It’s hard to avoid all the reminders that it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday (March 6th), with shops and restaurants encouraging us to part with our hard-earned cash and thank our mums for all that they do. If you happen to be staying in one of London’s serviced apartments, here’s our guide to what’s going on, where to take your mum and what to buy to really put a smile on her face.
Mother’s Day events
For those who haven’t heard of the underground 1940s Tube station-themed cocktail bar Cahoots, it’s among the hottest venues in London. Located in Kingly Court, it will be serving up Mother’s Day treats with a nostalgic theme. As well as a picnic basket packed full of post-war inspired food and cocktails, mum can rummage through the costume cupboard for a suitable vintage outfit to wear.
Mum can learn the best Champagne cocktail and chocolate pairing combinations at this brilliant Mother’s Day event. She’ll be taught by a team of highly-trained mixologists and specialist chocolatiers in Uncle Bart’s apartment and will even get to try some of the delights.
What could be better than showing mum all the sites of London from a boat drifting down the River Thames? She will be served a two-course lunch, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, as the likes of Big Ben, The London Eye and Tower Bridge all come into view. At the same time, she will be serenaded by a four-piece jazz band – bliss.
Best places to spoil mum
There are many places for afternoon tea in the capital and it’s a great way to spoil your mum, but the offering at Aqua Shard is a little bit different. Of course, the view is one of the main attractions, with the whole of London spreading out in front of you, but the tea and cakes are good too. Delicate flavours of lavender and thyme are introduced to the mouth-watering morsels and there’s even a red velvet cake in the shape of The Shard.
Step out of the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus and behind the large wooden doors of Akasha Spa. Here mum will find the peace and tranquillity she craves, as well as a huge pool, hammam, Jacuzzi, sauna and a wide range of beauty treatments to spoil her rotten.
Enjoying a boozy brunch is one of the most decadent ways to spend a Sunday and it’s a trend all mums should get on, even if it’s for just one day a year. Forget the homemade breakfast in bed and head to the Bermondsey Yard Café. Located close to some of the best serviced apartments in London, it’s so convenient and serves up great seasonal breakfast dishes, all washed down with a bloody Mary or a glass of prosecco.
Top Mother’s Day gifts 2016
Every woman loves being given perfume, but instead of going for a cellophane-wrapped bottle from the high street, head to Floris in St James’ for something extra special. Dating back to 1730, this traditional shop looks something like an apothecary and the bottles and boxes will be a sure sign that you’ve gone the extra mile.
Synonymous with quality, you can’t beat a Fortnum & Mason hamper to put a smile on your mum’s face. The Mother’s Little Helper basket is a gin-themed extravaganza with everything from a bottle of the good stuff to gin bath truffles to luxuriate in. If your mum is fond of a little tipple, this could be the gift for her.
Liberty prints are instantly recognisable and have never gone out of fashion despite having been first introduced 140 years ago. Choose from a wide selection of patterns to find the one that will most suit your mum and add an extra level of sophistication to any outfit. Every woman should own a Liberty print scarf, so make sure your mum has one this Mother’s Day.