Take your mama out

Mother's Day

Posted on 01 January 1900

Take your mama out

Mother’s Day should be every day in our book, but the big, shiny, official Mother’s Day falls on 15 March and so you should make a big, shiny, official effort to show your mum she’s worth it. And when it comes to deciding what to do, London has a mother-load to offer.




Personalised cakes

Where: The Arch

What: The Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea comes complete with ‘icing pens’, so guests can personalise mum’s cakes with sweet (or cheeky) messages

When: 15 March

How much: £37 per person


Super-charged lunch with a free Bellini

Where: Galvin at Windows

What: A ‘super-charged’ lunch menu featuring a classic roast with all the trimmings, as well as other ‘special dishes’, made from seasonal spring produce. There will be a complimentary Bellini on arrival for all guests

When: 15 March, lunch

How much: £70 per person


Win a trip for two to Salzburg

Where: Giraffe restaurants

What: Giraffe has teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for the release of the 50th anniversary Blu-ray and DVD of The Sound of Music, to send one lucky winner on a trip for two to Salzburg, Austria. To find out how to enter, you must dine at a Giraffe from now until 22 March. 20 runners-up will win a meal for two and an anniversary DVD of The Sound of Music

When: until 22 March

How much: How much can you eat?


House of Ho interior 

Free food and bubbles

Where: House of Ho (above)

What: Book a table for four or more and mum gets free food and unlimited bubbles. There’s a set menu featuring dishes such as cuttlefish with tomato, Thai basil, chilli and lemongrass and hake with a galangal, turmeric and tomato sauce

When: 15 March, 12-10.30pm

How much: £37.50


Harps and rosés

Where: The Orangery at Kensington Palace(top)

What: Well known for its afternoon teas, The Orangery is adding an extra touch of magic with a harpist and a free glass of Merlot rosé spumante for all mums. There will also be a special lunch menu. Dishes include white onion soup, cornfed chicken and rhubarb trifle

When: Harp from 2-4pm

How much: lunch 2 courses £21.50, 3 courses £26.50


Do your bit for charity

Where: Ristorante Frescobaldi

What: The restaurant is supporting UNICEF by showcasing a range of gifts that can be purchased on Mother’s Day, from emergency food for children through to baby blankets. Any mother dining at the restaurant with her children on the day will receive a family photograph with the restaurant’s compliments

When: 15 March

How much: a la carte prices


Playboy Club 

Afternoon tea with a twist and a tail

Where: Salvatore’s Bar at the Playboy Club

What: Modish mums and glam grannies can enjoy an afternoon of delights, in the company of drinks maestro Salvatore Calabrese. Delicate sweet and savoury treats will appear alongside spicy, fruity and floral te freddo (ice tea) cocktails. As well as Afternoon Tea, there’s also a Velvet Rosa – a cocktail made in honour of Calabrese’s mother. It’s a fruity fizz, concocted with Bacardi rum, peach liqueur, cranberry juice, white peach puree and Champagne

When: 15 March; Afternoon Tea will be served from 4-7pm

How much: Afternoon Tea is £30 per person


Savoy Grill dining room 

Special menu, including queen of puddings

Where: The Savoy Grill, Strand

What: A three-course menu including the likes of crispy pig’s cheek with celeriac slaw confit duck leg and queen of puddings

When: 15 March

How much: £50 per person


Spice it up with a special menu at Trishna

Where: Trishna, Marylebone

What: A specially created menu including dishes such as Andhra lamb masala or kuska tarkari biryani  followed by desserts such as chocolate shahi tukra – a spiced bread pudding with dark chocolate rabri

When: 15 March, lunchtime

How much: four courses for £45 or £85 with wine


Union Street Cafe cannelloni 

Free Bellini and dessert

Where: Union Street Café

What: Mums will be treated to a free lavender and seasonal fruit Bellini as well as a free torta della mamma dessert. Rustic Italian is on the menu, including the mamma cannelloni, with spinach and ricotta

When: 15 March

How much: a la carte prices


 For more Mother's Day inspiration, see our list of places offering Mother's Day menus...