March is often marked as the turn of the season. We wave goodbye to the Winter in favour of celebrating the arrival of Spring. The weather begins to turn and the flowers begin to surface after months of hiding underground. But it’s not just the change in temperatures and the brightness of the month we’re celebrating. March is also Mother’s Day and a chance to say thanks to the Mama in your life. Here’s our pick of the best places to spend Mother’s Day in Midtown to pick up gifts for your Ma or to take her to make her feel like the Queen she really is.
Mum’s are always guilty of thinking about other people before themselves. Give yours the gift of some time out and TLC with a voucher for the gorgeous spa at Grange Hotel in Holborn. Their 5-Star facilities include a sauna, steam rooms and ambient treatment rooms in which your Mum will be able to lie back and be pampered by the spa therapists. Treatments include facial therapies, massage therapies, body treatments, beauty essentials, waxing and reflexology. They’re also running a special Mother’s Day offer for Sunday, including a half-hour classic relaxation massage in the Hotel’s Ajala Spa for Mum or a 3 course lunch or dinner for £35
If your Mum is a bit more of a wild child, you could take her out for a night on the tiles. One of our favourite Midtown haunts for just such an evening is London Cabaret Club. They offer gift vouchers which will allow you and your Mum to immerse yourself in an evening of cabaret with an evening meal and a show. We’d recommend bagging tickets for their show The Best of British Pop, in which their cast of West End stars belt out chart-topping classics from the Beatles to Amy Winehouse, complete with chorus lines and dazzling choreography.
Who doesn’t love gin, right?! OK, we know not everyone does, but if your Mother is a gin lover, you want to get her a spot at Holborn Dining Room’s Gin Masterclass. Taking place once a week from 4pm on a Saturday afternoon, your Mum will be able to learn about London’s rich gin-related history, find out how gin is made, and establish how different botanicals help create unique and exciting nuances in flavour. She’ll also get to sample 4 different gins and have the opportunity to make her own gin cocktail. The experience lasts for 90 minutes and costs £60.
If there’s one thing Midtown is good at (and let’s face it, there are actually MANY), it’s food. We have so many awesome restaurants on our doorstep, and what better excuse to frequent them than to celebrate your Mum and everything she does for you.
Cha Chaan Teng is one of Holborn’s more unique offerings. Billed as a sensory mash up of East meets West, old vs New, this is a dining experience like no other. The restaurant has the spirit of a traditional Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng but infuses it with a heavy dose of contemporary London attitude. You can expect comforting Chinese classics alongside curious fusion concoctions. You could stop in for lunch, an evening meal or even a Chinese afternoon tea which includes homemade fluffy steamed bun sliders and our lightly toasted crusty rolls, topped off with a selection of mouth watering fillings. And our two favourite sweet, slightly crazy but delicious desserts – there’s no better place to enjoy a bottomless brunch.
As the fourth ROKA to open, ROKA Aldwych is a masterclass in good food. The principle cuisine is from the robata grill, which originates from the fishermen of the northern coastal waters off japan, who would cook the fish on the boats with different charcoals and share the bounty with one another using their oars. It’s not a cheap meal out, but it’s worth every penny with food critic Grace Dent commenting in a 2014 review: “If only, dear reader, I could tell you that Roka royally ripped me off. Instead, my dining companion and I warred with chopsticks over every last fresh, chubby, crisply battered morsel, little better than savages.”
If low key but great tasting natural food is on the menu for your Mother’s Day in Midtown, we’d recommend paying a visit to Natural Kitchen on Fetter Lane. Natural Kitchen has been specialising in food that is nutritious and delicious as well as being very affordable for the central London location since 2009. This is a particularly good haunt if your Mum doesn’t feel like indulging – though we’d argue she deserves it. This place branch isn’t open on weekends, but it’s the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day in Midtown twice!