From 29 March we can meet outside with up to six people, which means we are properly getting into picnics this year. London’s restaurants are making this easy with their delicious pick-up-and-go offerings. Plus we pick out the best picnic kit to update your collection this spring.
Where to Order
London Shell Co’s Easter Picnic Box is a seafood feast for two including a whole smoked trout, smoked salmon, pepper cured char, crevettes and mayonnaise, house pickles, soda bread and a bottle of English sparkling wine. £55, numbers are limited so do order ahead to collect Friday-Sunday 2-4 and 9-11 April.
Hackney’s canal-side Italian restaurant, Ombra deliver their picnics straight to the park. Tuck in to house focaccia, olives, mortadella, ‘nduja sausage roll, burrata, pasta salad, amaretti biscuits and two beers. Available from 12 April, £30 + £2 delivery to London Fields, Victoria Park and Haggerston (collection also available).
Bocca di Lupo picnics are a real feast. Start with olives and a glass of Gelupo Prosecco and dip Sardinian flatbreads into Pecorino cream. Then enjoy Proscuitto di San Daniele, Tuscan salami, smoked ricotta with grilled aubergines before finding off with a marbled ricotta and chocolate cake, and two chilled blood oranges. £86 including delivery across London.
Bring out the blankets and pretend you are on that ski holiday after all with a fondue night in the garden. Colette’s fondue hamper includes the cast iron fondue set, raclette and all the accoutrements for dipping. £160 for four. They also do a number of tempting picnic kits, afternoon tea hampers and BBQ feasts.
Harvey Nichols has a great selection of boozy picnic hampers including a negroni hamper, martini hamper and espresso martini hat box. This Set The Bar hamper contains rose, Prosecco, G&T, olives and chilli clusters. £85 plus £5 delivery.
A joyous wool picnic blanket with a waterproof backing, £155 from Heating and Plumbing London. They also do great outdoor cushions to match.
Picnic platter made from bamboo and melamine, £7.50 from M&S
DIY your own salad and bring to the park in this Cordelia container, £18 from Anthropologie
Gingham-lined campagne natural wicker picnic basket, £35 from Les Jardins de la Comtesse
We love the prints from the East London Parasol Company, where the ash frames handmade in Hampshire. Keep off drizzle and sun, £985 from the East London Parasol Company
Candy stripe ruffle napkins, £16 from Amuse la Bouche
Portable and quick to heat – you’re ready to BBQ within 5 minutes. £225 from Lotus Grill
Set of 6 tapas forks, £18 from Anthropologie
Keep salads or fruit fresh and cold, or warm food hot with these S’well Eats food bowls. Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. £24.50 from S’well
Clear picnic tumbler made from BPA-free Tritan to look like glass, £8 each from The White Company
POP reusable ice cube maker is made of silicone and can be slid into a picnic bag ready to add to drinks in the park. £22 from Selfridges
Colourful bat and ball inspired by the games of frescobol played on the beaches of Rio, £160 from Trancoso
Foldable and compact with a weatherproof fabric seat, Prop Chairs £395 by Samuel Wilkinson for The Conran Shop