Make the most of London’s gorgeous green spaces with a picnic in the park this summer. Don’t want to mess about cutting the crusts off your own sandwiches, or have an Instagram feed to maintain? Then order a gourmet picnic hamper or pick up a posh takeaway lunch en route to your chosen park. Here’s where you can find one.
What: When it comes to posh picnics, it doesn’t get much better than this. There’s no slogging your gastro-hamper to the park; instead, your personal butler will greet you at your chosen spot, lay out a blanket, unpack the food, and leave you to it. Treats include chorizo and goats’ cheese Scotch eggs, poached salmon, herby salads and a spiced chicken brochette, plus two desserts.
How much: £39.50 per person
When: Available all summer (advanced notice is required)
Where: St James’s Place, SW1A 1NY
Mount Street Deli
What: This is no ordinary deli: this is Caprice Holdings’ version of a deli. And it’s in Mayfair. So when you order one of their picnic hampers, you can expect only the best, with many dishes sourced from the group’s flagship restaurants, including Scott’s. You’re only a short walk from Hyde Park and the Serpentine – the perfect setting for a chic spread.
How much: From £45 for two (free delivery within W1)
When: Available all year round (48 hours’ notice is required)
Where: 100 Mount Street, W1K 2TG
The Potting Shed at Dorset Square Hotel
What: Take your picnic to the leafy Dorset Square or to Regent’s Park a short walk away. Your hamper includes treats like a summery watermelon and feta salad, seasonal fruit, a selection of sandwiches and a sweet lemon drizzle cake. If you fancy wine or Champagne, it can be added to your hamper for an extra charge. Roll out the included picnic rug and simply enjoy.
How much: £22 per person
When: All summer
Where: Dorset Square Hotel, 39-40 Dorset Square, NW1 6QN
What: This London sibling to Alain Ducasse’s St Tropez stunner serves exquisite, flavour-packed dishes to Knightsbridge’s high rollers in the Bulgari Hotel. Fill your hamper with the likes of caponata with a soft-boiled egg, smoked-salmon sandwiches and chocolate tart from the à la carte takeaway menu and enjoy your spread in nearby Hyde Park.
How much: £22 each
When: Available until 31 August. Order between 9.30am-12.30pm; pick up two hours later
Where: Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
What: Have a Japanese picnic with a twist. Tokimeitē’s new picnic hampers are packed with a Japanese croque monsieur, and glazed wagyu rump topped with cheese or truffles, depending on just how posh you feel that day. Take your picnic over to nearby Green Park and soak up the summer sun.
How much: From £60-80 with truffle (48 hours’ notice required)
When: Available all summer
Where: 23 Conduit Street, W1S 2XS
Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf
What: Next time a scorcher is predicted when you’ll be stuck in the office, think laterally and reclaim your lunch hour. The bespoke picnics at Tom’s Kitchen are just the ticket: they’re packed with gourmet baguettes, posh popcorn, fresh juices, homemade flapjacks and the deli’s signature brownies. Then head to the river, or join the throngs in Canada Square Park.
How much: From £30-45 per basket, £100 for a Champagne picnic
When: Available all summer. Order from the deli counter the day before (24 hours’ notice required)
Where: Units 1-2, 11 Westferry Circus, E14 4HD