Gateway to the West End, the historic boulevard of Piccadilly is famous for destinations such as Fortnum & Mason, Hatchards, the Royal Academy of Arts and a host of specialist shops making it the perfect spot to pick up a Mother’s Day gift with a difference.
HAMPERS FIT FOR THE QUEEN FROM FORTNUM & MASON
Royal Warrant Holder, Fortnum & Mason has an incredible range of gifts that will make any Mum feel like a queen this Mother’s Day. Packed with delicious nibbles, tasty teas and tipples, The Piccadilly Hamper (£85) boasts some of Fortnum’s finest produce including Royal Blend Tea, a bottle of Beaujolais: Dominque Piron, Marc de Champagne Truffles, Pistachio and Clotted Cream Biscuits, Traditional Shortbread Fingers, Apricot Preserve, Sir Nigel’s Marmalade and Fortnum’s Piccadilly Piccalilli.
For mums looking to celebrate in style, the luxurious The Jamboree Hamper ticks all the boxes with Fortnum’s Vintage Champagne: Louis Roederer, Pouilly-Fumé: Domaine JeanClaude Chatelain, Crozes Hermitage: Domaine Fayolle and Fortnum’s London Dry Gin as well as copious amounts of biscuits and sweet treats. The Jamboree Hamper is £400. www.fortnumandmason.com
TREATS FROM THE CHOCOLATIER THAT INSPIRED CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Roald Dahl was one of Prestat’s most famous customers and once claimed “I do so adore chocolate truffles, as Prestat makes them.” The chocolatier is also thought to be the inspiration behind ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, making a gift from Prestat perfect for literary lovers with a sweet tooth. Located in Princes Arcade, choose from hampers gorgeously packed with the finest award-winning chocolates and truffles and handsome boxes of chocolates including Ginger Hunks, Rose & Violet Creams and chocolate dipped orange slices. www.prestat.co.uk
GIVE THE GIFT OF ART WITH AN RA MEMBERSHIP
A ‘Friends of the Royal Academy’ membership is the present for art-lovers and the perfect way to unlock the RA’s cultural campus. Members enjoy unlimited, free entry with a guest to the Academy’s extensive exhibition programme. Also included are exclusive exhibitions previews and priority booking on the full programme of events across the RA as well as “Friends” only experiences from private views to life drawing classes. A Standard Friend Membership starts from £128. roy.ac/friendsmembershipgift
PRECIOUS PEARLS FROM OSPREY LONDON
With pearls set to be the fashion accessory of 2019, put mum ahead of the crowd with one of Osprey London’s pearl selection. The upmarket accessories and home wear shop has a range of pearl options for under £100. Whether Mum’s a fan of classic stud earrings, elegantly modern hoops or something more unusual, there’s a style to suit her. www.ospreylondon.com
BRILLIANT BAGS FOR A MUM ON THE GO
A travel or weekend bag is just one of the failsafe gifts from Cath Kidston for Mother’s Day. Their 2019 collection of foldable overnight bags come in a range of new and uplifting prints and are incredibly practical, from the reverse coated fabric that can be wiped clean to the pocket that doubles as storage for the bag when it’s folded away – perfect a Mum who’s always on the go. Bags start from £50. There’s also a great range of accessories from blossom printed head phones to passport holders and wallets that are ideal for those shopping on a tighter budget. www.cathkidston.com
A BEAUTIFUL SCARF FROM ASPINAL OF LONDON
Mums who love the finer things in life will be delighted with a handcrafted leather wallet or bag from Aspinal of London whose fans include the Duchess of Cambridge, Fearne Cotton and Jodie Kidd. The store also has superb selection of silk scarfs, which wouldn’t look out of place hanging in a gallery including the Giles x Aspinal scarf for £125 – created by British couture designer, Giles Deacon and featuring portraits of “Aspinal Girls”. See the full range at www.aspinaloflondon.com