About Time: You Discovered the Best Picnic Hampers in LondonBy Mayola Fernandes
Summer is finally upon us and this week is going to be a scorcher! Stay ahead of the game and save yourself the effort of preparing sandwiches that will just go soggy by lunch time, and instead spoil yourself with one of London’s made-to-order picnic hampers. Here are the best picnic hampers in London right now and see here for more foodie inspiration:
What: Theo Randall at the InterContinental has just announced the launch of its Prosecco Picnic hamper menu for the summer months!
The Lowdown: Curating a selection of his favourite summer dishes, Theo has created a menu that allows guests to indulge in his Italian cooking whilst embracing the English summer in one of the nearby parks, all accompanied by fine bubbles from Villa Sandi. This will be available throughout the summer and the opulent menu offers guests the choice of 10 exceptional dishes including; Panzanella, Tuscan bread salad with grilled red and yellow peppers, fresh plum tomatoes, capers and anchovies, Prosciutto di Parma e Melon and to finish soft chocolate cake with mascarpone.
Price: £49pp | Bookings here
What: Carluccio’s picnics run throughout the summer and include Classic, Plant Power and a Kid’s Picnic. If you’re looking for something easy and tasty, this is one of our favourite picnic hampers in London.
The Lowdown: Both the Classic and Plant Power picnics are filled to the brim with delicious, freshly prepared Italian dishes. From freshly-baked focaccia and antipasto, through to seasonal salads and Polpette di Fagioli, vegan bean balls with chickpea and aubergine purée, each picnic serves two. Pick-up your ready-made Italian feast in its chic, reusable Carluccio’s cool bag from your local restaurant and, to avoid disappointment on those super sunny days, order in advance. An individual Kid’s Picnic comes with grissini bread sticks, carrot, cucumber and celery sticks with tomato and basil dip and meatballs in tomato sauce. Other treats include a chocolate chip cookie and apple juice to finish.
Price: Classic & Plant Power is £45 for two and an individual Kid’s Picnic is £10
What: Sit back and enjoy a quiet moment of indulgence with this Picnic Box Afternoon Tea for Two from B Bakery Covent Garden.
The Lowdown: Put together by the clever people over at the B Bakery, these jam-packed picnic packages have everything you need for an al fresco afternoon tea. Small but perfectly formed, each box contains a selection of delicious cakes, sandwiches and scones, as well as some orange juice and your choice of tea, coffee or B infusion. It’s a lot for one box, but as they’ve been specially designed to be light enough to carry and fit comfortably in the basket of a Boris Bike, you won’t find it difficult to take them out into the city to your ideal picnic venue. Nearby picnic spots include the Victoria Embankment and Whitehall Gardens (if you’d like to try some waterside dining) and St. James’s, Green and Hyde Park.
What: Pick up a picnic with a hamper made by Steve Groves, Masterchef: The Professionals winner, and Head Chef of Michel Roux Jr’s Roux at Parliament Square restaurant.
The Lowdown: One of our favourite picnic hampers in London; this is an ideal mouth-watering, fuss-free picnic, perfect to enjoy as a post-work treat in one of London’s Royal Parks. Steve has crafted a posh and portable feast to rival the rest of London’s al-fresco dining endeavours. Served in traditional hampers, the menu includes twists on English picnic favourites including Harissa-spiced sausage rolls, smoked coronation chicken, cream cheese finger sandwiches, plus a selection of first-class sweets such as lemon posset with elderflower jelly, white chocolate, strawberry and pistachio delice and an array of Scones, Cornish clotted cream and jam to nibble on throughout the afternoon.
Price: £55 for two to share, or £95 with a bottle of Champagne | Available until 16th August.
What: The Wolseley Champagne Summer Tote is the perfect modern hamper for upcoming London summer days.
The Lowdown: Released in June this new hamper comes in a Wolseley tote bag to make it easier to transport and so the tote can be re-used. The content includes; a refreshing bottle of Pommery Brut Champagne along with Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and a premium liqueur produced in the Loire Valley from the finest black raspberries. This hamper is ideal for all manner of summer events, is the perfect accompaniment to a late night picnic with views of the sunset.
Price: £98 (retail value £150)