In London for Mother’s Day? I am, and finding the best place for a Mother's Day lunch for my interior designer mum is always at the top of my list come March. Thankfully the capital has a lot to offer—from classic favourites to trendy new establishments—and most of them are geared up for the big day with a special Mother's Day menu.
Prioritising excellent design, food and service, these hotspots are sure to guarantee a memorable day for your main lady.
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It’s pink and brilliantly cool—sketch London is for mums with a penchant for iconic spaces. Designed by LuxDeco 50 designer India Mahdavi in her characteristically fanciful manner, it’s still one of London’s most Instagrammed dining spots.
Promising “a French take on British traditions […] with a surprise at every corner”, head chef Frederic Don’s afternoon tea is as intriguing as the nearby futuristic pod bathrooms. The plan is this: a Mother’s Day special from the ‘Tea Master’; not-your-average egg and soldiers (Comté cheese soldiers paired with Sturia sturgeon caviar) served up by the ‘Caviar Man’; and a tea stand teetering with finger sandwiches and petits gateaux.
9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG; 020 7659 4500; sketch.london
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The Ivy Kensington Brasserie
The demise of the dapperly designed Kensington Pavilion twinged the heart of interior enthusiasts slightly but any regrets were thoroughly dealt with when hospitality design maestro Martin Brudnizki stepped in as part of the venue’s Ivy reboot.
Darkly handsome millwork and antique glass mirror columns punctuate the space, zoning the main dining area, hanging globe pendants line up in rows and rich teal and mustard leather upholstery enhances the diamond marble flooring. The result is a casual Saturday Ivy vibe with feels-like-your-local service (although more refined) and classic brunch options.
Favourite menu items for a Mother’s Day treat include lobster benedict, chicken Milanese or, if you’re looking to be really naughty, the build-your-own waffles.
96 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4SG. 020 3301 0500; www.theivykensingtonbrasserie.com
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Another Martin Brudnizki Design Studio creation, Daphne’s elegant interiors deserve newfound appreciation in the aftermath of the caned furniture renaissance which it’s been working for years. The charming Italian favourite is a prime Mother’s Day spot and, come 22nd March, it’s set to be cheerier than ever.
The wonderfully located South Kensington mainstay (apres-brunch shopping anyone?) is sure to be teeming with pretty touches and faultless service sure to thrill any mother. On the menu is a celebratory “Mamma Mia” concoction of Konik’s Tail Vodka, Cointreau, Maraschino, Lime juice, cranberry and orange bitter, and Miraculous Foamer as well as a passion fruit and Amadei chocolate semifreddo.
112 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AE. 020 7589 4257; www.daphnes-restaurant.co.uk
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Roux at the Landau
Where better to celebrate Mother’s Day than the home of afternoon tea itself? The Langham London asserts itself as the birthplace of Mother’s Day’s most popular activity so spending a few hours at its Roux at the Landau restaurant qualifies as a foodie pilgrimage.
An eternally solid choice (especially for fans of those David Collins interiors), Roux at the Landau is renowned for its “contemporary take on European dishes” with a relaxed but refined atmosphere and food which promotes provenance.
The restaurant runs a breakfast only service on Sundays so bear that in mind for the actual day or visit another time during Mother’s Day weekend. If you do go on Mother’s Day, you’ll enjoy choosing from the menu’s Classic Langham English Breakfast (how very London), the Roux Farm House breakfast and a selection of à la carte favourites.
The Langham, London, 1C Portland Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 1JA. 020 7965 0165; www.rouxatthelandau.com
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Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Reopened in October 2019 after a two-month hiatus, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught is back on the short list for top Mother’s Day restaurants in London with a newer, more playful vibe. The Pierre Yovanovitch redesign exchanges the restaurant’s previous style—a thoroughly British one—for a not-so-serious salmon pink, library-meets-Wes Anderson one. The result is a space which channels modern French elegance and emphasises the inherent femininity of Chef Darroze’s creations.
Although not offering a special Mother’s Day menu, per se, the current à la carte menu provides more than enough to satisfy most palates. The 5 (£120) or 7 (£160) course menu features a brown and spider crabs accompanied by pomelo, lampong pepper and “txangurro”, a celeriac, brioche, Vin jaune d’Arbois guinea fowl dish, sea bass with clams, citrus, chard and dashi vinegar, and a signature baba. Special menu or not, there’s no denying that Hélène Darroze at the Connaught is a new Mother’s Day favourite.
The Connaught, Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL. 020 7499 7070; the-connaught.co.uk
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Refreshingly pretty, Spring at the glorious Somerset House is the quintessential Mother’s Day restaurant; indeed, Mothering Sunday is the only Sunday it opens all year. The pastel-hued restaurant (which is housed in the building’s restored 19th century drawing room) champions lightness and femininity with its airy space in which colour is used with restraint and design choices are reduced down to their very essence.
Decor aside, the restaurant is backed by some serious culinary talent having been created by Skye Gyngell of Petersham Nursery fame—the one responsible for its Michelin star. (It’s worth noting, too, that the restaurant’s design just so happens to be the work of Gyngell’s sister Briony Fitzgerald.) The menu items are appropriately elegant and include Cornish mackerel carpaccio with Sicilian mandarin, agretti, fennel and chervil; Ricotta dumplings with buttered leeks, farro, ricotta salata and crispy sage; and Rhubarb jelly with muscat cream and roasted rhubarb. Each mother will receive a complimentary rose petal bellini to celebrate.
Somerset House, Lancaster Pl, London WC2R 1LA. 020 3011 0115; springrestaurant.co.uk
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The Petersham/La Goccia
Speaking of Petersham, the much-loved restaurant group now has two outposts in the city which brings the great outdoors slightly closer than its Richmond garden centre location. And where better to set up these new memorable moment go-tos than London’s central-most home of flowers, Covent Garden?
Slightly different in style, The Petersham and La Goccia—fine à la carte dining versus all day casual dining, respectively—both adhere to the group’s admirable Slow Food philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair.
For Mother’s Day, The Petersham will offer a set menu which includes artichoke alla Giudia with sage and lemon, fillet of Cornish hake with white polenta and saffron mussels and rhubarb and vanilla mascarpone tart. La Goccia will present a sharing menu designed for a minimum of two guests to share (which means dad can come along too!)
2 Floral St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9FB. 020 7305 7676; petershamnurseries.com