Celebrating Mother's Day in London

Celebrating Mother's Day in London

She loves you, supports you, and was literally responsible for keeping you alive at one point, so when Mother's Day rolls around each year your mum definitely deserves a treat. If you're looking for fun activities to do together, delicious meals to enjoy, or just the perfect gift to show her how special she is, there are loads of great ways to celebrate on 10th March with your mum. Check out our guide to Mother's Day in London.

In this guide
  1. Fun activities to do with mum
    1. Kew Gardens – Peaceful riverside activity
    2. Kenwood House – Hampstead's stately home
    3. Broadway Theatre – Have a laugh with your mum
    4. The Golden Hinde – Explore a historic ship
    5. Gipsy Hill Brewing Company – Press flowers together
    6. Columbia Road Flower Market – Gorgeous flower market
    7. Two More Years – Celebrating mum's canine child
    8. The Petersham – Make a bouquet in Covent Garden
    9. Biscuiteers – Sweet treats on Mother's Day
  2. Treat her to a lovely meal
    1. Boisdale – Sunday lunch with jazz
    2. Sea Containers Restaurant – Mother's Day brunch with a view
    3. Spring – Fresh and seasonal dining
    4. Madera – Food for sharing
    5. Basement 144 – Indulgent Cajun brunch
    6. Wild Honey St James – Luxury lunching
    7. The Ritz Restaurant – For mums who love luxury
    8. Gloria – Italian excess
    9. Westerns Laundry – Local seafood restaurant
    10. The River Café – Michelin-starred meals
    11. A.O.K Kitchen – Fresh and healthy flavours
    12. Daphne's – Upscale Italian restaurant
    13. Quaglino's – A musical Mother's Day
    14. Battersea Power Station – A plethora of options
  3. Take your mum out for afternoon tea
    1. Old Royal Naval College – A unique space for afternoon tea
    2. The Rubens at the Palace – Fit for a queen
    3. The Mind Palace – Mystery-solving mum
    4. The Thames Foyer at The Savoy – Riverside afternoon tea
    5. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon – Gourmet afternoon tea options
    6. The Egerton House Hotel – Keep it traditional
    7. The Library – Traditional tea with a view
    8. The Montague on the Gardens – Luxurious and traditional
    9. Theatre Royal Drury Lane – The only theatre in London serving afternoon tea
  4. Find the perfect gift
    1. Charbonnel et Walker – Indulgent chocolate truffles
    2. Bloomsbury Flowers – Elegant flowers for delivery
    3. Selfridges – Wide choice of gifts
    4. Mooch – Award-winning gift selection
    5. Grace & Thorn – Offbeat independent florist

Fun activities to do with mum

Things to do on Mother's Day in London

Kew Gardens

Peaceful riverside activity

If your mum's a keen gardener, take her to admire the botanicals at Kew Gardens. Wander through towering trees and elegant gardens at this Thameside destination. You can also visit the Princess of Wales Conservatory, home to 10 different temperature-controlled climate zones and a fascinating array of plant species.

Kenwood House

Hampstead's stately home

Take your mum to Kenwood House for a stroll around an impressive stately home. At this grand property you'll find attractive interiors and gardens, an art collection that includes a work by Rembrandt, and a café serving snacks and meals. Activities for kids are on too and there's a secondhand bookshop.

Broadway Theatre

Have a laugh with your mum

Take your mum to Catford's Broadway Theatre for the Mother's Day Comedy Special, where you can enjoy top comedy performers including Richard Blackwood and White Yardie, as well as music from a world-leading Bob Marley tribute band. This inclusive theatre has been at the heart of the local community since 1932 and puts on various productions, including both professional and amateur shows. 

The Golden Hinde

Explore a historic ship

Mums who love history will enjoy a Mother's Day trip to The Golden Hinde, the first English ship to sail around the world. These days it's a fun museum that also hosts special events including live music. Tickets for Mother's Day are half-price so there's no better time to take the whole family for a visit.

Gipsy Hill Brewing Company

Press flowers together

Take mum to Gipsy Hill Brewing Company Taproom on 10th March for a creative workshop. You'll get an intro into the art of pressing flowers, led by a local florist. You'll learn techniques and make various pieces, with a full selection of drinks from the bar, including the brewery's draft beers. The event takes place in an industrial-styled setting.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Gorgeous flower market

Take mum for a day out and buy her a treat at Columbia Road Flower Market. This traditional market is on every Sunday, with flowers and foliage from all over the country available to buy, so you can be sure you'll find a bouquet your mother loves. Music from buskers fills the air.

Two More Years

Celebrating mum's canine child

If your mum is creative and loves her pets, take her to Two More Years in East London. For Mother's Day this lively multi-faceted venue is running a workshop where mums can paint their pet dog, helped along by a talented instructor. Food and drinks are available whilst you unleash your artistic streak together.

The Petersham

Make a bouquet in Covent Garden

You could take your mum for an upscale Italian meal at The Petersham, but this year the restaurant is also hosting a special Mother's Day bouquet-making masterclass, with refreshments thrown in. The space is classic and elegant and the focus is on the quality and provenance of ingredients. Indulge in the tasting menu or choose à la carte dishes like homemade pasta and herb-crusted lamb.

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Sweet treats on Mother's Day

Mums with a sweet tooth will love Biscuiteers. These stylish cafés and shops in West London sell elegantly-iced biscuits in various fun designs. You can buy Mother's Day-themed biscuits as a treat for mum, take her for afternoon tea or go to a class where you can learn to ice your own biscuits. You can also combine both experiences for a memorable day out.

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Treat her to a lovely meal

The best restaurants for Mother's Day

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Sunday lunch with jazz

Musical mums will appreciate a special lunch at Boisdale. These two restaurants have a proudly Scottish identity, reflected in the decor, menus of Scottish produce, and the whisky bar. On Mother's Day both locations host a jazz Sunday lunch with live music and a roast of top quality Scottish beef.

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Sea Containers Restaurant

Mother's Day brunch with a view

Sea Containers Restaurant is a relaxed riverside restaurant with impressive views of the Thames. Food is served in a modern dining area and there's an outdoor terrace as well. For Mother's Day, they've amped up their weekend brunch menu with a complimentary limited-edition cocktail, as well as a gift for mum – a premium DS & Durga candle. You can also add a bottomless option to the experience.

Spring

Fresh and seasonal dining

Treat your mum to a seasonal meal in the glorious surroundings of Somerset House. Head chef Skye Gyngell produces daily-changing menus that highlight quality produce, served in bright and airy surroundings. Expect fresh options like winter tomato salad and beef fillet with hollandaise. This restaurant also has initiatives to minimise waste.

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Madera at Treehouse London – Mother's Day
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Madera at Treehouse London – Mother's Day
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Madera at Treehouse London – Mother's Day
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Madera at Treehouse London – Mother's Day
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Madera at Treehouse London – Mother's Day
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Madera at Treehouse London – Mother's Day
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Madera at Treehouse London – Mother's Day
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Madera

Food for sharing

Celebrate with your mum at Madera, a leafy sky-high restaurant with impressive decor and jaw-dropping city views. This place serves Mexican cuisine and on 9th March it's doing a special seasonal menu to make mothers feel appreciated. You'll get dishes to share together, paired with English sparkling wine at this picturesque restaurant.

Basement 144

Indulgent Cajun brunch

Treat your mum to a real feast at Basement 144. This smart venue in Holloway Road is best-known as a buzzy cocktail and rum bar but for Mother's Day it's laying on an indulgent seafood boil brunch. You'll get a three-course meal with heaving platters of Cajun cuisine, served in a classy environment.

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Luxury lunching

Treat your mum to a Michelin-starred meal this Mother's Day at Wild Honey St James. This upmarket restaurant is serving a special lunch on the day that includes three courses with tempting options like West London burrata, rabbit simmered in white wine and mustard, and hand-rolled ricotta dumplings. The refined surroundings are sure to impress.

The Ritz Restaurant

For mums who love luxury

For mums who enjoy the finer things in life, The Ritz is a no-brainer. This glam Michelin-starred restaurant just oozes opulence and is a fab destination for any celebration. For Mother's Day there's an indulgent three-course lunch prepared with fine British ingredients, plus a backdrop of sophisticated live music.

Gloria

Italian excess

We all know mums do all the hard work so let her indulge at Gloria. This famously-OTT restaurant has a lush interior and a jaw-dropping menu of extravagant Italian food. Ingredients are sourced from small producers in Italy. Finish off a meal by sharing an epically-proportioned slice of lemon meringue pie with mumsy.

Westerns Laundry

Local seafood restaurant

Savour elegant seafood recipes in a modern and simple space at Westerns Laundry. This well-regarded North London restaurant is airy and industrial. Menus are chalked up on blackboards and change regularly. Diners can expect small and large plates like pasta, fish stew, and cured bass. There's a concise wine list too focusing on natural bottles.

The River Café

Michelin-starred meals

For a Michelin-starred meal with a view, don't miss The River Café. This stalwart of the food scene has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and serves authentic Italian food. You can try fresh seasonal dishes like pasta or chargrilled scallops, as well as the rich and indulgent Chocolate Nemesis dessert.

A.O.K Kitchen

Fresh and healthy flavours

For fresh Mediterranean cooking prepared with healthy ingredients, take your mother to A.O.K Kitchen. You'll find a bright and attractive dining space with florals and trailing branches. Pavement tables are available too. Dishes on the well-considered menu are made with artisan produce, with options like quinoa salad and grilled halibut.

Daphne's

Upscale Italian restaurant

Vibrant and sophisticated restaurant Daphne's is an upmarket spot for an Italian meal. There are lighter and more filling options available in this classic and elaborate setting, and private dining is available if you're planning a big family meal. Try antipasti, pasta, and meat dishes served with cocktails or wine.

Quaglino's

A musical Mother's Day

Founded in 1929, Quaglino's has a legendary reputation. Expect glamour and opulence when you eat here, from the decor to the food and drink. Live music is a big part of the experience here and Mother's Day is no exception. Bring your mum along for an indulgent three course lunch with music from top performers.

Battersea Power Station – Mother's Day
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Battersea Power Station – Mother's Day
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Battersea Power Station – Mother's Day
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Battersea Power Station – Mother's Day
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Battersea Power Station – Mother's Day
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Battersea Power Station – Mother's Day
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Battersea Power Station

A plethora of options

The various retail and dining outlets at the redeveloped Battersea Power Station are aiming to make your mum feel extra special this year. There's lots to choose from for Mother's Day at the landmark building, including special deals, bonus treats, and exclusive experiences like a Searcys x Venchi champagne and chocolate pairing. You can find the full rundown on the Power Station's website.

Take your mum out for afternoon tea

The best afternoon tea for Mother's Day

Old Royal Naval College

A unique space for afternoon tea

For an afternoon tea that'll really wow her, take her to the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich on Mother's Day. For the first time ever, guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the breathtaking surroundings of the Painted Hall. Live music from a harp player will add to the atmosphere. Dietary needs can be catered for and a tea for kids is also available.

The Rubens at the Palace

Fit for a queen

Give your mum an afternoon tea fit for the queen she is at The Rubens at the Palace. With fabulous views of Buckingham Palace you can enjoy a classic afternoon tea with attentive service. Afternoon tea is also available for various dietary needs, so everyone can enjoy this tradition. Add champagne to make it even more special.

The Mind Palace

Mystery-solving mum

Take mum for afternoon tea with a difference at The Mind Palace. This is a Sherlock Holmes-themed speakeasy cocktail bar where you can play puzzle games as you kick back with a drink. The themed afternoon tea is suitable for everyone aged 10+ and includes a tabletop mystery game to solve whilst you tuck in.

The Thames Foyer at The Savoy

Riverside afternoon tea

One of the world's most famous afternoon teas is at The Thames Foyer at The Savoy. You and your mum can take in gorgeous river views whilst savouring a refined treat. More than 30 different teas are available to choose from, served with sandwiches, scones, and pastries. You can also add on champagne.

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon

Gourmet afternoon tea options

Visit The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason for a gourmet treat on Mother's Day. In these sophisticated surroundings you can sample a variety of afternoon tea menus including a classic option, a savoury selection, and plant-based or gluten free options. A gift voucher for afternoon tea here is also a fab present.

The Egerton House Hotel

Keep it traditional

Always a popular choice for afternoon tea, The Egerton House Hotel is running a special bespoke tea to celebrate Mother's Day. In sumptuous and timeless surroundings, you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with the option to include a glass of champagne. Dietary needs can be catered for if you let the venue know in advance.

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The Library at County Hall – Mother's Day
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The Library at County Hall – Mother's Day
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The Library at County Hall – Mother's Day
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The Library at County Hall – Mother's Day
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The Library at County Hall – Mother's Day
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The Library at County Hall – Mother's Day
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The Library at County Hall – Mother's Day
The Library at County Hall
The Library at County Hall – Mother's Day
The Library at County Hall
The Library at County Hall – Mother's Day
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The Library

Traditional tea with a view

Visit The Library at County Hall for afternoon tea by the Thames. You'll get attractive river views and elegant surroundings with bookcases as room dividers. It's a polished space serving traditional and vegan afternoon tea selections of sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats. You can add a glass of champagne or free-flowing English sparkling wine.

The Montague on the Gardens

Luxurious and traditional

Luxury Bloomsbury hotel The Montague on the Gardens is an appealing destination for afternoon tea. Enjoy tea in the on-site bar or out on the terrace. It's an English tradition served in comfortable surroundings, with a smaller tea available for the youngest guests. Expect sandwiches, scones, and tasty cakes.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The only theatre in London serving afternoon tea

Immerse yourself in a regal afternoon tea experience at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Covent Garden, complete with marble decor, chandeliers, and an art collection. Enjoy an array of exquisite offerings, including Lily Vanilli's signature vanilla cake with passionfruit and buttercream, alongside a selection of sweet and savoury treats such as mini sticky toffee puddings and warm coronation chicken pies. 

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Shop the perfect gifts for Mother's Day

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Indulgent chocolate truffles

Treat your mum to some luxury truffles from Charbonnel et Walker. Founded in 1875, this was one of the country's original specialist chocolatiers. Shop in the stores for flavoursome chocolate truffles boxed up in elegant packaging that make a delightful gift for any mum on Mother's Day.

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Bloomsbury Flowers

Elegant flowers for delivery

Founded in 1994 by two ballet dancers, Bloomsbury Flowers is a florist specialising in classic and elegant bouquets. Floral arrangements can be delivered throughout London, as well as other locations. These are bespoke arrangements and you can get expert advice about the right blooms to impress your mum. This florist is usually shut on Sundays but it's staying open on Mother's Day so no mother misses out.

Selfridges

Wide choice of gifts

Voted the world's best department store, you can be confident that there's a great gift for your mum at Selfridges. Whether your mum is into fashion, is a foodie, loves sprucing up her home, or just wants a bit of mum-time, the various departments at Selfridges have great gifts from candles to perfumes or food hampers.

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Award-winning gift selection

Award-winning gift shop Mooch has great options for Mother's Day, including letterbox gifts if you're not able to spend the day with the main woman herself. Items range from budget-friendly buys to luxurious hampers, including homeware, fashion, toiletries, and foodie treats. You can also let mum choose her own present with a voucher.

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Grace & Thorn

Offbeat independent florist

For flowers that are full of distinctive character, visit Grace & Thorn in East London. This florist stocks fresh and dried flowers and specialises in bold and imaginative bouquets. Same-day delivery is available throughout London and you can also get bouquets delivered nationwide. Expect eye-catching colours and textures and bold combinations of flowers.

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FAQ

When is Mother's Day in UK 2024?

In 2024, Mother's Day in the UK will be celebrated on Sunday, March 10th.

Why is UK Mother's Day different?

Mother's Day in the UK, also known as Mothering Sunday, is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent and originates from the Christian tradition of visiting the 'mother church'. In contrast, the American version of Mother's Day, celebrated on the second Sunday in May, was established in the early 20th century as a day to honour mothers and has since been adopted by many other countries. The differing dates are a result of these distinct historical and cultural origins.

When exactly is Mother's Day?

Mother's Day in the UK is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which varies each year. In the United States and many other countries, it's observed on the second Sunday in May.

Is Mother's Day international?

Mother's Day is celebrated worldwide, but the date and traditions vary by country and culture. It's not observed internationally on the same day.

Is Mother's Day the same in UK?

No, Mother's Day in the UK, known as Mothering Sunday, is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is different from the date observed in many other countries, including the USA, where it's celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

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