One of the most special days will soon be upon us, Mother’s day with men and women from all corners of the capital, and further afield, looking for interesting things to do with arguably the most special person in their lives. At Unique Venues of London HQ we’ve given it some thought and come up with three unique days out, guaranteed to make it a day she’ll never forget…
A Day of Indulgence
Why not start the day with a sumptuous breakfast in one of London’s most iconic and renowned art galleries. Following a healthy and invigorating breakfast why not indulge in a leisurely stroll around the building’s permanent collection or take in the fabulous Rubens and his legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne.
Lunch: Spring at Somerset House
Arguably one of London’s most chi chi restaurants, Skye Gyngell’s Spring expands on the gastronomic sensibilities she developed at the legendary Petersham Nurseries Café. The menu showcases her signature style of cooking with dishes ranging from grilled lamb with cavolo nero, farro and radicchio to bitter chocolate mousse with ginger caramel.
Afternoon/Evening: Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at The Royal Opera House
After having a post-prandial look around the Courtauld Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery, afternoon tea will no doubt beckon. The chic, stylish surroundings of the Royal Opera House’s Paul Hamlyn Hall provide the perfect setting for a lavish selection of cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches. To mark the special occasion members of the Royal Opera Chorus will sing classics from repertory.
A Sunday on Southbank
Morning: A Gentle Walk Along the Southbank
Grab a coffee at one of the many artisan cafés which occupy Shad Thames and set off from Tower Bridges along the bankside and take in the breath-taking array of unique landmarks and heritage buildings which dot the riverside as you work up an appetite for lunch.
The National Theatre has recently invested a large amount in their food and drink offering and one of the new restaurants on the site is House, an establishment specialising in British classics with a modern twist. Expect firm favourites like beautifully prepared steak tartare with fries and whole roasted lemon sole alongside osso buco ravioli and sticky toffee forest gateau with butterscotch.
Round off the evening with an aural sensation! Take your seats in the auditorium for two stirring evocations of the natural world from some of the world’s greatest composers. The expert and peerless Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner will delight and dazzle, a delightfully musical way to round off the evening.
The Culture Vulture
Morning: Alexander McQueen at the V&A
This is not to be missed by any fashionista! The assembled works encompass his early beginnings, as an MA graduate in 1992 to the unfinished A/W 2010 and will be presented with dramatic staging, synonymous with his runway shows. London was pivotal to McQueen’s life and work, having grown up in the capital and educated at the prestigious Central Saint Martins before finding wide acclaim during the ‘Brit’ art and pop scenes in the mid-1990s. This exhibition will not only give an insight into the man’s creative genius, but also his visionary body of work.
Lunch: Rex Whistler at Tate Britain
This Millbank-based culinary institution, first opened in 1927, is an art-lover’s paradise with an award-winning wine list. After exploring the gallery’s stunning collection, why not pop in for a scrumptious Sunday lunch with rare-breed roasts and inventive starters and puddings with mouthwatering dishes including: crispy duck egg, ham hock, green beans, shallot dressing and sticky parkin pudding, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream.
Afternoon/Evening: The Wallace Collection, Manchester House
What better way to spend the afternoon than in the company of masters, Old Masters to be precise. One of the most original and sophisticated collections in London has once again come to life following a restoration and re-hang of the paintings. Sympathetically curated and full of treasures, immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere of the building. Frans Hals Laughing Cavalier is one of the world’s most renowned works and is not to be missed.