Wave goodbye to the supermarket meal deal picnics you’ve grown to loath and hello to the nine best delis London has to offer. From artisan produce to flaky pastries, fresh deli meats to pantry reserves, here’s where to stock up your cupboards with picnic essentials.
Whip out the wicker and fill your basket with fresh deli delights.
There are some London businesses that have moulded themselves into London’s great history and Italian style delicatessen Lina Stores is one of those.
Having launched way back in 1944 in Soho, Lina Stores has become the spot to go for a light bite or to stock up on for your cheese and charcuterie nights. Now boasting two delicatessens in Brewer Street and King’s Cross, you can get weekly treats, pantry essentials and one of their divine paninis to go. We seriously recommend getting your hands on their burrata, semi dried tomatoes and rocket ciabatta. It’s super filling and will set you up for your working day.
On a mission to fuel N1 dwellers with only the finest artisan groceries is The De Beauvoir Deli, your go-to spot for quick lunches, fresh produce and excellent customer service. We love The De Beauvoir Deli’s new picnic style hamper, The Smorgasbord, boasting finest selection of everything from chicken liver pate to mixed charcuterie, Comte to sourdough. Not forgetting your picnic trip to the park will be upscaled with a bottle of Prosecco helping you celebrate the summer season in style.
98 Southgate Road, London, N1 3JD
A favourite among the foodie set, Panzer’s has become renowned for its stylised hampers, culinary delights and smoked salmon bagels. With over 75 years under their belt, Panzer’s champions only the finest products, ranging from over 80 countries, to bring us Londoners the best quality ingredients that have since become our foodie favourites. London’s original Jewish deli can be found serving up these delights in St John’s Wood.
If you’re on the search for London’s best sub sandwiches, you’re going to want to make a beeline for Bodega Rita’s who you’ll find serving up the best subs this side of the hemisphere.
But it’s not just their endless sandwich options we love, Bodega Rita’s is also home to a damn good delicatessen too. It may be small but it’s packed full of quality produce and a great selection of natural wines too.
Situated just across from their sister restaurant, Honey & Co., known for its vibrant colours and Middle Eastern flavours, Honey & Spice is the grocery store that you can stock up on your weekly essentials and recreate your favourite flavours from their restaurant’s dishes.
Inside the store the shelves are piled high with spices, rows of condiments and deli-style salads to go. Perfect for a quick lunch-and-go.
London’s best string of cafe-cum-delis, The Larder was set out to make farm-to-table ingredients more readily available to Londoners. Now boasting several locations across the city, The Larder prides itself on its artisan produce, local ingredients and delicious seasonal menus at their in store cafes, with the aim of leaving as little environmental footprint as possible. With zero waste in mind, the packaging of their products is hugely important and at their catering events use biodegradable bamboo plates, wooden cutlery and even champagne flutes made from potato-starch, which is both innovative and better for the environment.
Having first opened up shop in Wimbledon back in 1997, Bayley & Sage has since become a branch of delis that West Londoners know, love and cherish.
Their Wandsworth outpost is a Handbook favourite and you’ll often find us munching our way through their delicious spinach pastries and a sharing bag of TORRES truffle crisps (seriously recommend getting your hands on a packet of these – they’re awfully good).
Bringing an authentic slice of Italian living since 1961.
Father and son owned deli, I Camisa & Son started their mission way back in the early 60s and today, despite not being owned by a living relative of owner Isidoro Camisa, still brings home one major message: to provide London with the true taste of Italy through their beautifully crafted deli in Soho. Scour the shelves and you’ll find only the finest flavours and ingredients on offer, providing you with the perfect mix of products for your next Italian feast.
61 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 6HS
Tucked in the heart of Bonnington Square, you’ll find the community based shop Italo Deli serving up all of your pantry essentials and deli needs. It’s a treasure trove of curiosities but to its locals, the little community cove continues to be the friendly corner shop we’ve all dreamt of having.
From local produce to packaged hampers, Italo will soon be your go-to for your deli delights.