Mothering Sunday is the second Sunday in May in the US but in the UK we celebrate Mother's Day in March. (2014 date: Sunday 30 March 2014.)
If you are visiting London in March you will need to know how to spoil mom so read on...
Afternoon tea is a wonderful tradition and I've enjoyed this pastime at many venues. Here are my favorite afternoon tea locations with reviews to help you choose where to book.
I can recommend the St Ermin's Mother's Day Afternoon Tea Experience which includes a presentation on the evolution, customs and etiquette of English Afternoon Tea by Newby Teas. (PS They have the best Earl Grey ever!)
3. London Eye
Quality time together is the greatest gift, so why not treat mom (and yourself) to a ride on the London Eye? You could choose a Champagne Experience and include the London Eye River Cruise, a fun interactive 40 minute cruise on the Thames taking in some of London's most impressive architecture.
If you can't make up your mind (there are a lot of options!) you could choose London Eye Gift Vouchers and let mother decide.
Playwright Dianne Cutlack describes her new play as "an intimate portrait of JMW Turner, one of England’s most influential and controversial painters; a complex and headstrong man who defied convention and courted controversy both with his lifestyle and his art".
Performances are scheduled from Friday 28 March to Sunday 6 April at three venues – Strawberry Hill House, the Riverside Room at Richmond Old Town Hall and Twickenham Library. Find out more...
Hotel Chocolat produce luxury chocolates and have many gift ideas to help you choose. Hotel Chocolat is a British-owned company who has been committed to producing real, authentic chocolate for over ten years. Their success has a lot to do with the quality ingredients they use – they even have their own cocoa plantation, Rabot Estate, in the West Indies.
Why not sign your mom up for the Chocolate Tasting Club so she can enjoys chocs all year round?
Buckingham Palace is open to the public from the end of July to late September each year so this is one mom will have to wait for but you could purchase the tickets now so she's got something to look forward to.
If mom can't visit London in the summer but is here now then take her to see the Changing of the Guard outside the front of Buckingham Palace.
The Ideal Home Show is exactly what you would expect - everything you need for your/your mom's perfect home. Again, plenty of shopping to be done so take a big empty bag.
Dates: 14 March - 30 March 2014.
9. Mother's Day Card
Your mother may tell you not to worry about buying her a card but do you want to take the risk? For the the best greeting cards in London head to Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road. The range is constantly changing which makes return visits more fun. They also carry a great range of unusual papers and art materials as well as all the more widely available stationery, greeting cards, gifts, and gift packaging.