If you are stuck for ideas on how to spoil your mother this Mother’s Day, we’re here to help. Mothers only get one official day a year so if you are on the hunt for an unusual gift that isn’t twee and predictable then we have compiled a nifty little guide of treats. Covering food, fashion and culture, there is something for everyone, without a box of chocolates in sight. Read on, and discover how to spoil your Mother this month.
Bottomless fizz and fromage is a match made in heaven. The celebration takes place in Old Spitalfields Market where you can sample a selection of national and international cheeses accompanied by crackers, chutneys and grapes, and 90 minutes of bottomless prosecco to wash it all down. All this is accompanied by a live jazz band.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
This exhibition at the V&A Museum is the largest Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK and displays over 500 objects and 200 rare haute couture garments. Once you have had your culture fill, head over to The Franklin Hotel, which is serving a Dior-inspired menu, prepared by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo and offering a colourful array of decadent savouries and luxurious treats.
Calligraphy for the New and Curious
Professional calligrapher and designer, Alice Gabb, is running a series of introductory classes, in the art of Modern Calligraphy. The resident stationary queen will instruct you from the basics up to how to master the art. The classes are hosted at Carousel in Marylebone: the class is £55, but you can add lunch for an extra £20.
Say it with Flowers
Mother’s Day falls at such a beautiful time of year in England, the flowers in season have an abundance of scent and colour. The relatively new and vibrant, London Flower School, have created a one-day workshop that promises to inspire any mum with a passion for flowers. The morning will be spent learning to create a seasonal hand-tied bouquet, and in the afternoon the focus will be on how to make an eye-catching centrepiece. Blomin’ marvellous!
Mother’s Day Fragrance
Picking out a fragrance for someone else is tough, and most people will advise against it, but at Ormond Jayne their made-to-measure allows you to personalise your perfume to suit the individual. Held at their flagship New Bond Street boutique the 90-minute session allows you to choose one of their signature 14 fragrances at the concentration of perfume oil that suits you best before having your bottle engraved with a personal message. All while guzzling champagne and Charbonnel and Walker chocolates.
The Alternative Swing
If you fancy something a little different from the more clichéd Mother’s Day options then how does a boozy game of crazy golf sound?
Swingers has been changing the face of crazy gold since it opened Singers City and Singers West End just over a year ago. Choose from four renowned nine-hole courses, (The Windmill, The Lighthouse, Helter Skelter and The Big Wheel), all of which are made more entertaining with a great bar and various street food vendors to choose from.
Afternoon Tea: The Foyer at Claridge’s
It is said that Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, invented Afternoon Tea in 1840. This ritual has grown into an English institution and even more so in the magnificent art deco foyer of Claridge’s Hotel. For over 150 years, the hotel has been serving load-bearing scones, crust-free sandwiches and doll sized pastries on its signature jade-and-white-striped bone china to nobles and VIPs with a live piano-cellist duo playing softly in the background. Tea connoisseurs are on hand to assist with pairings and service is famously impeccable. There is also a children’s menu if you dare to bring the ‘little darlings’ along.
The Ultimate Facial Massage
Nichola Joss has been named the Queen of contouring and is in the little black book of the likes of Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson and Meghan Markle. At her residencies in London, LA, New York and Toronto you too can book in for her signature facial massage. She is famed for her inside-out facial where Nichola massages from inside the mouth to de-stress the muscle tissue and to tone the cheek contours. The end result leaves your face looking sculpted and chiselled. Her latest treatment introduces customers to her favourite skin supplements Lumity, both a Facial Oil and sample pills to take away so you can continue to glow on.
Award-winning chef Angela Hartnett MBE has quite a reputation. She was once the protégé of Gordan Ramsay and since then has multiple restaurants, two cookery books and appearances on MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen under her belt.
Her Covent Garden restaurant Cafe Murano is a relaxed Italian haven where plates are meant for sharing and chatting over. Enjoy a 90-minute pasta making classes (£50), which will teach you how to make fresh egg pasta from scratch.Learn how to mate authentic pasta dough, a spinach and ricotta filling and roll three different types of pasta. At the end of the workshop, the pasta will be packaged up to enjoy at home along with a fresh tomato sauce and recipe card.
Babs at Hyde Park, July 2019
Every list needs a wild card and this is the one. If you have a mother that is a Barbara Streisand then tickets have just been released for theBritish Summer Time Hyde Park festival on Sunday 7th July which she is headlining. Already announced for the 2019 award winning festival are Celine Dion (5th July), Florence and the Machine (13th July) and Robbie Williams (14th July). A delayed treat but one that might be considered worth the wait.
Your Buy Time PA
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