Put this is your diary now if you haven’t already – Mother’s Day is the 30th March this year. This is a day where you should make your mother feel special. Thank her for all those years of doing your washing. For feeding you. For driving you places. For ‘lending’ you that fiver that you never actually paid back. For being there for you. For listening to all of your problems. For saying yes when your Dad said no… This is the day to spoil her. And so… here is my list of suggestions of how to do so in London this year.
Fortnum & Mason’s Fountain Restaurant, Piccadilly
The perfect venue to visit for ladies who like to brunch, lunch and drink champagne, the Fountain Restaurant can be found at the back of this famous high market grocers on Piccadilly.
With the light elegant decor of a deluxe brasserie, and a fantastic live band situated in the corner to allow great live music to accompany your meal, this is a venue that oozes elegance and sophistication. The quality one associates with the Fortnum and Mason’s brand is mirrored in the quality and taste of the food. I enjoyed a wonderful brunch of Eggs Benedict; the poached eggs were cooked brilliantly, and the hollandaise sauce was creamy and rich. The Fortnum’s ham was nicely salty and complemented the other collection of flavours wonderfully; the way a good Eggs Benedict should.
With a lovely glass of champagne to accompany my brunch, and a delicious Caffe Mocha to end it, I would recommend this delightful restaurant to anyone who wishes to enjoy a wonderful meal with their mother this Mothering Sunday, or if you just want to experience traditional elegance in the heart of London on another occasion. You can’t go wrong with this wonderful venue.
The Folly, Monument
In the heart of the city you will find this beautiful restaurant and bar, the fourth in the Drake & Morgan chain which also brings you The Anthologist in Bank and The Refinery in Southwark. The Folly is known as “The Secret Garden” of The City, with beautiful botanically inspired interior including trees and vines that snake delicately up the walls and around the banister that leads down into the lower bar. This is therefore a lovely location to bring your mother.
For those who feel aesthetics are important to the ambiance of a restaurant, then this is the place for you. They have a really good wine selection (a must for any bar in The City who wants to attract hard working city dwellers that are in search of a drink of an evening) and their food menu is quite good as well. A slightly more pretentiously worded menu than you might see in a pub, but most dishes on this menu are pub classics all the same, as well as some interesting flatbreads and sharing boards. I don’t think you can go far wrong with the Peking Duck flatbread at £9.95, which is topped with everything you’d expect to get with you Chinese take-away (although slightly more sophisticated than that…) and then if you fancy a side as well, then the potato and sweet potato wedges for £4.50 are a must!
The Bluebird Chelsea, Kings Road
Made in Chelsea fans will definitely know of this D&D restaurant/cafe situated at the far end (furtherest away from Sloane Square) of the popular Kings Road. It is one of the most popular haunts of the cast, used in many an episode to capture scandalous and dramatic moments in the show. But it is much more than just a venue for these ‘dramality’ moments. This venue hosts a restaurant and bar, a café and courtyard, plus a food store, wine cellar and bakery – it’s like a miniature hub of wonderful offerings for every price range and every taste.
If the day’s weather is as lovely as the weather we’re experiencing this week, I would suggest you sit outside and enjoy the cafe and courtyard. Bookings cannot be made for this area, so just turn up and hope for some space. If you’re someone who needs to plan, book yourself a table in the restaurant instead. On Mother’s Day there is a specific menu available for the celebration – £45 per person will get you a large choice of dishes for starter, main and dessert (see the menu here) or you could alternatively select from their £25 set menu or the regular A La Carte. I am more than happy to recommend the half dozen Hereford Snails (£10) and should the Rock Oysters make a reappearance onto the menu, these should also be tried, but avoid the #bluebirdburger (yes, it includes a hashtag in the title) at all costs. It’s small, lacking in flavour and seasoning and the chef was incapable of cooking it to our specification (we sent it back twice for being cooked Well Done rather than Rare!) Very disappointing for £15!
Camellia’s Tea House, Kingly Court (Carnaby)
No Mother’s Day is really complete without a cup of tea (mum’s really love tea, don’t they!) and as it’s a special occasion, why not make it an Afternoon Tea. London is full of fantastic venues for this wonderful British tradition. My favourite venue which has been a tradition with my mum for four years now is Pret a Portea at The Berkeley (read my review here) but if you’re looking for something a little less pricey, and more traditional, you may wish to pay a visit to Camellia’s Tea House on the top floor of Kingly Court in Carnaby.
This lovely little tea room is always busy. The environment is relaxing and quirky, and as soon as you walk in, you know that these guys know about tea. Their Afternoon Teas include a selection of delicious cakes, tea sweets, finger sandwiches, scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream and a choice of over 100 different pots of tea and will set you back only £17.95. Alternatively you could opt for one of their Cream Teas which include scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream and a choice of 100 different pots of tea for £7.95
Camellia’s Tea House is not only a tea room, but also a retail shop where you can purchase over 100 different blends of tea (many of which are blended on site) which are displayed in glass jars and caddies, so you can double this up as an experience and gift purchasing opportunity!
Alfie’s Antique Market, Marylebone
If you fancy doing a spot of shopping for or with your mum this Mother’s Day, you are sure to find something special at this wonderful indoor market with over 100 vendors selling antiques, vintage fashion and 20th Century design. Treat your mum to a beautiful piece of vintage jewellery, a lovely vintage tea dress or even something pretty and unique for the house like a piece of art deco lighting. You’re sure to find something that she’ll fall in love with in this wonderful market, and you can even enjoy a a lovely brunch, lunch or afternoon tea at their beautiful roof top kitchen; one of London’s hidden gems – a contemporary cafe with panoramic views over London’s rooftops from its large (occasionally!) sunny terrace.