Picnics are no picnic. Making your mark in the park is more than a matter of throwing down a rug and hoping for the best.
Only the best spreads get ahead, while the sunny side of British weather is fleeting and unpredictable, meaning you have to be quick on your feet. Fortunately, the capital is well stocked with short cuts to spontaneity, and they come in handy hamper form. These are the best picnic baskets to get your sun-loving hands on.
Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum’s famous food baskets are filled to the brim with top-notch produce and the Supper Hamper is really something special. From meat and cheese to biscuits and marmalade, the mix of sweet and savoury treats is guaranteed to impress fans of British fare. Delights include Smoked Salmon, Matured Cheddar Ingot and Dark Chocolate Coated Gingers. There are also two bottles of wine and two tea blends to wash it down. The wicker is cleverly designed with leather buckles, making it easy to carry around.
£250, Fortnum and Mason, Buy it now
Perfect for whisking to nearby Kensington Gardens, with bottles of sauvignon blanc and claret, British preserves and a well-curated selection from the Food Hall.
£125, Harrods, Buy it now
An Italian Job, this classic picnic set is stuffed with focaccia, chicken salad with couscous, roasted peppers and chocolate biscotti.
£45, Carluccios, Buy it now
De Beauvoir Deli
This north London deli boasts Paul Herard champagne, Pinney’s smoked salmon pâté, Parma ham and a selection of fine cheeses in its picnic hampers, named after four London parks.
From £35, The De Beauvoir Deli, Buy it now
Sweet dreams are made of cheese: Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage, Robiola Rochetta, mixed olives and hazelnut biscotti are packed into this luxury box. A selection of pleasant wines completes the feast.
£475, La Fromagerie, Buy it now