Mother’s Day in London? 5 ideas for a weekend away

Forget last-minute chocolates or smellies. Make mum swoon with a weekend in the smoke…book tickets to London

Mother’s Day weekend is fast-approaching (March 25-26). Why not go the extra mile this year and arrange a trip to London? We’ve got 5 totally original ideas that’ll assure your place in her good books…


1. Lay your love on mum with tickets to Mamma Mia

With their feather-cuts, platform boots and colossal smash hits, ABBA defined the 70s. If your mum was a teenager of the 70s, or you just grew up with her singing along to the ABBA Gold CD in the car, she’ll love Mamma Mia.

The West End musical is jam-packed with ABBA’s greatest hits, from Dancing Queen and Super Trouper, to Take a Chance On Me.

A Greek island love story set to music, its cheesy feel-good factor and nostalgia hit made it a massive success in the West End, on Broadway and across the globe.

Take a ch-ch-ch chance on Mamma Mia and your mum, and you (come on, admit it), will be singing in the aisles.

Where is it? Novello Theatre, Aldwych, west London

How much? Ticket prices and booking


2. Posh Sunday roast at Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Think of all the Sunday roasts your mum has knocked up over the years, slaving away in the kitchen while you slept in. Repay the debt by taking her out for one of the best.

One of London’s finest Sunday roasts is found at Hawksmoor Seven Dials. The restaurant, a one-time fruit warehouse, is cool and contemporary – all exposed brick, dark wood and low-lighting.

The food though is the main event. The bone-marrow gravy is pretty much perfect. Ladle it over towering Yorkshire puddings and medium-rare beef cooked over charcoal for pure food heaven.

Any roast stands or falls on the quality of its roasties, and these are delicious. Roasted in sizzling goose fat ‘til their outsides are crisp – the insides the softest of centres.

Show your mum your soft side by booking a table and treating her to lunch.

Where is it? Covent Garden

How Much? ££

Book a table at Hawksmoor Seven Dials


3. Take her to Liberty – the eccentrically English department store

When you were younger you probably took many liberties with your mum. Make amends with a trip to Liberty – the most elegant and unique department store in London.

From the outside it looks like a Tudor country house. Step inside and it’s simply enchanting. Explore the intimate wood-panelled rooms, with nooks and crannies overflowing with luxury goods.

There’s an eccentricity about the place you could only find in England.

It stocks high fashion designers and heritage labels. But it’s perhaps best known for its own distinctive floral prints, which have stayed on-trend for decades.

From silk scarves and purses, to tote bags and cushions, Liberty Print products make a perfect Mother’s Day gift too (hint hint).

Where is it? Regent Street, west London

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4. Explore Elton John’s photography collection

Everyone knows Sir Elton John is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, with songs like Rocket Man and Your Song part of our cultural fabric.

But did you know Sir Elton is also a huge art buff and has one of the world’s greatest collections of modernist photography?

Seriously, he’s been collecting the stuff for decades, and now he’s lent a selection to Tate Modern for a new exhibition.

If your mum’s a fan of Sir Elton or photography, or indeed both, snap up tickets for The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection.

What can you expect? Avant-garde photographers from the early 20th century, people like Man Ray and Berenice Abbott – who were key figures in making photography a serious art form.

There are some 150 photographs on show, but Man Ray’s portraits of artists Henry Matisse and Pablo Picasso are a must-see.

Where is it? Tate Modern, Bankside, south-east London

How much? Adult tickets £16.50, Over-60s £14.50 (including Gift Aid donation)

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5. Explore Henry VIII’s London gaff

Henry VIII is famous for his 6 wives – particularly the 2 he had beheaded. But grisly matters aside, the Tudor king was passionate about palaces.

And Hampton Court Palace was his favourite.

Henry didn’t stop work ‘til he was satisfied it was among the most modern, sophisticated and magnificent palaces in England. It even had its own tennis courts and a lavatory that could seat 28 people at a time – we did say sophisticated, right?

Step into the Great Hall and marvel at the intricate tapestries adorning the walls. Its towering ceiling makes it perfect for sharing a soppy ‘mum moment’.

There’s the famous maze to get lost in too. Finish the day by arguing over the way out a la Rodney and Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses.

Where is it? East Molesey, Surrey – 35 minutes from London Waterloo

How much? Adult tickets £18.20 (gate) £17.10 (online). Over-60s, £15.40 (gate) and £14.30 (online)

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