It’s that time of year again where we celebrate the most important women in our lives and show them how much they mean to us. Mother’s Day dates back to 1905 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother and consequently campaigned for 2 years for Mother’s Day to be recognised as a national holiday. For those of you residing in London and are looking for ways to treat your beloved mother, take a look at our suggestions of Best Things To Do In London for Mother’s Day.
Thames River Cruise
Escape the crowds on Mother’s Day and treat your mum to a leisurely cruise along the beautiful River Thames. Discover a side of London many people don’t see from a relaxing cruise taking in the rich historic sites and landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge. It truly gives you a different perspective of London and there are a variety of tours available to suit all tastes and budgets including trips with commentaries, themed cruises and dining experiences.
At almost double the height of any other viewing platform in London, The View from The Shard provides visitors the chance to travel up the 1000ft building and gaze over one of the most special cities on earth. The views from here are spectacular and unrivalled anywhere in London and will certainly take your mother’s breath away. Treat your mum to an afternoon tea at Aqua Shard or an exquisite meal at Hong Kong inspired Hutong.
Taking a trip round the London Eye isn’t specially reserved for tourists. It’s a great way to see London and a unique experience if you have never taken a ride on it before. The ride offers great views of London and on a clear day you can see as far as Windsor Castle. Each rotation takes approximately 30 minutes and reaches a height of 135m at its highest point. General tickets also include entry to a 4D cinema experience and if you book online you can save up to 20%.
If your mum likes food, there’s no better place in London to take her to than the eccentric and vibrant Borough Market. Arguably the best foodie destination in the city, the market offers a huge variety of options for lunch including culinary delicacies from around the world. This is the perfect option for those who are eating on the go, but if you wish to take your time there are seating options available. However be warned, these do get taken up very quickly, particularly at weekends when it’s busy and seating spaces are limited. Alternatively, if you really want to impress this Mother’s Day, pick up some ingredients and cook her up a fantastic meal of your own back at home.
National History Museum Night Safari Tour
To celebrate Mother’s Day, London’s National History Museum are hosting an exclusive evening to the explore magic of parenting in the natural world. The tour includes a complimentary drink in the Hintze Hall upon arrival before embarking on your safari. The commentated tour takes you through the maternal behaviour of invertebrates to mammals and even covers the ancient act of mummification! If your mother likes something a little out of the ordinary then this is a great gift to surprise her with.
London’s West End theatres have been wowing audiences for years and is an excellent evening that the whole family can enjoy. Whether your mother likes a larger than life big-name musical or something a bit more niche, London hosts some of the best theatre in the world and it’s a fantastic experience to enjoy with your mum. The blockbuster hit War Horse has been recently adapted for the stage and is sure to tug at your mum’s heartstrings. Alternatively, a lighter more fun Made In Dagenham will have her in tears of laughter.
Portobello Road Market
For those who have been a little naughty this year and forgotten to get your mum something special, why not travel to Portobello Road Market in search of a gift. This fantastic market has been around since the 1800’s and has become famous for its many stalls offering everything from delicious food to vintage clothes and antiques. You can wander the market together and find the perfect gift among the hidden vintage treasures that lie waiting to be discovered.