As Spring approaches, so too is the UK’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 22 March. And it’s the perfect time to show your mum how much you care with a well-planned day out.
In the heart of London there are opportunities to reach every corner of the city – from tours of hidden gems to a sift-through of storied storeyed UK history, there’s no limit to the memories that can be made!
So in the classic, organised fashion that Basil Faulty would be proud of, we’ve laid out some possible Mother’s Day itineraries that would make any Sybil smile.
As well as their own exclusive Mother’s Day weekend specials for Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, 19-22 March, in London’s West End, try these:
1. Visit Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath
Tucked away in a charming village, Kenwood is surrounded by delightful greenery and gardens. It was originally home to lords and ladies of the past, such as Judge Lord Mansfield alongside his niece Dido Belle.
In its very centre is Kenwood House – a gorgeous getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Treat mum to a tranquil day out to see art from Rembrant, Turner and Gainsborough as you marvel at ages-old architecture.
2. Explore The Enchanted Interior
In the realm of empowering women after International Women’s Day, travel to The Enchanted Interior at the Guildhall Art Gallery. This collection features women artists and art in which women are the subjects.
Start at ancient artifacts and oil paintings and end with women making contemporary versions and reflections on these pieces. From Victorian to Art Nouveau, Aestheticism, Surrealism, and modern, take a walk through this ‘enchanting’ history.
3. Party with a Paint and Sip
Workshop your watercolor skills with mum as you taste fine wines for a fun Mother’s Day treat. Create charming portraits or landscapes as you refine your brushstrokes with a rousing tutorial.
The fun never ends as the wine keeps pouring and imagination runs wild! It’s a different spin on what could otherwise be a quite blasé day! Plan this day or night out using groups such as Paint Mate to help you get your time in order.
4. Go to Sunrise Yoga & Breakfast at Sky Garden
Picture this: a towering view of the city from 36 stories high. A breathtaking glass penthouse as you descend into a deep peace.
Sun salutations and sunrises meet at Sky Garden for a particularly special wakeup call to share with mum for the special day. Afterwards, breakfast is served up alongside the equally delicious views.
5. See stars in Greenwich Village
Greenwich is home to dazzling sites inside intricate fields for the picture-perfect day with mum. Among these gorgeous locations you can find optimal spots to explore our solar system – particularly in The Royal Observatory and The Planetarium.
The Royal Observatory marks the meridian line, which maps out the measurements of everywhere on the planet. Here, you can also see the original clocks that John Harrison used to plan out longitude and latitude. Venture over to The Planetarium after for a unique view of the night sky. Learn the backstory of each star as you sit back and relax!
6. Take mum to sea on a Mother’s Day River Cruise
Also in Greenwich, alongside other locations, take mum along for a scenic boat trip. Board a skipper to gain a different perspective on the landscape as you glide along the Thames.
Among many options, City Cruises has opportunities for special bundles and deals for the holiday, such as packages that come with brunch and wine. Make mum feel special as you treat her to a different kind of view on her special day!
7. Have Afternoon Tea with Shakespeare at The Globe
The Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe transports you through time into another era. Experience Shakespearean drama at its finest as you lift your pinkies holding antique china teacups.
Experience a different take on the British classic by sharing it with the ghost of Shakespeare’s age-old stories. The elevated view from the second floor allows for a gorgeous glimpse of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames that’s not to be missed.
8. See Scenes in the Square at Leicester Square
Located in the bustling West End, Leicester Square is home to unique venues both indoors and outdoors. One of them is Scenes in the Square: a film-lover’s dream for a perfect day.
Iconic characters come to life in green shrubbery as they take form in awe-inspiring ‘bronze statues.’ Snap that picture-perfect selfie with Mr. Bean or Bugs Bunny as you become a film star with mum.
9. Chef up with mum at a Tea Masterclass
Have you ever wondered what it takes to perfectly and ceremonially master the art of tea? Show mum your skills by joining a master not only for instruction, but history lessons as well.
Learning from the best, you’ll hear about the origins of the Whittard brand, one of Britain’s most beloved teas. The history of tea-making is as rich as the leaves in which it comes from, and with this event you’ll learn about everything that made it what it is today.
10. Take a garden tour of the city
Finish off the day with a leisurely stroll through blooming flowers and succulents. Show how much you care by planning a tour ahead of time, which can be done through sites such as GardenVisit.
For you they’ll organize tours or cycle rides for families or small groups. The gardens will take you through over 700 years of British history that you’re sure to never forget for Mother’s Days to come.
And to round it all off or start it all up, get mum in the best mood by sharing a 3-course meal with Basil, Sybil and Manuel at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel. Over all performances of Faulty Towers the Dining Experience, 19-22 March, all mums will be presented with a complimentary gift box of chocolates. Tickets start at £65 for two hours of comedy that’s 70% improvised and 100% madness!
Tickets and more info at www.faultytowersdining.com