Does Mother’s Day creep up on you every year, like it does for us in the Winged Boots office? If you are feeling determined this year to not turn up empty handed to your mum’s house on the 22nd March or arrive with a bleak supermarket card and petrol station flowers that just doesn’t cut it, fear not, Winged Boots has got you covered!
It is so important to show our gratitude and appreciation to those we love, so why not raise your gifting game this year and whisk your mum or mothering figure away for a weekend of indulgence, pampering and the right amount of luxury? After all, buying gifts is so old fashioned. Everyone knows that all good presents come in the form of experiences and memories with our nearest and dearest.
Sit back and let Winged Boots do the leg work for you this year as we present our rundown of the top ways to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day.
With a classic builder’s brew being one of the UK's favourite beverages, it is easy to see why afternoon tea is enormously popular with us Brits. In fact, this opulent way of dining in the middle of the day has to be the most quintessentially British way to indulge for a special occasion. Chefs up and down the country are constantly re-inventing and delivering the traditional delicacy under completely new concepts for us to immortalise on Instagram before devouring. London understandably takes the number one position as the capital of afternoon teas, with an unimaginable directory of options and varieties to taste test.
In London there’s a plethora of traditional venues to visit to satisfy your afternoon cravings like The Ritz, Claridge’s and The Savoy, however what the capital does best is tea with a twist. The latest place our agents are flocking to this year is Peggy Porschen’s Parlour, Belgravia. A succulently sweet pink façade fronts a charming and fairy tale worthy interior. Think full out foliage and floral displays, that create an Insta-famous backdrop for a delicious selection of cakes, confectionery artisan teas, coffees and champagne.
For more Winged Boots inspiration check out our all-time top 10 afternoon teas in London.
If you know your mum will want to go shopping or explore the city after why not book her in for the night at the Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living. Just 10-minute drive from Belgravia you can nip back to the hotel to freshen up with ease before exploring what else London has to offer.
Has your mum exhausted all the eateries in London and is instead in need of a change of scenery? Gift her the ultimate tea with a twist somewhere she would never have thought of. Geneva is just a 1-hour 40-minute direct flight from London, meaning your mum arrives quickly enough to explore the area and make the most of her stay. Treat her to afternoon tea at Hotel d’Angleterre, situated on the edge of Lake Leman with stunning views of the famous Jet d’Eau fountain and Mont Blanc, there is no better view to all of Switzerland from which to sip your Earl Grey.
For the matriarch of the family, who deserves some time out, spoil her with the gift of food and a splash (or more) of wine that she is sure to be craving. With the number of foodies consistently growing, as a nation our love of food shows no sign of dwelling any time soon. London reliably offers every version of culinary delights imaginable, from Italian and Lebanese to Moroccan and Portuguese, there is more than enough variety to ensure each taste bud is fully satisfied.
Celebrate Mother’s Day while enjoying a classic and impactful viewpoint of London to maximise your experience in the capital. Try Smith’s Bar & Grill Wapping, sitting on the banks of the River Thames where every seat in the house enjoys iconic views of Tower Bridge through floor to ceiling windows across the venue. Its motto, ‘famous for fish’, rings true as it offers quality dining with an extensive menu of fresh fish and locally sourced meat dishes to choose from. Smith’s are offering a special menu for all mums this Mother’s Day, so get your name quick before it’s fully booked.
For more eating out inspiration in the capital, check out our agent recommendations for the best restaurants in London.
Extend your mum’s stay in the capital with a lavish overnight experience in the notable Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch. Just a 15-minute cab ride away from Smith’s, the hotel won’t disappoint with its world-class service and renowned contemporary Japanese-style interiors.
If you think your mum will appreciate a different view point this Mothers’ Day, treat her to a weekend in Edinburgh where she can climb the Calton Hill towards the notorious castle and enjoy the panoramic views down over the city. Just a 1-hour and 30-minute flight away from London your mum can be transported to the vibrant capital of Scotland for a whole weekend that’s steeped in history. Book a table at The Witchery by the castle, an award-winning restaurant with celebrated décor that has become a much-loved institution in the city. Your mum can feast in the most atmospheric dining experience in the whole of Edinburgh, coined “the prettiest restaurant ever” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Let your mum make some time for herself to catch up with friends or perhaps book in a much-neglected date night with her partner. London is extensively talked about for its diverse and exciting nightlife that caters for all moods, tastes and atmospheres you could wish for.
Give your mum a sense of real luxury at the Madison Terrace Bar & Lounge. Highly regarded as one of the best premium bar and dining experiences in the city, it is a great location to get your evening started as the sun sets over London. Surveying the dramatic silhouette of St. Paul’s the unbeatable atmosphere is set by the in-house DJs and live acoustic trios that bring the bar to life. If March blesses us with some promising warmer weather, make the most of it outside on the terrace and enjoy a distinctive rooftop experience in the capital.
Oh, and of course if you want to make this a complete weekend experience, there’s a plethora of hotels to choose from. Check out the Corinthia Hotel for perfectly positioned accommodation in the heart of London’s West End. Enjoy views out on to London’s renowned landmarks, from luxurious and elegant rooms that offer a haven away from busy streets.
If your mum is truly a sunseeker, why not book her some time away in the Catalan capital? With temperatures creeping up towards the 20’s in late March and just a short two-hour flight away London, Barcelona is an excellent destination option to gift your mum a dose of much needed sunshine. Oozing quality in every way, La Dolce Vitae bar on the roof of the Majestic Hotel Barcelona offers gorgeous 360-degree views of the city from which you can spot the silhouette of la Sagrada Familia and Montjuic.
Does your mum have a taste for the finer and more artistic things in life? Let London supply her with a creative dose of love and appreciation this Mother’s Day as she explores everything from fine art and contemporary sculptures to modern and abstract. The UK’s capital has an unparalleled number of exhibitions and galleries available so whatever genre or artistic movement interests her the most, she is bound to find something to excite.
We suggest surveying the newest up and coming artists at the Royal Academy of the Arts or visiting the National Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery to view some old and new masters of fine art. If your mum is more interested in newer more concept driven works, she should check out the Tate Modern or Saatchi Gallery. And if her passion is for fashion, right now until the end of June this year the V&A is displaying an exhibition to show the dynamic history and ever evolving journey of the kimono from its social significance around the whole world to its beauty as an aesthetic fashion piece.
Staying in central London will give your mum the optimum location from which to branch out and plan her route around the city. Delight her with a luxurious and sophisticated stay in W Leicester Square, where innovative design and contemporary glamour take centre stage.
Just one-hour away on a direct flight from London to Charles de Gaulle airport, a world-class art journey awaits for your mum to enjoy. Paris it seems has always attracted artists from around the world, to absorb the artisan and creative culture in person. As a result, the city has become known as a global epicentre of the arts where fans from around the wold flock to soak up a small sample of its artistic ambience. Spoil your mum with a discovery filled break away to the French capital, where she can explore gallery rooms dedicated to Courbet and Van Gogh at Musée d’Orsay or see the world famous The Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci’s most renowned piece Mona Lisa on display at the Louvre.
Is your mum a thespian at heart, always looking to see what hottest new play or critically acclaimed musical is next to be transferred from Broadway? The best gift for any theatre goer or concert enthusiast is the gift that they haven’t bought for themselves yet. Hot on the play-scene right now is Samuel Beckett’s Endgame starring Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming on until March 28th and of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull featuring Emilia Clarke until the 30th May. For concerts goers David Gray takes his White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour to the O2 on the 26th March.
When it comes to musical theatre, it is often the golden oldies that will not let you down. After its recent theatre upgrade at the end of 2019 Les Miserables is back with full-out energy in a newly staged version of the infamous production. Also about to descend upon highly excited audiences in London this summer is Sister Act at London’s Apollo playing from 21st July to 30th August, starring none other than Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders. However, the most in demand show on offer in London right now however is Pretty Woman, with music and lyrics by Bryan Adams, the show recently premiered the March receiving much acclaim and positive reviews.
Anyone looking for an entertaining break in the heart of the West End can happily make The Savoy a base for the weekend. This landmark hotel is just a stone’s throw away from some of the most renowned theatres in London and has previously catered for entertainment royalty including Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. For more inspiration on where to stay in London when enjoying its outstanding entertainment, check out our ultimate theatreland hotel guide.
Amsterdam is approximately a one-hour flight from London and often overlooked when it comes to European weekend breaks, but also drastically underestimated when it comes to its theatre scene. More and more shows are making their way over with original Broadway or West End casts and performing in the original English form. Amsterdam has also built a fantastic reputation for modern dance, opera and ballet and it is a great destination to visit for popular music events. On the 20th and 21st March, The Script are playing Sunsets & Full Moons tour at Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam a great excuse to treat your mum to a trip to the Dam this year.
A spa day is certainly the best way to give your mum total respite and rejuvenation. Treat her to a weekend away at a wellness centre designed specifically to wash away all her day-to-day stresses and distract her from the routine chores and never-ending to do list that may normally consume her.
Our customers rave about the flagship ESPA Life facilities at The Corinthia hotel, London. A self-confessed next generation of spa with an unrivalled combination of fitness, spa, wellness, beauty and lifestyle. Situated in the very heart of the city the retreat holds a team of globally acclaimed experts at hand for all your bespoke treatments and access to deluxe facilities including pools, saunas, fountains, relaxation areas and sleep pods.
While there, consider extending your stay at The Corinthia overnight to appreciate the exquisite interiors, unbeatable views over London’s landmarks and a Michelin-starred dining experience at Tom Kerridge’s Bar and Grill.
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Transport your mum to a robed world of relaxation and an oasis of calm away from the city to enjoy a sumptuous stay at any of Champneys hotel locations in Tring, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Kent or Hampshire. The Champneys brand is a pioneer of luxury health spa resorts in the UK, and offers exceptional standards in beauty, fitness, nutrition and holistic wellbeing. With plush accommodation, in a serene and calm countryside environment, why not go the extra mile and book your mum on to one of Champneys’ indulgent overnight spa breaks providing an ideal opportunity to switch off entirely for a full 24-hours.
All mums are completely beautiful and unique in their own way. Give a gift this year that ticks every box and suits her to a tee by adding a personal touch. Here at Winged Boots, personalised travel is what we do best. If you want to create a bespoke travel itinerary this year, let Winged Boots take care of your every need. Contact one of our expert travel managers today who can sort out an exclusive and blissful escape from start to finish. Call our expert team on 0203 816 0985 or click here to submit an online enquiry.
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