A Day with Mum at Benefit and The York and Albany

With Mother’s Day approaching (Sunday 6th March), I headed on a day out with my mum to enjoy a spot of pampering and some delicious gourmet dining at Benefit and The York and Albany. Find out how we got on during our special day together.

We started our mother and daughter pampering day with a trip to Benefit’s flagship London store, (previously visited by teammates Ciana, Hannah and Vic) to enjoy a spot of indulgence. We were warmly greeted on arrival by a friendly team of make-up artists who were ready and on hand to make my mum and I look pretty. We started the makeover with a Benefit signature brow arch service and eyebrow tint.

My day out with mum to Benefit and The York and Albany started at the Benefit flagship store on Carnaby street

With eyebrows perfectly preened, we headed over to the counters to enjoy a makeover with a Benefit make-up artist. With a glass of Moët and Chandon champagne each we had a toast and sat back for a relaxing, stress-free makeover in the safe hands of the professionals.

A glass of champagne each at the Benefit store was the perfect way to toast my day out to Benefit and The York and Albany

The make-up artists asked us what look we were going for and what make up products we usually liked, then talked us through each of the products they used, stopping to show us what they had done every so often, to check we liked it.

Brushes all laid out for the ultimate makeover experience with Benefit

After the makeover looks were complete, the make-up artists showed us all the products that they had used and pointed out which ones they would recommend us purchasing with our £40 gift vouchers. Their advice was helpful and, of course, we ended up with a few extra products more than our allocation, but the transformations were so good, we couldn’t resist!

My mum enjoying her finished makerover look after her experience with Benefit

After a couple of hours of pampering and feeling made up for our gourmet lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s York and Albany restaurant in Regent’s Park, we headed on the tube to Camden Town and walked to the restaurant located on the edge of Regent’s Park. We arrived ahead of schedule but the restaurant’s staff seated us anyway and gave us a Bellini each to kick start our tasty gourmet experience.

A day out with mum isn't complete without some bellini cocktails.

We each chose meals from the three-course set lunch menu, although we were kindly informed that if the options available on the set lunch were not anything we fancied, we could have £30 per person to spend on other dishes from the a la carte menu.

The two delicious starters my mum and I tried during our lunch out.

I went for the chicken liver parfait with brioche to start, venison ragu with pappardelle pasta for main and the clementine posset with passion fruit ice tea to finish the meal off. My mum had the same as me, besides trying the BBQ mackerel and cous cous for starter.


My mum and I had a wonderful day at Benefit and the York and Albany and we both left the experiences feeling relaxed, pampered and very stuffed! My mum said at the end of the day she was left “feeling revitalised and more youthful.” She particularly enjoyed the lunch as “Usually it is a grab and go lunch but it was nice to enjoy a civilized sit down meal!”

We want to hear what you are getting up with your mum this Mother’s Day – share it with us on social media using the hashtag #meandmum.

Images: All RLD.

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