This year’s Mothering Sunday falls on Sunday, 26th March. Regardless of whether she is 50 or 90 years young, this is the one day in the year when your mother deserves to be celebrated for the wonderful woman that she is. After all, you wouldn’t be where you are today without her committed love and devotion.
So, why not treat your Mum to a sumptuous meal out in Central London? Sunday Lunch in your local is an obvious choice, but obvious is boring! The capital has so much more to offer! You could choose to have a special breakfast or brunch, go for Afternoon Tea or dine in style, perhaps before taking in a West End show?
The only problem is which venues in London should you choose? Let’s be honest, it’s a very nice problem to have. We’ve come up with 7 suggestions for dining treats in Central London that may just work as a special ‘thank you’ for your Mum..
Brunch at Christopher’s
For a special Mother’s Day brunch in the middle of Central London, you surely can’t beat Christopher’s in the heart of Covent Garden. One of the best brunch venues in London, according to The Telegraph, it offers a classically glamorous American environment for all dining occasions, housed in a Grade II listed building with an interesting history. There is a Martini Bar, an elegant Dining Room and a private Club Room on the lower ground floor.
The a la carte brunch menu at Christopher’s has to be seen to be believed. Ranging from ‘light and healthy’ to ‘substantial’ menu options, there are also favourites such as pancakes and a few contemporary dishes thrown in for good measure. Interestingly, there’s also a Superfood Menu for the nutritionally aware, even including healthy juices.
Sunday Lunch treats
Take Mum out for a real treat in Central London – book at Orrery in Marylebone for Sunday Lunch. With an award-winning wine list and a reputation for the finest in French dining, this elegant restaurant is set in a converted stable block with a roof terrace and stunning views over St Marylebone Church Gardens. The tucked away location is a real haven for Londoners or visitors alike who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
For something a little out of the ordinary for Sunday Lunch, head to the Cinnamon Club in the Grade II listed Victorian building of the former Westminster Library for lunch with an Indian twist. In one of London’s best Indian restaurants, Chef Sankar Chandrasekaran fuses Indian and Malaysian cuisine in a menu that includes such mouthwatering dishes such as Rajasthani Style Lamb Shoulder & Corn Curry, Fenugreek scented Tandoori Cod or Chettinad style Lamb Hearts Stir Fry. Real gourmands are encouraged to try the Tasting Menu.
Set in the heart of St James’s at one of London’s most prestigious addresses, just minutes from the West End, The Stafford is one of the capital’s finest hotels. As a historic setting and quintessential English 5 star luxury goes, you couldn’t do much better. The elegant Lyttleton Restaurant serves a sumptuous Afternoon Tea with freshly made finger sandwiches, scones and preserves along with a range of delicious cakes and pastries. A real London treat for Mum.
Of course, the most important thing about Afternoon Tea has to be the tea, which is why booking at Fortnum & Mason is a must for the tea connoisseur. Tea has been sold here since 1707, making this establishment the capital’s first authority on the subject. Afternoon Tea at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon – a civilised affair with sandwiches, scones, patisseries and cakes – is served with a choice of 82 different teas! Luckily, the new tea tasting service comes with knowledgeable staff to guide you and your mother through the exquisite tea drinking experience.
Pre and Post Theatre Dinner
The perfect place for dining before or after (or indeed as an alternative to) a nearby West End show is Eneko on Aldwych, where 3 Michelin starred chef Eneko Atxa serves astonishingly innovative dishes based on his native Basque country cuisine. Just round the corner you’ll find plenty of performances at theatres in the vicinity, including the Adelphi, Lyceum, Novello, Drury Lane, Aldwych, Duchess, Vaudeville and Theatre Royale.
If you’re heading north to Sadlers Wells or the Almeida Theatre, it’s got to be Ottolenghi. Yotam Ottolenghi is renowned for his global culinary influences and life affirming food that Mum is bound to appreciate. The flagship Islington restaurant is perfect for dining pre or post theatre. The menu will wow you with inspiring dishes such as Chargrilled Octopus with Rose Harissa, Beef Shin Pastilla with Pickled Plum, or Braised Violet Artichokes and Fennel with Freekeh, Coco Beans, Black Barley and Mint!
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