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17 March 2017

Extraordinary mums shouldn’t have predictable presents! Show yours how awe-mazing she is with an ALTERNATIVE Mother’s Day treat. Whether she has a sweet tooth, an artist’s eye or nerves of steel, here are some ideas for outings your ma won’t expect (or ever forget)!


– for the décor-adoring mum

You know those Pinterest shots with pastel pink walls, crushed velvets, retro prints and exotic pot plants which never disclose where the shot was taken? Well PALM VAULTS CAFÉ in Dalston has the lot and we’re not at all surprised it’s been named ‘LONDON’S MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE CAFÉ’. The food is as delicious as the décor, with raspberry-topped chia sundaes, avocado fudge cafe and lemon sponge… your mum will not be disappointed. Vegans won’t go hungry with avo and feta on toast and the delicious ‘bacon’ made from coconut. And the café’s famous dayglow coloured drinks (e.g. red velvet lattes) will have you lunging for your camera phone before you take the first sip.

411 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1HY



– for the thrill-seeking mum

If your mum is OK with heights, she’ll literally be on cloud nine with this uplifting treat. On your exhilarating 90-minute adventure, you’ll climb to the very top of the O2 arena and admire the view from its highest point (52 metres). The UP AT THE O2 experience includes a guided tour on walkways suspended 2 metres above the roof. At its steepest point, there’s an incline of 28° on the way up and 30° on the way back down. Oh and you’ll feel a slight bounce with every step (well you are on top of a tent)! At the summit, there’s an observation platform where you can take in a spectacular 360° panorama of London and see for 14 miles!

There are options of doing a twilight or sunset climb to make the views even more breath-taking. You’ll be provided with a climb suit, shoes and a safety harness (but you’ll have to bring your own courage)! Tickets start at £28 each.

The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX


– for the sugar-lovin’ mum


Delight your mama with a surprise visit to the crazily colourful CEREAL KILLER CAFÉ. (If she likes a Mother’s Day lie in, don’t worry – there’s cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the café is  open from 8am – 8pm.) The menu has over 100 cereals from around the world to choose from and you can add extra toppings such as Magic Stars, Nutella and marshmallows. There’s even a choice of 12 varieties of milk such as crème brûlée and banana – are you drooling yet?! This Shoreditch hotspot is decked out with evocative cereal memorabilia from the 80s and 90s, with cartoons playing on vintage TVs while you munch.

A small bowl will set you back £2.50 (a medium bowl is £3.00, large is £3.50). Cheap but fabulously cheerful, we reckon (and the trip down memory lane is on the house)!

139 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB

Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free options



– for the heartily-arty mum

Set up by Emma Bridgewater in 1998, and located right next door to her ceramics shop, is Fulham’s POTTERY CAFÉ. Paint your own pot/cup/plate (supplied exclusively by Emma) and put your mum back in touch with her creative side. Maybe the last time the two of you did something arty together, you were a little kid? Well now you can show her how it’s done (a bit of healthy competition just makes for a more gorgeously decorated teapot or bowl)!

Snacks and hot drinks are available to nibble while you work. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Price: £6.99 studio fee plus the cost of the item you paint (e.g. small plates or half-pint jugs are £13.95).

735 Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 5UL


Enjoy! And don’t forget to tell us if mum enjoyed her soaprise!

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