Perfect Mother's Day days out

Keep mum sweet on March 15 with one of our individually crafted itineraries

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A box of Milk Tray just won't cut it this year, so choose one of our hand-tailored itineraries and treat your mum to a memorable Mother's Day. We've pulled together four handy (and potentially life-saving) Mothering Sunday days out that are guaranteed to impress Mum on Sunday March 15 2015.

Mother's Day for the cultural mum

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Mother's Day for the nature mum

Lunch at Petersham Nurseries Café

With picnic weather still a good month away, try the next best thing: lunch amid the blooms of one of south-west London's most picturesque gardens. But forget scotch eggs and potato salad – the chef at Petersham Nurseries is well versed in high-end gastro culture, so expect the likes of pan-fried scallops with seasonal greens and guinea fowl with olives and lentils.

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Richmond, Surrey

Get muddy at London Wetland Centre

A world away from the glass-and-steel-dominated views you'll find a few miles upstream, Barnes offers some of the city's best riverside strolling. Extend your walk round to WWT London Wetland Centre, and as well as lush greenery you and mum can also check out otters, kingfishers and other colourful birds more exciting than the knackered pigeons of Zone One.

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London

Indulge in afternoon tea at Orange Pekoe

Is there a mother in England who doesn't enjoy tea, cake and a nice sit down? We sincerely doubt it. Brews and bites at Orange Pekoe make a fine alternative to the glitzier, pricier hotels in the centre of town, with £19.95 covering sandwiches, scones, cakes, your choice of luxury tea and a massive grin on your mum's face.

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London
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Mother's Day for the foodie mum

Sample the food stalls at Broadway Market

There can surely be few spots in the city as salivated-over as this lively strip of artisan breads, organic meats and unfeasibly beautiful cakes, making it the ideal place to kick off a day of belly-centric maternal spoiling. If mum’s angling for a souvenir, drop into Noble Fine Liquor to grab a bottle of something she won’t find at her local supermarket, or extend your stroll onto Columbia Road, where the weekly flower market will be in full swing.

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London Fields

Lunch in style at Corinthia's Lobby Lounge

Appetites suitably whetted, make tracks for the city’s chicest grazing spot. When you’ve finally finished gawping at the gigantic, globe-shaped chandelier, a menu of gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads awaits, with luxury cakes and teas to follow. If she’s the sort of mum who believes gratitude is best expressed via the medium of chocolate, a selection of fruit-infused creations from renowned chocolatier Damian Allsop ought to cover a year’s worth of thank yous.

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Trafalgar Square

Stop off at Village Green Market

Treat mum to a craft beer or two at this weekly market at Hackney Downs Studios. Village Green Market showcases the wares of local talent including a variety of creative designers, food stall traders and cocktail shakers, and activities range from revamping your wardrobe to pimping up your bike at The Hackney Peddler fix-it-yourself workshops.

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Village Green Until Sunday July 5 2020

Head to Hawksmoor for a meat-lover's dinner

True foodie mums will have sampled the meaty delights of the city’s top steakhouse before, of course, but few will have enjoyed the Hawksmoor experience at its newly opened location on Air Street. As well as the usual glistening rib-eyes and impossibly tender fillets, this is the first Hawksmoor restaurant to venture into seafood. If ma had her heyday in the 70s, the lobster cocktail starter ought to serve as a decadent blast from the past.

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Spitalfields
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Mother's Day for the fashion mum

Have a morning pedi at Liberty

All those hours spent stomping around the west end for bargains can play havoc on a style-conscious mother’s heels, so before anything else, take her for some toe-targeted TLC. As convenience would have it, one of the city’s best department stores houses a dedicated foot spa – book mum in for a session with award-winning foot specialist Margaret Dabbs at Liberty and she and her stilettos will be ready to face the day ahead.

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Soho

Lunch with the fashionistas at Fifth Floor

Head up to Harvey Nic's Fifth Floor via the street level lift and you'll find yourselves faced with a fancy neon green bar. Glide through the bar to be seated in the dining room, where you can nibble on mum-sized, light, but full-of-flavour dishes. Be sure to flag down the trolley of Champagne that circle the room to have the perfect 'ladies that lunch' experience.

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Hyde Park

Wine and dine at Sketch

If your mum tends to spend family meals commenting on the soft furnishings rather than the starters, take her to Mayfair fashionista magnet Sketch. The venue’s casual-but-still-classier-than-most Gallery dining room was revamped last year, with input from Turner prize-winning artist Martin Creed. Furniture and tableware are all eccentrically mismatched, which – as Mum will no doubt inform you – is so hot right now.

If your mum tends to spend family meals commenting on the soft furnishings rather than the starters, take her to Mayfair fashionista magnet Sketch. The venue’s casual-but-still-classier-than-most Gallery dining room was revamped last year, with input from Turner prize-winning artist Martin Creed. Furniture and tableware are all eccentrically mismatched, which – as Mum will no doubt inform you – is so hot right now.

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Soho
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