Things to do on Mother's Day in London
Art shows, museum exhibitions and tours – your Mother's Day dilemmas are solved
Treat your mum to a day out in London on March 10. You could spend the day taking in a wonderful exhibition, exploring an Art Deco palace or going on a behind the scenes tour of one of the capital's best-loved buildings. Throw in lunch and you'll have nailed the perfect Mother's Day. To help you plan a perfect Mother's Day outing we've tailored our picks: Art and design features great exhibitions; Museums and attractions includes venues with maximum mum appeal; Tours will help you discover a new part of town or gain a different perspective on an old favourite.
Visit museums and attractions on Mother's Day
The View from the Shard is a two-level deck (the first enclosed, the second partially open to the elements) on floors 68 to 72 of the Shard, offering Londoners and visitors with a good head for heights panoramic, 360-degree views across the capital and beyond. Visitors travel in high-speed lifts that take just 30 seconds to reach the 'View', which also features multimedia displays and installations.
In the 1860s the artist Frederic Leighton commissioned his friend, the architect George Aitcheson, to build him a showpiece house in Holland Park, which he filled with classical treasures from all over the world, as well as his own works and those of his contemporaries. The house was a work of art in itself, with every inch decorated in high style inspired by the studios Leighton had seen on his extensive European travels. Today, the house is still an architectural treasure trove which belies its somewhat dour exterior.
- 12 Holland Park Rd, W14 8LZ
Designed by architect Sir John Soane to house his own collection of paintings and architectural salvage, the museum is a tranquil place full of unexpected treasures, with a wealth of intriguing natural lighting effects best viewed on a bright day.
- 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
The V&A houses one of the world's greatest collections of decorative arts, in such varied fields as ceramics, sculpture, portrait miniatures and photography. Among the highlights are the British Galleries 1500-1900, which are arranged chronologically to trace the history of British design from the reign of Henry VIII to that of Queen Victoria.
- Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
Two palaces for the price of one. The remains of the Tudor palace (a favourite with the royal family until Henry VIII decided he preferred Greenwich) include a bridge over the moat, as well as the impressive Great Hall. The biggest draw now, though, is the art deco property (one of London's architectural treasures) erected adjoining the Great Hall in 1936 by textiles heir Stephen Courtauld.
- Off Court Rd, SE9 5QE
Housed in a set of 18th-century almshouses, the Geffrye Museum offers a vivid physical history of the English interior. Displaying original furniture, textiles and decorative arts, the museum recreates a sequence of typical middle-class living rooms from 1600 to the present. It is a fascinating way to take in domestic history.
- Kingsland Rd, E2 8EA
- Critics choice
Kew Gardens is a magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres with over 30,000 species of plants. The Evolution House contains a permanent exhibition telling the story of the development of plant life. A few of the specimens are represented by models but Kew is able to represent many examples of primitive plants from its own living collections.
- Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
- Critics choice
The Design Museum by Tower Bridge encompasses modern and contemporary industrial and fashion design, graphics, architecture and multimedia. The smart Blueprint Café has a balcony overlooking the Thames. You can buy design books in the museum shop, as well as products related to the exhibitions.
- 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
On a clear day one of the world's largest observation wheels offers views as far as Windsor Castle, 25 miles away. There are a number of experience options, for instance you could combine your experience with a river cruise, champagne or book a private capsule.
- South Bank, SE1 7PB
The museum, library and headquarters of the Dickens Fellowship – and the house where Dickens lived from 1837-39 is a mixture of reconstructed rooms and gallery space. Visitors are taken back in time as they explore and discover Dickens's life through displays of his personal belongings, paintings and his writing.
- 48 & 49 Doughty St, WC1N 2LX
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