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London's best girlie spots for Mother’s Day


Champagne lunch - Rest._Sauterelle-Pink_Champagne_glasses.jpgNeed a day out with the girls? Treat yourself and your mum, or your closest girlfriends, to a lazy weekend brunch, gourmet set lunch or decadent afternoon tea. Square Meal has chosen its three favourite options from each so that all you need to worry about is catching up on the gossip.

Girlie brunch

The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

This Clerkenwell café is light, airy, and offers alfresco dining on its picturesque terrace. Enjoy a selection of French pastries, or homemade granola with a mug of the house hot chocolate, or indulge in a stack of raspberry-and-manouri pancakes.

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The Riding House Café, Fitzrovia (pictured, left)

A study in rough-and-ready precision, this all-day modern brasserie is perfect for friends who like to pick and choose from delicious nibbles and natter over a glass or two of wine. Try the savoury eggs benedict or Scottish smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. What's more, the restaurant is a stone's throw from Oxford Circus, in case you want to hit the shops en masse afterwards. Great cocktails, too.

The Wolseley, Mayfair

This ornate and stately café-restaurant does breakfast the grown-up way, naturally. Within its much-loved walls, you and your girlfriends can choose anything your hearts desire, from kippers or buttered crumpets to fruit salad or eggs any style.

Gourmet set lunch

Corrigan’s Mayfair

Richard Corrigan’s set lunch is great value at three courses for £29. The staff’s main concern is to make customers feel as special as possible, so they’re sure to make as much fuss of your mum or your friends as you will.

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This Parisian chef serves top-quality, flavour-packed dishes in comfortable and luxurious surroundings. Chat with the girls while enjoying two-Michelin-starred dishes, such as pan-roasted terrine of iberico pork, or roasted Scottish scallop with yuzu butter. Set lunches start from £35 for three courses.

Le Gavroche, Mayfair

Michel Roux Jr knows a thing or two about service, and his Mayfair big-hitter still offers one of the most comprehensive and good-value lunch deals in London (£52 for three courses, including half a bottle of wine, water, amuse-bouches, coffee and petits fours). Squeeze in a booking for your mum or your closest girlie friends.

Dainty afternoon tea

Fortnum & Mason, Mayfair

Ascend to the fourth floor of this venerable temple to gourmet food for afternoon tea at the newly launched Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon (formerly the sprawling St James’s restaurant). If it's good enough for the Queen, Camilla and Kate (who visited for tea together when the restaurant launched), it's good enough for you and your ladies in waiting.

The Goring, Belgravia

This spot is perfect for whiling away an afternoon with a traditional high tea and chat at any time of the year. Enjoy your tea and finger sandwiches fireside during the winter months or alfresco on the well-manicured lawn during the warm summer months.

The Palm Court, Mayfair

Oozing the 1920s’ glamour of the flapper-girl era, The Palm Court in The Park Lane Hotel has won awards for its long-standing afternoon tea, which is taken to the soothing sound of a harpist.

This feature was updated in March 2013.

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