Become close-knit at the Liberty Sewing School
These days, it’s not just grandmas who take to the needle. Knitting and sewing sessions are more hipster than hip replacement, so even if your mum is young at heart, she’ll love one of Liberty’s haberdashery classes. They take place on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, offering lessons in knitting with linen, making intarsia patterns or doing crochet while having afternoon tea – refreshments are included in the price (£30-£50).
Heritage Suite, third floor, Liberty, Regent St, W1B 5AH.
Bookings 7734 1234.
Give her an iced-bun and a nice hair-bun at The Parlour
This lovely retro grooming spot – with its plump cakes and chintzily presented teas – is the perfect place to show a bit of motherly love. And mums get extra value: take in a picture drawn by your child and you get 10 percent off your treatment; if you have three kids, it’s 30 percent off etc. The Von Trapps could bankrupt them. Blow-dries cost £30.
The Parlour, 8 Devonshire Rd, W4 2HD.
Bookings 8994 4618.
Treat her to a manicure with bubbly at The Cheeky Parlour
This great-value, loft-based nail and blow-dry bar has plenty of lounging room and sociable sofa areas to gossip in. For Mother’s Day, you and ma can get a free glass of champagne with your treatments. A blow-dry and file-and-paint costs just £25 for the lot.
The Cheeky Parlour, 64-66 Redchurch St, E2 7DP.
Treatments are walk-in. Enquiries 3376 1777.
Bunch together at a Heal’s flower-arranging class
Book as soon as possible if you and the old girl want to get in on one of these good value bouquet-building exercises at the stylish homewares store, hosted by chic florist Wildabout Flowers. Then, every year thereafter you’ll be able to give her a posy of your own design. £30.
Heal’s, 196 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7PJ. Mon Mar 24, 6-8pm.
Heal’s, 234 King’s Rd, SW3 5UA. Tue Mar 25, 6-8pm.
Bookings via website.
Go for crowning glory at Atelier Millinery’s felt hat class
No millinery experience is necessary to make your own 1920s-style felt hat at this fun beginners’ session (£95). Hatmaker Tina Giuntini of Bea & Evie Millinery will take you through all the steps to create a neat little hat with a simple trim. The next class is on Saturday March 22, but more are planned for March and April.
2.16 Kingly Court, W1B 5PW. Sun 22, 10am-4pm.
Bookings 7734 3848.
Go the whole hog at Fortnum & Mason
If she’s been very, very good, return the favour with a Beauty à la Carte package at Fortnum & Mason. Spend a morning or afternoon together in one of the elegant beauty rooms at this magnificent old department store to enjoy a back massage, facial and manicure. Treatments, champagne and Fortnum’s chocolates are included in the £180-for-two price. She’ll have to do a lot of your washing to pay that back.
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER.
Bookings 7973 4094 or email email@example.com.
Part cafe (where you can have a coffee, slice of cake and potter on a sewing machine for £10 per hour), and part harberdashery, Ray Stitch is a wonderful place to draw crafty inspiration. Classes are ambitious, though often billed for beginners, and invite you to learn how to make lined Roman blinds, a shirt dress or try your hand at patchwork among other textile-based skills.
Venue says: “Ray Stitch – the most stylish fabric shop in London! Sewing school, fabrics and haberdashery for dressmakers and sewing enthusiasts.”