We toured Midtown to find the perfect Mother’s Day destinations
The historic London boulevard of Piccadilly Circus is an iconic landmark for tourists, high-end shoppers and shutterbugs alike. Of course, this comes as little surprise. Big-name flagship fashion stores, elegant luxury hotels and boutique stores have all made a home for themselves in London’s Midtown. (We class this as the wonderous mid-section of London covering everything from St James’ Park to Farringdon). With this much of the city’s best at your fingertips, it’s a great spot to treat mum when the big day rolls around later this month (Sunday, 31st March, for those of us less organised!)
Our Mother’s Day tour puts the spotlight on London Midtown’s food offering, with a selection that is as photogenic as it is delicious… get ready to feel hungry!
1. Fortnum & Mason
The luxury hampers
The first stop on our tour took us through Fortnum & Mason’s sprawling assortment of luxury hampers. From personalised champagne bottles to lavish beauty wares, this debonair department store suffers no shortage of glamorous Mother’s Day gift inspiration.
The chocolate and sweets department
Waiting for us on the first floor was a treasure trove of indulgent chocolates, pastries and sweet treats. Fortnum’s even went to the trouble of spattering a generous helping of dairy and egg free chocolates – a pleasant surprise for those of us whose mums have a vegan-leaning sweet tooth!
Building your own personalised box of chocolates with the help of Fortnum’s expert chocolatiers gave us childlike Willy Wonka wonder – it is an absolute must do and feels so special!
Up next on our itinerary was a trip to The Parlour. Delightfully light and playful, this award-winning restaurant is where Fortnum & Mason keeps its decadent ice cream creations, artisan coffee and loose-leaf tea. Pair this with any one of the signature dishes and you have a Mother’s Day menu fit for a queen (which all of our mothers deserve, of course!).
We picked up the tour next door in Hatchards, for a candid peak behind the curtain of London’s oldest bookshop. Hatchards’ iconic Georgian building has aged gracefully over its two centuries in business and it shows. From the moment we stepped through the door, the interiors oozed an old-timey charm – the perfect backdrop for exploring the eclectic library they had built up over the years.
In the past, Oscar Wilde was a regular customer, visiting the shop with Lord Alfred Douglas the day before the first production of The Importance of Being Ernest. Many of his books were signed sitting at the main table on the ground floor, known to this day as Oscar’s table.
Mooching through this amazing store is strangely soothing – the smell of books and quiet of a library make the experience serene; a lovely break from the bustling streets outside.
3. The Terrace on Piccadilly
Ending on a high, a night of champagne and contemporary cuisine at The Terrace on Piccadilly. Naturally, no visit to The Terrace is complete without taking some time to appreciate the marvellous glass roof draped over the brasserie. The moonlit West End laid out below, it made quite the impression during our visit!
As you might expect, the addition of natural light works wonders for The Terrace during the day. There’s a picturesque quality to the dining experience that would be impossible to replicate any other way, and the restaurant’s trademark panoramas are at their best with a dash of sunshine! If you’re looking to remember this Mother’s Day with a few gorgeous photos, then you’ll definitely want to book in a daytime visit.
Are any of the venues from our tour making it onto your Mother’s Day list? We’d love to hear what your plans are, so let us know on Instagram, Twitter or in the comments below!
Digital editor, Boutique London