Mum in town? Not booked anything for Mother's Day? We're on it. Hit us up through BarChick Concierge and we'll recommend and get you booked into these awesome places.
Sea Containers at The Mondrian - Sea Containers House, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
First things first, come on Mother's Day and Mumma gets a free glass of Champagne on arrival. Nice. Then you're onto bottomless Prosecco. You know how this brunch is gonna go get stuck into a stack of blueberry pancakes and big-ass plate of crab scrambled eggs on toast. The view from in here is one of the best in town, plonked riverside with floor to ceiling windows out to The Thames; ideal for stroll along the Southbank after brunch. That or hitting Dandelyan afterwards for some botanical cocktail drinking... we'll leave that one to you.
Riding House Cafe - 43 - 51 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PQ
Sit up at the bar and get stuck into one of the best brunches this town has to offer. We’re talking eggs done every which way, chorizo hash browns, stacks of blueberry pancakes and banging Bloody Marys.
Caravan - Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
People have been waxing lyrical about the brunches here ever since they opened. They roast their coffee beans on site so Mum'll be perky and you'll be caffeined up ready to steer conversations onto anything other than your dating life. They’ll spread anything on toast, will scent their pancakes with orange essence and will turn black pudding into something sublime. Tuck in!
London Grind - 2 London Bridge, London, SE1 9RA
Kick start your day in the right way and spike your flat white with rum coffee liqueur. Woke up a bit late? Don’t panic, these guys serve brunch right up until 11pm, hello one pan eggs with spinach and pistachio as everyone else goes to bed.
The Palomar - 34 Rupert Street, London, W1D 6DN
Book a table well in advance (if you can) or wait for a spot at the bar to come available (it’s where you wanna be anyway). This modern Jerusalem kitchen is buzzing and dishes out the best food this side of the Med.
The Shed - 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, London, W8 4RT
We love The Shed and all its freshly foraged goodness. Book a table (or a barrel) here and transport your mama right out of London and straight to the countryside. Kick things off with a Daily Fizz then tuck into the delicious sharing plates.
The Jugged Hare - 49 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SA
This is a very special little place filled with taxidermy and delicious and seasonal game. Work your way through a three bird roast and fine wines by the glass thanks to their wine dispenser.
Sky Garden - 20 Fenchurch Street, London
This bar up in the clouds is where to take her for a cocktail, especially if she’s a bit of a gardener (their bushes are enviable). Wrap up warm (them plants like it cold apparently) and be prepared for a bit of a cocktail wait.
Oblix at The Shard - Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
Any trip up the Shard is special (seriously, no matter how you say it...). If you’ve got cocktails on your mind it’s all about Oblix; they’ve got a big bar with pretty bottles stacked up to the ceiling and know how to work a shaker (their bar snacks rock too).
Rumpus Room - 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
Sitting pretty atop the Mondrian hotel, the Rumpus Room is a sexy and bright hangout inspired by a cult group in the 20s who knew how to party. Sip on Champagne and killer cocktails as the city shines on down below.
Balthazar - 4-6 Russell Street, London, WC2E 7BN
There are a couple of well-established afternoon tea hotspots out there, but our favourite is the Matthew Williamson tea at Balthazar. Delicious finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and cakes too pretty to eat, washed down with a Chasing Rainbows cocktail.
Scandal Water at The Punch Room - 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP
On Fridays and Saturdays our fave bar in The London Edition gets it's afternoon tea on, boozy style. Expect cocktails made from perfect silver needle teas, snacking and gossiping... at 5pm the bar opens so it's into an armchair by the fire and into the punch bowls.
Noble Rot - 51 Lamb’s Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB
This has gotta be the coolest wine bar to open in the past year, it's like stepping into a vintage Parisian wine bar circa the 1940s and we're totally into it. Dark green leathers, huge windows, roaring fires and a quirky wine list with everything from French classics to Greek new school bottles. Fat olives and little snacks are on offer out front but if you mean business, or she really deserves a treat, book into the restaurant behind the curtain. Next level good.
WC Wine & Charcuterie - Clapham Common South Side, London, SW4 7AJ
What used to be an underground loo is now Clapham’s hottest hangout. The wine list is well-priced and the charcuterie is delicious, and mum will adore the love letters in the loos which they found during the redevelopment.
The Lido Cafe - Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, London, SE24 0PA
Take your mum for a bit of boozing and breaststroke at the weekend - she can either swim or just check out the guys in the water. This place is a firm day-time spot with all its delicious British brands and seasonal British produce.
Petersham Nurseries - Church Lane, Petersham, TW10 7AB
This is a real weekend treat, and about as magical as it gets. Wind around the gardens, browse plants in the nurseries and shop for antiques, all those things mums just love! The real star of the show is the seasonal food, get stuck in.