5 shops to buy Mother’s Day gifts


Still undecided what to get to your mother for Mother’s Day this weekend? Islington Now has you covered: here are some possible options.

The stress of buying the perfect present for Mother’s Day can leave even the strongest of us a shivering wreck.

Have we spent enough on our dear beloved? Have we bought her something she has clearly expressed dislike for in the recent past? Why have I left it until the day before when all the shops are closed?

These issues fade away when you realise the diversity of options available in Islington: a retail heaven leading up to Mother’s Day.

In aid of your quest to find a decent present for the doting matriarch in your life, we have compiled the five best places to find a present for mumsy. But be quick, time is ticking and mothers never forget.

Paul A Young

Does you mum have a sweet tooth? If so, Paul A Young’s is the place to go for her gift. Formerly a chef for Marco Pierre White, Young has since established himself as one of the UK’s premier chocolatiers. His shop on Camden Passage is a local institution and has been there for over 10 years now. Expect exciting combinations involving ginger and spice, as well as classic and luxurious such as salted caramel and dark chocolate.

£4.99 Ginger Chocolate Slices

Angel Flowers

Angel Flowers used to be based directly underneath the Angel Centre’s statue of silver wings. It has since moved onto Upper Street where it continues to sell a spectacular array of flowers. The staff are helpful and skilled, and a trip to Islington’s longest running florist is an experience in itself.

£40 Hand Tied Hot Red Rose Bouquet

Borough Wines

What began as a wine stall in Borough Market in 2002 is now a burgeoning fleet of wine and beer shops across London, and as far away as Hastings. Borough Wines is the perfect place to pick up some ‘Bathtub Gin’ or a nice bottle of fancy plonk for your mother. Pop in and take your pick.

£17.99 Bathtub Gina

After Noah

Entering After Noah is like entering Aladdin’s Cave. The cavernous boutique sells all things imaginable. Depending on your mother’s tastes, you could buy a cookbook, a human-sized teddy bear or a new wrought iron bench

£24.99 Wall Mounting Red Rhino Head Wall Decoration

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Fat Faced Cat

Angel suffers from an oversaturation of shops selling faux-retro attire. Fat Faced Cat bucks the trend by offering genuinely vintage pieces. Based on Camden Passage, the double-fronted shop sells everything from full-length gowns to first edition novels. This is your one-stop for a classy gift for a mother of any age.

27.99 Vintage Clasp Purse


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