Mother’s Day 2005

Still haven’t planned how to give mum a well-earned break on Mother’s Day? Then read on for some of the best options around:

If you don’t think you’ll be able to impress her with your own culinary masterpieces, try booking a table at the City Café (020 7932 4600) in Westminster, where a tasty Sunday lunch for £22.50 is available (£8.50 for kids).

Alternatively, head to Babylon (020 7368 3993) in Kensington High Street, which boasts breathtaking views of London’s skyline. Mum will receive a special gift, and while you tuck into a three-course meal for £27.50 (£6 for kids), little ones are kept occupied with an entertainer and a special activity goodie bag courtesy of the restaurant.

Spectacular views can also be enjoyed at the Portrait Restaurant & Bar (020 7312 2490), which is on the top floor of the National Portrait Gallery. The restaurant is offering a special Mother’s Day weekend brunch menu for £19.50 for two courses and £24.50 for three courses.

You can also treat mum to a special Mother’s Day lunch menu at the lovely Orrery (020 7616 8000) in Marylebone High Street, which is priced at £45 for three courses and includes a Champagne cocktail.

At the sleek Mju (020 7201 6330) restaurant in Knightsbridge, meanwhile, executive chef Tom Thomsen has created a delicious degustation lunch priced at £30 per head or £55 when paired with a selection of fine wines. A junior menu will also be available for children aged 12 and under, priced at £15 per head.

Mums won’t go home empty handed from Pomino (020 8672 5888) on Mother’s Day. The restaurant is giving away goodie bags to all mums dining there for Sunday Brunch or the à la carte menu from 6-10.30pm.

A three-course dinner in Brasserie Max (020 7806 1000), followed by a screening of Doctor Zhivago in Covent Garden Hotel’s lush screening room, will set you back just £30 per person. For the same price, its sister property, Charlotte Street Hotel, will be showing Casablanca and Chicago on Mother’s Day. A three-course dinner in the hotel’s excellent restaurant, Oscar (020 7907 4000), is also included in the price.

Mother’s Day at the Blue Elephant (020 7385 6595) will give you the chance to tuck into a special brunch menu featuring over 20 dishes, priced at £25 per head. As well as curries and stir-fries, there will be aromatic soups, traditional desserts and refreshingly unusual fruits.

A specially created Mother’s Day brunch menu for £25 per person will also be available at La Porte des Indes (020 7224 0055) on Mother’s Day, as well as entertainment and face painting for children and a special gift for all mums.

Things will also be heating up at Vama (020 7565 8500) on Mother’s Day. A three-course menu for £25 featuring some of the restaurant’s renowned vegetarian specials, such as crispy okra and spinach and peas with fenugreek and garlic, includes a glass of wine and an exclusive gift.

Set sail this Mother’s Day on board the Silver Sturgeon (020 7481 2711), a dramatic vessel with reclaimed art deco fittings. After a Bellini reception, guests can enjoy a gourmet Sunday lunch accompanied by a live pianist while taking in the stunning views from the river for £53 per person (£22 for kids).

If you really want to impress that special lady in your life, whisk her off to the luxurious Summer Lodge (01935 482000) in Dorset. Here she can relax in beautiful surroundings, get pampered with spa treatments and tuck into some lovely food. Prices start from £340 per person.