Let’s face it, nobody knows how to celebrate a rare bit of sunshine better than us Brits. And what better way to celebrate summer than with a few friends, a lush London park and one big old-fashioned picnic!
We know you could pack your own, lug it around on the tube and home again and still have a delicious lunch, but why would you when some of London’s best eateries are offering to do it for you? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to get an awesome picnic packed and ready to go, so get out the blankets, whack out the bubbly and chill out this summer!
Fancy doing your own picnic? This wonderful Spanish tortilla is an awesome addition to your basket.
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A picnic in the park has never been easier than with Corrigans specially packed hamper! Conveniently located near to Hyde Park, Grosvenor Square and Berkeley Square, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to take your freshly made basket of grilled sardines with new potatoes and pickled radish, beef with celeriac remoulade and artichoke and English berries with shortbread and crème fraiche.
Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. All crockery, cutlery and a blanket included. The hamper is priced at £60 for one person and £100 for two.
For more information visit corrigansmayfair.co.uk
For an Italian feast Al Fresco Carluccio’s is the only option. They pack up a whole load of Italian delicacies ready to go when you are, like zingy lemon and thyme focaccia, spinach, ricotta and pine nut tarts and a corn fed chicken supreme with potato, olive and saffron salad. All you need to do is add one of their perfect picnic wines and the picnic is sorted!
A classic picnic for two is £45.
For more information visit carluccios.com
These wonderful packed picnics from Saturday Kitchen chef James Martin come in loads of different varieties, so no matter who you invite to your picnic everyone is guaranteed to be pleased. You can of course design your own basket, but we love the look of the Olympicnic, a homage to great British food with dishes like rare beef and horseradish cream, pork pies and a cheese board!
The Olympicnic is priced at £80. Other picnic hampers may vary.
For more information visit picnic2u.co.uk
Mount Street Deli’s picnic lunch is the ultimate way to enjoy the sunshine this summer, providing hungry customers with everything necessary for a romantic park lunch. Lay the blanket down, pop open the bubbly and tuck into herb-roasted salmon, rare beef with watercress and spicy olives. Now that’s what we call a date!
The Mount Street Deli Lunch for Two is priced at £45.
For more information visit themountstreetdeli.co.uk
Sometimes simple is best, and this has never been more true than with Ottolenghi’s signature Middle Eastern hamper. With delicious flatbreads, fresh salads and a few of their signature dips, you won’t need anything else to enjoy a picnic in the park. Well some pimms maybe, but we’ll leave that bit to you.
For more information visit ottolenghi.co.uk