She gave you the gift of life – so it’s only fair you get your mum something decent in return! But if you’re fresh out of ideas for what to get her on Mother’s Day, fear not; London Living’s top five places to take mum is here to save the day!
1: Gin-Making Classes
It’s not called Mother’s Ruin for nothing, so why not take Mum down to The Forge in Camden for a gin-making workshop with Ian Hart, co-founder of The Sacred Spirits Company. It’s an informative talk, where you can blend your own DIY gin with 11 different botanicals to taste, followed by the chance to mix your own martini or gin and tonic. Well worth the hangover.
2: Geffrye Museum
This fabulous museum is a mum magnet, set in a set of 18th-century almshouses, displaying original furniture, textiles and arts through fascinating (honestly) recreations of living rooms from 1600 to the present. The beautiful airy restaurant overlooking the gardens, is the perfect place for a spot of lunch or tea and scones after your interiors education.
3: Columbia Road Flower Market
It’s traditional to give your mum flowers on mother’s day – but why not make a day of it and take her to the legendary Columbia Road Flower Market in Shoreditch. Only open on Sundays, this bustling, quaint little road is a mum’s paradise complete with authentic cockney flower sellers, quaint little shops selling handmade goods, chintzy vintage china shops and the cutest cupcake shop. Ever. Coffee, cakes, and flowers – you’re definitely onto a winner.
4: Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton at the V&A – A Diamond Jubilee Celebration
At London’s most glamorous museum, scoring tickets to this fascinating exhibition is sure to get you serious brownie points with your mum. Showing portraits of the Queen over the decades in her roles as princess, monarch and mother, there are also never-seen-before images of the monarch as well as Beaton’s diaries and letters around the subject. Afterwards, a glass of chilled wine in the V&A Café is sure to go down a treat.
5: Tea at Claridge’s
Mums love tea – and if your house is anything like London Living’s, they always end up making the tea too. Turn the tables around and treat your mum to one of London’s finest cuppas at Claridge’s. From the fine bone china and extensive tea menu to the live pianist and luxurious surroundings, this is an utterly English and totally elegant experience from beginning to end. And don’t worry about going hungry; the beautiful little cakes and sandwiches may be tiny, but they keep on coming until you say ‘when’!
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