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Bypass the boring flowers-and-chocolates this Mother's Day, and give your mum a gift she'll really enjoy: quality time with you. Funzing, the online community where local Londoners host their own events, has plenty of ideas for doing something unusual, interesting and really, really fun.
Fun for foodie mamas
If your Mum likes tea, she'll love this Tea Tasting Tour of Shoreditch. Together, you can taste a Japanese tea, Indian masala chai and some high quality Chinese teas. And guide Lera suggests there'll be a spot of cake too. £25 adults/£15 11-16 year olds. 5 March
Take a three-and-a-half hour cookery course with your mum and learn how to make 'fluffy pillows of deliciousness': char sui baos and pork and chive dumplings. Will will guide you step-by-step, from making the char sui, rolling the dough, preparing the fillings, forming the dumplings and cooking them. Then enjoy eating the fruits of your labour at the end of the class. £35. 11, 18 March
Indulge your mum with this 'Brewtiful Mother's Day' experience: an extra special afternoon tea with Kyle and Kerran, the tea and cake specialists. £32. 6 March
Julia and the team at South London Wine School have put together a sophisticated chocolate- and wine-matching masterclass to help you explore the best way to enjoy these two delicious treats. There'll be six wines from around the world with six different chocolates to match. £30. 9 March
SPICE OF LIFE
Join Brit-Asian foodie Beb and learn healthy and super-tasty, authentic Indian cookery. The class includes all the know-how to make lentil tarka daal and punjabi chicken curry. Yum. £40. 5 March
A perfect treat for all those mums who are Great British Bake Off fans: Join Lucy at the Reid Cottage cookery school and learn to make artisan sourdough breads and pizzas. You'll even get your own sourdough starter to take home. £30. 5 March
Fun for fashionista mums
Learn both the creative and technical aspects of designing your own shoes in this fun, informative half-day workshop. A really unique way to spend some quality time with your mum this Mother's Day. £75. 12 March
Choose from a range of coloured leathers and accessories as you learn to make your own evening bag at this two-hour workshop. You'll even get to work on a semi-industrial sewing machine, and both you and your mum will have a beautiful clutch bag to take home at the end. £45. 2, 16, 30 March
Another fab workshop for leather fans — here you and your mum can learn to make your own personalised leather cardholder or purse. The class includes cutting from a template, punching holes with a pricking iron and learning a traditional saddle-stitching technique. £38. 5 March
Don't buy your mum a new dress this year: instead take her to a class where you can make one! Tutor Craig will help you through all the steps you need to make a dress in this six-hour class. £49. 4, 6, 10, 13 March
Enjoy a half-day workshop with your mum and a professional milliner, making gorgeous fascinators. You'll learn how to work with sinamay, finishing techniques and how to manipulate feathers. And you'll both have a fabulous fascinator to take home with you at the end of the day. £50. 6 March
Fun for crafty mamas
Treat your mum with some totally-natural beauty products. In this masterclass, you two will learn how to make lip balm, body scrub, moisturiser and hair spray — all from natural ingredients. £29. 5 March
If you or your mum fancy yourself as artists, why not try this Mother's Day Monet Special from the lovely folk at PopUp Painting. There's a glass of wine included along with all the art supplies you'll need to create your own Water Lilies masterpiece. £30. 6 March
Instead of buying your mum impersonal perfume from a shop, why not attend a class where she can make her own bespoke fragrance with the Experimental Perfume Club. Far more memorable. £95. 19 March
Fun for adventurous mums
Venture far outside zone 1 and take your mum to Sunbury-on-Thames, where up-cycler and antiques expert Jacina will guide you through the local market. You will learn how to find the perfect pieces to decorate your house and distinguish the value of various items. £7. 8 March
Published in 1778, Evelina is the first novel written by the self-educated female author of enlightenment, Fanny Burney. During this alternative walking tour, you and your mum will follow the step of the protagonist and discover all about Georgian London. £10. 8 March
Feeling inspired to share your hobby, professional skill or talent? You can become a host and promote your own event on Funzing — find out more on their website.