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Things to do on Mother's Day in London

We solve all your dilemmas with our winning ideas for Mother's Day activities

Andrew McRobb

If you're organising Mothering Sunday this year (Sunday March 26 2017) and racking your brain for Mother's Day activities in the capital, be sure to include one of these mum-friendly events in your plans. With selections from the London art exhibitions calendar and our pick of the 100 best shops in London, your mum is most definitely in for a treat with our pick of things to do on Mother's Day. 

RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to Mother's Day in London as we'll be updating this page nearer the time

Mother's Day activities in London

Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea at Town House

Tie your napkin 'round your neck, cherie and tuck into the Tale as Old as Time afternoon tea at Town House at The Kensington. To mark the release of the live action Beauty and the Beast film starring Emma Watson, the west London restaurant will be serving a selection of cakes inspired by the French fairy tale. Cream will be poured from Mrs. Potts spout and there's even a chocolate clock tart decorated with Cogsworth's face. On the savoury tier you'll find bite-sized venison pie, cheese soufflé with roscoff onion pissaladiere, and beef ragu and saffron arancini served with lemon crème fraiche. The tea is £35 per person or £45 with Perrier-Jouët, Grand Brut NV Champagne. Don't believe us? Ask the dishes.

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Town House At The Kensington , South Kensington Until Sunday February 26 2017

Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Sunday February 26 2017 - Sunday May 28 2017

The Hive at Kew Gardens

Wolfgang Buttress' 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation already wowed audiences in Milan and now it's setting up home in Kew Gardens for the summer. Visitors can stand, lie or sit within the massive lattice structure as thousands of LED lights flicker and an orchestral arrangement plays, triggered by the activity of bees in a nearby hive. The music has been specially composed to mimic a bee's singing voice, namely in the key of C.

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Kew Gardens , Kew Until Sunday December 31 2017

The Food Market Chiswick

Join this farmer's market by Duke's Meadows for a Sunday graze. Prices start at just £1 and there are all kinds of independent British food producers present. 

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The Food Market Chiswick , Shepherd's Bush Sunday February 26 2017 - Sunday September 17 2017

Maltby Street Market

During the summer of 2010, a quiet bubble of gastronomic intent was swelling under the railway arches in Bermondsey. This unlikely south-east London backwater quickly became a popular destination for a Saturday morning wander with a bit of grocery shopping along the way. A few years on, many new traders have got involved, the recently Ropewalk has become a full-on street market, and some of the original bunch have moved down the road to Spa Terminus. Find out about the gastronomic delights that await beneath the arches. Ropewalk is now open 9am-4pm Sat and 11am-4pm Sun but Spa Terminus is still strictly Saturdays only (around 9am-2pm for most producers), so that’s the day to take it all in. Statisfy your appetite at more of London's food markets

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Maltby Street Market , Bermondsey Until Sunday July 5 2020

David Hockney

Have we reached peak Hockney? Have we heck. This big Tate retrospective goes way back to the artist's student work in the '60s, exploring his incredible, innovative journey that took in glossy LA pool scenes, experimental fax works and much more. This should be a big-hitter of a show for the Tate.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Monday May 29 2017

Alexandra Palace Farmers' Market

On a sunny day, there is no more enoyable market in London – barbecues, grilling everything from juicy sausages from The Giggly Pig, or coconut milk-basted Mozambican chicken from stallholder Zambeziana, will be in full swing, with much of the neighbourhood congregating on the makeshift  eating areas (wooden garden furniture, lawn chairs). Refreshments range from mint tea (from Algerian sweet stall Idli) to Edgebank Organics’ superlative strawberry smoothies, to the coffee stall selling chai lattes and cappuccinos. Be it fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, cheese, bread, juices or delicious, freshly prepared grub – Ally Pally has it all.

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Alexandra Palace Farmers' Market , Muswell Hill Sunday February 26 2017 - Sunday July 5 2020

Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

Sussex might seem a strange place to be a hotbed of the avant-garde, but this show makes a reasonable case for the Arts & Crafts movement gradually morphing into international modernism in the first half of the twentieth century on the South Downs. More importantly, though, it’s in Two Temple Place, William Astor’s barmy neo-gothic mansion on the Embankment. If you’ve never visited it, you should. If you have, you’ll want to go back.

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Two Temple Place , Temple Until Sunday April 23 2017

And don't forget the tea and cake

Afternoon tea in London

Oriental teas and French patisserie – the post-lunch, pre-dinner treat is a British institution

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By: Time Out London Food & Drink

Comments

5 comments
Sophie E
Sophie E

You can always consider a new fashion stylist career. It's better than cakes on the hips.

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Fleur F
Fleur F

Shocked by you view of mothers and therefore woman in general.  flowers, tea and homeware. really!??????

bob
bob

what happens if you dont have that much money. you carnt just go to london for free.

Ley Holloway
Ley Holloway

Old fashioned view of Mum, I'm a Mum and Grandma, my choice would have been the Ice Age art exhibition at the British Museum.