Three cheers for mums! Without whom none of us would be here. If you're looking for something to do this Mother's Day (Sunday March 26 2017) but stuck for ideas, don't worry, we've found the best mum-friendly events in London so you don't have to trawl the internet. You could take mother-dearest to one of the best new art exhibitions or a great new theatre show, or for a spin around London's best shops and then a spot of sunday lunch. Whatever you decide on, get it spot-on with our round-up of the best events in London this Mother's Day 2017.
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The best Mother's Day events in London
Improv comedy duo Leanna Wigginton and Angela Pollard are bringing back a Saturday night TV classic… with a few tweaks. In this live rendition of the game show the hosts will present 'Spring Equinox Blind Date With A Twist', celebrating the mothership. All mums go free for what's guaranteed to be a Mother's Day like no other.
This Mother's Day talk at the Museum of Brands explores the image of 'the mother' in media, an emblem that has been used to promote everything from spanx to soap. Go on a nostalgia trip through the Museum's unique collection and revisit the 'mums' who offered a face to brands like Kellogg’s County Store and Lyon Maid ice lollies.
Push the boat out for Mother's Day by taking her aboard the floating restaurant London Shell Co on The Prince Regent for a seven-course seafood menu. You can hit the high seas (well the erm, Regents Canal) for £45 per person, which includes the full lunch/dinner and an 'Earl Grey Sparkler' welcome drink.
A good one for last-minute plans, Kew's newest exhibition charts British botanist Joseph Hooker discoveries through botanical drawings and has the earliest western illustration of Mount Everest on display. Once you've schooled up on the latin names for daffodils and crocus, you can stroll through the largest display of spring flowers in the country.
Treat your ma to a biscuit-filled afternoon tea this Mother’s Day. Tuck in to perfectly iced cookies and a nice cup of Rosy Lee at both Biscuiteers Icing Cafes in Notting Hill and on the Northcote Road. Book in advance on their website and for an extra £10 you can even ice your own treats before gobbling them down in their DIY icing workshop.
Treat your ma to some culture this Mother's with a trip to David Hockney's major retrospective at Tate Britain. The 80-year old Yorkshireman is a giant of twentieth-century art, a painter with an incredible eye for the iconic. But this show isn’t just some stodgy funereal look back – Hockney is still painting, and he’s still good.
See how shifting cultural perceptions of motherhood have translated into art on this special Mother's Day tour of Tate Britain's collection. Curator Catherine McCormack will talk you through the 'sacred' images of mothers shown in early Christian iconography right up to the maternal works of 20th century artists.
Does flower arranging and bottomless prosecco sound like your kind of Tuesday. Then your in luck, as this Mother's Day event from Little Bud is offering exactly that. Create a hand-tied bouquet and add flair to your outfit with flower button holes à la 1980s Morrissey. Don't forget to take home your Little Bud x Social Pantry goodie bag at the end of the evening.
Mix up a Chocolate Martini, sample exotic flavoured chocolates, make a giant chocolate daisy and mix, dip and decorate fresh cream truffles in this luxury Mother’s Day chocolate workshop run by My Chocolate’s very own chocolatiers. There’s also a competition for who can make the best chocolate for their mother, with prizes awarded for the best sweet.
Don't give your Mum the same old bunch of flowers this Mother's Day. Take your ma to Libreria's March bookclub for some intellectual chit chat about 'Scoop', Evelyn Waugh’s classic satire on journalism, and discuss whether the novel is as relevant in today's climate as it was when first written.
Or take mum out for tea and cake
If you're looking for a good time, head to Soho. No, not for anywhere lit by a red light, but for a night at Chotto Matte. This vast Frith Street newcomer takes Japanese-Peruvian fusion (or Nikkei) and really cranks up the volume. On the ground floor is an enormous bar, which on our visit was a seething mass of suits and glamourpusses, all drinking cocktails against a vivid manga-style mural; for the restaurant, go up a floor. Aside from another mural to inject colour, this is a study in industrial prestige: the floors are black (marble), the ceilings are black (paint), the pillars are rough-cast concrete. Attractive staff (in black – what else?) work the floor. Robata chefs tend the grill. The menu offers a spectrum of the two cuisines, though with more Latin flavour than at other Nikkei restaurants. From the Japanese end came exquisite sweet shrimp sashimi; from the Peruvian, a correctly made ceviche: curls of seabass bobbing in a zingy, chilli-spiked marinade, with sweet potato and roasted corn. In between was the fusion fare, including a terrific shrimp tempura (Japanese) with three dipping sauces: one traditional and two Peruvian-themed creations (we liked creamy jalapeño best). The only offbeat combo was grill-marinated (anticucho) pork belly laid on rice (nigiri style), then blow-torched at the table. It had theatre in spades – but this on-the-spot-flaming was more for show than flavour. It’s not the only over-the-top aspect. A trip to the loo is like a challenge fr
Venue says: “Nikkei cuisine is all about quality, ingredients and flavours. We care where food comes from and how it is produced.”