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Take the hassle out of your picnic and let the experts do the work for you with one of these ready-made pampered picnics.

From Italian inspired hampers to catch of the day freshly filled boxes, here are nine places to get your pre-prepped picnic fix this summer.

London Shell Co.

London Shell Co. has always prided itself on bringing Londoner’s the freshest catch of the day to their floating restaurants, and now you can enjoy their fresh flavours in picnic form thanks to their ready-to-eat picnic box. 

Right now they have a delectable Easter picnic offering, perfect for ordering in come the bank holiday weekend. Expect to be munching through whole smoked trout, cold smoked salmon, pepper cured char, crevettes and mayo, house pickles and soda bread. Plus, a lovely bottle of The Grand Duchess to finish it off.

Bocca di Lupo 

Soho favourite, Bocca di Lupo has launched a new range of picnic feasts so you can enjoy an alfresco feast at the park, Italian style. 

Delivered chilled, all you need to do is head to your local park and tuck into the Italian snacks and sharing dishes. Start your picnic off with a wafer-thin Pane Carasau (Sardinian flatbreads) with Pecorino cream and olives, before enjoying sliced Prosciutto di San Daniele, Tuscan salami and a hearty portion of smoked ricotta with grilled aubergines marinated with roast tomatoes, chilli and mint. For the pudding lovers, your sweet tooth will be catered for with  Bocca di Lupo’s house-made marbled ricotta and chocolate cake, as well as a pair of chilled blood oranges to give a little celebratory zest.

The London picnic delivery service known for bringing the wicker treats to you. 

Pique 

Helping to add a punch to your typical meal deal picnic is Pique, the London picnic delivery service known for bringing the wicker treats to you. 

If you’re tired of trying to pamper up your picnics with bite size sandwiches that end up squashed and soggy before you’ve even left your front door, Pique is a service that’ll help you right your wrongs and do all the hard work for you. All you need to do is arrange a time, place and pick your picnic box of choice. 

Choose from their bountiful picnic options, from the ultimate brunch package, packed with your choice of breakfast bagel, blueberry pancakes, ham & gruyere filled mini croissants and more, or go big with their ‘freedom picnic’ package. It’s made up of caramelised apple & thyme sausage rolls, coronation chicken with toasted almonds, orzo salad, sweet potato & feta frittata and double chocolate brownie. They’ve also got a veggie version too.

Colette

Helping you to add a little luxury to your picnic is Colette, the gourmet traiteur and delicatessen in Chelsea. They boast some charming hampers available for nationwide delivery, including our favourite, the picnic offerings. 

Serving two, there are three delicious options to choose from. First up is the ‘Picnic for the Carnivores’, made up of a fresh selection of items from the Colette Deli Counter. Expect ham hock terrine, scotch eggs, pork pies, vintage cheddar, ham & gruyere baguettes, and wagyu beef & honey crisps. 

For the fish lovers out there, there’s the ‘Picnic for the Pescatarian’, made up of glazed salmon fillets, a smoked salmon plate, tuna tataki, focaccia and lobster bisque. And, of course, there’s a vegetarian offering too, with quiche, soup, artichoke hearts and roasted cauliflower salad.

Chrissy’s Kitchen

Catering company, Chrissy’s Kitchen has taken pre-prepped picnics to the next level. Using her love feasting food and event planning to play in her boxed picnic selection, Chrissy has perfected the ultimate picnic box experience. 

Serves two, the hamper comes with your choice of ‘main’ – either sausage roll or falafel bites, depending if you’re veggie or not – plus, a whole host of other goodies, including Greek salad, roasted veg couscous salad, wild mushroom tartlets, spiced nuts and moreish chocolate brownies. To finish it off, you get a choice of alcoholic beverage too, from wine to craft beers.

The Egerton House Hotel

Don’t be late for this very important date… Available from April 12th, The Egerton House Hotel will unveil a brand new ‘Down the Rabbit Hole Tea Picnic’ inspired by the new Alice in Wonderland exhibition launching at the V&A. 

With the exhibition set to reopen in April, fans of the Wonderland adventures can visit the retrospective before making their way to The Egerton House Hotel to pick up a picnic inspired by the wild journey down the rabbit hole. 

Packed inside a picnic hamper, there will be a selection of Cheshire Cat tea sandwiches, homemade White Rabbit scones and a medley of Alice cakes and pastries, complete with Champagne cocktails and a flamingo croquet set.

Available from April 12th
www.egertonhousehotel.com

Anson & Curtis 

Catering experts Anson and Curtis have brought their years of experience to the table to bring their customers delicious, gourmet picnic bundles to enjoy at the park or in the garden. 

Aptly named the ‘picnic in the park two metres apart’, there are three moreish options to choose from. Go meaty with ‘The Butcher’s Picnic’, packed with shredded sesame chicken on vegetable slaw; beetroot hummus and pea wasabi dip with crudites and tortilla crisps; leek, apple and chilli sausage roll; bulgar wheat salad; and chocolate drop brownies. Or, for the fish fiends, enjoy sesame prawns; smoked salmon pate; harissa roasted sweet potatoes, and more. There’s also a delicious veggie option packed with fresh ingredients too.

Megan’s

Launching to coincide with their outdoor reopening on April 12th, dog-friendly restaurant, Megan’s will unveil their new fold out picnic boxes. 

Available from their Battersea Power Station branch, the box comes complete with a sandwich, wrap or hummus bowl, a choice of salad, a brownie or cookie. Plus you’ll be able to choose to go bougie with a bottle of Champagne or Prosecco, or to go non-alcoholic with their homemade lemonade.

Each box serves two. Enjoy it by the riverside and experience some of the best views across the city.

Available from April 12th
www.megans.co.uk

Sorella

Dine like a true Italian and order in one of Sorella’s aperitivo hour for two boxes. 

Serving two, the box is complete with two bottles of Vault Negroni, perfecting for cheersing in the park, four truffle arancini, two prok and nduja arancini, Sicilian olives, Sorella’s focaccia, prosciutto and burrata with smoked red pepper, pesto, leeks and almonds.

Dine like a true Italian.


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