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Top 10 Places to Take Your Mum in London
She's the number one lady in your life, the woman who can boss a roast every Sunday and deal with your daily hassles. Girlfriends move over, this one is for mum. Handing her a well needed break, we've plucked a list of the best and most beautiful places to eat in London so she can sit down for some wining and dining. From some of Chelsea's finest botanical beaus to the city's loveliest tea rooms, here are our top 10 suggestions for places to take your mum in London.
Prime pickings for a pub lunch with your mum in London, The Phoenix in Chelsea is the ultimate charmer. A cutesy space of colourful furniture, hidden nooks and gastro dining, head on down with your favourite lady in tow for a charming and relaxed afternoon in the city.
For prim cocktails and perfectly plated cuisines, The Drift is your go to restaurant for mums in London. Their interiors are brushed with a contemporary cool aesthetic featuring a colour palette of grey tones and natural hues, accented by floral-printed furniture. Settle down for some fine mixology and fresh, seasonal food, just perfect for a laid-back afternoon with your leading lady.
Take your mother to a truly unique afternoon tea at the Karma Sanctum Hotel in Soho, where you'll feast on three tiers of British classics. From scotch eggs to prawn cocktail, ham and piccalilli to Eton mess, she's sure to love it all.
An eclectic wonderland of colonial aesthetics, amber lighting and clashing colours and prints characterises the fabulous Hoxley and Porter in Angel. For a little upmarket treat when it comes to bars to take your mum to in London, this place has the swanky style of a trendy cocktail haunt but with a laid-back atmosphere where you can tuck into a Modern British menu of creative cuisines and dabble in a cocktail (or two).
This bustling Chelsea spot is a certified choice for that cutesy atmosphere that mums just lap up. Very chic, very yummy mummy and boasting a very delicious array of food and drink, this restaurant and bar is the perfect haven to take your mum out for a chilled afternoon lunch or a fabulous evening dinner.
The Simmons empire is one known for its vintage charm and quaint cocktails served in retro chinawares. Delve into this wardrobe of mish-mashed interiors where a fusion of funky style and old-school cool come together, creating one ultimately sweet den of cocktail delights. Pull up a chair for your mum and catch up without spending big thanks to their happy hour cocktails and bottomless afternoon tea.
Offering friendly service, a beautiful interior design and a sumptuous mix of modern British cooking, the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms should be saved for when you're really looking to impress mum. Catch up over a drink or two in the leather clad bar or come for some dinner, this is an elegant space perfect for reflecting on your day in the city.
If there's one thing that mums can't get enough of, it's afternoon tea. Not only is this one promising the usual scones and sandwiches, but there's also Sherlock Holmes-themed treats in an inspired west London setting.
Venture to this Middle Eastern odyssey of belly dancing babes and fragrant traditional Lebanese cuisines. The atmosphere is always buzzing and it's fashioned like a Moroccan lounge clad with cushions, silks and Arabic aesthetics. Take your mum to experience something a little different in London where you're guaranteed to find exceptional food and drink.
Whether you're treating you mum to some post-theatre cocktails, or introducing her to one of the city's quirkiest little bars, The Leopard Bar at Hotel 41 is as weird and wonderful as it is chic.
Located on Oxford Street, Canary Wharf, Bloomsbury and Kensington and perfect for a little break from shopping, Scoff and Banter is a swish British dining room that serves up whopping afternoon teas, from fruit scones down to pastries.
Head to XR where their unique selection of signature cocktails, fine wines and sublime small plates are sure to satisfy even your mother's highest expectations.