In London for Mother’s Day? These charming hotspots are sure to guarantee a memorable day for your main lady (and you!).
For the On-Trend Mum: sketch London
It’s pink and brilliantly cool – Sketch is for mums with a penchant for pretty, modern design. Promising “a French take on British traditions […] with a surprise at every corner” this season, the restaurant’s afternoon tea is as intriguing as its pod bathrooms. The plan is this: a personally recommended tea by the ‘Tea Master’ (there’s “a cup for every palate”); not-your-average egg and soldiers (Comté cheese soldiers paired with quail’s egg and Oscietre caviar) served up by the ‘Caviar Man’; a tea stand teetering with finger sandwiches and petits gateaux (the Lincolnshire and rhubarb cheesecake sounds divine); and, the “pièce de rèsistance”, a lemon and strawberry Battenberg cake with a carefully rethought Victoria Sponge or fudge-infused banana loaf. The new menu – filled with whimsical illustrations and anecdotes – can be taken away as a keepsake booklet.
9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG. sketch.london; 020 7659 4500
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For the Casually Elegant Mum: 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 Brudnizski 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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For the Flower Fan Mum: Daphne’s
Wonderfully located in South Kensington’s shopping district (apres-brunch shop in JOSEPH anyone?), Daphne’s is a prime Mother’s Day spot and this weekend it’s set to be cheerier than ever. The charmingly designed (Martin Brudnizski again) Italian favourite will be covered in daffodils for the big day, perfect for flower lovers. We’re told by the team, “Each mother lunching there on Sunday will receive a bijou posy of daffs from not-so-old charmer, Gabriele, the manager.” Good food and a pretty takeaway – she’ll be thrilled.
112 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AE. 020 7589 4257; www.daphnes-restaurant.co.uk
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For The Not-A-Londoner Mum: Roux at the Landau
Although nothing necessarily Mother’s Day themed, where better to celebrate Mother’s Day than the home of afternoon tea? The new Roux Farmhouse brunch is an exciting new way to celebrate Mother’s Day at the grand hotel this year and, with the David Collins-designed interiors, the venue itself is always a winner. A relaxed ‘Farm Table’ buffet of delights is in store for diners – Scottish smoked salmon, pâté en croute, asparagus, morel and wild garlic quiche and an opulent seafood selection of Cornish oysters on ice and native lobster cocktails – and a live mixing Bloody Mary station is set to be as fun as it sounds. It’s perfect for the mum from out of town because who prefers a casual affair.
The Langham, London, 1C Portland Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 1JA. 020 7965 0165; www.rouxatthelandau.com