On the one hand, Mother's Day: clearly a made-up-by-marketing-execs celebration. On the other hand... any excuse to celebrate sounds good about now — and there are still plenty of ways you can spoil somebody from afar on Sunday 14 March, with help from some excellent London-based businesses.
From afternoon tea delivered to her door to a virtual night at the theatre, you're bound to find something she'll love in one of the round-ups below. Basically, if you want to show just how much you care/make up for last year's disappointing bunch of daffs/cement your status as mum's favourite child, we've got it covered.
A bouquet of blooms from one of London's best florists
First up, you're going to need some flowers. Blooms are always a safe bet for Mother's Day and almost all of the florists that feature in our London round-up offer either delivery or a click and collect service.
Baked goods delivered to her door
If your mum's got a sweet tooth, why not send some delicious baked goods her way? Best leave this to the professionals though — no matter how much she praised your lockdown loaf of banana bread, London's bakeries can do it better, with buttery croissants, morish brownies, dramatic slabs of tiramisu and loads more besides.
A bottle of London-crafted gin
When in doubt, booze is generally a good shout. Gin may have once been deemed Mother's Ruin, but a bottle of juniper-y goodness from one of these London distilleries is sure to put a smile on her face. In case she's more into the grape we've rounded up London's best wine delivery services here, and you can find cocktail kits here.
A (virtual) night at the theatre
Looking for something a bit quirkier? Treat the main lady in your life to a virtual night at the theatre, with a ticket to a Shakespeare play recorded at The Globe Theatre. Globe Player has paid-for recordings of many of the theatre's Shakespeare adaptations spanning more than 10 years.
A really good book
If your mum's a bit of book worm, find her new favourite read with help of London's many independent bookshops — many of which will be happy to guide you towards the perfect tome. We've rounded up some capital's best ones here, and we've also got a dedicated guide to Black-owned independent bookshops, all of which are delivering during lockdown.
Afternoon tea at home
If you really want to impress this Mother's Day, you can even get a full-blown afternoon tea delivered to her door — we're talking fancy finger sandwiches, scones and pastries galore, with optional boozy add-ons and even the chance to borrow some very quaint crockery.