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The best experiences to share with your mum this Mother’s Day

From the opulence of The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, to a fascinating lecture series, these are Sloane Street’s top picks for spending some quality time together

7 March 2024

The Cadogan Lounge by Benoît Blin at The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel

This meticulously designed afternoon tea menu has been created by chef pâtissier Benoît Blin, who Bake Off fans will recognise as one of the judges for Bake Off: The Professionals. Monsieur Blin’s fine dining afternoon tea menu is a distinctively seasonal affair, with a gallic twist on the quintessentially British tradition.

With a flower on arrival putting you in her good books from the off, expect treats like truffle-topped sandwiches; deliciously decadent Cornish crab brioches; religieuse pastries filled with light and airy coffee bean and cardamom cream; and, of course, the requisite freshly baked scones with clotted cream and handmade jam. Served sans the traditional stand, the afternoon tea arrives as independent courses, with the final course of cakes served from a stylish trolley for a touch of tableside theatre.

Price: from £75 pp

When: served daily from 12pm to 6pm

For reservations by phone, call 020 8089 707, email dining.cad@belmond.com

75 SLOANE STREET, SW1X 9SG; BOOK HERE

A fascinating lecture or membership to the Chelsea Physic Garden

Explore the tranquil grounds of London’s oldest botanic garden together before sitting down to lunch at the cafe and surprising her with an annual membership to the Garden, giving her free entry to the Garden and a guest all year, plus free entry to partner gardens, including Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum, Great Dixter and Borde Hill. 

Or explore the relationship between women’s health and holistic plant medicine with an exclusive series of five lectures at Chelsea Physic Garden, where herbologist Maya Jayaweera Thomas and award-winning medical herbalist Natasha Richardson, founder of Forage Botanicals, will discuss the relationship between women’s health and holistic plant medicines. 

Membership starts at £56/per year. Tickets to the Discovering Women’s Health through Herbal Wisdom lectures start at £45.

CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN, 66 ROYAL HOSPITAL ROAD, SW3 4HS; CHELSEAPHYSICGARDEN.CO.UK

The Carlton Tower Jumeirah

The Carlton Tower Jumeirah takes inspiration from the beauty of nature and the floral delights of the British garden for its afternoon tea this Mother’s Day. Working with only the highest quality, locally sourced seasonal ingredients and relying on naturally occurring sugars for sweetness, the addition of a brand new rhubarb and vanilla brioche flower certainly makes for a special occasion. (Bonus brownie points for the complimentary bouquet.)

Price: from £75 pp. Served with Champagne, from £85 pp

When: served daily between 2:30pm and 5:45pm, and at weekends between 12pm and 5:45pm

1 CADOGAN PLACE, SW1X 9PY; BOOK HERE

Anya Café

Just like everything else that Anya Hindmarch creates, the afternoon tea at her café on Pont Street is filled with humour and fun touches – perfect for the lighthearted lady in your life. Expect traditional sandwiches, cloud-shaped bakes and smiley-face icing, while the adorably named Chubby Heart cake is sure to touch hers. Plus, with celebrating women in mind, why not schedule a trip to the V&A while in the area, where the current Diva exhibition will inspire more iconic conversation.

Price: afternoon tea served with a selection of coffees or teas, £35 pp. Served with a glass of Esterlin NV Champagne, £50 pp

When: served daily between 2pm and 5pm

9 PONT STREET, LONDON, SW1X 9EH; BOOK HERE

11 Cadogan Gardens

Introducing the new Chelsea Garden Afternoon Tea, honouring one of the most beautiful gardens in London. A very British affair that she’ll love to indulge in, fluffy scones are joined by homemade savoury classics including Coronation chicken choux buns, and smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches. There are sweet treats, too, of course, and though you can have tea, it’s best enjoyed with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne – it’s an occasion to celebrate, after all.

Price: £55 pp, or £65 pp for Champagne Afternoon Tea

When: served Monday to Sunday between 12pm and 6pm

11 CADOGAN GARDENS, SW3 2RJ; BOOK HERE

Lizz Wright at Cadogan Hall

On Friday, March 15, you will have a rare opportunity to witness Lizz Wright, a living soul legend, perform live in Chelsea. With an inimitable voice that the New York Times describes as ‘a smooth, dark alto possessed of qualities you might associate with barrel-aged bourbon or butter-soft leather’, the celebrated vocalist draws inspiration from her Southern upbringing in Georgia, where she was the musical director of a small church in which her father was the pastor. 

Friday 15 March 2024, 7:30 pm. Tickets from £32.50.

CADOGAN HALL, 5 SLOANE TERRACE, SW1X 9DQ; CADOGANHALL.COM

Mother’s Day Lunch at Azzurra

If the traditional afternoon tea doesn’t quite tickle her discerning taste buds, take a trip to Italy via Sloane Street this Mother’s Day to sample Azzurra’s celebratory offering. Their exquisite line-up features only the freshest British seafood including Sicilian red prawns and tuna bottarga, but it’s the picture-perfect dessert that will really get her seal of approval – a complimentary rose water babà with white chocolate namelaka and poached rhubarb.

When: Sunday 10th March between 12pm to 10pm

127 – 128 SLOANE STREET, SW1X 9AS; BOOK HERE

Backstage tour of the Royal Court Theatre

Take mum for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Court Theatre, home to the English Stage Company for over 60 years, to explore the building and work that happens to bring a play to life. You’ll discover the stories and secrets that have made the theatre a Chelsea treasure famous for its support of new and inspiring playwriting. Afterwards, sit down for cream tea and a glass of prosecco. You could even book a private tour, to make her feel really special. 

 The tours run on multiple dates throughout the year.  Tickets £12.50 – £25.

ROYAL COURT THEATRE, SLOANE SQUARE, SW1W 8AS; ROYALCOURTTHEATRE.COM

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