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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 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 its signature picnic hamper and rug. Picnic like a pro with this adventure ready hamper which comes insulated and 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.

Set the scene

Sit yourself down on a beautifully handwoven straw chair from Arket, one that folds flat and packs into a cotton canvas bag - making it easy to bring along to the beach, the park or where ever you want to take your picnic.

Plate it all up

Lightweight yet sturdy and cheery, melamine is a must for outdoor dining. Explore Anthropologie's selection of printed melamine plates and platters for every occasion under the sun.

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, Ergon 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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