The best picnic hampers from London’s top restaurants

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A picnic in the park is the highlight of many social calendars right now. And while we’re missing pub gardens and bottomless brunch, there’s something refreshing about stripping it back and claiming a patch of grass for some lo-fi afternoon entertainment. For one of the best things to do in London this weekend, we’ve rounded up all the picnic paraphernalia you could possibly need – from blankets to eco-friendly cutlery – in our guide to the best picnic sets for summer. But everyone knows the most crucial element is the food. So we’ve curated the best London restaurants and delis offering picnic hampers – or all the ingredients to pick and mix your own – to collect en route.

Ready-made hampers


  • The best picnic hampers from Londons top restaurants

    Hide’s Picnic in the Park

    Ollie Dabbous’s splashy Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant branched out to take away at the start of lockdown. Now they’re embracing London’s balmy summer with their ‘Picnic in the Park’ box. It’s available to collect from the restaurant, which sits opposite Green Park, and stuffed with H. Forman & Son smoked salmon with Amalfi lemon, a gooey Croque Monsieur, strawberry and custard tartlets and more snacks. Pair the box with a bottle of wine – Hide has the longest wine list in London.

    Artusi

    Locally-loved Peckham favourite Artusi is known as being one of the best Italian restaurants in London. They’ve been delivering pantry favourites across South London, and now are offering a picnic hamper stuffed with antipasti. Snack on handmade focaccia, fresh ricotta, salty mortadella with pistachio, summery melon wrapped in prosciutto and more – plus a bottle of prosecco to top off the afternoon.

  • The best picnic hampers from Londons top restaurants

    London Shell Co

    Paddington’s most charming seafood restaurant – usually operating out of a barge in the leafy canal basin – is creating hampers stuffed with British fish delivered straight to your door. Menus change weekly, but include snacks such as house pickles and crumbly soda bread, to eat with hot-smoked rainbow trout, perhaps, or pepper-cured Dorset char. The hamper includes a bottle of Grand Duchess Wine, made by Hampshire vineyard Hattingley Valley.

    Negril

    There are no dry cucumber sandwiches at this Brixton-based, Caribbean-with-a-conscience spot. Owner Latanya Christie’s food is free range and organic. Her Negril platter comes with jerk chicken, plantain, rice and peas, coleslaw and saltfish fritters – pack the lot into a hamper on delivery, or collect en route to nearby Brockwell Park, where The Sympathetic Ear pub is serving takeaway pints.

  • The best picnic hampers from Londons top restaurants

    Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

    Irish oyster joint Bentley’s, overseen by Richard Corrigan, is delivering a little fishy on a little dishy under the guise of Mr Oyster Boy. In the indulgent ready-to-eat picnic hamper, the team at Bentley’s are packing smoked salmon, Cornish crab, shellfish cocktail, oysters (and a knife to shuck them with, of course), plus Japanese soufflé cheesecake for pudding.

    Petersham Nurseries

    Not just London’s coolest garden centre, Petersham Nurseries’ original Richmond café, set in a bougainvillaea-framed glasshouse, is one of our favourite restaurants in London too. While the nursery is open for shopping, the restaurant remains closed – but now the team is offering picnic boxes to pick up. Hampers include crunchy summer vegetables to dip into pea hummus, faro and fresh pesto salad, plump sausage rolls, English strawberries with fresh mint and more – plus the option to add crisp, cold wine, prosecco or kombucha. Pitch up in Richmond Park where you can deer-spot while you eat.

  • The best picnic hampers from Londons top restaurants

    The Indytute

    Normally known for its roster of clever classes – making your own neon sign or trying wildlife drawing – the Indytute is branching out with London Kitchen Deliveries to bring a full picnicking experience to your door. The Italian picnic (which comes with a tiny kite, for after-lunch fun and an Italian playlist to set the mood) is packed with creamy burrata, charcuterie of Parma ham and fennel salami, focaccia and limoncello posset with amaretti meringues. For something more old-school, the cream tea picnic is a throwback to all our favourite afternoon tea staples: brioche rolls with cucumber and cream cheese, scones with clotted cream and jam, macarons and more.

    Mix and match your own


  • The best picnic hampers from Londons top restaurants

    The Quality Chop House

    This wine-shop-meets-restaurant slings out small plates to match the booze offerings in its busy Farringdon restaurant, but it also sells groceries to take away. Stock up on confit potatoes, pastrami-cured salmon, pork and chestnut terrine, farmhouse chutney and add a bottle of wine from the huge selection – some bottles are seriously pricey but lots come under the £15 mark – we like the classic, crisp Clement Termes Les Petits Clement for £12.

    Lina Stores

    Soho favourite Lina Stores has been operating as a deli since the 1940s – long before it spawned two restaurants, one just around the corner from the original shop and another in Coal Drops Yard. The team is now doing grocery deliveries online (and the delis in Soho and King’s Cross will open from 16 June to shop in person). Stock up on cured coppa, stringy stracciatella, salty olives, freshly baked ciabatta and more.

  • The best picnic hampers from Londons top restaurants

    Potage

    We will go out on a limb and say that the chocolate brownies from delivery service Potage are the best in London. But we’d recommend ordering a whole picnic’s worth of snacks to balance out the rich gooeyness. Stock up on fat, handmade sausage rolls, Scotch quail’s eggs, sweet peppers stuffed with creamy cheese and organic juices.

    Ottolenghi

    The Notting Hill and Islington branches of this London stalwart are open to pick up bags packed with classic Ottolenghi treats. Order zingy salads of roasted aubergine with tahini, beetroot and yogurt mash topped with dukkah, roasted free-range chicken with a changing marinade of the day, grilled salmon and, for pudding, gooey chocolate-chip cookies or tart raspberry meringues.

  • The best picnic hampers from Londons top restaurants

    Pique Nique

    While this particular hamper isn’t from a restaurant, its very raison d’être is picnics, and its offerings stand out as being entirely handmade and deluxe, with plastic-free, recyclable packaging (you can upgrade to an actual wicker hamper with blanket, or stick with the regular cardboard box). Ranging from the Perrier-Jouët celebration option at £115, which includes a bottle of the Champagne plus hot smoked salmon, pancetta bagels, buttermilk pancakes and a lot more, to the £35 Pique Me Up which combines a bunch of flowers, cakes, sourdough and a drink of your choice to do as its name suggests – right to the £15 Teddy Bear’s Pique Niques for kids. We chose to enjoy our particular hamper during a solo trip to the park, for fear we might be seen as showing off in front of friends. It’s that kind of upscale.

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