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    Posted on Mar 23, 2017

    18 Mum-Friendly Things To Do In London This Mother's Day

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    1. A trip to Southern Italy at Union Street Cafe.

    2. Cocktail-fuelled bowling at All Star Lanes.

    All Star Lanes

    If like me, you love organised fun, then All Star Lanes is the place to take your mum to. They have bowling, karaoke, and a restaurant, so you can have wholesome activities and food all day. Pro tip: Try to book the Brick Lane branch as it's just had a big fancy refurb.

    Plus, if you go on Mother's Day they're giving away a free "Mum-osa" to all mums: a sparkling concoction of rose, prosecco, and pomegranate.

    Price: cocktail is free, bowling is £9.95 at peak times and £6.95 off-peak

    Book here

    3. Lunch at Sea Containers.

    4. A floral afternoon tea at The Savoy.

    5. Sweet treats at Chai Wu.

    Chai Wu

    Upgrade your weekly family Chinese meal with a visit to Chai Wu – a brilliant contemporary Chinese restaurant that will blow your usual sweet and sour chicken out the window. Plus they've created an amazing-looking (complimentary) "Chocolate Garden" dessert just for Mother's Day; a miniature-sized flowerpot with a chocolate cake topping and a dark chocolate mousse and rich blackcurrant cream centre.

    Price: dishes from £15 and the dessert is free

    Book here

    6. Gin-themed afternoon tea at Mr Fogg's.

    Mr Fogg's

    Because I've yet to find a mother who doesn't like gin. Mr Fogg's Residence, a gorgeous Mayfair bar hidden behind a closed door down an unassuming street, does one of my favourite afternoon teas in town – a gin one.

    Dine on finger food and gin cocktails served in tea pots, surrounded by fireplaces, plush velvet chairs, and miscellaneous Victoriana decor everywhere. There's also a beautiful botanical gin garden outside to sit in afterwards for, you guessed it, more gin.

    Price: £40 per person

    Book here

    7. A day of culture at the Museum of Brands.

    Museum of Brands

    The Museum of Brands is a lovely little out-of-the-way museum that's fantastic, but suitably unknown enough to look like you did a lot of research to find it. This Mother's Day, there'll be talks and walks exploring the history of Mother's Day and how mums are seen in the media.

    TBH, whether you're going with your mum or not I think this sounds fascinating – it's basically a building full of old adverts featuring everything from Edwardian games, to 1920s biscuits, to nostalgic old brands like Spangles, Kellogg’s County Store, and Lyon Maid ice lollies.

    Price: tickets from £8 for children, £11 for concessions, and £14 for adults

    Book here

    8. Dinner with a surprise at Nutbourne.

    Nutbourne

    Nutbourne is a really lovely brasserie that's airy and bright and serves up things like wood pigeon saltimbocca and crispy chicken skin with saffron aioli. Plus, on Sunday they'll be giving mums free orange blossom macarons with their dinner or lunch and omg I can't tell you how much I want orange blossom macarons, does anyone have a child they could lend me so I can pretend I'm a mother, I'll split the macarons with you (JK, I won't be sharing them).

    They're also giving away macarons at Rabbit, the sister restaurant, but I think it's better to try go to Nutbourne as it's new so likely to be less busy.

    Price: starters from £8.50, mains from £14.50

    To book email info@nutbourne-restaurant.com or call 0207 351 0555.

    9. A floral crown masterclass at Corrigan's.

    10. A floristry workshop at Coppa Club.

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    If the idea of making a flower crown brings back too many traumatic memories for your mum though, then there's a regular floristry workshop going on at Coppa Club. You'll learn about floral vase arrangement and "the techniques to build

    structure and style with the flowers in an artistic form", which sounds lovely, but also let's face it you're 70% going just so you get to sit in their ridiculously cool rooftop bubbles. FYI, if you want to do this, book it now – they literally only have three tickets left.

    Price: £40

    Book here

    11. A Mamma Mia! screening at Pop Brixton.

    Mamma Mia

    One of my mum's all-time favourite films – yes, I am panic researching for Mother's Day using this article as a flimsy excuse, YOU'RE HERE TOO, YOU CAN'T JUDGE ME – screened by Night Star Cinema at the very cool Pop Brixton location. If Brixton isn't a good location for you though, there's also a super luxe private screening at One Aldwych that includes dinner and champagne for £55 each.

    Cost: £15 a ticket

    Book here

    12. A relaxing retreat at The Bingham.

    13. Brunch at Exmouth Grind.

    14. Live opera and small plates at TWID.

    TWID

    The interiors at TWID are incredible – it's themed around opera, so inside there are gorgeously luxe tables set up like opera boxes. Ask for a table "upstairs" if you can. The food is good if you know what to order – the scallops should be avoided but the venison medallions are gorgeous, as are the crab and the ox cheek – but it's the live music and decor that are the stars of the show. On Sunday there'll be a special live opera performance, plus a free Hugo cocktail (prosecco, elderflower, and mint) for all pre-bookings.

    Price: dishes from £6, desserts from £5.50, cocktails are £7

    Book here

    15. A squiffy picnic at Cahoots.

    16. A chocolate experience with Hotel Chocolat.

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    If your mum has a sweet tooth, I love the sound of Hotel Chocolat's chocolate school. There are two options available: the Bean to Bar making experience where you can make your own chocolate, and the Chocolate Tasting Adventure, which is a two-hour session of chocolate tasting and how to pair it, with prosecco thrown in for good measure.

    FYI, you can either book this for this weekend, or buy it as a gift card so your mum can pick her own date to go. Also, if for some reason you're on this post and not based in London, they also have non-London locations.

    Price: £65 for the Bean to Bar making experience, and £50 for the tasting experience

    Book chocolate making here and tasting here

    17. A river cruise with London Shell Co.

    London Shell Co

    London Shell Co is doing a charming Mother's Day cruise that involves a menu of earl grey cocktails, oysters, Dorset char with confit egg, mussels steamed in scrumpy, cod with burnt leeks, and a milk chocolate torte. All while floating on a vintage canal boat down the Prince Regent.

    Tragically the Sunday cruise is now fully booked, but there's still space on the Saturday one. Book it and hope your mum is so awash on prosecco she won't notice it's not Sunday.

    Price: £45 a head

    Book here

    18. An all-round good time at The Jam Tree.

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