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 6 2016.
Mother's Day for the cultural mum
Buried inside the Wallace Collection, this pretty courtyard restaurant is the perfect spot for posh brekkie with Mum. With Peyton & Byrne teas, conserves and cakes, plus a fine selection of eggs, pastries and bread, a morning stop at this café will provide fuel for your culture-crammed day.Read more
To show off its new £17.5 million refurb, the Wellcome Collection is showcasing two of 2015's best exhibitions. Journey up to Euston Road and let Mum decide between 'Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime', the museum's spring blockbuster about the history, art and science of forensic medicine, or 'The Institute of Sexology', a racy exhibition bringing together the great pioneers of the study of sex. If she's not sure can stomach either, send her for a snoop around the fantastic new Reading Room, where Mum can peruse over a thousand books and put her feet up on a sofa.Read more
On the third floor of Royal Festival Hall, sip cocktails at one of the capital's top drinking destinations, Skylon. Drinks are pricier than elsewhere, but the drop-dead gorgeous vista sure makes up for it – revel in the peace and quiet as she's rendered speechless by the view.Read more
Mother's Day for the nature mum
Meet Mum early (you'll seem keen and she'll love that), crack into a flask of homemade coffee and take a stroll around the largest of London's Royal Parks. Whilst you catch up, spot the early spring buds blooming and the hundreds of deer roaming. If you can handle the climb, from the park's highest point there are unobstructed views of St Paul's Cathedral, over 12 miles in the distance.Read more
Once you've worked (walked, even) up an appetitie, and with picnic weather still a good month away, try the next best thing: lunch nearby amid the blooms of one of 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.Read more
Top off Mothering Sunday with a tipple or two across the Thames at City Barge. This great riverside pub is a refurbished boozer that takes its place among the city’s best, what with tables overlooking the Kew Rail Bridge and Oliver’s Island, and views of ducks, rowers and the tall trees of Kew. Keep your eye on Mother, however, don't end the day with a mum overboard.Read more
Mother's Day for the foodie mum
There can surely be few spots in the city as salivated-over as this lively strip of artisan breads, organic meats and unfeasibly beautiful baked goods, 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.Read more
From Broadway Market, extend your stroll onto Columbia Road, where the weekly flower market will be in full swing. Bag a bunch for Mum, then take a sugary pit stop just off the main drag at Lily Vanilli's bakery. With treats like a towering pomegranate and coconut Victoria sandwich, glistening honeycomb and ganache tarts and cherry bakewells on offer, Mum's sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice. Space is a little tight (this is a bakery, after all) with not much indoor seating, so be prepared to stuff your face on the cobbled courtyard outside.Read more
Because you've not treated Mum to enough fine food already this Mother's Day, take the 15-minute stroll south to Old Spitalfields Market's Androuet. Run by two French brothers, Androuet is a dinky shop that sells a huge array of cheese. Their incredible stock changes every week and they have around 80 cheeses on offer at any time. Let Mum take her pick of the Mont'Or, Comté and Camembert on offer, and if she can't decide, the staff are always on hand to guide you through their stinky recommendations.Read more
True foodie mums will have probably sampled a roast at the city’s best restaurants before, but Sunday dinner at Hawksmoor is something else. The meaty mecca's Sunday roast includes a succulent wedge of Longhorn rump served with duck fat-roasted potatoes, a yorkshire pudding, veg and bone marrow gravy. And if Ma had her heyday in the '70s, the lobster cocktail starter ought to serve as a decadent blast from the past too.Read more
Mother's Day for the fashion mum
Start the day off in style by wandering around this exhibition at the Fashion Space Gallery, just off the capital's most fashion-friendly road, Oxford Street. 'Fashion Photography Next' is a celebration of innovation in image-making, compiled by writer and curator Magdalene Keaney. The arresting selection of snaps includes work by Jacob Sutton, Laetitia Hotte and Alice Hawkins.Read more
A mecca for any fashionista, shopaholic or avid scarf collector, Liberty is one of London's best retail destinations. Behind its mock Tudor facade lies a labyrinth of rooms filled with some of the world's finest clothes, jewellery and homewares. If you can get Mum past the beautifully patterned notebooks and luxurious beauty products, take her the second floor to enjoy lunch of finger sandwiches, cupcakes and specialty tea all as pretty as the shop's contents.Read more
The leading spa brand’s little gem of a boutique in Mayfair's Lancashire Court, opposite its bigger sister, the Elemis Day Spa (currently shut for renovation and due to reopen in May). Book Mum a BIOTEC facial or a relaxing massage in advance, then on the day drop her off at this white-washed salon, where she'll be plied with fine herbal tea, whisked downstairs into one of the small but serene treatment rooms and pampered like a princess. While she's treated like royalty for an hour or so, you can merely pretend to be royalty and mooch around the posh shops of New Bond Street.Read more
Venue says: So pink it is! The Gallery serves afternoon tea and dinner 7 days a week. A new SS15 afternoon tea is now live, as well as a new dinner menu
If your mum tends to spend meals out commenting on the soft furnishings rather than the starters, finish the day at Mayfair fashionista magnet Sketch. The venue’s casual-but-still-classier-than-most Gallery dining room was revamped in 2013, with input from Turner prize-winning artist Martin Creed. The furniture and tableware are all eccentrically mismatched, which – as Mum will no doubt inform you – is so hot right now.Read more
The Goring Dining Room
Venue says: The Goring Dining Room receives its first Michelin star for its 'really pleasing mix of British classics and lighter, more modern dishes.'
Gaze around the plush dining room at this exquisite, family-owned hotel as bow-tied waiters glide serenely by, and only the branch-like Swarovski chandeliers remind you we left the Edwardian era a long time ago. Carpets and drapes are thick, colours muted, mobile phones most unwelcome. A recent refurbishment by Viscount Linley’s design company gently updated the decor while preserving the refinement and understated luxury of the 103-year-old restaurant. Food is anything but stuffy, with sophisticated interpretations of British classics to the fore. Much is made of the only-the-best ingredient sourcing policy, and the quality is clear. A light hand in the kitchen is evident in the likes of a flavour-packed ham knuckle terrine with a zingy cider apple foam, or a generous slice of poached Wester Ross salmon surrounded by painstakingly sliced slivers of crunchy spring vegetables.Those were both from the pre-theatre menu, which though not exactly cheap at £33 for two courses, is more affordable than the £49.50 for three on the à la carte. Puddings and cheeses are served from a trolley, as is beef wellington, in a wonderfully traditional manner. An indulgent experience: old-world English glamour with a modern touch.