Let’s face it, the jubilant thoughts surrounding a picnic after often quashed by the fact that you have to pack it yourself. The sandwiches always end up soggy, the ice always melts out of its packet – probably the reason the sandwiches get soggy – and a juice carton always bursts at some point or another. So, why not have a posh picnic? Let someone else do it for you (for the tune of £1000 if you’re Corrigan’s in Mayfair). And embrace the sunnier climes whilst they last!
So, treat yourself! Pop some fizz open at one of London’s various leafy green spots and enjoy a posh picnic, you rascal!
Everyone loves a wicker basket. It evokes all sorts of summer nostalgia, which is why we’re glad The Milestone Hotel and Residences are serving up their delightful picnics amongst wooden wicker glory this summer. Kensington Gardens will be your playground, as you feast on al-freso fare such as finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream, French pastries, fruitcake and strawberries and cream. What about the Champagne, you ask? Yep, there’ll be that too. Or tea, for those keeping it quintessentially British.
Knowing all too well that sometimes hot weather leads to a lazy disposition, there’ll also be a personal service across to Kensington Gardens and a know-all insight into some of the hot, and cooler, spots across the space.
Five-star hotel, The Arch London, is positioned perfectly for picnicking, surrounded by the lush greenery of Hyde Park. This year round, they’re popping the delightful seasonal ingredients of their Hunter 486 restaurant into picnic hampers to create a Best of British feast, perfect for a bit of al-fresco action.
Included will be summery sparkling wine accompanied by homemade crisps with sea salt, lemon and sage, and a wholesome range of sarnies, including English cheddar with apple and raisin chutney and smoked salmon. This is but a handful of the eclectic range of treats involved, ideal for a boozy, yummy food filled day in the sun.
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
It doesn’t get more British than this. Really. Penny Farthings and picnics? We love it!
Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel has pulled out all the stops this summer with an epic picnic prepared by the hotel chefs and the opportunity to learn to ride a classic Penny Farthing bicycle to Buckingham Palace. Gee whizz! You won’t be two-tyred to try it either, as you’ll be full of energy after your classic picnic treat. Expect cold cuts, dainty triangular sandwiches and Victoria sponge, as a homage to Queen Victoria’s reign, during which dining outdoors became popular! Cheers Vicky!
This luxurious little offering is set to make all your #picnicgoals come true at once. Corrigan’s in Mayfair are to blame for you having the best picnic like, ever! Their hamper includes Head Chef Aidan McGee’s cherry-picked selection of treats, from Champagne, mineral water and seven seasonal dishes such as smoked salmon, seasonal salads, a pork and stilton pie and signature desserts. But, all this comes at a price, to the tune of £1000 in fact if you opt for the bespoke luxury hamper can be ordered with a personal butler service – cor blimey, that butler must be up their with Jeeves standards.
It’s a decadent box of deliciousness packed with seasonal ingredients that can be enjoyed in nearby green spaces such as Hyde Park or Grosvenor Square!
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Picnics in the park? Oh, go on then! Haymarket Hotel is bidding you to throw down a picnic rug and whack out the wicker with their delicious summer salads, sandwiches and sweet treats hamper. The residence sits snug by leafy St Jame’s Park, and the hampers come courtesy of their divine Brumus Restaurant. Doesn’t it look deeeeelicious!
Sofitel London St James sits snug right in the middle of the Royal Parks, making it a front runner for picnicking! This summer, their Head Chef has devised a menu that booms with British flavours. You’ll eat divine charcuterie from award-winning Trealy Farm, fresh tomato salads and French cheese. And, to tempt your sweet tooth, you can pop some Parisian pastries onto your plate, or keep it classic with scones served with clotted cream, jam and bundles of berries. We’re getting hungry just talking about this…
The picnic experiences comes with tartan rug so you can grab some #picnic shots for the gram too!
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
If there was one person’s grill we would want to get up in, it would be Jimmy Garcia, the king of the BBQ! The picnic pop-up with a meaty twist is currently underway at London’s Southbank Centre; the concept being Patch & Picnic.
Expect BBQ dishes galore and pre-ordered hampers which can be enjoyed as you get competitive over a game of Monopoly! The patch also urges guests to bring along their own homemade nibbles whilst sitting and soaking up some of the summer sun… leave us a bit of the good weather though, there isn’t much to go around!
The pre-bookable hampers will rival any ham & cheese sarnie picnic offering, packed with artisan breads, BBQ spiced chicken thighs, British cheeses with crackers and fruit chutney, ham hock terrine and more. Plus, you can stay hydrated with G&Ts, beers and ciders. Gee whizz!
Website: Book Your Box!
Cop an eye of this spread! Carluccio’s has laid down its picnic blanket to invite summer lovers to indulge in a plant-powered offering, mixed with the classics, of freshly baked focaccia and antipasti, to seasonal salads and Polpette di Fagioli– vegan bean balls! In an oh so Italiano style, the chic feast can be ordered in advance to match up with the sunshine symbols on your weather app! Feeling thirsty? Pop some Italian wine onto the offering, available to pick up at the deli, or opt for a Kid’s Picnic with all the bread and celery sticks you need!
Website: Pick Up Your Picnic This Way
Oscar Bar & Restaurant at Charlotte Street Hotel urges you to indulge by grabbing hold of one of their classic wicker hampers filled with goodies. Just a wander away from summery spots such as Regent’s Park or the secluded squares surrounding Fitzrovia, the hotel’s hamper makes for the perfect summer day out, brimming with salads, sandwiches and sweet treats galore!
Where: 15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.3 miles)
The sun has finally peeped its little head from beneath the clouds and, simultaneously, Baglioni has introduced a divine picnic, courtesy of Brunello Bar. Expect all sorts of lip-smacking treats, including Vitelli tomato, a cheese platter and selection of cold cuts, quinoa salad, fruit, breads and more, with traditional teas and coffee to wash it all down.
At The Egerton House Hotel they know a hot afternoon under the sun calls for bubbles and divine food. This summer, they’ve got delightful picnic hampers on offer, bulging with a choice of freshly prepared hand-cut sandwiches, mini cakes, snacks, drinks and more. Wanting to push the boat out? You can also opt for a special platter with the choice of salmon, cheese or charcuterie. Snazzy!
Pop down to the base of the Shard and you’ll get your hands on your very own picnic box made for two. Not only is it the perfect chance to visit one of London’s most adored staples, but you’ll also gauge out on the most lip-smacking treats. So, head to Bar 31 and roast chicken, Cornish yard cheese and fresh bread will be all yours for the taking.
Of course summer requires booze, so fear not libation lovers. The box will also feature two Plymouth Cups, made with Pimms, ginger ale and fruit or two Royal blush cocktails with Tanqueray gin, lemonade and fresh raspberries.
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