If you think about it, the ants and birds of London’s parks are probably pretty confused right now. What happened? When did the humans become so obsessed with picnics? Is that the guy from series 11 of The Only Way Is Essex? Yup, picnics are very much in right now. Everyone is either attending them, hosting them for their birthday, or simply sitting down in a small patch of grass with some cheddar because they never want to see their flat again. We wholeheartedly support all of the above, and these picnic options will ensure you have a good time.
What to get: The Garden Hamper. Or as we call it, Wicker Heaven.
Sophisticated park hang? Yeah, completed it mate. That’s what you’ll say once you order The Sun Tavern’s huge £75 garden hamper. Not only is the tan wicker hamper included - so Enid Blyton, we love it - you’ll also get plates, wine glasses, coasters, a bottle of prosecco, a bottle of rosé, olives, sardines, saucisson, grapes, crackers, knives, forks, quince jelly, and crackers. If that’s not the ingredients for a successful picnic, then we don’t know what is. They’re delivering nationwide and importantly, they’re selling beer pong kits too.
What to get: The ready-to-eat seafood picnic box.
Smoked salmon. Sparkling wine. Soda bread. Yes, welcome to our TED Talk on Things We Consume To Make Our Sorry Selves Feel Like Grown-Ups. The above is also just some of the things you’ll find in London Shell Co’s picnic delivery situation. This converted canal boat restaurant really knows their seafood and their picnic box even includes crevettes and smoked rainbow trout. No cooking necessary. Just be aware that they only deliver on Fridays.
What to get: The picnic-packed tote bag #2020fashion
We love The Camberwell Arms almost as much as we love tote bags. And we really, really love tote bags. Stop by this neighbourhood boozer’s hatch to collect their packed picnic tote that’s full of wine, a sausage roll, cucumber salad, Sicilian pizza, cheese, and more for under fifty quid. Grab a couple of bottles of wine too, why not.
What to get: The al fresco feast box. And the chorizo roll box. And maybe the cheese box too.
We enjoy anything involving the word ‘feast’. It makes us feel important and like we might be distantly related to Henry VIII. Someone incredibly wise once said that ‘the chorizo roll at Brindisa is one of the best sandwiches, full stop’. Yes, that someone was us, but it’s true. Upgrade your picnic with their chorizo roll pack, or go all-in on their al fresco feast box. Check out their website for even more picnic options.
What to get: The park-ready pack. Brownies included.
Technically your favourite thing about picnics is dog watching. Honestly, same. But if you live in or around Elephant and Castle your second favourite thing should be Diogenes The Dog. This neighbourhood wine bar and café are doing park picnic boxes for £15. Expect salami, cheese pairings, sun-dried tomatoes, brownies, and eco-friendly cutlery and cups. Pick it up from their spot near Elephant and Castle, and grab a bottle of wine while you’re at it.
What to order: A magnum of negroni. Praise be.
The last time you had a birthday party in the park you were six and dressed as Buzz Lightyear. But fast forward to 2020, and the park birthday party is where it’s at. Top Cuvée are delivering wine survival packs, beer, and batched cocktails from some of London’s best bars. Grab a bag of ice, that portable speaker you forgot you owned, and some pals. Birthday sorted.
What to order: The Beer Boy. No seriously, it’s called The Beer Boy.
This Camden cheese spot is delivering The Beer Boy, which might sound like a Jamie T track, but it’s actually their beer and cheese pack. We’re talking crackers, three types of crackers, and a selection of craft beers. If you’re someone who likes your picnic with a side of bubbles, there’s also The Mummy’s Boy that includes prosecco, or The Bougie Boy that involves chocolate, jam, and charcuterie. They’re delivering nationwide and there are gluten-free options available too.
What to get: The picnic pack. Hello, PB&J bread pudding sando.
Sure, there was a time when ‘picnic’ was code for ‘getting absolutely trashed in Hyde Park’, but since then you’ve been through a lockdown and an entire series of Wonders of the Universe. You’ve grown. Now, you want that full sophisticated, salad and cheese experience. All-round lovely café, bakery, and restaurant Pophams are doing weekend picnic kits that include everything from a BYO focaccia sandwich to potted duck to freshly baked eccles cakes. Collection only.
What to get: The summer spritz kit and some fresh focaccia.
We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve been on a lot of picnics. Most of them were first dates where we didn’t fancy spending 30 quid on cocktails only to find out that this person from Hinge thinks Rory Stewart is ‘misunderstood’. On those picnics we learnt that we really should stop internet dating and also, that cocktails and parks are a pretty stellar combination no matter who you’re with. If you’re a Hackney local, head to Italian spot Ombra to stock up on batched negronis, their summer spritz kit, and some fresh bread before heading to the park.
What to order: A box of wine. Because, wine.
Ever shared a box of excellent wine with some mates at the park? We have. It’s fantastic. It’s also how we know that it’s impossible to get red wine stains out of white denim. Still, we regret nothing and neither will you if you order one of the signature boxes of St John wine for home delivery. Three litres of rosé for £38? Don’t mind if we do. Going big? There’s a 10-litre box too.