March 3, 2016

Mother’s Day has rolled around far quicker than we’d anticipated and the 6th is looming like a grey cloud on an even greyer skyline. It’s not that you don’t have anything planned; you just haven’t gotten the details quite sorted yet. Instead of giving her some loose tea leaves, why not take her out for the day? Don’t panic, you won’t have to take out the hammer to smash open the piggy; we have some cheap suggestions.

A Boozy Brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth

Have you SEEN the dreamy interiors in this joint? It’s all House of Hackney and dappled sunlight. Everyone’s on an oxygen high from all the flora and fauna and there are waiters swooshing around with champagne and delicious breakfast goods. This one won’t break the bank and you can neck bottomless bellinis for just £16. Barg.

Details: 10am – 4pm, Saturdays and Sunday | 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU | £16 bottomless cocktails. Food from £8.50

Barbican Conservatory

The Barbican Conservatory is a surreal slice of heaven. Brutalism gone green, this place is a concrete jungle for real. Packed full of tropical plant life, you can find Koi Carp swimming leuisurely in ponds and a dedicated climate controlled cacti room. Spend the afternoon strolling across bridges and breathing in all the oxygen, and you won’t have to drop a single dollar.

Details: Open Sundays and Bank Holidays 12 – 4pm | Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS | Free entrance

Afternoon Tea at The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Afternoon Tea is a British classic, introduced to British culture to prevent aristocrats from getting hangry. It’s an excuse to indulge in clotted cream, cakes and teeny tiny sandwiches. Treat your mum to a delicious afternoon tea at The Ivy Chelsea Garden for under £20 or upgrade to a champagne tea for under £27.

Details: 197 King’s Road, London SW3 5ED | £20 – £30


Calling all chocolate addicts! Head down to Melange, Peckham’s best chocolatier and café. Forget acting all fancy, this isn’t an artisan joint where a bar of chocolate is a gajillion pounds, it’s a down-to-earth store with wacky flavours and good prices. Try out their hot chocolates and sample their ginger and lime milk bar.

Details: Melange, 2 Maxte Road, Peckham Rye, SE15 4LL |10.30am – 6pm | From £3

Origami Poetry Café

If your mum oozes creativity and is never far from a craft drawer, the Floating Showroom in Little Venice is totally her bag. A crafternoon of origami making and tea-drinking awaits for a meager £5. We love an easily pleased parent.

Details: Origami Poetry Cafe, Little Venice, Delamere Terrace W2 6ND | £5

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