Pop-ups in London
Have you ever heard of the winter Calçotada festival? This unusual Catalonian tradition involves chargrilling these long leek/spring onion hybrid vegetables, peeling them, dipping the ends in a Romesco (pepper and tomato) sauce and lowering them into your mouth from a great height. Wash down with jugs of red wine poured from a similarly risky height. Is it going to be messy? Yes. Will it be it fun? Most definitely. The menu will be available on weekends throughout February and March. Booking in advance is essential.
This monthly homestyle feasting lunch at Sri Lankan restaurant Hoppers teams up with Thai street food restaurant, Farang, in March, filling tables with chilli jam seabass, DIY crab miang, Jaffna duck leg kari, five spice and fermented shrimp roasted goat shoulder and cardamom donuts. Wash it all down with a specially fermented Hoppers’ Toddy.
Love chocolate and cocktails? Then prepare for a serious sugar rush at this pop-up which combines the two. Your ticket includes a chocolate martini, aka a Chocotini, which you can chuck back while you survey the menu of chocolaty, boozy beverages, including chocolate twists on classic cocktails. You’ve got an hour and a half to drink your weight in chocolate and alcohol. There'll also be an onsite chef making Chocolate brownies, plus chocolate beer, chocolate wine, and procescco on the menu. Enjoy!
As well as making utterly delicious choc, Dutch brand Tony’s Chocolonely is also on a mission to end slavery in the chocolate industry. To introduce its ethos to us in the UK (its bars are finally being stocked here!), the cocoa connoisseurs are inviting the public to explore Tony’s journey and better understand the bitter reality of the slavery within the chocolate trade in West African countries. Tickets are free but advanced booking is recommended.
Rather than making your mum endure one of your cooked breakfasts (we feel you, avo and poached eggs on toast can be a minefield), why not take her to Fulham's newest foodhall and sample one of the site's ace brunches? If that wasn't enough of a reason to go, the bar will be serving up a free Pink Fulham Spritz (or non-alcoholic drink) to go with any meal bought for a mum. It might not guarantee your spot as the favourite, but it can't hurt your chances.
Tranquil gardens? Check. Grade I-listed house? Check. Traditional afternoon tea? Triple check. Eastbury Manor House's Mother's Day celebration certainly ticks all the boxes. Plus, with the finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and scrummy freshly made scones not coming out until 2pm, you've got enough time to have a good ol' mooch too.
Got a meat-free mum and not sure where to take her this Mother's Day? Fortunately, Richmond's The Retreat Kitchen has a plant-based solution to your needs. Dine out on finger sandwiches, scones with jam and coconut cream, and a selection of dairy-free cakes and raw treats, and wash it down with a glass of organic prosecco. Yum.
If there's one thing we all know, it's that mums love prosecco. As well as the standard staples (egg and cress rolls alongside sweet treats), the afternoon tea Charlton House is going big on the bubbles. You can pay an extra fiver to go bottomless, but be warned – a tipsy mum isn't always fun to get home on public transport.
Snap up exclusive discounts in London
Time Out's handpicked deals — hurry, they won't be around for long...