The London Design Museum celebrates four decades of design by one of Britain's best known talents, Sir Paul Smith, a man knighted in the 2001 Birthday Honours List for services to the fashion industry. Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith will include classics from his 40 years of collections and reveal something of the personality of the designer known for "Englishness combined with an unexpected twist" (GQ Magazine). But, says the Telegraph, rather than a straightforward run-through of his greatest fashion hits, the show will "explore a year in the different stages of design, production and marketing" behind the designer's catwalk collections. Not only that, the individual design of his shops - now in sixty-six countries across the world - will also be highlighted, all of which goes to show how far Sir Paul Smith has come since setting up his first shop in Nottingham in 1970.
Mother's Day Events
Explore the British designer's career at this expansive exhibition.
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, Bankside, London, SE1 2YD
Tube: Tower Hill Station
Dates: 15th November 2013 to 22nd June 2014
Spend the day admiring the striking portraits taken by British photographer David Bailey.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Dates: 6th February to 1st June 2014
This spring/summer the National Portrait Gallery hosts a major exhibition of images personally selected by the British photographer David Bailey himself. Bailey's Stardust will feature over 250 portraits, spanning a 50-year career including an unseen image of an inhabitant of the Naga Hills and a recent portrait of Kate Moss. Curated thematically in rooms devoted to travel, pop iconography, celebrity and more, the exhibition will be the biggest ever retrospective of the legendary photographer's work.
Have a laugh at this weird and wonderful exhibition dedicated to the '80s TV show.
The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 2HH
Dates: 26th February to 1st June 2014
This exhibition at the Cartoon Museum will feature cartoons, caricatures, puppets, teapots and other weird and wonderful ephemera from the phenomenon which was Spitting Image, the hugely popular 1980s television satire programme that utilised huge rubber puppets of the era's leading politicians and personalities. The exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the programme and also includes pictures and pottery created by Fluck & Law, the geniuses who created Spitting Image.
Take your mum to admire the beautiful camellias in the festival's 200th year.
Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
Tube: Turnham Green Station
Dates: 01st - 30th March 2014
The Chiswick House camellia collection, housed in the Gardens' spectacular conservatory, is a national treasure and the oldest in the Western world having been created in the early years of the 19th century by the 6th Duke of Devonshire. Guests visiting the annual Camellia Festival, which is celebrating 200 years in 2014, can see these beautiful blooms in the conservatory designed by Samuel Ware in 1813, positioned next to the restored nineteenth-century Italian Garden, replanted in 2012. Known as the Queen of the Winter Flowers, the camellias at Chiswick bring a burst of glorious colour - from pinks to reds, whites to stripes - to the spring season.
Give your mum some home inspiration at Britain's biggest home show.
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, Earls Court, London, SW5 9TA
Dates: 14th - 30th March 2014
The Ideal Home Show returns to Earls Court for its 106th year. With over 600 exhibitors, it's Britain's biggest home show, with dedicated sections covering interiors, home improvements, gardens, gadgets, food and housewares, and shopping. Running from 14th 30th March at London's Earls Court and with seven sections including: Ideal Interiors, Ideal Show Homes, Ideal Gardens, Ideal Home Improvements, Ideal Technology, Ideal Food & Housewares, Ideal Shopping and Ideal Woman this year's show is set to be the biggest and best yet.
Admire the blooms at this annual flower display.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 28th - 30th March 2014
The annual Florimania weekend is a spring highlight at Hampton Court Palace, and this year they have created an extravaganza of flower displays inspired by the Glorious Georges. Taking place on the Mother's Day weekend, Florimania is a lovely way to treat busy mums to some time off where they can enjoy stunning flower arrangements. You can also see how it's done through flower arranging demonstrations at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm on each of the days. Entry to Florimania is included in your palace admission ticket, so you and mum can admire the historic palace and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the 60-acre stately gardens, just starting to bloom.
If your mum is a fashionista, treat her to a visit to London's most fashional festival.
Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 29th - 30th March 2014
The Vogue Festival returns for a third year in 2014, moving from April to March and partnering with Harrods for the two-day fashion extravaganza. Promising to be even bigger than its two predecessors, the festival will be held at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall once again, and while the line-up for the 2014 event is yet to be announced, you can expect plenty of entertaining and inspiring star guests as well as workshops, performances and makeovers. It'll be hard to top last year's programme which saw some of the world's biggest fashion names - Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace, Michael Kors, Paul Smith, Mario Testino and Vivienne Westwood - gather for one highly fashionable weekend.
Treat your mum to the perfect Sunday.
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London, NW1 7AY
Dates: 30th March 2014
Providing the chance to treat your mum to the perfect Sunday, Sunday Papers Live: Third Edition takes places on Mother's Day 2014 (30th March) at Cecil Sharp House. Instead of wrestling with the mammoth Sunday papers, guests can simply sit back and relax in the purpose-built living room - which comes complete with chesterfields, rugs and lamps - as commentators, musicians, actors and poets bring the broadsheets to life. The third edition's line-up includes Dragon Den's Doug Richard on Business; beat-boxers Reeps One & Schlomo on Culture; author, journalist and former BBC Newsnight editor Paul Mason on World News; and culinary experimentalists Bompass & Parr on Food. There will also be no need to call on Aunt Bessie as Forgotten Feast Chef Tom Hunt will once again be cooking the roast dinner, which is served on a long table with shared-plate feasts. Public philosophers and cultural critics will offer guided walks of Primrose Hill; suduko, cartoons and lonely hearts will take over the cafe; brunch comes courtesy of the Breakfast Club, who will serve up the best dishes from their central London cafes; and Vestal Vodka take charge of the Bloody Marys.
If your mum is a fitness fanatic, treat her to a day at this women's health festival.
Women are invited to discover how to be strong, fit and healthy at this weekend's Be:Fit festival. The three-day event includes expert advice from the likes of Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who will reveal her wisdom on health and fitness in a special Q&A session; gold medallist Denise Lewis, who will reveal her tops tips for keeping her kids healthy and active; and founder of Walkactive Joanna Hall, who will share her technique that promises to make you instantly look better and improve posture. There will also be the chance to try London's best fitness classes at the Reebok Studio, browse the latest sportswear, find out how to eat smart, and take a free mini health MOT to see how you shape up. As well as the standard ticket, there's the option of buying the VIP Spa Day ticket, which entitles visitors to a 30 minute massage or facial, a glass of bubbly, a tote bag full of treats and a number of other perks.
20th April 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith
Ideal Home Show 2014
Florimania at Hampton Court Palace
Sunday Papers Live: Third Edition
Mother's Day in London
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