Mother’s Day is almost here again and what better reason could loving sons and daughters have to treat their mums to a fantastic day out in the capital.
With opportunities for shopping, eating out and entertainment of all sorts, there really is no excuse for kids of all ages not to make that extra bit of effort and really show their appreciation this Mothering Sunday (March 15th).
Grab a bite to eat
A luxury lunch, breathtaking brunch or delicious dinner could be the focal point of any Mother’s Day celebration this weekend and there are plenty of options for kids looking to book a seat at eateries right across the city.
Afternoon tea could be the perfect choice for those hoping to treat their mum to a taste of refinement when visiting the capital this weekend, with some excellent options open to visitors.
The British Museum might seem a surprise choice at first, but the afternoon tea at this historic London landmark is renowned for its class and elegance. Scones with clotted cream, a selection of finger sandwiches and even a glass of champagne make this an opulent treat for mums to enjoy.
Meanwhile, the Grand Royale London Hyde Park hotel also offers a taste of luxury to its guests for afternoon tea, with handcrafted tea cakes, traditional open and closed finger sandwiches, a selection of cakes and patisserie, and all with optional champagne as well.
Visitors to the capital might like to treat their mum to a full-on meal though and when this is the case, individuals are also extremely well catered for this weekend.
Mother’s Day specials are being offered by eateries across the length and breadth of the city this weekend, but travellers hoping to surprise mum with a fantastic evening meal should plan this well in advance and reserve a table – bookings are expected to be hard to come by.
Treat mum to a day of shopping
We all know that one of the best things any loving son or daughter can do for their mum is take them to pick out a brand new outfit, while not forgetting the need for some stylish accessories to finish off the day’s treats.
A day out in London could therefore be the perfect choice for kids planning a retail getaway for their mum, as the capital offers some of the best shopping experiences to be found anywhere in the world.
With more than 300 retailers and boasting some of the biggest names in fashion, Oxford Street could be a great place to start. It is also extremely easy to get to, with a host of nearby Underground stops, including Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.
For those with plenty of funds burning a hole in their pocket, there could be no better place to head to than the luxury retail destinations of Bond Street and Mayfair.
Massive global names in fashion and jewellery – Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, the list goes on – can be found here, and what could be better than a spot of high-end window shopping and a little retail extravagance this Mothering Sunday.
For those shopping on a slightly smaller budget, Covent Garden could be the place to visit, with its hip fashion outlets, handmade jewellers and urban chic setting helping it to stand out from those run-of-the-mill retail options.
Other fantastic destinations for shopaholics in the capital could also include Canary Wharf, Notting Hill, Carnaby Street or King’s Road. There really are a wealth of options for those planning a Mother’s Day shopping spree in the city, with shops to suit every taste for those who know where to look.
Why not take in a show?
Retail therapy is not the only thing that makes London a fantastic destination this Mother’s Day, as the West End could rightly be considered to offer one of the finest concentrations of outstanding theatre and stage shows of any city in the world.
Shows that will be taking place this Sunday range from The Commitments at the Palace Theatre – the tale of a group of working class amateur musicians that go on to become the finest soul band Dublin has ever seen – to a history of the Beatles in Let It Be at the Garrick Theatre.
Stomp at the Ambassadors Theatre could be the perfect choice for mums in the mood for an adrenaline-fuelled experience, while Jersey Boys – the popular musical based on the lives of world-famous musicians Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – is being staged at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The Lyric Theatre is playing host to Thriller Live – a tribute to the musical hits of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. Meanwhile, an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island is being shown at the Olivier National Theatre.
Any of the above options could prove a great end to the day for mums and their children, with a visit to the West End likely to be the highlight of any trip to the capital for theatre lovers of all ages.
Plenty more to see and do
London really does offer something for everyone though, so why not take a break from the norm and explore some of the less obvious routes to giving mum a great day out this year.
An afternoon of pampering could be a real treat for mums this weekend, with spas across the city offering some great deals for Mother’s Day.
Individuals keen to soak up a little culture during their time in the capital might also wish to head to one London’s many museums or galleries – the aforementioned British Museum, the National Gallery, the Imperial War Museum London, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the National Portrait Gallery and the Natural History Museum are all options for anyone with a penchant for antiquities or learning.
Meanwhile, there are also a host of free things to do for anyone simply hoping to show off the capital’s many sights this weekend.
The changing of the guard can be a fantastic display of pomp and ceremony for those that have not seen it before, while the Royal Academy of Music opens up its own museum to the public, free of charge, and offers visitors the chance to explore the history of music-making in the UK, with an array of finely crafted instruments on display.
A picnic in one of London’s many parks could also be a fantastic choice for kids young and old hoping to show their mum they care this Mothering Sunday, with options galore in terms of the many green spaces on offer across the capital – obviously, here’s hoping for fine weather this weekend!
So there you have it, hopefully all you sons and daughters out there have been given plenty of food for thought when it comes to great ways to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend.
And remember, while Mothering Sunday comes round just once a year, that doesn’t mean you can’t show your appreciation for that person who has loved and cared for you all your life on any other day.