Dine with Mum

Mothering Sunday March 31st

Dandelyan — Located within the Sea Containers house along the River Thames, Dandelyan at Mondrian London features a colorful and tasteful art deco interior. The award-winning bar was named the World's Best Bar and and not surprisingly home to the World's Best Cocktail Menu. With stunning views of the river, it is a perfect place to stop in for a drink or book ahead for Dandelyan's 70s inspired four course Wyld Tea complete with four botanical cocktails.
Request a table on the far end of the bar with a view of St. Paul's Cathedral
www.dandelyanbar.com+44 2037 471063
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD, UK

Portrait Restaurant — Housed within the National Portrait Gallery adjacent to Trafalgar Square, The Portrait Restaurant boasts one of the best views of London.  In addition to traditional afternoon tea and set lunch menu daily, they also offer a well-priced pre-theatre menu (Thursday - Saturday) and special pricing on restaurant and exhibition ticket packages.
Request a table for two along the bay of windows - left for a view of London Eye or right for view of Big Ben
www.npg.org.uk+44 2073 060055
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Radio Rooftop — Situated ten floors up within ME London, Radio Rooftop offers iconic views of London's skyline. Avoid the crowds and minimum spend in the evenings by making a daytime booking. Afternoon tea is a special treat on the open air rooftop that can be cleverly covered and heated when the weather doesn't cooperate.
Request a table for two along the balcony edge
www.radiorooftop.com/london ✆ +44 2073 953440
ME London, 336-337 Strand, London WC2R

In case these don't match what you are looking for, check out Affordable Teas with a Twist and Perfect Pairings for more Mum-friendly options.

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The Watts Gallery

Tourist Destination of the Year

Recognized as the 2018 Tourist Destination of the Year by the Surrey Business Awards, The Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is an ‘arts and crafts gem’ located in Compton, Surrey. The Gallery is dedicated to George Frederic Watts, one of the greatest Victorian era painters and considered England’s Michelangelo. It is one of the few UK galleries devoted to a single artist and features 100+ paintings and sculptures – many on a monumental scale.


G.F. Watts was married to Mary Watts an acclaimed artist, founder of the Compton Pottery and creator of Watts Chapel. The couple lived and worked an increasing amount of time away from London at Limnerslease (‘Limner' word for artist and 'lease' meaning to glean hope for the future), their home and studio located nearby.

It was here where Mary taught terracotta classes to the local villagers who created the tiles that decorate the Chapel. The Chapel itself was funded by sales of commissioned portraits painted by GF Watts.

Today, guests can visit the Gallery and Chapel and guided tours of Limnerslease. The gift shop located in the former Compton Pottery building features a tasteful collection of products ranging from books, clothing and jewellery to housewares, including replicas of Compton Pottery terracotta pots.

With so much to see and everything within walking distance, the tea shop is a perfect place to stop for homemade soups, sandwiches and salads and of course afternoon tea.

Another charming place to eat before or after a visit to The Watts Gallery is The Withies Inn — just a 4 minute drive away. Who knew such a small vilage could have so much to offer!

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Seven Sisters Cliffs

UK natural wonder


Seven Sisters Cliffs are often confused with the White Cliffs of Dover, a series of iconic chalk cliffs covering the narrowest part of the English Channel. The White Cliffs located at the Port of Dover played an important role during World War II by deterring invaders.

The Seven Sisters Cliffs are particularly striking because they can erode naturally, revealing bright, white chalk surfaces, while the White Cliffs of Dover are impacted by the port (the second busiest one in England) and growing vegetation. As such, Seven Sisters Cliffs has been featured in place of their more famous counterpart in films, including Atonement and Robin Hood : Prince of Thieves.

Not surprisingly, the best way to experience Seven Sisters is on foot. While the 5-mile hike is a challenging one with steep hills (look closely at the photos for the people to get a sense of just how high the cliffs are). Needless to say, you will be rewarded with spectacular views throughout.



Parking for £4 / car is available at Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Center in Seaford (post code BN25 4AD). Towards the end of the route, there is a National Trust property at Birling Gap with toilet facilities. From there you can walk to the Crow Link Car Park and catch the #12 bus for £2 / person. The bus runs every 10 minutes back to the Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Center. Alternatively, you can continue hiking another 3.5 miles back to the Visitor Center.

Of course, if you were really inspired (and the weather cooperated), you could continue on the South Downs Way, a 100-mile walking trail that leads all the way to Winchester!


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Sweet Valentine . . .

Sweet Tooth Tours

If you are looking for more than a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day, a Sweet Tooth Tour may be just the thing. Founded in 2017 by Le Cordon Bleu pastry chef Lynne Staartjes, Sweet Tooth Tours highlight London's best sweets (bakeries, chocolate shops, gelaterias), savories (cheese mongers) and more.


Our custom 2-1/2 hour walk featured the history and stories behind 'hidden gems' in Belgravia, a luxury residential area in southwest London. The route included stops for a savory ham and cheese waffle at a stylish café, an eclectic macaron tasting at an exclusive French pastry shop, artisan cheeses at a British cheesemonger and decant chocolates at a London chocolatier. Despite the relatively small portions along the way, we found ourselves unable to try all the varieties of chocolates on offer.

In addition to her Signature Belgravia Tour, Lynne offers a Sugar & Spice (a savory version) and even Gluten-Free & Vegan Tours. And if these are not quite what you are looking for, Lynne can arrange bespoke experiences, including:

- scone baking class in a luxury Knightsbridge apartment,
- visit to London’s bakeries by Rolls-Royce,
- and even a day trip to the best patisseries in Paris.

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.  It is no surprise that Sweet Tooth Tours has received accolades from Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian and Town & Country to name just a few.  How sweet indeed!


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Hamilton tickets starting at £20

Booking until May 25th

The annual London theatre New Year Sale promotion is popular with 40 shows starting at just £10 until February 15th. Although not part of the official list, Hamilton recently announced tickets for as little as £20 for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday matinee shows until May 25th.

Tickets are a steal compared to Broadway where ticket prices start at $235 (nearly nine times more than in the West End) – thanks in part to an innovative paperless ticket system. No physical tickets are issued ahead of time and patrons must present photo ID along with the payment card they booked with. Thus, virtually eliminating scalpers – an industry first.

Who could have known when Hamilton opened on Broadway in 2015 just how relevant the production would be today? A diverse London cast pays homage to the role immigrants play in the history of great nations. The West End production won seven Olivier Awards in 2018, including 'Best New Musical'.

Lead original cast members Jamael Westman (Hamilton) and Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton) have continued with new cast announced in December. At 6’4”, Jamael Westman adeptly plays the larger than life, albeit lesser known, of America’s founding fathers. The story follows Alexander Hamilton’s humble beginnings to his meteoric rise; not unlike that of Westman making his West End debut.

While the set is surprisingly minimal, the carefully choreographed hip hop moves and clever rhyming rap lyrics are not. With an open run and affordable ticket prices at the beautifully refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre, Hamilton is set to continue breaking records and inspiring a new generation of theatre goers.
www.hamiltonmusical.com/london/+44 2078 342781
Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London SW1E 5EA


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Best of 2018 — Part II

Top 10 posts — Part II

The best of the best from 2018

5. Terrace Dining — Finally time to enjoy Surrey’s footpaths and of course outside dining along the way
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/05/terrace-dining.html

4. Pancake Day — Falls on Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras or 'Fat Tuesday' in the US - where to get your fix
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/02/pancake-day.html

3. London Theatre Sale — Tickets starting at £10/seat for over 45 shows until February
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/01/london-theatre-sale.html

2. Poppies are back — And where you can still view them
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/11/poppies-are-back.html

1. Sunbury expands to Sandown — Biggest antique market bigger and better than ever
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/03/sunbury-expands-to-sandown.html


And this list doesn't include two other top posts Best of 2017 and Best of 2017 — Part II in case you need more inspiration to explore London and Surrey.

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Best of 2018

Top 10 posts — Part I

Here is a look back at the top 10 posts from 2018.  How many have you done?

10. British Holiday Traditions, Part I : Eat — Afternoon teas with a festive twist — in London there is no shortage of afternoon teas to indulge in
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/12/british-holiday-traditions-part-i.html

9. Frosty Forecast — An hour-long winter wonderland walk worth bundling up for in Surrey
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/02/frosty-forecast.html

8. Open House London — Free admission, including talks, tours and walks to 800 buildings in September
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/09/open-house-london.html

7. February Finds — London has half-term covered
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/02/february-finds.html

6. Dine like Harry Potter – Hogwarts type Great Hall for less
www.londonviasurrey.com/2018/01/dine-like-harry-potter.html


Best of 2018 - Part II will feature the best of the best from 2018.

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