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Celebrating the Finer Things in Life this Mother’s Day with London West End

Mother’s Day is one of the very few holidays that I celebrate every year. Mumma Squibb deserves to be spoilt as she still does so much for me despite the fact I moved out three and a half years ago! She’s always at the end of the phone when I need a chat, she cooks us amazing dinners whenever we pop round and I can always rely on her to give me the best advice.

So when the lovely team from London West End asked if I wanted to show Mumma that the finer things in life don’t have to cost a fortune, I was full on board to see what was on offer.

Fortnum And Mason

Everyone knows of Fortnum and Mason, famous for their wonderful hampers and stocking quite an abundance of tea. Fortnum’s was founded back in 1707 when William Fortnum, footman to the Court of Queen Anne began selling candle ends to the ladies of the courts and teamed up with the landlord, Hugh Mason, of Duke Street to open the business.

It may not come as any surprise that Fortnum and Mason do seasonal hampers, but did you know that Mother’s Day hampers start from as little as £85?! Just the thought of having one of the stunning hamper baskets makes it well worth the money. I’d love to have one filled with blankets by an open fire in the country house I’m obviously going to live in.

In these wonderful Mother’s Day hampers, that range up to £150, there’s an array of pretty biscuits, Milk Chocolate Coated Hazelnuts, a slice of our Fortnum’s Fruitcake, a jar of our Strawberry & Rose Petal Preserve and even the option to have personalised Champagne too. Not all hampers include alcohol which Fortnum have seen a trend in recently.

The confectionary floor is teaming with sweet treats that any mother would love. You can buy a pre-boxed tray of goodies or head to the counter and pick your own that you think your Mum would enjoy the most.

Or if you fancy a day out with you Mum then why not treat her to something sweet with the walls of Fortnum itself. The Parlour is home to incredible ice cream sundaes, pancakes, cakes, and of course, plenty of tea varieties. I’d highly recommend the Vegan Banana Split as it’s filled with flavour.

If a plate of just sweet treats isn’t what your mum might fancy, then there are plenty of other foodie options available.


I love a good book, as does my Mum. And Hatchards has to be THE place in London to find a book that your mum will love too.

Hatchards is London’s oldest bookshop, having been established in 1797 by John Hatchard and has been occupying number 187, for over two centuries and is still thriving today. Upon arrival, it just smells of that wonderful book smell that you don’t get with a Kindle! There’s floor after floor, book after book and plenty of staff members that specialise in various genres so the should know exactly what book you’re talking about.

Shopping for Mother’s Day at Hatchards is not only helping to keep the High Street alive and supporting a piece of London history, it also gives you a ton of choice without knowing exactly what you’re after. When shopping online it’s a lot harder to just browse a genre that way you can in a book store and in Hatchards there’s always those lovely staff members on hand to help.

One thing that really did catch my eye whilst in Hatchards was their subscription service, which I’ve popped on my 30th Birthday list!

The Terrace at the Le Meridian

The Terrace is a right hidden gem! With floor to ceiling windows and a small terrace area that’s open during summer, you’d never guess that The Terrace is hidden within the Le Meridian hotel on Piccadilly.

There are so many different dining options available at The Terrace and the food we tried was divine. There’s Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Brunch and Lunch in that wonderful open space that overlooks the sites which would impress any mum. The menus offer a great range of British food and I’d highly recommend anything that comes with their Coronation Chicken as that was divine and not something I’d normally order either!

If your mum is a little like mine and loves something a little quirky then Maskelyne & Cooke will be right up their street. It’s a magic-themed bar complete with magic cocktail classes that I’m 100% signing up for and are a total bargain at £20 a head. The bar is decorated with all things magical based around the two magicians that it’s named after. Another hidden gem.

Thanks to London West End for showing Mumma Squibb and I that the best things in live don’t have to break the bank.

I'm Squibb Vicious, better known as Haydy!
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