Don't leave it too late to book somewhere special..
Whatever she’s into, there’s a place to suit for a Mother’s Day treat.
To celebrate the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A museum, the Berkeley Hotel, Belgravia has created a special Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea.
The Bar Suit, synonymous with Dior since it first took to the catwalk in 1947 as part of Christian Dior’s debut collection, has been delightfully reinterpreted into a rich chocolate biscuit decorated with cream royal icing. The couture cakes also include a bottle of Miss Dior Eau de Parfum reimagined as a lychee and raspberry cake glazed with pink icing and a silver bow.
If you really want to splash out there’s also the Christian Dior at The Berkeley experience which includes tickets to the now completely sold-out retrospective show as well as a night at the hotel, in room treats with Pret-a-Portea Dior couture cakes; a copy of the specially commissioned book ‘Christian Dior’ telling the story of one of the most celebrated designers of our time and of course a chilled bottle of champagne on arrival.
The Christian Dior at The Berkeley experience runs from March 11th to July 14th, from £780 and includes a Deluxe King room and breakfast.
The Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea is served in the Collins Room from 1pm – 5.30pm every day, from £58 per person.
the earth mother
Presented on a three tier stand, decorated with foliage, this plant-based High Tea at Notting Hill’s Farmacy restaurant is free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals, so it’s totally guilt-free.
Set up by Camilla Fayed in 2016, Farmacy is also the first London restaurant to serve CBD; the non-psychoactive constituent of the flowering cannabis plant which is recognised for its feel-good potential and health-boosting benefits.
On arrival, expect a CBD infused cocktail, followed by a selection of tea-time sweet and savoury treats, including CBD home-made infused chocolates, scones and coconut clotted ‘cream’, raw quiche and cucumber and pea sandwiches; along with a pot of hemp leaf tea or a choice of Farmacy house infusions.
High tea is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3.30-5pm, from £42 per person.
the star baker
Open since 2015, Maître Choux is the creation of Three Michelin star-experienced chef Joakim Prat, and his business partner Jeremie Vaislic, whose mission is to bring high quality pastries out of the most exclusive hotels and on to the high street.
The first and only choux pastry specialist patisserie in the world, it is a modern version of a French patisserie, redesigned to cater to the most discerning of taste buds
With three outposts in the capital, Maître Choux has shaken things up and is now the go-to patisserie in London.
Whisk mama here for a Sweet Pink afternoon tea with a paired selection of éclairs, chouquettes and choux with a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée and La Cuvée rosé champagne and loose leaf tea.
Or if you prefer, send a personalised Choux Box with a choice of éclairs and spring flowers (available 29th-31st March).
Afternoon tea is available from Maître Choux Soho and Maître Choux Chelsea, from £22.
the nature lover
An oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the capital’s west end, Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden has put its own twist on this classic afternoon treat.
Maintaining the founding family’s passion for responsibly sourced ingredients, The Petersham’s Chef Director Damian Clisby and Head Chef, Joseph Fox, have developed an Afternoon Tea menu which changes with the seasons.
Quintessentially English classics such as milk bun sandwiches and scones are combined with Italian dolci of crisp cannoli and warm bombolini.
If you fancy something a little stronger than tea and prosecco, there is also an accompanying Tea Tails menu, offering light, botanical, tea infused cocktails including elderflower and chamomile, and cardamom and rose.
Afternoon Tea is served Thursday-Sunday: 3pm-4.30pm, from £45 per person.
So go on, spoil her this Mother’s Day (31st March 2019).