As Mothers’ Day fast approaches, you might be thinking of how best show your mum she means the world to you, and what could be better than treating her to a daytrip to London? The capital has everything you could hope for from a day out, from luxury shops to prestigious theatres; keep reading for some inspiration.
London is renowned for its many attractions and vibrant atmosphere, making it the perfect place for a day full of memorable experiences you and your mum will cherish forever. We’ve put together a sample itinerary that will take you from day to night.
It’s a good idea to arrive in London as early as you can to fit the most into your day, so book your train tickets to arrive in the morning if possible. Alternatively, if you want to make sure your mum really relaxes this Mothering Sunday, you could always book a stay at a London hotel the night before, which will give you time to unwind and feel refreshed in the morning.
Once you’ve arrived in the city, head out and hit the shops of Bond Street – one of the capital’s most prestigious shopping locations. Even if you’re not planning to make a purchase, the firsthand experience of getting up close to Jimmy Choos and Chanel handbags might be a memorable enough event!
Head to Fortnum & Mason next to browse indulgent foods and hundreds of varieties of tea, and then make your way to Harrods – the famous department store where you can take in an array of goods from sportswear to pet clothes.
Following a busy morning of shopping, you might be ready to rest your weary feet and refuel, so make a stop for lunch. For a decadent experience, visit Berners Tavern, which is packed with artworks and impressive chandeliers. Modern European meals are served up here, with the halibut served with squid ink risotto being highly rated by foodies.
Meanwhile, you might prefer to head to Grain Store in King’s Cross for a more subtle experience in a minimalist setting. The restaurant focuses on vegetables but serves dishes to suit both veggies and meat-eaters.
Once you’ve replenished your energy levels, you might be ready to take in a special event, such as Florimania – a Mother’s Day occasion at Hampton Court Palace. The event is a celebration of flowers and will see the king’s state apartments filled with blooms.
Alternatively, you might decide some pampering is in order, so treat your mum to a visit to a spa and follow the relaxing trip with a spot of afternoon tea at one of the capital’s top hotels.
A great way to round off a daytrip to London is by booking tickets to see a West End show. Despite it being a Sunday, there are still plenty of shows to choose from, including Thriller Live – a celebration of the career of Michael Jackson at the Lyric Theatre. Another option is the interactive comedy show Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience at the Torquay Suite Theatre on The Strand.
Afterwards, you could take your mum for tea and some post-dinner cocktails at one of London’s renowned restaurants and bars, such as the elegant 96 Colebrooke Row in Islington or the speakeasy-style Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown.
For a more theatrical experience, you could choose to stop for dinner and drinks at Circus – a cabaret bar based in Covent Garden. The surreal interior and colourful Asian cuisine are offset by the bursts of entertainment that take place throughout the evening.
Afterwards, it’s time to board the train home, or head back to the hotel for an extended Mother’s Day weekend in the city.