February 19, 2018
If your mum is anything but ordinary, opt out of the everyday Mother’s Day gifts this year (Sunday 11th March). Giving her something special is a strong message in itself, and remarkable needn’t be astronomically expensive or, indeed, cost anything at all.
Here are four new and unconventional surprises in London for your mum:
In September 2017, a 130 tonne mass – made up of fats, oils, faeces, wet wipes and sanitary products – was discovered in Whitechapel’s sewers. One of the largest fatbergs ever to be found, its remaining part (conserved and curated with great care – and, we imagine, at arm’s length) is now on display in the Museum of London. Thankfully its original stench has calmed right down; now it’s no worse than stinky toilets.
Museum of London. On display until 1st July 2018. Admission is free.
A bunch of flowers is nice, sure. Immersion in Thailand’s vivid plant life is much more of a lasting memory. Kew Gardens’ celebration of the orchid in all of its Thai glory takes place in the tropical greenhouse, decorated with floating Thai umbrellas, a Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace, and a cart on loan from Thailand’s embassy in London. Indulge in a Thai afternoon tea – available exclusively during the Orchids Festival – including a lemongrass and coriander tartlet and a pina colada panna cotta.
Kew Gardens. On display until 11th March 2018. Free with admission price.
Not Elsa or Anna or Olaf, this is a grown-up modern classic starring Suranne Jones (aka Doctor Foster). Bryony Lavery’s psychological thriller, Frozen – now showing in the West End – tells the terrifying tale of a mother whose child goes missing on a walk to visit her Grandma. Something no mother can bear to relate to, in fact it’s rather like staring at the sun (you can’t look for too long); nevertheless, it’s engrossing in its utter grimness.
Theatre Royal Haymarket. Running until 5 May 2018. Tickets from £15.
At The Ned – one of London’s newest cool hotels – you can experience something much more avant garde than most spas offer. Forget massage and manicures – they’re far too mainstream for your mum! – and give her a boost via a vitamin infusion or an intramuscular injection. A mix of high quality vitamins, essential minerals and amino acids will be administered by a fully-trained nurse by means of a drip or a syringe.
The Elixir Clinic at Ned’s Club Spa. From £50.