On the one hand, Mother’s Day: clearly a made-up-by-marketing-execs celebration. On the other hand… any excuse to celebrate sounds good about now — and there are still plenty of ways you can spoil somebody from afar on Sunday 14 March, with help from some excellent London-based businesses.
From afternoon tea delivered to her door to a virtual night at the theatre, you’re bound to find something she’ll love in one of the round-ups below. Basically, if you want to show just how much you care/make up for last year’s disappointing bunch of daffs/cement your status as mum’s favourite child, we’ve got it covered.
First up, you’re going to need some flowers. Blooms are always a safe bet for Mother’s Day and almost all of the florists that feature in our London round-up offer either delivery or a click and collect service.
If your mum’s got a sweet tooth, why not send some delicious baked goods her way? Best leave this to the professionals though — no matter how much she praised your lockdown loaf of banana bread, London’s bakeries can do it better, with buttery croissants, morish brownies, dramatic slabs of tiramisu and loads more besides.
When in doubt, booze is generally a good shout. Gin may have once been deemed Mother’s Ruin, but a bottle of juniper-y goodness from one of these London distilleries is sure to put a smile on her face. In case she’s more into the grape we’ve rounded up London’s best wine delivery services here, and you can find cocktail kits here.
Looking for something a bit quirkier? Treat the main lady in your life to a virtual night at the theatre, with a ticket to a Shakespeare play recorded at The Globe Theatre. Globe Player has paid-for recordings of many of the theatre’s Shakespeare adaptations spanning more than 10 years.
If your mum’s a bit of book worm, find her new favourite read with help of London’s many independent bookshops — many of which will be happy to guide you towards the perfect tome. We’ve rounded up some capital’s best ones here, and we’ve also got a dedicated guide to Black-owned independent bookshops, all of which are delivering during lockdown.
If you really want to impress this Mother’s Day, you can even get a full-blown afternoon tea delivered to her door — we’re talking fancy finger sandwiches, scones and pastries galore, with optional boozy add-ons and even the chance to borrow some very quaint crockery.