SHOW your mum just how much you love her this Mother’s Day with a memorable day out in London – no matter what your budget.
From exhibitions and afternoon teas, to Sunday lunches and thrilling theatre shows, here is our guide to a memorable Mothering Sunday.
When is Mother’s Day in the UK?
Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom will be observed on Sunday, March 31 2019.
Mothering Sunday celebrates the mums and maternal figures in our lives.
In the UK, it was originally linked to religion but has since lost a lot of its connections to the church and is mainly a family day.
Over time, the day has evolved into an occasion for kids to honour and give presents to their hardworking mums.
What are the best things to do in London for Mother’s Day?
If you and your mum share a passion for Mother Nature, head over to Kew Gardens for a train journey through the grounds to learn about the flora, fauna and historic buildings that make up this amazing place.
The internal train costs just £5 for adults and £2 for kids, and departures are every 30 minutes – buy tickets here.
The guided tour takes 40 mins, and starts at the Victoria Gate Plaza.
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
Take your mum on a sightseeing tour of London with a tea time twist she will never forget.
Brigit’s Bakery Bus – a vintage 1970s Routemaster – will be hosting a special Mother’s Day afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, mini homemade cakes and tarts as well as traditional scones with clotted cream and jam.
Gluten-free, halal, vegan and vegetarian options are available, and prices start from £55 for adults and £45 for children.
The Mother’s Day afternoon tea bus departs from Victoria Coach Station and takes approximately 90 to 120 minutes depending on traffic – book here.
The breakfast menu New York-style brasserie Balthazar covers the usual eggs every which way, as well as American-style pancakes and almond waffles.
Balthazar is set in the heart of Covent Garden, and even has a boulangerie next door to pick up some homemade artisan breads, pastries and salads to take home with you.
At the restaurant, a full English breakfast will set you back just £15.75, but if you’d prefer something a little lighter Balthazar’s porridge, fruit salad or granola are all good options.
Other scrumptious entrees include lobster spaghetti for £27, scrambled eggs and Cornish crab for £12.50, and duck confit for £19.50 – book here.
Head to London’s theatre district
Why not celebrate your mum with a trip to the theatre to watch Mamma Mia in London’s West End?
With upbeat songs from Abba and a feel-good storyline, the musical extravaganza celebrates the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.
Tickets range from £19.75 to £152.25 – buy here.
If you’re on a strict budget, why not book tickets to the Sky Garden at London’s Fenchurch Street for some ?
Access to the Sky Garden is free and a limited number of tickets are available each day – but don’t worry if they are sold out online as they have a number of walk-in spaces on the day – check here.
It’s easy to get to the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street.
Monument is the closest tube station, just a few minutes’ walk away, and Tower Hill, Tower Gate, Aldgate, Bank and Mansion House are less than a 10-minute walk.
Regular rail services run into London Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street, and London Bridge and Fenchurch Street is well connected to all the major London bus routes.
The closest bus stops are Stop T and W on Route 40.
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