Derek Robertson & Amanda Gegg, March 2017
There are many who (rightly) bemoan the proliferation of Hallmark Holidays, schmaltzy days whose main significance lies in buying overpriced tat and cringe-worthy greetings cards. But it’d be a cold heart indeed who didn’t want to celebrate Mother’s Day, the holiday started by American Ann Jarvis in 1908 to honour all mothers as “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” To truly show your appreciation steer clear of supermarket flowers and the faux sincerity of boring cards and give your dear old mum a proper treat on the 11th March.
E17 Mother’s Day Market
If you’re after a gift, why not let mum choose something herself? Housed in a grand old cinema, this market has everything from cakes and treats to unique jewellery via clothes, handmade perfume, and other delights. And if the shopping gives you an appetite you can tuck into a delicious lunch on site as well, soundtracked by a live band.
Women Of The World Festival
What better way to honour your mother than to celebrate women everywhere? The WOW festival is a three-day event of talks, comedy, theatre, interviews, poetry, and more. The 2018 edition has an added poignancy, coming on the back of the #MeToo movement and marking the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to vote in the UK.
Mother’s Day Brunch, Chino Latino
This certainly won’t be something your mum will forget in a hurry: an exquisite pan-Asian brunch served with bottomless ‘Spicy Chino Mary’s’ which the two of you can enjoy whilst taking in a striking view of the River Thames. Brunch starts from £35 per person. Add £15 supplement for bottomless Prosecco or Chino Bloody Mary’s (1.5 hours).
The Female Gaze @ Getty Images Gallery
If your mum is the arty type, then head along to the Getty Images Gallery for “The Female Gaze”, an exhibition of 70 photographs celebrating Girl Power in all its glory from World War I to the present day. The show celebrates women not just as subjects, but as photographers and artists in their own right, the aim being to “reveal a raw and honest visual truth about the nature of modern womanhood.”
Mother’s Day Bouquet Workshop & Fizz @ Patron Bar a Vin
A boring bunch of flowers is just about the most uninspiring gift one can give, so do better and book her a flower arranging workshop complete with a glass of prosecco. Over two fun-filled hours Gail from Gail Smith Flowers will guide your mother through the creation of a beautiful bouquet that is natural, seasonal, and sure to look wonderful.
Sunday Dinner, Florentine Restaurant
For the mums who prefer a more traditional meal out, Florentine is an idyllic setting with its delicious roast dinner and, of course, a selection of freshly-made a la carte options to choose from. The staff will also be handing out white carnations in honour of Anna Jarvis, the original founder of Mother’s Day.
Columbia Road Flower Market, Hackney
What could be better than treating your mum to flowers on Mother’s Day? Well, how about taking her to choose them with you? As absurd as this sounds, Columbia Road Flower Market really has become an institution and is very much worth a visit.
Disco Loco Mind Body & Soul @ Hackney Downs Studio
If something a little more energetic is required, get your mamma down to Disco Loco for a family friendly disco. Motown, funk, and R&B are all on the dancefloor menu, as is Rave Yoga and a special guest fortuneteller. As an added Mother’s Day bonus, grandmas get in for free, so all three generations can dance the afternoon away.
Orchid Festival @ Kew Gardens
Mother’s Day this year falls on the very last day of Kew Gardens’ annual Orchid Festival. Housed in the tropical Princess Of Wales Conservatory, it’s a celebration of Thailand’s vibrant colours, culture, and plant life, there’s also an exhibition of various Thai crafts and an orchid palace. Entrance is included in a general ticket, so you can also explore around the other 300 acres and marvel at the 30,000 species on display.
Tozi Treats, Tozi Restaurant and Bar
If your mother is more of a night owl – with a taste for fine Venetian-Italian food – then you won’t find a better place for you both to enjoy dinner than Tozi. There will even be a bespoke bouquet of flowers waiting for her when she arrives, when you book the Tozi Treats package. £100 for 2.
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