BEST FOR FOODIES
Galvin Bistrot & Bar
Galvin Bistrot & Bar in Spitalfields is usually closed on Sundays, but it’s making an exception next weekend for a special Mother’s Day lunch. Head Chef Joe Albina has created a menu starting with asparagus with hollandaise sauce, lamb fritters with anchovy mayo and pickled shallots, or scallops with pommes purée. Then, diners can enjoy a beef or pork Sunday roast with all the trimmings, followed by a classic apple tarte tatin or chocolate fondant. Mums will also go home with a complimentary box of macarons.
Sunday 27th March from 12.45pm; 35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, E1 6DY
Pasta Evangelists Workshop
Pasta Evangelists is offering a two-hour workshop at its pasta school. Mothers and daughters can learn from Pasta Evangelists’ head chef how to make pink tortellini from scratch, as well as receiving an aperitivo and antipasti spread on arrival, plus unlimited prosecco throughout the workshop. Once you’ve finished cooking, you’ll then sit down to enjoy the pasta – with more prosecco, of course. Tickets cost £70pp.
Sunday 27th March from 1pm; address will be revealed to ticketholders
Mother’s Day Off At The Londoner
Celebrate Mother’s Day with your friends at The Londoner hotel, which is offering mums an afternoon without little ones. The hotel has partnered with children’s entertainers Sharky & George for babysitting services for kids aged four to 11, while mums enjoy afternoon tea at the champagne bar or lunch at the hotel’s restaurant, Whitcomb. After a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival, mums can tuck into sandwiches, scones, patisseries and tea for £65, or choose from the all-day menu at Whitcomb for Mediterranean dishes like lobster rigatoni, wild mushroom risotto, and pan-fried Dover sole.
Sunday 27th March from 1-3pm; 38 Leicester Square, West End, WC2H 7DX
For an afternoon of culture, SL favourite Mortimer House is hosting a food and art experience. From 1pm, diners can enjoy lunch from the restaurant’s new Sunday menu, with dishes like duck terrine; blood orange and agretti; octopus carpaccio with basil emulsion; and slow roast pork belly with cannellini beans and romesco sauce. At 3pm, there’s an introductory talk on contemporary art on the 6th floor of the house hosted by Ricardo Gay-Luger, co-founder of Wizard Gallery in London. To finish, guests will have exclusive access to the rooftop bar to enjoy evening drinks and canapés. Tickets cost £50pp.
Sunday 27th March from 1pm; 37-41 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH
Aqua Shard has created a four-course dinner menu for the special day (£85pp). Guests can enjoy a selection of oysters with a raspberry vinegar dressing to start, followed by whisky-cured salmon served with blood orange, white asparagus, cider dressing and caviar. The main course is West Country lamb with feta and onion tart, red pepper and a black olive jus; while lemon cake and chantilly cream will be served for dessert. It also includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow for mothers, plus pistachio macaroons to take home.
Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9RY
BEST FOR BEAUTY JUNKIES
Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge
One of the best value options on this list, Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge has created a Mother’s Day menu which includes a complimentary facial voucher worth £50. Guests who dine on Mothering Sunday will receive a free cosmopolitan or espresso martini made with Ketel One vodka, plus a voucher for a 60-minute Sisley Rose Hydrating & Glowing Facial which can be redeemed at the Sisley counter in Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge from Friday 1st to Saturday 30th April. Book in at the department store’s fifth floor café to enjoy a three-course meal – dishes include homemade ricotta with tender stem broccoli; salmon, golden chowder, potatoes and shellfish; and chocolate and coffee tart.
Sunday 27th March; 109-125 Knightsbridge, West End, SW1X 7RJ
Mummy’s Indulgent Retreat Day At ESPA, Corinthia London
For an ultra-luxury gift, ESPA at Corinthia London – one of the capital’s best spas – has created a package for mums who need to relax and unwind. ‘Mummy’s Indulgent Retreat Day’ (£600pp) includes an hour-long ESPA inner calm massage, an hour-long Dr Barbara Sturm signature facial, a 30-minute sea salt and oil body scrub, plus access to the spa facilities which includes an indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, heated marble loungers and sleep pods. Mums will also be treated to a light lunch with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne served in the spa lounge.
Valid for six months from date of purchase; Whitehall Place, Strand, SW1A 2BD
The London Edition Wellness Day For Mums
The London Edition has teamed up with Interlude Wellness Centre to host a wellness day retreat at the hotel. Guests can enjoy a selection of activities designed to reset and rebalance the mind and body, including Jivamukti yoga, facial massage, sound baths and a plant-based lunch. Guests can also take part in a talk on nutrition, an affirmation workshop and a ‘cacao ceremony’ – a special ritual using cacao powder. Tickets cost £100pp.
From 10am to 4.30pm; 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
BEST FOR CULTURE LOVERS
Life Through A Royal Lens Exhibition At Kensington Palace
This new exhibition explores the Royal family through photography and brings together some of the most iconic images taken over the last 200 years. The new display explores the British Royal Family’s relationship with the camera, from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s patronage to lesser-known, more intimate portraits of Princess Margaret, spanning the 19th century right up until the present day. The exhibition also includes, for the first time, pictures taken by Royal Family members themselves, including the photographer and former resident of the Palace, Lord Snowdon, husband of Princess Margaret. Tickets cost £16.
Until 30th October; Kensington Gardens, Kensington, W8 4PX
The Human Voice At Harold Pinter Theatre
Two-time Olivier award-winner Ruth Wilson leads the cast in The Human Voice, the searing story of a woman’s heartbreak over the course of a final phone call with her former lover. Reunited with ground-breaking director Ivo van Hove (A View From The Bridge, Network) for the first time since their acclaimed Hedda Gabler, Wilson (The Affair) performs Jean Cocteau’s stunning monologue on love and loneliness.
17th March-9th April; Panton Street, West End, SW1Y 4DN
I Am A Woman: Sovereign By Nature Exhibition At Me Hotel
Artist and photographer Marta Lamovsek (who has previously worked with the likes of Vivienne Westwood) has opened an exhibition at Me Hotel. I am a Woman: Sovereign by Nature features Marta’s new collection of striking portraits, all of which depict the regal power of women. Distinctly shot in front of colourful textile backgrounds, each portrait is celebration of femininity and strength. All of the portraits are available to buy, and Marta will be available to hire for private portraits throughout her residency.
Until Sunday 17th April; 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
BEST FOR CREATIVE MUMS
Flower Arranging At Figaro’s Bar
Figaro’s Bar on Shaftesbury Avenue is teaming up with Bramble & Bloom Floral Alchemy to host two floral masterclasses. Guests will learn how to create a small eco-friendly, hand-tied bouquet or floral wreath. During the two-hour workshops, you’ll be shown a range of techniques to create beautiful floral displays, and everything used in the workshops will be sustainably sourced and plastic-free. Expect complimentary prosecco throughout. Tickets cost £90pp.
From 2-4pm on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th March; 22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, West End, W1D 7EU
Ceramics Classes London
Over the course of the weekend, Ceramics Classes London in Hammersmith is hosting a number of workshops to introduce novices to the world of pottery. Choose from various taster sessions to learn how to throw a pot on the pottery wheel or hand build with clay to make a small coil pot cup or sculptural form. All materials are included, so all you need to bring is some creative flair. You can pick up your work three weeks after the session, which cost £85pp.
Various times on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th March; Railway Arch 57, Cambridge Grove, Hammersmith, W6 0LD
Launceston Place x Monica Escobar Lunch
Kensington restaurant Launceston Place is collaborating with paper florist Monica Escobar for a Mother’s Day lunch. On arrival, guests will be greeted by a beautiful archway of hand-crafted blue and lilac flowers, and mothers will receive their own individual stem to take home. In terms of food, diners can order dishes like eggs and soldiers served with chicken liver parfait and scrambled egg mousse; roasted celeriac, fresh mint and pecorino ragout; roasted cod with broccoli, vin jaune and caviar; and toast ice-cream, with dark chocolate, hazelnut, pear and rum.
Sunday 27th March from 12-3pm; 1A Launceston Place, Kensington, W8 5RL
Petersham Nurseries Workshops
Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden is hosting a floral workshop (£58pp) where guests can learn how to make a hand-tied bouquet using seasonal blooms and foliage. After selecting your flowers, you’ll learn how to condition the stem and spiral your bunch to create natural movement, then gift wrap your bouquet to take home with you. Book a table at The Petersham for afternoon tea (£55pp) where a portion of proceeds will be donated to 1000 Bamboo Villages, a charity which helps restore degraded land in Indonesia. Enjoy the likes of smoked trout blinis, Scottish girolle arancini, coffee choux buns, pear and chocolate mousse cake, and lemon meringue tart.
Saturday 26 March from 9-11.30am; 2 Floral Court, Covent Garden, WC2E 9FB