• Big Ben and Westminster Bridge



Mother’s Day is just around the corner, but if, like many, you’re not quite sure what to buy your mum or you want to do something a bit different this year, heading to the capital is a great way to mark the occasion and create some cherished memories.
From seeing the Orchid Festival in Kew Gardens to going on a backstage tour of the Globe Theatre, we’ve put together a list of some of the most unique things to do in London for Mother’s Day that are sure to make your mum feel extra special.

Sample some local favourites on a food walking tour

If you’re not planning on having a sit-down meal, Blogger Fiona from London Unattached recommends going on a food walking tour this Mother’s Day.
“I'd highly recommend going on a food walking tour. There's a lovely chocolate tour in Chelsea by Chocolate Ecstasy Tours and a brilliant East End food tour by Eating Europe that takes you around historic Spitalfields for fish and chips, bagels and more.”

Marvel at London’s top sights on a Thames boat ride

City Cruises boat in front of the London Eye

If your mum isn’t all that familiar with London and its sights, Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to get out on the water on a City Cruises Thames cruise to marvel at London’s famous skyline. See Big Ben in all its towering glory, and don’t forget to look up as you sail under London Bridge to admire its divine architecture. See if you can both spot the Gherkin, the Shard and the O2 all while feeling the wind in your hair as you glide along London’s much-loved river.

Smell the flowers at Kew Garden’s Orchid Festival

Who doesn’t like flowers? But rather than getting your mum a fancy bouquet this Mother’s Day, why not take her to Kew Gardens’ Orchid Festival to see these gorgeous Indonesian flowers in bloom in an array of gorgeous displays
“The Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens is very beautiful, full of so many different flowers and beautiful plants,” says blogger Jupiter Hadley. “It's great to walk around and take pictures of while enjoying the sights and smells of flowers that do not normally grow in the UK. The gardens themselves have a themed menu around the Orchid Festival, and the rest of the grounds are beautiful to walk around and enjoy.”

Enjoy a Mother’s Day meal with a view

Mother’s Day lunch on a City Cruises boat

Looking to treat your mum to a special Mother’s Day lunch? Make sure it comes with a stunning view to admire while you enjoy a delectable meal.
If your mother has never seen the view from the Shard before, then Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to head to the top for a spot of lunch while taking in the sights. Alanna from It’s Alanna Jean highly recommends it. “I'd definitely recommend a trip up the Shard. Enjoy a glass or two of champagne and a slice of cake while watching the world go by (and the boats on the river too!)”
If you’re looking for those compelling views but in a unique setting, then check out City Cruises’ extra special Mother’s Day river cruise, where you can choose between afternoon tea, brunch, lunch or dinner and late-night entertainment to ensure your mum has a Mother’s Day she won’t forget:

Explore London’s free museums

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly Mother’s Day treat, then you can’t beat exploring London’s top museums for free.

“A lovely free thing to do with your mum is to visit one of the many free museums or galleries that London has to offer,” says Laura. “Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive and taking the time to have a day out together is what makes it so memorable.”

Watch a London show with a theatre tour

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Does your mum love the theatre? Why not treat her to a glitzy London show for a fantastic way to mark Mother’s Day?
“Go catch a show at the Globe Theatre,” recommends Shy Strange Manic blogger Kariss. “Shakespeare's beautiful theatre has some of the most amazing shows in the city, and its fantastic design takes you back in time. Why not grab a drink or dinner at the onsite restaurant too or even head backstage on a Shakespeare’s Globe guided tour?”
The Globe Trotter blogger Deeptha also recommends a behind-the-scenes tour to give the experience some extra wow-factor, before heading off for a drink onsite to chat about the experience.
“Treat mum to a show at the Royal National Theatre and a guided backstage tour followed by some cocktails at the Understudy, the theatre's riverside bar. I think it makes for a lovely treat especially if your mum loves theatre!”

Get a bespoke piece of jewellery made just for her

Does your mum love jewellery? We spoke to Julie, owner of Julie Nicaisse Jewellery about her company’s unique offering. “This Mother’s Day, take your mum to have an extra special and bespoke piece of jewellery created, guided by an expert. Your design will then be handcrafted by a licensed jeweller.”
If you’d love to get your mum a special piece of jewellery but not sure where to start, this is a great option that will allow her to have a stunning piece of jewellery she can love and cherish that has been tailored to her style and taste. You could even get two matching pieces created that you both can wear!

Go on a hidden tour of London’s Underground

Old posters in disused Notting Hill Gate tube stationNotting Hill Gate tube station / Image credit: @mikeyashworth, Flickr
For a tour like no other, head underground and experience hidden London. Explore disused tube stations and secret underground sites where time has stood still for many decades.
“Take a journey underground with a London transport Hidden London tour,” says blogger Donna from Like Love Do. “Walk in old tunnels and even under Trafalgar Square in a Charing Cross station tour. See old advertising posters and spaces that are closed off to the public.”
So, if you’ve been stuck on what to do this Mother’s Day in London, hopefully the above list has given you some inspiration. Whether you decide to head out on a chocolate walking tour, have a bespoke piece of jewellery crafted or see the sights on a special Mother’s Day London cruise, spending quality time together with your mum will be the best gift of all.