Perhaps you think you’ve become something of a pro at picnics over the last couple of years, but London’s best delis and restaurants are here to prove you wrong — and, often, it’s best to leave it to the experts. If your idea of a great picnic is a pot of hummus, a supermarket French baguette and a slowly warming bottle of prosecco, we have news for you: picnics in the park can now be as decadent a culinary experience as dining in your favourite restaurant. These are the best ready-made picnic deliveries in London to order now.
Sette by Scarpetta
Sette by Scarpetta, the uber-chic restaurant at Knightbridge’s Bulgari Hotel, offers two decadent picnic offerings, best enjoyed in Hyde Park or in the comfort of your own garden. Available to order on Saturdays and Sunday for delivery within an hour, each Italian-inspired hamper features gourmet treats including burrata d’anuria, rosemary and parmesan focaccia, cured meats, cheese, a selection of cakes including Italian strawberry and mascarpone tartlet and gianduja cake. All your goodies are delightfully packaged in a reusable La Dolce Vita tote with biodegradable plates, cutlery and napkins, and an organic cotton rug.
From £95, visit settelondon.com
As a proud Royal Warrant Holder, DukesHill is marking the Coronation of His Majesty The King by offering a sumptuous special edition selection of new products, handpicked to mark this historic occasion. If you are planning the perfect picnic, al fresco dining in the garden or sitting down to a street party, allow DukesHill to do the hard work for you and perhaps even try one of the award-winning hams (a favourite of the late Queen Elizabeth).
From 17 April, shop DukesHill’s coronation range. The Luxury King’s Coronation Selection includes Mike Tindall and James Haskell’s award-winning Blackeye Gin, perfectly paired with an Artisan London Tonic and a regal spread, featuring handmade pork pies, sausage rolls, traditionally cured meats, smoked fish, pork terrine and more. You’ll also find creamy vegetable pasties, sliced oak-smoked salmon, Hollis Mead Benville brie and chocolate tiffin.
Melrose & Morgan
Melrose & Morgan’s two locations in Primrose Hill and Hampstead, which brim with artisan produce and local, seasonal ingredients, became meccas for Londoners trying to recreate restaurant-quality food at home during lockdown. Now it’s casting its net a little wider with a range of ready-to-eat picnic hampers available for nationwide delivery. The range is truly vast, spanning everything from elevenses and aperitifs to selections inspired by Gloucester and Sweden.
For an all-out picnic experience, however, we recommend The Traditional Picnic, filled with classic components such as scotch eggs, sausage rolls, sweet peppers with feta, manzanilla olives and strawberries (and a vegetarian option with vegan sausage rolls). For those looking to veer away from the traditional, The Heath and Hill Picnic offers a Mediterranean take with the likes of hummus, charcuterie, fig and apple chutney, Brindisa cocktail snacks and grilled artichoke. Lastly, the Sandwich Picnic is filled with an array of sandwiches including cheese and red marmalade, smashed avocado with sweet chilli jam and egg mayo and cress.
From £70, visit melroseandmorgan.com
In the mood for a liquid lunch? Craft cocktail maker Tom Savano has put together a set guaranteed to turn even the most staid picnic into a celebration. Complete with a waterproof picnic blanket and matching striped bottle cooler with chopping board, the set features five serving each of Savano's signature Marseilles Midsummer Raspberry Gimlet and Single-Estate Reposado Tommy's Margarita. There are also two servings each of English Garden Lychee Martini and Caribbean Dawn Mai Tai, plus four outdoor rocks tumblers and some XL ice cube moulds to keep your serves bar-worthy. Food pairings at your discretion.
From £115, visit tomsavano.com
Provisions has been importing wine, cheese and artisan foods from Italy and France since 2015, and its deli selection of cured meats, olives and breads make for excellent picnic fodder. Resistance is futile in this Islington boutique, where you’ll find cheese such as comté, Ossau-Iraty and manchego alongside French Basque chorizo and mortadella. Assemble your own hamper or opt for the store’s pre-chosen selection, including black olive tapenade, Crottin de Chavignol goats cheese, Trentino ham, artichoke hearts, olives, almonds and much more, all complete with a tablecloth, cutlery and jute bag to carry it in. The large selection of wine, sourced from small, organic and biodynamic producers, is not to be missed.
From £39, visit provisionslondon.co.uk
Panzer’s deli in St John’s Wood has been providing north Londoners with epicurean summer treats and picnic hampers since 1944 (its modern celebrity fans include Harry Styles, Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson) so it’s an old hand at the outdoor dining game. Now delivering nationwide, its seasonal selection offers a smorgasbord of al fresco options. Each comes packed in a classic Panzer’s hessian bag, with fully vegetarian options available, but for a really decadent day out we’d recommend the deluxe picnic. Available with either charcuterie or smoked salmon, further treats include challah rolls, handmade hummus, spinach, nutmeg and potato rolls, bento chicken drumsticks, cauliflower salad, fruit plate and a bottle of house wine.
From £69, visit panzers.co.uk