From traditional afternoon teas to ones with an alternative experience, from viewing gardens to planting contributions, there is a varied amount to do on Mother’s Day. We have picked out some fantastic activities and places to visit, sure to provide family entertainment and enjoyment.
In case you’ve forgotten, Mother’s Day is on Sunday March 26, and spectacular skyline of the London skyline provides a truly special experience. Situated at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, The View from The Shard allows spectacular panoramic views of the city stretching for up to 40 miles. Try something different and book a memorable day out, and spoil mum with a glass of Lanson champagne from the highest Champagne bar in the capital, while taking in the spectacular 360–degree views. Alternatively, plan your visit at sunset for an incredible experience. For a more family-friendly experience, book a private guided tour to keep everyone entertained spotting city landmarks including The Houses of Parliament, The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. The View from The Shard is the perfect way to thank mum, allowing her to discover London’s rich history from a new perspective. For more information or to book online click here.
Make the day extra special with visits to other attractions within the impressive structure of The Shard. The Aqua Shard serves innovative contemporary British cuisine that combines the traditional ingredients of British cooking with inventive techniques, perfect to satisfy the taste buds. Or, for a more traditional Mother’s Day, and for those with a sweet tooth, LANG is an artisan deli that offers renowned signature cakes, fresh coffee, chocolates and pastries. Gift her a burst of colour, and purchase some flowers from Igloo in the retail arcade to complete the picture-perfect day. Book online and purchase the Spring Saver tickets, £9.95 for children and £15.95 for adults.
Partake in an alternative afternoon tea at Sketch London. A stunningly converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, Sketch was originally envisioned by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz. Acting as the gallery space for the largest exhibition of David Shrigley’s work, the food served echoes the artistic inspirations and interior, with caviar and quail egg, and goose egg mayonnaise, fig jam and Cornish clotted cream with scones, pistachio petit choux and banana and fudge cake. Pastel pink walls and velvet sofas sit atop a Twin Peaks–esque floor, adding to a vibe and experience unlike any other, something to consider if the ordinary afternoon sounds lacklustre. Mother’s Day Seasonal Afternoon Tea is priced at £75 per person.
Judith Blacklock Flower School & Pétrus
Treat mum to a special and unforgettable experience, involving a Mother’s Day Masterclass & Michelin-starred lunch on Monday 27th March 2017. With more than 30 years’ experience, Judith and her professional team will host a hand tied bouquet masterclass at her school in Kinnerton Place South, teaching the essentials of flower arranging in a small and intimate class. After the masterclass, guests will walk to Pétrus on Kinnerton Street to enjoy a glass of champagne followed by a luxurious Michelin-starred three-course lunch, expertly created by Head Chef Larry Jayasekara. The Pétrus Floral Masterclass is priced at £120 per guest.
Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood Hotel
Experience afternoon tea with a twist, with this menu inspired by London’s vibrant and energetic art scene. Served in the elegant Mirror Room, Rosewood’s art-inspired afternoon tea includes a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, fresh baked scones and loose leaf teas accompanied by art-inspired pastries. The latest creations on offer currently are inspired by five of the most iconic modern artists currently in London, including Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Banksy and Mark Rothko. Inspired by the strength of the red in Rothko’s painting at the Tate Modern, his pastry consists of pistachio bavarois, cherry jelly, pistachio sponge sprayed with red chocolate decorated as a Calder mobile. Art Afternoon Tea starts at £50, see website for more information.
Prior Park Landscape Gardens
Why not take a visit to Prior Park Landscape Gardens, which contains of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world, created in the 18th century advised by ‘Capability’ Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of the World Heritage Site that is Bath. A five-minute walk leads to the Bath Skyline, a six-mile circular route encompassing beautiful woodlands and meadows and spectacular views, making for a wonderful walk. On Mother’s Day, the National Trust garden team are hosting an event, involving lifting and delicately separating and replanting beautiful snowdrops. Return in the future and you’ll be able to see how you have shaped the garden. You will also be able to pot a Prior Park snowdrop to take home and to treasure the memory of the day.
Stroll into the historic centre of Bath for a coffee in the celebrated coffee house Colonna and Smalls for a delicious flat white or espresso, and then view some inspiring art at the Holborne Museum. With a varied and distinguished permanent collection and two exhibitions, including the UK’s first exhibition devoted to the Bruegel dynasty of four generations, showing masterpieces lent from the National Gallery, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Ashmolean Museum. Afterwards, head along to the elegant Pump Room Restaurant for traditional scone and sandwich filled afternoon tea. Prior Park Landscape Garden is free for National Trust members, or £17.60 for the whole family. Snowdrop planting from 11-2pm, £1 donation for materials. Entry to the Holburne Museum exhibition is £10, £9 for concessions. Pump Room Afternoon Tea starts at £25 per person.
The Angel Hotel
With a reputation for serving the best Afternoon Tea in Wales, and numerous awards, this is sure to make a special afternoon. In elegant Wedgewood Room, enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea with a choice of 40 different teas, three sparkling wines or champagne. Choose between afternoon tea, which involves sandwiches, scones, freshly cakes and pastries, or high tea, to which you can add a selection of warm savoury pastries. The Angel Hotel is a member of the prestigious UK Tea Guild having previously held an ‘Award of Excellence’ since 2008, and is one of only nine hotels outside London to achieve this. In 2011 The Angel Hotel were proud recipients of The Tea Guild’s top national award hotel. To add to the experience, take a short walk to the historic Abergavenny Castle or the Linda Vista Gardens, a landscape garden to admire during the wonderful start of the season of blossoms. High tea is priced at £27.80 per person, see website for more information.
In a wonderfully old-fashioned lookalike ballroom filled with luxury, from heavy silver cutlery, crisp white linen to fine bone china, Luton Hoo is the perfect place to bring your mother for High Tea. Including tiers of plates piled high with sandwiches, cakes and scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Teas are sourced from all over the world, or to make it an extra special occasion why not opt to enjoy the champagne or Pimms high tea. Tea can be enjoyed either in the regal setting of the period lounges, or the drawing rooms, where you can sit in the comfort of period sofas and armchairs under stunning chandeliers. For an extra special treat, use the Country Club facilities of the infinity or vitality pool, heat therapy suite, tennis courts, nature walks and cycle rides. With various spa treatments available, depending on how many treatments she’d like to indulge in, a favourite being the Sunday Special, which consists of two treatments and a Courtyard Cream Tea, for the perfect combination of pampering. And, with a 5-star restaurant on site, happiness is sure to be on the menu. Afternoon tea is priced at £35 per person, add £10 for champagne. Spa treatments vary in price, with the Sunday Special the cheapest at £90 per person. See website for more details.
Palm Court at the Balmoral
Enjoy vintage champagne and award-winning afternoon tea under the canopy of exotic palm trees. glass dome and Venetian chandelier. The Afternoon Tea consists of a wide selection of loose leaf teas, coffee and pastries. A harpist provides the perfect accompaniment and creates an idyllic relaxing experience. With locally sourced meats and fish in the freshly made sandwiches in addition to Royal Scottish Balmoral or Edinburgh tea blends, this experience is unique to the area. Afterwards, go for an enjoyable walk in the most tranquil part of the city centre, The Royal Botanic Garden, which was founded in 1670 and comprises of 72 acres of stunning green areas and greenhouses that will provide an enjoyable experience that will provide a sure to be much-needed break for mum. Balmoral Afternoon Tea is priced at £35, and admission to the Royal Botanic Garden is free of charge.
For even more Mother’s Day experiences, see our guide here. Or if you’re looking for the perfect gift for her, check out our Ultimate Gift Guide, or list of the best accessories for the mum that lives an active lifestyle.
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