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Mother's Day in London

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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...

1. Afternoon Tea

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© Laura Porter

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!)

2. Kew Palace & Royal Kitchens Open

Kew Palace, Kew Gardens, London
© Laura Porter

On 29 March, Kew Palace opens for a new season and explains what made George III such a 'British' king. Find our more...

3. London Eye

London Eye Afternoon Tea
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Quality time together is the greatest gift, so why not treat mom (and yourself) to a ride on the London Eye? There's a Champagne Afternoon Tea Experience and a Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience including chilled Prosecco. Full details at www.londoneye.com

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.

    4. Elemental - Play about JMW Turner

    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...

    5. Chocolates

    Hotel Chocolat Kensington
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    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?

    6. Plan a Visit to Buckingham Palace

    Buckingham Palace, London
    © Laura Porter

    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.

    7. London Sightseeing Pass

    London Pass
    © London Pass

    The London Pass offers free entry to over 55 London tourist attractions including The Tower of London and Kensington Palace. With the savings you will make, why not buy two passes and go with mom?

    8. Ideal Home Show

    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.

    • Paperchase, 213 - 215 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PS
      Nearest tube stations: Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road
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