Visit London Blog » mother’s day Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 5 Alternative Mother’s Day Treats Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:48 +0000 If you want to treat your mum to a memorable Mother’s Day that oozes wow factor, check out some of these alternative ways to spend Sunday 30 March.

British Pullman

Take a nostalgic train journey
Step back in time to the golden age of travel by spoiling your mum with a ride on a British Pullman or Northern Belle, sister trains to the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Your mum can expect vintage 1920s wood-panelled carriages, gourmet cuisine, lashings of Champagne and liveried stewards. Perfect for those with cash to splash, a one-day round trip from London Victoria is £310 and includes a five-course lunch with champagne and half a bottle of wine per person.

A Taste of Honey

See a play
For a dose of culture, take your mum to see taboo-breaking play A Taste of Honey at the National Theatre, which stars Lesley Sharp (Clocking Off) and Dean Lennox Kelly (Shameless). The play tells the story of a feisty teenager whose mother elopes with a car salesman. Left alone, the teen begins a relationship with a sailor who promises to marry her, before fleeing to sea and leaving her pregnant.

London Jewellery School

Make jewellery
Treat your mum to a jewellery-making class at the London Jewellery School. Taster classes cost from £50 and vary from making chandelier earrings to upcycling jewellery.


See a flower show
Taking place over the Mother’s Day weekend at Hampton Court Palace, Florimania features colourful Georgian-style floral displays. This annual

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event is included in the entrance price to Hampton Court Palace.

The London Eye

Indulge on the London Eye
Live the high life by enjoying a double rotation in a private capsule on the EDF Energy London Eye, while feasting on an afternoon tea with Champagne or a chocolate tasting experience, which includes two glasses of prosecco. From £44.75 per person.

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Mother’s Day in London: Top 5 Afternoon Teas and Restaurant Treats For Mums Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:20 +0000 You know the story: you’ve arranged the Mother’s Day flowers and baked the Mother’s Day cake, but still want to treat your mum to something special on Mother’s Day itself.

Here are the best Mother’s day ideas for mums who’ll be in London on Sunday 30 March 2014, including Mother’s Day afternoon tea and Mother’s Day brunch.

Fortnum and Mason
As well as a mother-daughter pampering session in the beauty rooms, Fortnum and Mason is hosting a classic Mother’s Day afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon (from £45 per person) on 30 March. This afternoon tea is set in the quintessentially British environment of the famous department store and includes sandwiches, scones, and an array of sweet treats. Plus, for all those extra special mums on Mothering Sunday, there’s a free gift to take home.

The Royal Academy of Arts
Here’s a great gift for mothers who have (a) a fondness for art, and (b) a fondness for London and will therefore return to the city throughout the year. Purchase an annual Friends of RA membership as a Mother’s Day gift (£90) – giving mum unlimited access to world class exhibits and a host of other goodies at The Royal Academy of Arts – and you’ll receive a free cream tea for two at the exclusive members-only Keepers House.

Kensington Palace

On Sunday 30 March, mothers can take a regal trip through history with the Georgian Tea Party at Kensington Palace. After taking a royal stroll through the splendid gardens, mums will be invited to partake in ladylike pursuits in the palace. A special afternoon tea will also be served in the 18th century Orangery restaurant. The Georgian Tea Party is included as part of the normal entrance ticket price but tea at The Orangery is not.

Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
The Chelsea Riverside Brasserie at the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour hotel is a secluded hidden gem. The view out across the boats and the Thames creates a tranquil backdrop for spoiling mums. If you want to go grand with your Mother’s Day gift, treat her to an overnight stay, Champagne afternoon tea, chocolate truffles on arrival and full English breakfast (Mother’s Dearest Package from £330 per room per night). Alternatively, simply enjoy a leisurely brunch with unlimited Champagne for £55 per person on Sunday 30 March. If four or more adults dine, mums go for free.

Planet Hollywood and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London
For families visiting London with younger children, there’s an opportunity to combine two of the West End’s most exciting experiences on Mother’s Day. For £36 per adult and £34 per child, you can enjoy the bizarre world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (pictured right), home to exhibits like the mirror maze and a full size knitted Ferrari. The fun doesn’t stop there because included in the price is a two-course lunch or dinner with drink at movie memorabilia restaurant, Planet Hollywood.

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Have a Happy Mother’s Day in London with Magic FM Fri, 12 Mar 2010 17:30:56 +0000 I’d like to believe every kitchen in the land is going to either be closed this Sunday, or there’ll be family members cooking WITHOUT mum’s help! I know my kitchen is going to be well and truly missing my culinary contribution. 

I can just imagine the Mother’s Day late shoppers on Friday and Saturday going crazy buying up supplies of flowers, chocolates, cards and perfume to present to mum on her special day.  

I shall be relaxing on the day itself, and will probably have my own mother over to come and relax with me and her grandchildren.  My mother, being the character she is, will definitely take up the invitation. But I KNOW she’ll do one of two things; she’ll either cook at her house before she comes over to mine, OR she’ll just take over my kitchen – because it would feel totally strange for her not to be in the kitchen!  The long and short is, she’ll be happy, and that’s what matters.

So what will make your mum happy this Sunday??  

  • Having the family over?
  • A house full of noisy children?  
  • Chocolates?  
  • Flowers?  
  • Perfume?  

If  cooking at home doesn’t take your fancy, and you want to get out and about in London this Mother’s Day, I can highly recommend booking a Red Letter Day experience where you can choose fabulous days out such as a fancy afternoon tea at Kensington Palace.

Ronan Keating will also be doing a special Mother’s Day show on Magic 105.4 in the afternoon on Sunday, perfect to relax to if you’re driving around town or putting your feet up after a wonderful home cooked meal (like me).

For your chance to win £100 gift cards with Red Letter Days, visit

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Charity Gig for Mums this Weekend in Covent Garden! Fri, 12 Mar 2010 12:02:05 +0000

This weekend, celebrate Mothers’ Day with your mum in Covent Garden.

Some of the UK’s hottest pop stars will be taking part in a one-off event called Music for Mums, in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care – a free gig to celebrate Mother’s Day in Covent Garden’s Market Building.

Pop down between 12pm and 5pm on Saturday to see

All the acts will be performing in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

There’ll also be two more very special artists announced on the day, so follow @CoventGardenLDN on Twitter and for more info.

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