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Picnic Me Up

Our pick of the best picnic hampers around London

Published on July 20th 2011.

Picnic Me Up


£50 for two

020 7631 3131

Villandry specialises in luxurious and indulgent hampers. This summer, they have carefully created two picnic hampers, one of them vegetarian, both full of delicacies. Treats include Forman’s smoked salmon, roast beef and Jersey Royal potatoes with a chive dressing, and for dessert, strawberries with mint.

Harvey NicholsHarvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

£50 for two

Available from all larger Harvey Nichols stores and online

The Al Fresco Picnic Selection by Harvey Nichols may come in a less traditional hamper (it’s a box with a vintage print), but it will serve all your essential picnic needs. The box is stuffed full with a collection of mainly savoury snacks, like pimento-stuffed olives, fennel biscuits and plum paste with cheese. It’s British tastes at their best, accompanied by a bottle of Prosecco.


Melrose and MorganMelrose and MorganMelrose and Morgan

£39.95 for two

Order online or call 020 7722 0011

Specialist grocers, Melrose and Morgan, celebrate the great British summer with this generously filled basket. All products are produced in Great Britain and include Isle of Wight cherry tomatoes and fresh fruit from Kent. To top it off, they have included Britain’s favourite summer drink, Pimms.


Cucina CateringCucina Catering

From £15.50 per person

Order online or call 020 7324 2251

Baskets can be prepared for an x amount of people

At Cucina, they take al fresco dining seriously. There are five different menus to choose from, ranging from a light meat or vegetarian lunch to a full-on meat, fish or vegetarian packet. They’ll prepare the hampers with the Italian love for food, and fill you up with a starter, a main, sides and two desserts.



Fortnum and MasonFortnum and MasonFortnum and Mason

From £50 to approx. £100

Order online or buy in store 

Fortnum and Mason are experts in the hamper area. Name any celebrations and they’ll provide you with an appropriate basket. Their picnic selection is equally spot on, ranging from family selections to £100 Piccadilly Hamper, which includes cakes, scones, clotted cream, fresh strawberries and rose champagne, perfect for the more romantic of picnics.


Carluccio's ClassicCarluccio's ClassicCarluccio’s London

From £45 for two

Order at your nearest branch

Favourite Italian hangout, Carluccio’s, comes with a grand selection of heavenly prepared picnic hampers. There are five luscious baskets to choose from, including one for children, and all are filled with Italian delicacies like fresh focaccia and perfect pasta. The most expensive selection, at £60 for two people, includes sun cream and an umbrella.


Imli To GoImli To GoImli To Go

Prices vary

020 7287 4243

Let’s celebrate the great British summer with Indian food. Imli, a favourite of hip and young, offers an alternative picnic experience, with gourmet Indian cuisine and fresh and light dishes. Combined with mint, iced tea, it’s the perfect companion for a day in the park.



Prices vary

Order online or in store

Leave it to Selfridges to make picnicking into a decadent affair – they even have a dedicated hamper website. Selfridges has had hamper packer experience since the 1920s, but today the customer can choose from all deli items available in the Oxford Street Foodhall. You can go for very luxurious with Henri Giraud’s champagne or keep it as simple as you like.


The Milestone HotelThe Milestone HotelThe Milestone Hotel

From £70 for two

The Milestone Hotel is famed for its decadent afternoon tea. While the weather is nice, they offer a generously packed hamper, full of the same afternoon tea goodies for you to enjoy in one of London’s great parks. They even manage to include a pot of tea into the fest, which will go great along freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream, French pastries and strawberries with cream.


Inn the ParkInn the ParkInn The Park

Prices vary

Give 24h notice

At Inn The Park, located in St. James’s Park, you can rent a filled up hamper and a rug. The hamper will be filled with a selection of your choice. You can then go out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the park, rent a deck chair and relax.

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