10 Best Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day In London
We here at Family Twist know we never need a reason to honor the women in our lives, but Mother’s Day is as good a time as any to spoil mom and let her know how much she means to you! The date for Mother’s Day varies around the world, but it’s celebrated in the United States every year on the second Sunday of May. If you find yourself in London on this special occasion, however, you’ll find that the holiday has already come and gone (The English celebrate Mother’s Day in March). But like we said, every day is a good day to show some appreciation for the women in your life, and besides, the fact that you will be celebrating separately from the crowd will only make the day more special. Here are some of our favorite mother’s day activities (and potentially new mother’s day traditions) awaiting you and your family across the pond – rain or shine!
A Mother’s Day Brunch in London with kids:
Serpentine Bar and Kitchen – The Traditional Brunch
You just can’t go wrong with a traditional brunch-style menu: Eggs, bacon, French toast – the works. At Serpentine Bar and Kitchen you can get just that and a waterside view of Lake Serpentine in London’s serene Hyde Park. The breakfast menu is served from 8 AM to 11:30 AM every day, and there are vegetarian options as well. Enjoy a traditional hardy brunch with the family and then take off for a walk through the park to work off that post-brunch daze. If you haven’t yet, stop by Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, both in the area of the restaurant. There’s no better gift you can give the mom in your life on this day than good food and interesting sights.
Address: Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge
Oxo Tower Brasserie – A posh lunch
Located right by South Bank, Oxo Tower Restaurant is a well-known and well-loved London lunch staple. The menu includes vegetarian options and children’s menus are available upon request. With an unbeatable view overlooking the city, Oxo Tower Restaurant offers a lovely dining experience for the whole family!
Address: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Nearest Tube: Oxo Tower (Stop SG)
Farmacy Kitchen – A healthy brunch
Farmacy is the brunch spot for the health-conscious mom in your life who doesn’t want to sacrifice flavor for well-being. This lovely neighborhood restaurant is welcoming of patrons of all ages, and offers all types of organic dishes, ranging from omelets to Earth bowls. Farmacy is very accommodating of dietary restrictions, so vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free families are able to enjoy almost every item on the menu. Even better than their menu is their location: at less than a mile away from Notting Hill, your family can make a day out of exploring the beautiful and affluent district of West London.
Address: 74 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH
Nearest Tube: Westbourne Grove Queensway (Stop G)
Mother’s Day Rainy Day Activities in London with kids:
Chocolate Workshop – Sweet treats for mom
Why not prepare something to eat for mom for a change? With Family Twist’s fun and delicious Chocolate Workshop activity, get ready to cut, dip, and decorate your own chocolate creations – the perfect sweet gift for any mother on her special day! Our resident chocolate expert will guide you through the entire process and invite you to learn a thing or two about this sweet treat’s long history and cultural significance in England. The private, 2-hour long session is sure to be a wonderful experience for the whole family – and one mom’s, dad’s and kid’s alike will never forget!
Mini Cooper Sightseeing Tour – See the city in style
If the weather isn’t holding up but you want to show mom around the city, fret not! The rain can’t stop you from enjoying Mother’s Day or the beauty that London has to offer. With our Mini Cooper Sightseeing Tour, your family will be able to experience London from the interior of this iconic British car. A personal driver will show your family around London’s greatest sights (including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, and Saint Paul’s Cathedral) as well as its lesser-known gems in a two-hour long drive.
Draughts Board Game Café – A day-in playing board games
Draughts Board Game Café is the perfect fun, family-friendly spot to celebrate Mother’s Day! With over 900 board games, your family will never tire of this amazing café. At Draughts, it is £5 per person at the Hackney venue and £6 per person at the Waterloo venue (£3.50 and £4 for children under 12, respectively) to play as many games as you want for up to four hours, seven days a week! There is delicious pub-style meals and side dishes available for when you and your family need something to snack on while finishing up that intense game of Monopoly. This café is entertaining for moms and kids alike, and is the perfect way to start (or end!) a day with the family.
Hackney Location – 337 Acton Mews, Hackney, London E8 4EA
Waterloo Location – 16 Leake Street, Waterloo, London SE1 7NN
Nearest Tube: Haggerston
Mother’s Day Sunny Day Activities in London with kids:
London and the River Thames – Unique views of London
If you want to celebrate Mother’s Day in style, consider booking our London and the Thames River activity, which includes a boat cruise on London’s iconic, central river followed by a walking tour of the must-see sites on its banks. This sightseeing tour begins at the London Eye and ends at Saint Paul’s Cathedral; your family will be able to discover iconic features of the city, such as Big Ben, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Our tour includes a private, blue badge tour guide who is an expert each of these iconic sights, and is experienced in keeping kids entertained for the full two-hour long ride!
Hyde Park – A day to remember
Everyone and your mother (no pun intended) has probably already told you that when in London, you have to visit Hyde Park – but it’s for good reason! While there are several beautiful green spaces in London, nothing beats the picnic-perfect open fields, lakeside views, and historical sights of London’s largest Royal Park. Whether you decide to take a stroll through the Kensington Gardens or take to the water on Lake Serpentine, a day spent in Hyde Park is an experience any mom is sure to appreciate.
Crockford Bridge Farm – “Pick-your-own”
Crockford Bridge Farm is a lovely location that allows families to spend their days picking ripe and organic fruits and vegetables. If mom has a “green thumb”, this is the place to take her to; boasting over twenty types of produce (including their renowned strawberries and raspberries), Crockford Bridge Farm is one of the leading “pick-your-own” farms in London. There is no charge to enter the farm (you will pay for the amount of produce that you’ve picked), so even if you decide not to pick anything, your family can share a picnic in a picturesque farm area for free!
Address: New Haw Rd, Weybridge KT15 2BU
Nearest Tube: Bates Walk
Waterperry Gardens – Wisteria hysteria
There are few sights more beautiful than seeing these gorgeous, purple, drooping flowers against the red brick of London’s architecture. Why not take the mom in your life out for a stroll around the city to find as many breathtaking wisteria displays as you can? If your family would prefer to skip this wisteria scavenger hunt however, you will still be able to appreciate the beauty of wisterias at Waterperry Gardens. Located in Oxfordshire (just outside of London), Waterperry Gardens is home to some of the most beautiful flowers the city has to offer. One of the most iconic features of this garden is its Wisteria Arch: this aesthetic piece is the perfect place to take some beautiful (and, of course, memorable) Mother’s Day photos!
Address: Waterperry, Oxford OX33 1LA, UK
Nearest Tube: Must drive to this location
Whether in London, or elsewhere in the world, the mom in your life is sure to love and appreciate anything that your family does for her on Mother’s Day. Remember to thank her for all that she does, on Mother’s Day and every day after that!
Where are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year? Drop a comment below and let us know!