Mother's Day 2014 The BarChick Way

It's that time of year again, your Mum is in major need of some pampering. Give her a day off, take her somewhere special and make sure you treat her. She deserves it! South Place Hotel Transport Mum to the South of France at the summery South Place Hotel. Angler might be on top of an East London hotel, but with its pots of lavender and white tables you could almost convince yourself you’re in Provence. They're going all out for their Mother’s Day lunch, with three courses of British seafood, roast Herdwick lamb and hazelnut cake to finish, all served with a cold glass of Besserat Champagne. £58 per person Also at South Place there’s a slightly boozier option if you prefer, the Bottomless Brunch is served downstairs in the street level restaurant, 3 South Place. Mum will be merrily washing down the a la carte menu of smoked salmon and local meats with never ending Bloody Marys, Bellinis or glasses of prosecco. £20 for two courses £25 for three courses £15 for bottomless drinks. Both of these options include luxe bath products from James Heeley as a gift. 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF angler terrace south place hotel Café Murano Treat your foodie mum to a deliciously indulgent lunch at Angela Hartnett’s new Café Murano. £45 per head includes a selection of antipasti like truffle arancini, salumi and squid fritti, followed by a choice of the restaurant’s signature pasta dishes. For secondi, choose from dishes like middle white pork belly or whole baked brill. All this is finished off with a selection of dolce, including apple and prune crostato with vanilla ice cream. A la carte is also available if you’re after more flexibility. Go on, spoil her. 33 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1HD Little Nan's  Quirky Deptford bar Little Nan's is hosting a charming afternoon high tea (£14pp), complete with cocktails. From 1 - 5pm you can treat Mum to sweet and savoury bites, delivered lovingly to your table on a three tiered cake stand, including a slice of Queen Victoria sponge baked using Little Nan's 72 year old family recipe. You're also invited to drop by anytime on Mother's Day for a tipple, freshly baked fruit scones or Scotch eggs and tea. 46 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PH Village East Mums who pop into the newly refurbished locals’ favourite on Bermondsey Street will take away a delicious bag of 'Lucky Dip' truffles. Whether it's lunch or dinner, or even just for a quick coffee, it's a sweet little treat for well deserving Mums. 171-173 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UW village_east_bar Drake & Morgan  It's all about the bubbles and blooms at Drake and Morgan's city restaurants this Mother's Day. Get stuck into a Sunday roast for only £10 and they'll also throw in a complimentary glass of bubbles for the whole family. The Refinery // The Parlour // The Anthologist // The Folly // The Drift // The Happenstance // The Fable Christopher's  The stunning Covent Garden grade II listed restaurant and Martini bar has whipped up three Mother's Day cocktails for all those Martini-loving Mums out there. The Yummy Mummy Martini is made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Cointreau, limoncello, strawberry liqueur, strawberry purée and fresh strawberries. The perfect, fresh pick-me-up on a day out in Central London, or to sip on while enjoying their brioche French toast at Sunday brunch. 18 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7DV christophers The Varsity Hotel  Treat Mum to a trip out of town and head to the gorgeous Varsity Hotel in Cambridge for their three course gastronomic supper for Mothers in need of a treat. With a rib-eye steak main course, coated with gin macerated juniper berries and served with a side of G&T onions, and a demonstration from the onsite distillery's master distiller (who served drinks to the Queen during her Coronation Anniversary no less!), gin loving Mums will be in juniper flavoured heaven. Go on and get her a room for the night too, she deserves it! £49 per person Thompson's Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8AQ


Oblix  The views from the 32nd floor of The Shard are breath-taking, and you'll swiftly move to favourite child status if you whisk her up to Rainer Becker's stunning Oblix for a treat on Mothering Sunday. Head left into the lounge and order something bubbly, or one of their perfect cocktails and settle in for the live music. If she just can't tear herself away from that view then don't worry, the rotisserie and grill menu will keep you busy for a while. Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy  The 'other' bar at The Savoy was practically made for glam nights out with Mum. Head here after 6.45pm, Mon - Sat to catch one of the wildly entertaining performers who work the room with their glam acts, and order Mum a bottle from the Beaufort Bar's extensive selection of Champagne. The Savoy Hotel, 189 Strand, London, WC2R 0EU Beaufort Bar - 1 high res Upstairs at Rules  The bar above London's oldest restaurant is a serene, old world cocktail bar, complete with a roaring fireplace and drinks served with a slab of Stilton. The cocktails here are as good as you're likely to find anywhere, and the service is so exquisite that Mum will feel like royalty (and she won't be the first royal to walk through these doors). 35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB Artesian at The Langham Winner of the best bar in the world, Artesian is as famous for its innovative drinks as it is for its gorgeous, Asian-esque décor. But it's the bartenders who will make Mum's day, nowhere else will you find such perfect, professional service balanced with so much fun. She'll be posing for pics with Captain Jack Sparrow's smoking pistol and drinking from cow’s hooves in no time. 1C Portland Place, London, W1B 1JA Brooklyn Bowl  Rolling Stone called the original Williamsburg Brooklyn Bowl 'one of the most incredible places on earth', so why the hell wouldn't you take your mum to the new London venue? With American style food, good tunes and plenty of bowling lanes, your Mum will be in ten pin heaven, just let her win this time! The O2, London, SE10 0DX Sager and Wilde  Mum might not believe you when you drag her along Hackney Road with the promise of a visit to London's best new wine bar, but Michael Sager and his wife Charlotte Wilde's light-filled, charming corner spot is as perfect as any bar could be. Michael will charm your mum with his character as much as his quirky wine selection. 193 Hackney Road, London, E2 8JL sager-and-wilde-main-bar