History at The Athenaeum : Dawn Geddes
This months Mayfair Insider series features Freelance Journalist Dawn Geddes, who tells of her family stay at The Athenaeum
21st February 2019
For mothers who adore art, look no further than the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) on Mother’s Day, which is just a short stroll from The Athenaeum. The RA’s exhibition that juxtaposes some of the rarest art by Michelangelo with Bill Viola’s powerful installations will be on its final day on Mother’s Day. Make the most of the exhibition while you still can, then soak up the rest of what the RA has to offer.
Whisk your mum away for an experience not widely available this Mother’s Day. For guests staying at The Athenaeum, we can arrange personalised mother-daughter experiences perfect for the annual celebration of mothers. Go on a personalised Mayfair shopping experience with a stylist, embark on a tour of the Tate Modern with an artist or find out about Soho’s secret history with a London blogger. We have plenty more exclusive experiences up our sleeves too.
One of the most fascinating theatres in London, the original Globe Theatre had Shakespeare join its resident troupe all the way back in the 1580s. For mums who love a slice of history and performing arts, a trip to Shakespeare’s Globe on Mother’s Day is the perfect treat. On Mother’s Day weekend, you’ll be able to step back in time and watch a performances of Edward II.
If you’re planning on making a long weekend of Mother’s Day this year, buy tickets for your mum to embark on a special walking tour of St. James’s Park on 29 March. This guided tour will uncover lesser known facts about London’s oldest Royal Park, while exploring this green paradise in the heart of London.
For foodie mums, a Mother’s Day lunch at Galvin at The Athenaeum – with a special menu created by the renowned Galvin brothers – is just the ticket. Starters include Rosanna onion and cider soup with Berkswell cheese or whipped cod brandade with toasted sourdough, while mains range from Dedham Vale beef sirloin with a Yorkshire pudding to confit Aylesbury duck with black garlic and hazelnuts. Polish the meal off with the likes of apple Tarte Tatin, Valrhona chocolate and passion fruit ganache or Roger Crump’s double Gloucester with oatcakes. All mums coming to celebrate with us will receive a goodie bag full of special treats too…
If fashion and shopping is your go-to mother-daughter activity, treat your mum to a visit to the Christian Dior exhibition currently at the V&A Museum. With everything from fascinating Dior sketches to a huge array of Dior fashions from throughout the ages, this is a real treat for any fashion fan.
If your mum is a bit of a coffee connoisseur, take her along to the London Coffee Festival, which will be hosting its final day on Mother’s Day this year. This is the place to find the best coffees and coffee experts from around the world. Take part in a mindful coffee tasting experience, watch latte art live, and of course – sit down with your mum for a catch-up over a cup of liquid gold.
If you’d like to while away the afternoon with your mum for Mother’s Day, join us for our special Afternoon Tea just for the occasion. We only use the finest ingredients, many of which are produced by Royal Warrant holders – the very same suppliers as Her Majesty The Queen uses! All mothers joining us for our Afternoon Tea on the day will also receive a goodie bag filled with presents your mum will simply love.
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