Why London is a great choice for Mother’s Day
Treating mum to flowers, chocolates or breakfast in bed is all well and good, but doesn’t she deserve something a little bit more special this Mother’s Day? Take her on a trip to London and spoil her with a relaxing spa experience, Michelin-starred meals and heaps of culture. And if you still want to provide that breakfast in bed, Royal Garden Hotel’s room service team will be happy to help.
Perfect for pampering
London is home to a plethora of spas, meaning there will be no shortage of places you can take your mum for some pampering. Try The House of Elemis in Mayfair for a facial based on a scan of your mum’s face that uses their wonderfully decadent products.
Alternatively, book her into Cowshed, which has eight locations across London. The most convenient for guests at the hotel is the Clarendon Cross spa in Notting Hill. Choose from a selection of manicures, pedicures, facials and massages to suit your mother.
Up the ante with a Michelin star… or three
Nothing says special like a Michelin star and the capital has an impressive 70 restaurants that have been given the accolade. Among them, nine have two stars and three have raised the bar considerably to boast three stars from the prestigious Michelin guide.
The Araki in Mayfair is the first three-star Japanese restaurant in the UK and is a great way to treat your mum if she’s a fan of sushi. The entire menu is prepared by chef Mitsuhiro Araki himself and follows the hospitality traditions of a historic tea ceremony. Every seat is at the chef’s table, making for a truly unforgettable experience.
Another option is Kitchen W8, which is just off High Street Kensington. It prides itself on having a relaxed atmosphere, despite its Michelin star status. Chef Mark Kempson has created a modern English style of cooking, with hints at French classics that change with the seasons. Enjoy the six-course tasting menu with your mum, or opt for a two or three-course set lunch or dinner.
The cultural capital of the world
If your mum is something of a culture vulture, then she will be in her element in London. The city is home to many world-class museums, with some of them being close to the hotel in Kensington. With hundreds of theatres and musical venues, you will be spoilt for choice if you wish to take her to a show or a concert.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has included four London attractions on its list of World Heritage Sites. The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are all likely to go down well with your mum.
For mothers who would like to follow in the footsteps of royalty, there’s nowhere better than Kensington Palace and Gardens. She will be able to see the bedroom where Queen Victoria slept and gaze upon the faces of many of the women that have served the country in the royal collection.
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