Sunday 26th March is Mother’s Day in the UK, and London is the perfect place to treat your mum.
Here are just some of the other activities possible in central London…
London is blessed with many wide open spaces and glorious parks.
If you’re based in any hotels near Hyde Park London, then the 350-acre Hyde Park is a natural choice for a casual stroll if the weather is playing ball.
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London, as well as one of eight Royal Parks dotted around the capital. With 4,000 trees, a large boating lake, a meadow and an ornamental flower garden, it’s easy to forget that you’re right in the heart of London.
There are poignant memorials to Diana, Princess of Wales, victims of the Holocaust and the 7/7 bombings amongst others. On a less sombre note though, you could take your mother to the Rose Garden in the southeast corner of Hyde Park, which is home to a grand pergola and two wonderful fountains in addition to its spectacular roses.
Other glorious green spaces you could consider include Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park and Hampstead Heath with its magnificent panoramic views of London’s skyline.
Few mums don’t enjoy shopping so whisking Mother off to Covent Garden is a good call, with its unique blend of shopping, dining and street entertainment.
Other places to pound the credit card would be Notting Hill, Portobello Market or the bustling Oxford Street.
Capture some culture
With such a first-rate offering of exhibitions and stage shows, London is so rich with culture that there is sure to be a production or museum your mother will appreciate.
Be it Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre, Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre or The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to iconic, high-quality musicals.
If your mum prefers her actors to be flat and projected onto a screen, then London boasts plenty of quirky and unique cinemas. We’d recommend you check out the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road, Regent Street Cinema or the Phoenix in Finchley.
Many of London’s finest museums are free to visit, with only the temporary exhibitions commanding an entry fee typically.
Some of the museums worth investigating include the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, Tate Modern, Imperial War Museum and Wallace Collection, while three of London’s best museums sit just a few yards from each other – the National History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.
If your mum would prefer something more exciting, then you could book a thrilling speedboat ride down the River Thames or take in breathtaking views of London during an unforgettable helicopter tour.
Admittedly, these are pricier options than what we’ve covered so far, but if you really want to treat Mum, you can’t go far wrong here.
Less adrenaline-pumping choices would be a round of ten-pin bowling at one of the many All Star Lanes branches in London or you could book a private dance lesson at the famous Pineapple Studios near Covent Garden.