Luxury Picnics in London

When lobster, truffles, and helicopter rides are involved, picnicking becomes more queenly than quaint. With London’s green corners and these top hampers, bicycles, and journeys of the picnic world, your favourite warm weather pastime just got much more chic.

by Victoria Gill

Kew Gardens Picnic Tour

Glide into the great British summer via a helicopter journey that flies you over London’s landmark sights to the heart of Kew Gardens and unveils a gourmet picnic in one of the most glorious – and most inaccessible – of London’s green spaces. Part of the Kew Gardens Picnic Tour, the Luxury to the Max picnic evolves duck rillettes, Aruga caviar and truffled prosciutto. After your feast in the scintillating Royal Botanical Gardens, you can roll back to Zone 1 in a sleek, air-conditioned car. Flights take off daily from The London Heliport Battersea, London, SW11 3BE

Platbos Reserve Oak Tree Picnic-1Platbos Reserve Oak Tree Picnic, London

www.thelondonhelicopter.com
Tel. +44 (0)20 7887 2626

 

Rolls Royce

Hewn from American walnut wood and natural grain leather, Rolls Royce’s limited-edition picnic basket is custom-made for the iconic British carmaker’s Phantom model. Forget jams and paper serviettes: this hamper unfolds a Piano Black picnic table, lead crystal wine glasses, handmade cutlery, embroidered napkins and that all-important accoutrement: an American walnut chopping board.

Rolls Royce LondonRolls Royce, London

Rolls Royce
15 Berkeley Square
London W1J 6EG
Tel. +44 (0)20 3699 6608
www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

 

Moynat Malle

The chicest mode of riding the picnic wave imaginable, The Moynat Malle bicyclette doesn’t just serve your picnic in one of the most stylish trunks, it rides the hamper to your select destination, too. This picture of picnic chic includes inbuilt ceramics, silverware, napkins et al, in addition to leather-lined compartments for your condiments and patés. The front panel folds out into a small table for when you reach your appointed picnic spot.

Moynat LondonMoynat Malle, London 

Moynat
112 Mount Street
London W1K 2TU
Tel. +44 (0)20 7495 3885
www.moynat.com

 

Gourmet Picnic Hamper

Corrigan’s is among the veterans of the English fine dining scene. Their gourmet hampers comprise seven seasonal dishes, homemade bread and hand-churned butter, half a bottle of Champagne alongside crockery, cutlery, glassware and a picnic blanket. There’s even the option to upgrade to a butler service to furnish this decadent affair.

Corrigans Picnic Basket LondonCorrigans Summer Hamper. London

 

Corrigan’s
28 Upper Grosvenor Street
London W1K 7EH
Tel. +44 (0)20 7499 9943
www.corrigansmayfair.co.uk

 

The Festival Hamper

Gracing al fresco sojourns for over three hundred years, the iconic hampers by Fortnum and Mason come crammed with delicacies fit for a lawned banquet – finest smoked salmon, quiches, fresh fruits, truffles, pies, salads, artisan cheeses and breads and fine wines. Never forgetting, of course, that essential picnic staple: the Scotch Egg, from the official royal grocers who invented it.

Fortnum and Mason Easter HamperFortnum and Mason Easter Hamper, London

Fortnum and Mason
181 Piccadilly
London W1A 1ER
Tel. +44 (0)20 7734 8040
www.fortnumandmason.com

 

Scott’s Picnic

The bastion of British fish and seafood restaurants, Scott’s Picnic cuisine can be enjoyed al fresco, too. Included are smoked salmon, lobster, asparagus and strawberry cheesecake, washed down with Sauvignon Blanc for glorious grazing on the go.

jpg 1365675148The Mount Street Deli, London

Scott’s Picnic Hamper
20 Mount Street
London W1K 2HE
Tel. +44 (0)20 7495 7309
www.scotts-restaurant.com

 

Little Picnic Company

Heading to the park for open-air opera or the theatre? In the mood for nights of 'vin and fromage' a la Francais? Perhaps you'd just like to opt out of sightseeing and lay like veg under a tree while you sip the day away over splendid, crisp wine. The Little Picnic Company has a custom hamper for every mood and lifestyle, ranging from 'Cheese and Grapes Picnic', 'The British Larder Picnic', 'The Eventers Picnic' and of course, 'The Gourmet Luxury Picnic'. Choose the meeting point and this creative team will meet, greet and deliver. 

Little Picnic Company LondonLittle Picnic Company, London

The Little Picnic Company
Tel. +44 (0)1932 988 076
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