March is upon us, meaning you have but twenty days to arrange a gift for your long-suffering Mother that will remind her of just how much she is appreciated, despite what you may put her through…
While my childhood gift of a homemade jar of Peace & Quiet may not cut the mustard these days (to be fair, it’s what she asked for…) chocolate and flowers are always a given, but if you’re the type to spoil your Mama with an extra special something, you might want to have a peek at the below.
If, like mine, your mum is of a slightly *ahem* more advanced age bracket, you may find the lady doth protest at the thought of accumulating more scarves/slippers/nighties; we’ve all reached peak ‘stuff’ and these days I prefer to buy my parents tickets, experiences, or memberships to things they can enjoy that aren’t physical entities that will clutter up the house. With the current Dior: Couturier of Dreams exhibition at the V&A Museum booking up fast, an annual membership (from £70) gives free and fast track entry to all ticketed exhibits, plus a range of benefits such as talks, workshops and previews. For an unrivalled Dior experience, The Berkeley has introduced a package offering a night at the hotel in-room treats with the Pret-a-Portea Dior Couture cakes, two tickets to the sold out show, 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. Available until July 14th, from £780. www.the-berkeley.co.uk
For mamas who like to get their hands dirty in the kitchen, newly-opened Islington Italian Terra Rossa
, top right) has an exclusive pasta-making masterclass on the menu on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March. Hosted by a true Italian mama; flying in from Puglia in Southern Italy, Antoinetta Fracella, will be bringing her skill and knowledge to the pasta table. For just £45pp, learn the art of hand rolling ‘Tria’ (ribbon style pasta) and gnocchi, as well as experimenting with wholemeal pasta doughs, creating different shapes and sizes. A three-course lunch will follow, where mums will be able to enjoy fresh pasta dishes and other regional specialities, alongside a glass of wine or prosecco. 11am – 12pm, followed by a three-course lunch. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fancy whisking mummy away for a magical Michelin-starred weekend in the sun? Madrid’s five star Urban Hotel
is offering an unrivalled package including accommodation for two with breakfast, complimentary bottle of wine and a taste of ‘The Seventeen’ exclusive menu at Michelin star restaurant CEBO (bottom right), from chef Aurelio Morales, showcasing cuisine from around Spain (£375 pn). Or if you want to really push the boat out, head to Barcelona where the Claris Hotel & Spa has a spectacular Mayan Secret Spa Package (bottom right) with accommodation with breakfast, complimentary wine, champagne, chocolate and strawberries, a rose petal bath, a 550 minute Mayan Yaakunah massage for two people in the Mayan Secret Spa and exclusive access to the Temazcal, a unique pre-Hispanic sauna handcrafted, as well as the hotel’s chromotherapy shower. The dream way to spend a weekend. From £705pn. www.derbyhotels.com/en/special-offers