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The Middlemist's Red Camellia at Chiswick House
Fan Museum
Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
Vogue 100: A Century of Style
The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show
Botticelli Reimagined
Fan Museum
Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York
Le Caprice - Modern Mayfair Garden
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave
Champagne Life
The Maids

© Clare Kendall

What better way to give your mum a treat this Mother's Day than spending quality time with her, taking in the latest London show or going to an art gallery? From floral displays to high fashion, the choice is hers.


Word/Play - Alan Titchmarsh In 'The Glory Of The Garden'

The gardening expert, writer and popular TV personality comes to Kings Place.

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 06th March 2016


Gardening expert, writer, TV personality and all-round national treasure Alan Titchmarsh shares his green-fingered love for all things horticultural, with readings from his own writings and others. Pianist and composer Richard Sisson, who wrote the score for Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, accompanies him, playing gems by Tchaikovsky, Chaminade and Billy Mayerl. As well as presenting Pebble Mill at One, Songs of Praise and his own chat show on TV, Yorkshire-born Titchmarsh has written 50 gardening books as well as works of fiction - including 2014's 'Take Me Home', a romantic novel "steeped in lochs, lairds and dark secrets" (Blackpool Gazette).


Fan Museum

Enjoy Mother's Day afternoon tea in the beautiful muraled orangery.

12 Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ER

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Visit one of London's less well known museums, the Fan Museum, on Sunday 6th March 2016 and enjoy a special Mother's Day afternoon tea (£12 per person plus museum admission). Sandwiches, red velvet cakes and lavender and Champagne macarons are served in the spectacular orangery with much-admired mural. This unique museum, housed in a beautifully restored 1721 building, celebrates its twenty fifth anniversary with an exhibition of its finest fans including exquisite examples from the 18th and 19th centuries and you can also explore the landscaped Japanese-style garden. Mother's Day Afternoon Tea bookings are being taken up until Wednesday 2nd March only and a deposit of £10 is required, book by calling 020 8305 1441.


Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

The V&A marks 40 years of the Olivier Awards.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 09th February - 31st August 2016


Part of a year-long programme of activity to mark 40 years of the Olivier Awards,†Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York†explores the extraordinary range of craft and collaboration that takes place when creating award-winning plays, musicals and productions. Taking place at the V&A, the free show will be an immersive theatrical experience, taking visitors from the stage to design workshops and through the history of the awards to the red carpet. Objects on display will include original costume designs from the Phantom of the Opera by Maria Bjornson, a selection of golden top hats from A Chorus Line, and Dame Helen Mirren's DBE's dress designed by Bob Crowley and worn in The Audience. There will also be the opportunity to see the set models for Matilda the Musical, War Horse and Carousel.


Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Charting the emergence of the garden as a major subject in art.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 30th January - 20th April 2016


Claude Monet's garden at Giverny is the jumping off point for the Royal Academy's first exhibition of 2016, Painting the Modern Garden. Charting the emergence of the garden as a major subject in art, there are stunning works by Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Kandinsky and Klee among others. Combine your culture with a meal†at Le Caprice where†the restaurant has installed a special Modern Mayfair Garden installation. After†seeing Monet's and Matisse's masterpieces mum can enjoy†a two course meal and†a glass of Perrier-JouŽt Champagne as well as a complimentary rose hand†cream from Floris, £38 per person, including†entrance to the exhibition.


Camellia Festival

Take your mum to admire the beautiful camellias at Chiswick House.

Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station


Dates: 11th February - 13th March 2016


The colourful Camellia Festival, which showcases the wonderful Chiswick House camellia collection, remains free for a second year - a move which has seen visitor numbers quadruple to 16,000 last year - a record attendance. Housed in the gardens' spectacular conservatory, designed by Samuel Ware in 1813, the collection is a national treasure and the oldest in the Western world - it was created in the early years of the 19th century by the 6th Duke of Devonshire. Visit at dusk and you can take in the Magical Lantern Festival at the same time.


Vogue 100: A Century of Style

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 11th February - 22nd May 2016


Corinne Day's underwear shoot with Kate Moss, Peter Lindbergh's Vogue cover shot that so perfectly captured the supermodel era, and a series of Second World War photographs by Lee Miller are part of a century of style, first seen in Vogue. In Vogue 100 , the National Portrait Gallery celebrates 100 years of cutting-edge fashion and photography from Britain's foremost fashion bible. Here you'll find a rare version of Horst's famous 'corset' photograph from 1939, which inspired the video for Madonna's hit song Vogue, and vintage prints by the first professional fashion photographer, Baron de Meyer. The exhibition is overseen by theatre and opera set designer Patrick Kinmonth, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the greatest moments in the history of British Vogue.


Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection

A rare chance to see Botticelli's drawings, returned to the UK for the first time since 1882.

The Courtauld Institute Of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 18th February - 08th May 2016


The Hamilton Bible, widely considered one of the most important illuminated manuscripts in the world, returns to the UK for the first time since 1882 when it was sensationally sold to Berlin. At the heart of this Courtauld exhibition are a selection of thirty exquisite drawings by Botticelli, sold to Berlin in 1882 by the 12th Duke of Hamilton, charting Dante's imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. Dated to around 1480-95 and drawn on vellum, Botticelli's Dante drawings are very seldom publicly shown so this exhibition, which coincides with Botticelli Reimagined at the V&A (from 5th March to 3rd July 2016), presents a rare chance to see them.


The Spring Knitting And Stitching Show

Sewing Bee's Matt Chapple, Chinelo Bally and Lauren Guthrie at this craft consumer show.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 03rd - 06th March 2016


There are six curated Textile Galleries, free demonstrations and appearances from Sewing Bee's Matt Chapple, Chinelo Bally and Lauren Guthrie at this craft consumer show where more than 200 companies sell all sorts of sewing and craft supplies. Whether you're a complete newcomer to knitting, dressmaking or cross stitching, there are experts on hand to help. As well as a yarn sweet shop there's the Knitted Feast competition which challengers knitters to create a life-size 3D knitted and crochet banquet, creating a centrepiece for this year's show.


Botticelli Reimagined

The V&A stages the largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 05th March - 03rd July 2016


Hard to believe it now but Botticelli was largely forgotten for more than 300 years until his work was rediscovered in the 19th century. Botticelli Reimagined, the largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930, examines his appeal to artists from the Pre-Raphaelites to modern times. Over 50 original works by Botticelli are positioned alongside works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, Rene Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. Divided into three major sections: Global, Modern, Contemporary; Rediscovery and Botticelli in his own Time, the exhibition shows how Botticelli's imagery became so widely admired. 'Rediscovery' traces the impact of Botticelli's art on the Pre-Raphaelite circle during the mid-19th century. The final section arrives at Botticelli in his Own Time, showing not only the supreme skill of the artist but also as a designer who ran a highly successful workshop.


Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

Dads can take the children dancing while mums have a well-earned rest.

The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station


Dates: 06th March 2016


Spearheading the craze for multi-generational raving, Big Fish Little Fish realise that not everyone wants to hang up their party hat because they've had kids. This rave for parents and their children aged 0-8 comes with top DJs, craft activities, play and babies-only spaces, glitter cannons, parachute dance, colouring mural, food and a bar for the adults. With Sunday 6th March being Mother's Day, this particular event presents a good opportunity for dads to take the children dancing while mums have a well-earned rest. DJs Tony Thorpe (Moody Boyz, KLF) and EVM128 will keep the party jumping with a groovy flower power themed rave in the Garage in Islington.


Ave Maya Gala in Memory of Maya Plisetskaya

Star dancers of the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Royal Ballet and English National Ballet pay tribute.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 06th March 2016


An evening celebrating the life and work of one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, on what would have been her 90th birthday. Virtually the embodiment of the Bolshoi Theatre for decades, Ava Plisetskaya was renowned for her grace, style and fluidity of movement. The special gala will feature excerpts from her favourite roles performed by leading star dancers of the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, ballets of the Grand Opera Paris, Berlin Staatsoper, New York City Ballet and the Ballet of Monte Carlo. They will be performing w orks by Alberto Alonso, Maurice Bejart and Roland Petit, paying their tribute to the great ballerina.


Champagne Life

This all-female exhibition comes to and end on Mother's Day, be sure not to miss it.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, Hyde Park, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 13th January - 06th March 2016


Though at its current Kings Road home for just eight years, the Saatchi Gallery celebrates its thirtieth birthday in 2016 with an exhibition of high-profile female artists. Declared as "one of the most exciting shows of 2016" by Culture Whisper, Champagne Life shows art works by the likes of YBA Tracey Emin, Portuguese artist Paula Rego and Jenny Saville. At this show you'll also find radical artist Alice Anderson whose Memory Movement Memory Objects exhibition was staged at the Wellcome Collection last year. These recognisable names are shown longside lesser known artists like Iranian-born multimedia artist Soheila Sokhanvari and New York based Suzanne McClelland who enjoys "playing with the notion of what painting is".


The Maids

See some strong female acting in this tense drama.

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 20th February - 21st May 2016


Jean Genet's tense 1947 drama The Maids is given a starry revival in 2016, with Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, Fresh Meat's Zawe Ashton and Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael tackling the powerful roles. The Jamie Lloyd Company production of Genet's psychological drama will be staged at the Trafalgar Studios - the first time the piece has been staged in the West End for twenty years - and will once again present a vicious analysis of the class system and a provocative exploration of sexuality. Set in a luxurious bedroom, the play is loosely based on real life sisters Lea and Christine Papin, who killed their employer in 1933, and sees two maids fantasise about killing the lady of the house in dangerous and sadistic scenarios.

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