With Mother’s Day fast approaching, those who are looking to spoil your lovely mummies look no further than here, Because I have a list of three amazing places that are guaranteed to make your mum’s day! These London hot spots are featured in the famous West End and all within a minute walking distance of each other, so if you’re feeling super generous, why not take her to all three? She deserves the best after all and this is the one day of the year to show her just how much she means to you.
Fortnum & Masons
First up, is Fortnum & Masons. In terms of presents, they have something for absolutely all kinds of mums! From gorgeous sweets, fizzy pink wine, creamy cheeses, yummy biscuits and gorgeous tea pots, everything will come in stunning packaging and gentle placed into a pretty turquoise Fortnum’s Bag. You can’t go wrong with this shop because every single thing is worthy of gift giving. For those who want to really make their Mum’s day, Fortnum’s have created the most amazing Hampers for Mother’s Day! Check out the Fit For Your Queen hamper for the most wonderful range of Fortnum treats from Iced Gingerbread Biscuits, Marc de Champagne Truffles and more! As for those who are in the market for an experience, why not pop into Fortnum’s Parlour on the first floor and take your mum for an icy sweet treat to show your love? The Parlour does the most extraordinary ice cream sundaes, banana splits, ruby hot chocolates and even an afternoon tea in ice cream format! Is there any sweeter way to treat your mummy than a little shop in Fortnum followed by an ice cream in the Parlour? I think not!
For the mummies who love to read, I can think of no better place for you to take your witty, word-loving mum than Hatchards. Hatchards is London’s oldest bookshop dating back to the Georgian times in 1797, they have been selling books from that exact shop for more than 2 centuries. Ever since Queen Victoria took a liking to Hatchards, they have been under royal support and have been the major book suppliers to all the royal palaces. It has also been said that Hatchards was Oscar Wilde’s favourite bookshop, and one of the last places he was seen before attending his play The Importance of Being Earnest. Now, reading can come in many forms such as novels, non-fiction, cookbooks and more, Hatchards supplies all of that and more in their 4 floors. The best part about Hatchards? They have on site staff that are extremely knowledgeable about specific genres of books they sell. So for example, if you were looking for a Japanese cookbook specialising in maki making, there would be a foodie specialist who would know and recognise most of the cookbooks in store and lead you to one that they think you would love. The whole idea is about adding personal human touches to your book shopping journey. If by chance the staff are busy there are handwritten cards on every shelf that are personal recommendations of books people have loved in the past. For this Mother’s Day, they have set up two tables of beautiful book selections to make your shopping easy. One table is filled with more classic novels and one is filled with a more contemporary selection depending on what you think your mum would like. Every book has been carefully chosen, so you really can’t go wrong! And if you want something really special, have a hunt for your mum’s favourite book and they might even have a signed version! They say that every book is a different adventure, and so what better way to sweep your mum away than with a whole plethora of many different books. Make each book you gift extra special with a handwritten inscription on the inside cover!
Terrace on Picadilly
Now for the foodie and champers loving mummies out there, why not treat her to a beautiful lunch or afternoon tea at the gorgeous Terrace on Picadilly in the Le Meridien Hotel. The restaurant has large glass windows so I would recommend a day time experience. Better yet, why not start your afternoon tea a little late and watch the sun slowly set, casting a golden glow with hints of pink over London’s West End. That said, the food on their a la carte menu is also quite delicious! Be sure to try their buttermilk chicken, salt & pepper squid, pork tenderloin and tiger prawn linguine
and their house bubbles are exceptional. With its leafy plants, chic interiors and streaming daylight, The Terrace on Picadilly is also the perfect place for you to take that beautiful Mother’s Day shot with you and your mummy to cherish for years to come. Take it from someone who used to work as a photographer, I can all but guarantee that natural day light is 100% better than the harsh lighting in a photo studio, and it makes your eyes look bright and skin flawless so be sure snap away! Perhaps after your lovely time at the Terrace on Picadilly, you can pop to the photo developers and surprise your mum with a beautiful framed photo of your time together in the mail. I bet you would score extra brownie points for that!
Steph Yt Travels was invited by London West End to visit these beautiful places, but as always all opinions are my own.