Extraordinary maternal figures deserve to be celebrated all year round, not just one day a year. That’s why we’ve thought long and hard about how we can salute these most deserving of people. Whether you’re paying homage to your own mother, a stepmother, the mother of your children, your mother-in-law or even a maternal figure you love, we’re here to help you celebrate them in St James’s style.
For something more unusual, we recommend visiting treasure trove of scent Floris. Floris London’s 'Together' Fragrance Customisation service gives you the chance to craft two bespoke fragrances in the secluded privacy of its perfumery on Jermyn Street. Sip champagne and seek the expertise of the team behind the oldest privately owned family perfumers in the world, and leave with an engraved bottle that is uniquely yours. In addition, you can even archive your scent in the Floris ledgers for future generations. Find more information here to book an experience that will last the test of time.
Where better to take mum than to an art exhibition? We know just the one. Admire Scottish painter Gordon Mitchell’s works than at one of London’s leading Modern British art galleries? Housing an impressive collection, the Portland Gallery offers a peaceful setting to discover British Contemporary artists alongside a loved one. Whilst closed on Mothering Sunday, visit any weekday from 12th – 27th March to see Gordon Mitchell’s 'abstract expressionist' style on exhibition.
An indulgent option from Prestat is a spoiling choice for any mother. Choose from boxes of Rose and Violet Crèmes with traditional French sugar-coated petal decorations, or opt for the bestselling classic Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles. With past customers including the likes of Roald Dahl (the most famous chocolate expert perhaps), you can’t go wrong with a sweet gift from this alluring Princes Arcade shop, set between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street.
Lock & Co.
The oldest hat shop in the world, Lock & Co. is well worth a visit. Particularly popular ahead of the summer social season, we'd recommend a visit if you, or your loved one, might be searching for an occasion hat. Future Mother-of-the-Brides or Ladies Day guests can visit safe in the knowledge that the experts at the helm of this family-run business will guide you to make the most fitting purchase.
Spending Time Together
Sometimes, your presence is the best present. Why not book a table at one of our leading London restaurants and enjoy a walk around the side streets. Our restaurants serve international cuisine to suit every appetite: Greek seafood dishes at Milos; a chic British supper at Wilton’s; a North African feast at Ikoyi; Italian dishes at 'O ver, Cicchetti or Café Murano. Or, spoil your mum with live entertainment within a sumptuous setting at the Ritz, whether it's a glass of Champagne at the Rivoli Bar or Afternoon Tea. Before you dine, why not set the tone and sample a legendary martini at DUKE’s Bar. If you’re looking for something to take home, the cheeses from London’s oldest cheesemongers Paxton & Whitfield are a delight.
We hope that the above ideas gives you just a little inspiration for how to do Mother’s Day right. We also find that a slow wander, stumbling across tucked away restaurants, galleries and shops can be the best way to while away Mothering Sunday, and there’s nowhere better than St James’s.