It’s almost Mother’s Day. You’ve got the flower buying sussed, and you’re organised with chocolate (we hope). All that remains is to work out where to take her for a treat. Here’s five ideas that go above and beyond the ordinary for Mother’s Day.
Treat her to a literary day out
Round off a trip to see Richard II at The Globe, produced and performed by the first ever theatre company of women of colour, with a visit to its neighbouring Swan restaurant this Mother’s Day. With a front row view of the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral, and located right next to The Globe, the Swan has created a special restaurant menu for 31 March, including cured Cornish mackerel with poached Yorkshire rhubarb, roast lamb with leek and parmesan gratin. If you fancy something a little lighter, then try the Midsummer Night’s Dream afternoon tea, which is inspired by the play and includes mulberry scones with clotted cream and midsummer berry jam, and a Love Potion cocktail with Bombay Sapphire gin, honey, blackberry puree and prosecco.
£29.50 for 2 courses, and £32.50 for 3 courses at the restaurant, and £28.50 for the afternoon tea. Tickets for Richard II are £10, until 21 April 2019, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT, swanlondon.co.uk
Brunch with Asma Khan X Wild by Tart
This Mother’s Day, Wild by Tart are hosting a special one-off brunch with Asma Khan, founder of Darjeeling Express and the first British chef to feature in Netflix’s runaway success Chef’s Table. The event will feature a specially curated menu of dishes Khan cooks on the show alongside Tart’s own twists on traditional Indian recipes, including paratha (flatbread) with aloo dum, and baked eggs with okra and aubergine. The event will be kicked off with a special screening of Khan’s episode. All taking place in Tart’s beautiful Belgravia space, it’s a unique way to mark Mother’s Day this year – and give your mum maximum boasting potential to her friends.
£45, 12pm-4pm, 3-4 Eccleston Yards SW1W 9AZ, designmynight.com
Take her to a musical extravaganza
There’s brunch, and then there’s Gospel Brunch. If your mum is the kind of soul sister that loves a singalong, then treat her to chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Gospel Brunch extravaganza. The restaurant’s House Gospel Choir will be giving an extra performance, allowing service to run until 5pm.
Performances at 12pm, 2pm and 3:30pm, 45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT thecurtain.com
Treat her to a proper Sunday lunch
Craft London has a reputation for doing everything super-seasonally, and for making the most of good old fashioned British ingredients. It’s also got smashing 360 degree views of the Thames, Canary Wharf and Greenwich. With dishes like wild garlic dumplings in a mushroom broth with brown butter, wild rabbit terrine with Craft’s own house sourdough and pickles, a choice of roasts, catch of the day, and delicious puddings, your mum will feel properly treated. Plus, she’ll be given a special pot of honey from Craft’s own beehives as she leaves. An extra treat for her Monday morning toast.
Craft London, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ, craft-london.co.uk
Raise a toast over afternoon tea
A proper afternoon tea with all the trimmings is a real treat, and the Zetter Townhouses in both Clerkenwell and Marylebone have a great one. Either go dainty with finger sandwiches and cakes, or choose something heartier with pastries and scones with dollops of jam and clotted cream. The advantage of afternoon tea here is that all mums get complimentary bubbles on top. Since it’s a celebration, there’s really no reason not to ditch the tea altogether and stick with the fizz.
28-30 Seymour Street, Marylebone, London W1H 7JB and 49-50 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ, thezettertownhouse.com