‘I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors’, and we agree with George from Famous Five. We might be in a city but that doesn’t mean we are short of spaces for a picnic, in fact London has over 35,000 acres of public green space and with it being National Picnic Week this week, we’ve rounded up 10 top picnics to feast on throughout the summer:
Hampers for Breakfast
Firmdale Hotel’s Oscar Restaurant is celebrating summer with quintessential picnic hampers for two people to share. Choose from the breakfast hamper with croissants, muffins and sandwiches galore; Bloomsbury hamper with sandwiches, salads, chocolate tiffin and macaroons or the Gentleman’s hamper for a masculine spread of BLT, ploughmans, scotch eggs and chocolate eclair. Fresh fruit juice, smoothie, iced tea or alcohol also available, as is wheat free bread.
Where: 15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.3 miles)
A Taste of Italy
Soho’s oldest deli, Lina Stores was founded back in 1944 when Soho was full of Italian shops and delis. Today there is a little more choice of cuisines in the area but thankfully, Lina remains and offers hampers, picnics and takeaway treats of their authentic imported produce so you can make your own dream picnic and reminisce over Italian holidays.
Picnic on the Wharf
The deli at Tom’s Kitchen always offers sandwiches, salads and cakes freshly made each day, available for takeaway but the Canary Wharf restaurant is now offering deli picnics so you can make the most of the summer programme of events at Canary Wharf with fresh juices, flapjacks, brownies and homemade baguettes. Coinciding with Picnic Week, their picnic hampers will also be available at a giant picnic at Somerset House hosted by Mercure Hotels – simply pre order and head down with your blanket.
Where: Tom's Kitchen Canary Wharf, Westferry Circus, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Canary Wharf DLR Station (0.3 miles)
Corrigan’s Mayfair don’t just do picnic hampers, they do gourmet picnic hampers. Out with the tasteless sausage rolls and in with homemade bread, hand churned butter, Cornish crab with Thai dressing, smoked ham hock and pork and stilton pie. The hampers are available for 2 or 4 people but if you really want to push the boat out, opt for their luxury picnic service which comes with a personal butler to ensure no ones Champagne glass is ever empty.
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Macaroons in Hyde Park
A stone’s throw from Hyde Park, The Arch London have realised all anyone wants on a hot day is a picnic. Theirs comes from Hunter 486 restaurant and includes homemade crisps, smoked salmon sandwiches, potato salad and macaroons for a classically British feast.
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
You might think of picnics as a typically English pastime, but the Scandinavians celebrate Midsummer with bonfires, making the most of the sun and picnics. So to celebrate Midsummer and National picnic week, ScandiKitchen in Fitzrovia have created a smorgasbord of all things Swedish. You’ll find the likes of seafood salad, mustard Herring, meatballs, sourdough crispbread, cinnamon buns and a shot or two of Aquavit!
Bringing two summer essentials together, Smokey Tails are offering a BBQ picnic. It has everything you need for an impromptu picnic with chicken wings (there are vegetarian options too), seasonal slaw, potato salad, heritage tomato salad, smoked Mexican sweetcorn and a salted caramel and chocolate brownie. Now all you need is the third essential for the sun to shine…
Dim Sum Picnic
If you head down to Southbank today then you won’t find the teddy bears picnicking (that’s in the woods remember) but what you will find is Ping Pong’s picnic terrace. Wild flowers, hanging wisteria, butterflies, green grass and lanterns all adorn the area where you can sit, soak up the sun and eat dim sum. Ping Pong have also recently launched their summer menu which includes the likes of chilli prawn bao and honey glazed spare ribs.
Picnics with a twist
Choose out of four picnic offerings from The Modern Pantry: meat, fish, vegetarian and afternoon tea, all of which encompass sweet and savoury, globally inspired dishes. Putting a twist on classics, the hampers include things like ‘The Modern Pantry sausage roll with Sour cherry, miso & fenugreek leaf piccalilli’ and ‘Caramelised onion, blue cheese & Urfa chilli roll with tomato relish’. The sandwiches focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, while the afternoon tea hamper includes a selection of sweet & savoury scones, sandwiches, cakes and spiced nuts. Whichever you choose, it’ll be provided in a Modern Pantry printed cotton bag which comes with disposable cutlery and napkins.
Super luxe picnic
Novikov are offering deluxe picnic hampers not only for National Picnic Week, but for the entire summer. Choose from either an Asian or Italian hamper, the former of which includes dishes like like smoked aubergine salad; wagyu tacos; Novikov duck salad; and the latter, lobster salad; rustic Italian meatballs with tomato sauce; and whole summer fruit frangipane tartlets. It’s fair to say both menus are rather extensive, so you’ll want to have your elasticated trousers at the ready. As well as this, all hampers include champagne, rosé and a Novikov picnic blanket.