Make it a stress-free Mother’s Day this year
Mother’s Day can be a cause of great stress among offspring across the country, but it doesn’t have to be. Things to do on Mother’s Day in London and further afield tend to vary. But we’ve come up with the perfect suggestion. Afternoon tea is a glam way to spend a few hours of quality time with the woman who gave you life. So why not splash out and treat her this year? You can live it up in a swanky venue with a beautiful, towering tray of miniature sandwiches, scones, sweet treats and petit fours. Whether you’re looking for a traditional spot with triangular cucumber sarnies and piping hot tea or if you’d prefer the teapot to contain gin, there’s sure to be one which fits your requirements! But let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of this special day, first, shall we?
What exactly is Mothering Sunday?
The history of Mother’s Day in the UK and Ireland makes a lot of sense, really. Originally celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians across Europe, Mothering Sunday traditionally falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, just three weeks before Easter Day. Way back then, people (mainly those working as servants or in the service industry) were given the day off to visit their “mother” church on this particular day. It then evolved into a day to celebrate mothers, so people would visit their family. Known more commonly nowadays as Mother’s Day, it has now become a reason for sons and daughters to shower their mum with gifts, flowers and a nice meal as a way of saying thanks for everything that she does for them throughout the year.
Why does Mother’s Day celebration day change every year?
Easter is determined by the date of the March equinox each year, and consequently so too is Mother’s Day. Equinox literally translates to ‘equal night’, meaning that both day and night are of equal length on an equinox. The March equinox is when the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt toward the sun in spring and the Southern Hemisphere starts to tilt away from the sun, signalling the start of their autumn. Because this is a physical occurrence that changes with moons, tides and the rotation of the sun each year, Easter falls on different dates as a result.
Why does the UK have a different Mother’s Day to the US?
Mother’s Day in the US doesn’t revolve around Easter, nor the March equinox, and it’s all because of the hard work of an incredible social activist by the name of Anna Jarvis. After her own mother’s death she campaigned relentlessly for a holiday that celebrated mothers. Women’s rights had not progressed much at the time of her activism, so she found it tough to garner support in the male-dominated society.
However, in 1908 Jarvis made a breakthrough. The first ever Mother’s Day service was at Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Around 407 children and parents attended. Following all of Jarvis’ hard work, the official date was then formalised by President Wilson in 1914, as the second Sunday of May. So while the UK and most of Europe celebrates Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent, the US always celebrates it on the second Sunday of May.
Alright, now that we’ve gotten all the curiosities out of the way. It’s time to focus on the most important question of all: Where will you bring your mum for Mother’s Day afternoon tea?
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in the UK: Our Favourites
Afternoon Tea at Corinthia Hotel, London
Alright, if you can’t afford to send your mum away to a swanky hotel for the weekend, so the next best thing is obviously Afternoon Tea at The Corinthia Hotel! Elegant, refined and delightful in every way, mum will love the ambient chandelier-lit rooms and array of gourmet sweet treats at this upmarket hotel at Whitehall Place in Westminster. If mum needs extra love this Mother’s Day, this is the place to do it.Book now!
Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms, Oxford Street
Treat the number one gal in your life to a Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne afternoon tea at Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms Oxford Street. Build your own tray by choosing from dishes like steak with balsamic onions on toasted sourdough; sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel ice cream, macadamia nut brittle; Seville orange scones and more. You can also check out other excellent afternoon tea offerings at Scoff & Banter Kensington, Scoff & Banter Bloomsbury and Scoff & Banter Canary Wharf, if they’re more convenient for you and mum.Book now!
The Moat Tea Rooms, Canterbury
All kinds of sweet treats await at this popular little spot that we think mum will love. You can select from a wide array of homemade sandwiches, cakes, loose leaf teas and freshly ground coffee, and the atmosphere is just divine. The cutesy decor and the family-run feel means your mum will simply love her afternoon tea at The Moat Tea Rooms in Canterbury. Opt for the Champagne, high tea or special cream tea package and treat mum the way she deserves.Book now!
The Strand Hotel in Eastbourne
Prosecco afternoon tea is the order of the day here and it includes homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, the freshest cucumber sandwiches and some fresh sea views. The coastal location will make mother dearest feel like she’s on her ‘olidays while enjoying some afternoon tea at The Strand Hotel in Eastbourne.Book now!
The Cliffe Restaurant in Folkestone
A bright airy dining space complete with comfy, colourful seating and stunning chandeliers hanging from the ceiling make The Cliffe Restaurant in Folkestone a perfect choice for Mother’s Day afternoon tea.Book now!
Afternoon Tea at The Colonnade, London
The menu at this funky venue has been designed by The Colonnade’s own private chef and features dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and a mouth-watering range of house-made pastries and cakes. Delightful, really. A relaxing dining experience, this is perfect for a casual afternoon with mum chatting, indulging and spending quality time together. A big thumbs up from us.Book now!
Afternoon Tea at Park Room, London
Lavish, elegant and an experience to remember are the ways we would describe Afternoon Tea at Park Room. Situated in Mayfair on the prestigious Park Lane, Afternoon Tea here is a five-star experience that includes Champagne, high-quality tea, sandwiches, scones and delicious cakes, naturally. Afternoon Tea at Park Room is kind of a big deal. We think you and your mum will love it – so treat yourselves.Book now!
Le Bonne Auberge in Glasgow city centre
Right then, who’s for some French-inspired afternoon tea? Swap your lil sandwiches for a croque monsieur and some colourful macarons, washed down with a lovely glass of bubbly. You and your mum will be talking about the afternoon tea at Le Bonne Auberge Glasgow for years to come.Book now!