If there is one thing nobody would argue, it is that every mum deserves a special day to remind her of how much she is loved and appreciated. Mother’s Day, though different depending on the country, falls on Sunday 22 March in the UK, so if you are staying in the Montcalm Hotel London City over this time, you should definitely check out the following things to do to make sure your mum has the best possible day.
Mother’s Day is all about showing your mum how much she means to you – or celebrating being a mum, if you fit that description instead. Either way, a bit of pampering goes a long way in unwinding and luxuriating in what can be, at various moments throughout the year and life in general, a pretty stressful job. There is no 9-5 when it comes to the mothering job, it is a full 24-hour position – but there is nothing like a little pampering at a spa in London to ease some of the pressure. If you are struggling to decide which spa to book yourself or your mother into, then a good rule of thumb is to look into wedding hotels in London, given that these almost always have spa treatment options given the celebratory nature of weddings. In fact, take a walk down to your hotel’s concierge and ask for some local advice as to the best spot for a fantastic facial.
Spring Sunday Lunch
Sunday lunches in London, and in London 5 star hotels especially, are practically compulsory if you want the full London experience. Given that Mother’s Day falls as usual on a Sunday, a hearty Sunday lunch should definitely be one of your top ideas for how to spend Mother’s Day. You have a few options, but Spring, the restaurant in the New Wing of Somerset House, should be very high up on your list. Spring is usually closed on Sunday’s, but they know that exceptions need to be made for the wonderful women in our lives, so are open for Mother’s Day. If the delicious seasonal menu doesn’t convince you of its worthiness, then the fact that all mums will get a complimentary Rose Petal Bellini on arrival ought to help your decision-making process along.
Afternoon Tea is a fail-safe Mother’s Day activity – celebrations always go down well with jam and cream scones, after all. Why not try the spread at The Harrods Tea Rooms? Not only will you find yourself sipping on a wide selection of teas, munching on quaint little cakes and sandwiches, and enjoying the elegance of these top-class tea rooms, but you are also in Harrods, one of Europe’s most famous department stores: so a post-tea shop is definitely in order and one… two… maybe three presents!
Alternatively, head to Chelsea’s Kings Road and straight through the pink, floral archway of Peggy Porschen for tea and cakes that are physically impossible to eat without taking a photograph first – they are beautiful. This pastel-coloured cake shop, tea room and lounge is a perfect spot for quaint, delicious and picturesque motherly appreciation to take place.
There are a number of smash-hit shows and musicals on this Mother’s Day in London, and buying tickets at the West End ticket office for any of the following will make this Mother’s Day infinitely memorable. Waitress is a musical at the Adelphi Theatre, which tells the story of Jenna, a waitress at an American diner who makes mouthwatering pies (thanks to her mother’s mentorship), but struggles with an abusive relationship with her husband. Though heavy in subject at times, it is a distinctly joyful story with an inspiring maternal theme that weaves its way throughout the plot and reminds the audience of the power of motherly love. It is funny, charming and catchy – not too much of a shock considering the music and lyrics are by iconic singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. The theatre sells Apple Pie martinis (an Apple Pie-tini, of course) which you will be craving by the interval.
Alternatively, Mamma Mia! is the kind of musical that every mamma will find themselves singing, clapping and dancing along to. The success of Mamma Mia! in London is almost palpable – everyone is talking about it. At its core, a story of mother-daughter relationships and the deep love associated with it, this is a feel-good watch for everyone, but mum’s especially so! Oh, and of course: the music of worldwide sensations ABBA. Here we go again…
Brunch is the kind of glamourous motherly treat that everyone thinks to gift or do for Mother’s Day, but throw in some bottomless bubbles and you have got yourself a proper celebration. London is seemingly bottomless when it comes to bottomless brunch options, but we know just the one for you, your mum or both of you this March morning: Megan’s does bottomless brunch like no other and there are locations all over London, making it a no-brainer no matter where you are staying. The choices are bottomless prosecco, Bloody Megan’s or Pimms, and the food is enough to write home about, from the spicy Baked Eggs Shakshouka to a simple cheese on toast. One of the best locations include the Megan’s on High Street Kensington (perfect for shopping afterwards).
So, this Mother’s Day, whilst making the most of London hotel offers and visiting your hotel’s bar to see what their cocktail menu is all about, be sure to celebrate not only in style but with the fun and luxury you (or your mum) deserves. Whether it is a hot stone massage in a London hotel spa, or a trip to the theatre, pick what you (or your mum) loves best and make sure the day reflects all the hard work but also joy that goes into motherhood.