One of London’s best kept secrets has got to be Motcomb Street – a hidden treasure in the heart of Belgravia, with beautiful boutiques, heavenly chocolatiers and fabulous florists. The area has a very peaceful and village feel to it – a breath of fresh air compared to the more manic and chaotic shopping streets in Central London, which can often leave you feeling tired and short tempered.
Knowing my mother, I knew that taking her out for a day in London would probably do more damage than good, as all the people, the chaos, noise and traffic can be quite a stressful experience. So when she came over to visit, I knew JUST the place to take her!
Motcomb Street is popular for their infamous summer party (not to be missed), but it’s such a charming street that it would be a shame not to visit more often!
We started our day out at the MichaelJohn spa for a mani-pedi, where we were able to chat and catch up whilst slumped in big reclining chairs and sipping on herbal teas, our hands and feet being buffed, scrubbed and massaged, and our nails prettily painted.
Mum doesn’t usually get manicures but she looks like she’s taking this one very seriously!
There’s nothing quite like having a pedicure to make you feel all pampered and relaxed. After a rich and velvety hot chocolate from Rococo Chocolate next door, we walked down a little side street and into a pretty and flower-filled mews for a flower arranging workshop with Judith Blacklock. She’s the author of 13 bestselling books, editor of The Flower Arranger magazine, she’s arranged the flowers for Kensington Palace, she’s the woman behind the largest contemporary cut-flower event that has ever been staged in the UK, she regularly appears on television, demonstrates at events like the Chelsea Flower Show, and has her own school as well where she teaches all sorts of classes and workshops to everyone from Kirstie Allsopp to Gordon Ramsay. How does she do it?!
When we arrived, we rolled up our sleeves and put on the aprons laid out for us.
Each student had a pile of flowers and folliage to arrange into a pretty bouquet. It turns out you can’t just scrunch them together and call them a bunch of flowers, but instead place each stem diagnoally on top of the one below, in an anti-clockwise motion. I’m not sure if I quite have the knack for it (mum was a natural), but it was great fun!
Not too shabby for a first attempt!
After the lesson we were each given a bag to carry to bouquets home in.
To top off a rather perfect afternoon, we went for lunch at the elegant Alfred Tennyson (which used to be known as the Pantechnicon). We started off with some (mandatory) bubbly – a glass of bubbly or wine in the afternoon always feels so much more indulgent (and naughty) than at night, don’t you think?
I ordered the hot smoked salmon salad with new potatoes, tenderstem broccoli, anchovies and a soft poached egg;
Mum went for the rare breed beef burger, and it was hard not to get food envy!
We also tried the Cavolo nero, Lord of the Hundreds & parsnip crisps and Broccoli, roasted garlic & toasted almonds sides for good measure!
The food was fabulous and we washed it down with a glass of Chardonnay (for her) and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (for me)..
.. Could there be a more relaxing or perfect way to spend a mother-daughter afternoon in London?