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Seven superb Mother’s Day gift ideas that aren’t flowers or chocolate

Posted at 10:00 am, March 13, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London
mc queens online flower shop

Alrighty people, Mother’s Day is only a few days away! While the majority of us will probably just resort to grabbing a bouquet from London’s best online flower shops, if you’ve got a great mum, let her know by taking her to one of these alternative Mother’s Day events happening this weekend. Go on – she’s worth it.

High Tea up the ArcelorMittal Orbit

high tea arcelor mittal

This is no ordinary afternoon tea, this is afternoon tea at the top of that big red rollercoaster-like sculpture towering above the Olympic Park. The view from the top is pretty impressive, and this is the first time that the Orbit is being transformed into a dining room in the sky. This Sunday they are launching their quirky High Tea, allowing us to enjoy buttery scones, bakewell tarts and other afternoon tea treats with a great view. Choose from High Tea or Champagne High Tea if you’re feeling lavish. After Sunday’s launch event, High Tea will be available every third Sunday of the month.

High Tea £30 for adults, £19 for children, Champagne High Tea £35. Sunday March 15 and then each third Sunday of the month. Tables bookable at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm or 2.45pm. Tables must be booked in advance by calling 0333 800 8099. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton Street, E20 2ST.

Cabaret and fine dining

Proud Cabaret, City

Make your mum’s day special by taking her to a family-friendly variety performance and three-course lunch at Proud Cabaret City. This Sunday’s Mother’s Day lunch transports visitors to a time of luxury and indulgence. Expect live entertainment, an Art Deco inspired venue, and dishes such as French trimmed lamb cutlets and coconut crème caramel.

(Don’t let the raunchy website put you off, this is totally family-friendly.)

£35pp. Sunday March 15. Book you tickets quickly on 0207 283 1940 or citysales@proud.co.uk. They’ve nearly sold out! The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8AH.


Origami and poetry aboard a floating café

origami boat party

The award for the quirkiest Mother’s Day pop-up event goes to this great-sounding origami and poetry event on board The Floating Showroom. It also happens to be a bit of a bargain. For a meagre £5 you’ll get a personalised poem on an origami model, home-baked cake and a tea. Tell the professional poet something lovely about your mum and you’ll get a personalised poem for her, and if she can’t be there with you you’ll get ‘a message in a bottle’ to send to your mum. Poems take about ten minutes to write so while you’re waiting you and your ma can have a go folding some paper swans and enjoy some tea and cake.

£5. Sunday March 15, 11am-4pm. The Floating Showroom, Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA.

Live music and lavender sachets at a Crafternoon session 

Crafternoon Cabaret Club Ju

This ‘scent-sational’ workshop (their words, not ours) invites you and your madre to create a lavender sachet to make your clothes smell all lovely. There will be live cabaret performances while you’re crafting and for an extra tenner you’ll also get afternoon tea.

£15, or £25 with afternoon tea. Sunday March 15, 3-5pm. Book in advance at thehospitalclub.com. The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ. 


Jewellery workshop

Kat & Bee Jewellery Workshop

If you’ve got cash to flash and have a mum who loves her bling, then take her along to Kat & Bee’s jewellery workshop. Founder Kat Berry is inviting us into her Netil House studio to make one of her signature rings and nibble on some food from Broadway Market. You get to keep your own creations, and just incase you’re a bit crap at craft, you’ll also get to take home a Kat & Bee ring.

£100, Saturday March 14, Studio 203, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL.

Design your own personal lipstick shade

lipstick flickr© Stefan Schmitz

Is your mum a bit picky? She’s got to have the perfect bag to match her shoes? Well Harvey Nicks are offering up their own unbiased beauty experts to help you select the perfect product. This complimentary Beauty Concierge service will guide you to finding the perfect shade of lippy to match your mum’s fave shoes, or a fully prescriptive skincare regime to suit her skin type. You can book an appointment at beautyconcierge@harveynichols.com or call 020 7201 8688.


Natural History Museum Mother’s Day Night Safari

The Natural History Museum

This one-off special will explore the weird and surprising ways animals react to parenting. First guests will be welcomed with a drink in Hintze Hall before beginning the safari. Then scientists will explore topics such as how centipedes raise their young (hint: it involves cannibalism), and how ancient societies preserved the dead, as you take a closer look at some behind-the-scenes specimens.

£40, or £36 for members. Tuesday March 16, 7-10pm. Hintze Hall, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD. Over 18s only.

gin bar london

And ff all else fails, take her to one of London’s best gin bars and get your mother ruined.

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