The sun is set to reappear this weekend. Order ahead for the perfect picnic prepared by the experts at some of our favourite London addresses:
We think this would be the best kind of birthday treat. Meet a friend and share the new Afternoon Tea box from Ham Yard Hotel, or have one sent to someone you love. Tea for Two contains lemon drizzle cake, chocolate tiffin, pistachio macarons, bakewell tart, savoury snacks including arancini, sausage rolls, smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, plus scones with clotted cream and jam, and loose-leaf tea. £25 for one, £50 for two or £100 for the Champagne Tea. London delivery only; order by midday on Thursday for Friday, Saturday or Sunday delivery that week, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred delivery date.
London Shell Co might have had to dock their boats for the time being, but you can still order their delicious seafood, now in the form of Picnic Boxes. These are available for Friday delivery only so would make a good end-of-the-week treat. Menus change weekly, but each box will generously feed two people and contains a bottle of The Grand Duchess English sparkling wine from Hampshire. A sample menu might be hot smoked rainbow trout, smoked salmon, house pickles, crevettes with mayonnaise, soda bread and farmhouse butter. They’re popular so order ahead, the next available slot is 19 June with delivery anywhere within the M25.
Sidechick launches on Thursday 11 June, a new concept from the Patty & Bun team. Instead of burgers, it’s all about roast chicken and you can order a half or a whole simply butterflied and roasted with a choice of marinade: za’atar, garlic, honey, olive oil and lemon; clarified butter, herbs and lemon or piri piri. There will also be delicious sides, salads, crispy potatoes, as well as a choice of three cocktails, natural wines and craft beers too. Delivery is currently East London only, including Hackney, Spitalfields, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Bethnal Green, Homerton, Shacklewell, Stoke Newington, Upper Clapton, Stamford Hill but there are plans to expand. Order via Deliveroo.
Mr Oyster Boy is the newly-launched delivery service from Bentley’s Oyster Bar where you can order fresh oysters, dressed crab, weekend brunch boxes and more. Their ready-to-eat Picnic Hamper is fit for kings and includes soda bread, seaweed butter, 6 oysters and a Vogue oyster knife, smoked salmon, Cornish crab, shellfish cocktail and lobster salads. And there’s even a Japanese soufflé cheesecake, rice pudding and stilton and oatcakes for afterwards. £145, serving 2-4 people, with delivery within 5.5 miles of Old Street.
For a bigger group, these Festina grazing boxes can be ordered for up to 6 or 8 people, including delicious antipasti, charcuterie and cheese. Stefano Vallebona, who is Sardinina, launched Vallebona Ltd in 1997 and started supplying London’s top restaurants (River Cafe, Bocca di Lupo, Alain Ducasse, Trinity and Le Gavroche) before opening deli in Wimbledon Village. This new picnic box is full of those hand-picked ingredients. £75 medium, £90 large, with nationwide and same-day delivery available.