The ultimate picnic in central London

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

We all know there is nothing more quintessentially British 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 its signature picnic hamper and rug. Picnic like a pro with this adventure-ready hamper which comes insulated, with a soft stylish rug to stretch out in the summer sunshine. Or why not bring Liberty's charm outdoors with its beautifully printed picnic blankets. For keeping your treats cool and fresh, Anthropologie also has a selection of summery cooler bags too.

Plate it all up

Head to Mountain Warehouse for one of their picnic sets. The 4-person set not only comes in an easy-to-carry backpack, but also has a detachable wine cooler with glasses! 

Pack some fun

Swing by Hamleys to pick up a selection of outdoor games to bring the fun for all the family and big kids alike. Choose from giant football, frisbee, or find an open space in one of the nearby Royal Parks and practice getting that boomerang to finally come back to you.

Devour your feast

Finally, the piece de resistance, the picnic itself. Browse the deli bar at Whole Foods or Paxton & Whitfield and of course, be sure to leave room for dessert. We recommend a large slice of Ole & Steen’s cinnamon social or an ice cream from one of the neighbourhood's top spots. Bon appetit.

Looking for more inspiration for places to eat in central London or things to do? Explore our guide to summer for everything you need to know to plan the perfect day out in London.


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