For anyone who fancies treating their mums this Mother's Day, I have put together a little list of fun and affordable things to do this Sunday 18th March or even any other time if you want to give your mum / grandma / step mum an "activity gift" instead.
Take a walk through London
London is such a huge place and very easy to get lost in but Time Out have put together some fantastic walking tours through London, from the Charles Dickens experience to Haunted Holborn, check them out for a unique experience.
Want a traditional English roast lunch? Then head to The Hawksmoor for a brilliant lunch. Based just off the 7 dials in Covent Garden, it is very close to Charing Cross, Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube. The roast menu is pretty large and you definitely won't come away feeling hungry!
Take a visit to the magnificent World Heritage Site, Kew Gardens which covers 300 acres with over 30,000 species of plants. The Evolution House contains a permanent exhibition telling the story of the development of plant life. Families with younger children will get a kick out of the human-scale badger sett, the fish in the Marine Display aquarium downstairs in the Palm House and the Climbers and Creepers indoor play area for accompanied three to nine year olds (sessions, bookable on arrival, last 20 mins). The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art is a new, permanent gallery. Kew Gardens' newest attraction is the Xstrata Treetop Walkway: 18m up in the air and 200m long, it provides a fresh perspective on the sweet chestnuts, limes, deciduous oaks and other trees of Capability Brown's woodland. The Treehouse Towers outdoor play area for three to 11 year olds offers rope bridges, giant swings, zip wires and slides geared towards teaching children about trees. Perfect for a mum who loves gardening and to be outside and a perfect day out for the whole family.
Cake, Pampering and Champagne
Fancy a less adventurous day? Then head to The Cavendish Arms for an afternoon of cake and pampering for just £35 per person. The afternoon includes a glass of prosecco, cake and a choice of pampering treats including, manicure, pedicure and reflexology. This will take place between 3 and 6pm on Sunday. Places do go fast so to book up, call 07815 852117.
Conveniently located near Stockwell Tube at 128 Hartington Rd, London SW8 2HJ.
If you and your mum fancy a bit of shopping away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford street or busy shopping centres, head to Covent Garden Market
This London institution may appear too commercial and crowded to provide a characterful retail experience, but some quirky gems lift the experience. The colonnaded nineteenth-century Piazza building houses Apple Market, where tourist-friendly crafts are the staple, as well as cutesy chain stores - although it's worth keeping a look out for independents still holding their ground such as Eric Snook's Toyshop and the specialist tobacconist/cigar shop Segar & Snuff Parlour.
The closest tube is Covent Garden and the market is located in Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 8AA. Definitely not one to miss.