02 Mar Not to Alarm but Mother’s Day is Just 2 Weeks Away
Nobody panic, you have 2 whole glorious weeks to think of the perfect way to spoil your Mum. If like us here in the office you’d like to mix it up a little in the gift section, we’ve got some ideas that will truly make your Mum feel special.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at The Ritz
If your mum is into all things fancy then this traditional spread is just the ticket. Expect classic teatime snacks like finger sandwiches, tea cakes and scones served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream. While taking in the stunning surroundings of The Palm Court, mum can enjoy the tinkling of a live pianist, and little ones will get a Ritz teddy bear to take home.
The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, W1J 1BR
Mother’s Day at Bake-a-Boo
Bake-a-Boo’s picturesque afternoon tea is served in vintage china. The table of tasty delights, such as lemon cupcakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a variety of finger sandwiches, will be decorated with flowers, petals and hearts. As well as a bottomless cuppa of her choice, mum can add a glass of champagne or prosecco.
Bake-a-Boo, 86 Mill Lane, NW6 1NL
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – V&A Museum
Savage Beauty, the first retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary creative talent, comes home to London after a triumphant run at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The most popular fashion exhibition in history, it’s the first retrospective of the work of the late designer, who was known for catwalk collections that were dramatic, dark and always boundary-pushing. Spanning his MA graduate collection to his unfinished AW 2010 collection, Savage Beauty is the hottest fashion ticket of 2015, so get booked in now.
Woman’s Fashion Power – Design Museum
Whether its shoulder pads, twinsets or a dress made of meat, what a women wears is one of her most complex forms of self-expression. Influential women throughout history have used fashion to their advantage. This exhibition looks at the wardrobes of 25 exceptional women, who’ve made their names in politics, culture, business and fashion, with each of them contributing an outfit. The women featured include Dame Vivienne Westwood, Kirsty Wark, Joan Burnstein and Pearl Lam, with highlight outfits including an Yves Saint Laurent ‘Le Smoking’ suit, one of Zandra Rhodes’ ‘Conceptual Chic’ punk wedding dresses, one of Thatcher’s suits and a dress by Jacques Azagury that was worn by Princess Diana. The clothes will be supported by photographs, archive film and interviews. Visitors will also be able to explore an immersive visual timeline documenting the last 150 years of feminine fashion trends.
Elemis Day Spa
More than just a spa, the Elemis is a temple of touch, taste and smell. Using therapies from Bali, Tibet, Polynesia, Japan, Morocco and Thailand as well as all the tools of the modern spa, the Elemis offers the chance to step back from the city and just… relax. The sheer breadth of choice at Elemis might bamboozle you and your mum, the library of therapies on offer here is so vast, but oh so brilliant!
Four Seasons Park Lane Hotel
Few spas come with views like this. Situated on the 10th floor of the Four Seasons Park Lane Hotel, the luxury spa treatments are perfectly complimented by dazzling panoramic views of the city. There’s a massage for everyone at the Four Seasons, choose from Swedish, fitness, mineral stone or aromatherapy. Or try a more adventurous body treatment, like the green coffee and chilli re-sculpting massage or the seaweed and eucalyptus detoxifier. For the ultimate Mother’s Day treat however, it has got to be the Sky Suite, an exclusive private room with double steam shower, relaxation area and unbeatable views across London’s parks and landmarks.