I have been kindly invited by ‘The Heart of London Business Alliance’ for the very amusing Piccadilly Mother’s day tour!
Picadilly is a historic boulevard containing many iconic stores, elegant hotels and specialist shops which makes it an ideal place to celebrate mother’s day and treat your mother with the best on offer. The lovely selection of food activities that the Mother’s day tour offers are not only tasty but also extremely photogenic too!
Although, coming from Canada we celebrate Mother’s day in the month of May, I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for me to show my readers in the UK some beautiful options for Mother’s day, which is approaching.
1- Fortnum & Mason
The luxury hampers selection
The history of Fortnum & Mason’s goes way back to 1707 where it was first founded by Duke street – throughout the years, it was built as a grocery store and had been an active supplier of quality food, and saw rapid growth throughout the Victorian era.
To kick off our tour, we were invited first to see the various selections of luxury hampers on offer which makes a perfect mother’s day present. You can find many great options to impress your mother, from a personalised champagne bottle to several beauty products – too many great options to choose from- click here to see more
Obviously, my own favourite – the vegan wine hampers
Based on the first floor, you can stumble across a delicious selection of chocolate and pastries sweets. I am surprise by the abundance of dairy and egg free chocolate selections – don’t be afraid to ask the staff if you have specific dietary preferences as they will be happy to guide you in creating your own personalised box.
Up to the Parlour for some ice cream and loose tea leafs
Up next to the Parlour, which is an award-winning home of the decadent ice cream creations, with a good selection of artisan coffee and tea. They treated us with delicious loose tea and ice-cream
Now, If you know me well enough, you should know that I love a good ice cream. How happy was I when they made me taste their outstanding vegan sunday which is called ‘Choonut’. They have actually two delicious vegan choices, click here to view them. What does it contains you may ask? Brace yourself, it comprised of the following: Chocolate and Coconut Ice Cream, Chocolate and Cashew Nut Ice Cream, Coconut Shavings, Millionaire Shortbread, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate and Caramel Sauce
It was so tasty that my girl Ruby ditched her strawberry sunday to come help me finish mine!
2- The Hatchards
We continued the tour with a behind the scenes tour of the Hatchards bookstore, a quirky centuries-old bookshop with a beautiful interior design made for browsing with an extensive selection of books which is another good candidate for a mother’s day gift.
My favourite part was learning more about this unique and history-rich book-store. Hatchards is London’s oldest bookshop which was established in 1797 by John Hatchard. The store has been a landmark on one of the finest and most famous streets in the world, Piccadilly, since Georgian times, occupying the current building, number 187, for over two centuries.
Our guide was informed us that Oscar Wild was a regular customer and visited the shop with Lord Alfred Douglas the day before the first production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Many of his books were signed sitting at the main table on the ground floor, known to this day as ‘Oscar’s table’.
3- The Terrace on Picadilly
To end this beautiful tour, we finished it with some bubbles and canapés in the stylish Meridien Piccadilly hotel ‘The Terrace’. Since we visited during the evening, after sunset, it was difficult to take high quality photos; therefore, I decided to use the restaurants media photos to give you guys an idea of what it looks like during daylight. I highly recommend going to this place during the day to fully enjoy the natural light and the bird’s eye view of Piccadilly’s landmarks, which is possible with their glass atrium design. They have created a special afternoon tea selection for mother’s day – you can book online via their website
They kindly created a vegan selection for me to enjoy, which was very very tasty I must say.
I hope you will all enjoy your time with your mother during this special day, as in my opinion, it is the most precious gift we can have. Please let me know if you do visit any of these places. Don’t hesitate to tag me on my instagram or leave a comment below.
See you next time