Well, it’s certainly a unique idea. At this very moment St Pancras International is looking for official “Mums in Residence” ahead of Mother’s Day (31st March).
The idea is simple enough: to help shoppers pick the perfect gift for their own mums. With that in mind, the station’s assembly of maternal volunteers will be on hand to help peruse its shops and find the perfect gift for every ma out there – from fashion and beauty products to techy gadgets and entertainment.
There’s a charity element too: in return for this voluntary service, users will be asked to donate to Women’s Aid, a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a safer future for women and children. St Pancras will also donate for every mum recruited.If that all sounds a little too much like hard work for Mommy Dearest, on the actual day you could do worse than spoil her with a special afternoon at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, right?
After a welcome glass of fizz and canapes, she can get stuck into a floral-making masterclass from origami experts the Pom Pom factory and create a paper bouquet to take home.
Then it’s off to a leisurely afternoon tea in the Hansom Lounge, which purports to take a journey across Europe in its sarnie selection: there’s jambon blanc flume (otherwise known as ham, cheese and mustard), Dutch salmon pancakes, cucumber – and not forgetting scones, cream and jam.
Two very different Mother’s Day ideas to mull over, in fact. And it beats a box of flippin’ Quality Street.