Your guide to the ultimate picnic | St James's London


Your guide to the ultimate picnic

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It's time to whip out the hamper and blanket and get picnic-ing this summer

We all know there is no more quintessentially British way to enjoy the summer than with a big picnic. But what you might not know, is that central London is bursting with the perfect picnic spots from the wide-open spaces of Green Park and St James’s Park, to the quaint gardens of St James’s Square.

Read our guide below for all you need to have the ultimate central London picnic.

All the gear

First stop is Fortnum & Mason to pick up their signature picnic hamper and rug. Picnic like a pro with this adventure ready hamper which comes insulated along with a soft stylish rug to stretch out in the summer sunshine.

Keep it cool

Snow Peak’s Cooler Tote Bag is multifunctional and durable – whether you’re a seasoned camper or just hoping to have a cool beverage when you reach your preferred pitstop.

Avoid the spills

When the temperature heats up, it’s important to stay hydrated. We love Liberty London’s blush-pink Hay bottle, that will keep your drinks chilled – and can also keep them hot, if you prefer.

Pack some fun

Swing by neighbouring Regent Street’s Hamely’s to pick up a selection of outdoor games to bring the fun for all the family and big kids alike. Chose from giant football, frisbee or practice getting that boomerang to finally come back to you.

Find the feast

Finally, the piece de resistance, the picnic itself. Browse the deli bar at Regent Street's Whole Foods or Ergon or our very own Paxton & Whitfield and of course leave room for dessert. We recommend a large slice of Ole & Steen’s Cinnamon Social. Bon appetit.

Looking for more inspiration for places to eat in central London or things to do? Visit our summer hub for everything you need to know including best al fresco dining spots and top things to do on your lunchbreak.