotel will take your fancy. Imagine waking up on Mother’s Day to an iconic view of London and a lovely, hot Nespresso coffee (or a morning glass of champers – we don’t judge). Pure and utter bliss.
8-9. Treat mum to an afternoon tea
We personally think there’s no sweeter way to honour Mother’s Day than with a delicious afternoon teas. Need some inspo? Here are some of our favourites in London.
🍰 Theatre Royal Drury Lane‘s fabulous Regency Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to treat your mum like the queen she is. Under twinkling chandeliers and a fine art collection, you’ll feast on coronation chicken pies, madeleines topped with whipped feta and pickled carrot, and bitesize sticky toffee puddings, alongside tea from the Rare Tea Company.
🍰 St Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster are serving up a Mother’s Day afternoon tea, full of tasty treats. Available on March 9 -10, the mum of the table will even receive a complimentary class of Champagne. Don’t mind if you do!
10-13. Simply treat your mum to a nice meal
Hey, food is a tried and tested gift – and if you’re not gonna cook for mum; take her out for a meal instead. Here’s a few of our favourite restaurants in London.
🍽️ Sit down for a three course lunch and afternoon of live music at Quaglino’s. Feast your eyes, ears and stomachs on a hearty menu of food and entertainment, with live music performed in the historical art deco ballroom in St James’. The spot is known for its wines and champagnes too; it’d be almost rude not to accompany your meal with a glass or two, right?
🍽️ Celebrate one of the most important women in your life with a meal at French restaurant Wild Honey St James this Mother’s Day. An irresistible three-course lunch in a (possibly even more) irresistible setting. Chefs kiss.
🍽️ Say grazie to your mamma with a trip to Bocconcino Soho. Indulge in a sensational Italian feast, surrounded by elegant marble interiors – and mums will even be treated to a complimentary cocktails. Bellissimo!
14. Give your mum the full pamper package at The Londoner Hotel
Swanky hotel, The Londoner, is whole-heartedly encouraging Londoners (and beyond) to treat the leading lady in their life. The pamper package includes access to the spa, a facial, a massage, and a delicious smoothie. Aaand relax…
15. Spend the day at Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station has been the talk of the town (well, city) since its fairly recent revamp, and for good reason. After decades of sitting derelict, the building has been brought back to life and transformed into a state-of-the-art destination for all things shopping and leisure. So, basically – the perfect spot for a Mother’s Day day out! You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to where you’d like to partake in your retail therapy, with an impressive variety of shops and high-end fashion brands. Sip on some post-shopping, power station-inspired cocktails at Control Room B, or head to Birdies, where mums get a complimentary glass of prosecco with every golf booking. Alternatively, you have the chance to spend Mother’s Day up in the clouds with Lift 109, where you can get a unique and breathtaking view of our lovely capital city.
16. Help your mum unwind at a cosy London wine bar
We’re so grapeful to have so many wonderful wine bars in London to spend some quality time with our mams. Wine bars are the ideal relaxing spot for wine, cheese, and good conversation. Click here to find out our favourites!
17. Have a blooming lovely time at a floristry workshop
When it comes to flowers for Mother’s Day; it’s kind of an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it situation. But rather than head to a shop to buy a bouquet, why not branch out a bit and actually make the bouquet? Restaurant, florist and wine bar (yes they really do it all), STEM + STEM, are holding a Mother’s Day bouquet workshop on March 8. Create a beautiful bunch of blooms, snack on small plates, sip on prosecco and have an unbe-leaf-able time.
18. Roast it up with Mum at Sucre
Earn some Mother’s Day brownie points by treating your mum to an unforgettable and certainly elevated Sunday roast dining experience at the oh-so-gorgeous Sucre on March 10. Dine on the rich flavours of an authentic Argentine roast, with succulent grilled meats including Argentine grilled entraña and chicken a la Brasa, and all the trimmings with an Argentine twist such as roasted Brussels sprouts with kale and chilli oil and honey roasted carrot and sweet potatoes. There are also delicious moreish desserts like creme caramel and apple and almond tart where you can already imagine your mum cheekily saying “Oh go on then”. And because mums deserve it all, and more, Sucre is offering a complimentary Peach and Jasmine Bellini for all Mums. Sucre’s Mother’s Day Sunday Roast is on from 12-4pm and is £55 per person, find out more here.
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