London is abundantly blessed with parks, gardens and other green spaces that provide ample spaces to relax and bask in the sun whenever it condescends to make an appearance, which is not very often. As a result when the sun is out, Londoners just rush to their favorite parks and enjoy an impromptu picnic. On such rare days, they also abandon any plans of preparing food at home and go to gourmet delis that are available in plenty. Given below are some of the luxury picnic spots along with foodie options that are located close to them.
One of the best places in London to get wonderful food items for a picnic is Borough Market that offers many goodies including cheeses, charcuterie, pies and other items. However, this market is not very close to any of the Royal Parks or other green spaces except for a sunny garden at Tate Modern or St George’s Garden in the old churchyard at the end of Borough High Street. Redcross Park is also close by and a viable option for having a picnic.
Another foodie option is Fortnum & Mason, where you can get a ready-made hamper but at a price. A cheaper option would be Mount Street Deli where you can get an afternoon tea hamper with scones and little sandwiches. The nearest Royal Park to both these places is Green Park which is an ideal spot for a picnic under the shade of mature trees.
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Ideal Picnic Spots
Richmond Park: If you wish to be close to nature while enjoying your picnic, Richmond Park is a good option as it offers ample space for a good walk as well as an opportunity to see the deer roaming around in the park. If you feel hungry, you can have sandwiches, cakes and salads at the Richmond Hill Bakery in Friars Stile Road.
Victoria Park: Bounded by the Regent’s Canal and Hertford Union Canal on its two sides, Victoria Park is an ideal place for a picnic as you can relax on a hot day with cool breezes from the canal providing the right environment for a stroll and a picnic. The nearest foodie option is the Deli Downstairs in Victoria Park Road where you can relish pies, tarts, quiches, salads and an assortment of ice creams of different flavours.
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Kensington Gardens: Along with Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens presents a huge expanse of greenery with mature trees, alcove ponds and lawns to sit in. There are plenty of attractions in this place that you can see such as the Serpentine Galleries, Speakers’ Corner, Diana Memorial Playground and others. For fine deli foods, you can visit Ottolenghi Kensington where you can enjoy Mediterranean and Levantine flavours.
Hampstead Heath: Offering ponds where you can swim before your picnic, Hampstead Heath is a huge space with plenty of places as picnic spots. For getting takeaways from an Italian deli, you can visit Giacobazzi’s Deli in Fleet Street, near Hampstead Heath tube station. If you wish to try Polish food, you can visit Beetroot Deli that also offers picnic boxes with your choice of sandwiches on rye-bread, Polish cakes, salads, charcuterie and cheese.
Greenwich Park: If you wish to enjoy extensive views of the Isle of Dogs and the River Thames, while having your picnic, you have to make an effort to climb up from the town to Greenwich Park. There are a few attractions at this place that you can visit such as the Observatory, the Royal Naval College or the Queen’s House. Alternatively you can simply enjoy the greenery and the views at your picnic spot and relax. For bakery, cheese and wine, you can visit The Cheeseboard which specialises in delicious cheese toasties with gorgonzola.
Holland Park: If you wish to enjoy a picnic at a quieter location which is less frequented and smaller than other Royal Parks, you should visit Holland Park which has an intimate environment and offers a superb Japanese garden. Before reaching the park you can stop at the local branch of Paul and buy French patisserie, a sandwich or a quiche, while on your way back to the tube station you can enjoy a traditional Italian ice cream available at the original branch of Gelato Mio.
St James’s Park: This Park does not offer any delis or groceries and as such it is best to carry your own food for your picnic. However, you can eat at Inn the Park or take a picnic box from there.
There are other smaller picnic spots such as Soho Square that offers a half-timber Tudor-style gazebo and Finsbury Circus that also offers a bowling green and pavilion. Both these picnic spots have convenient places for satisfying your thirst and hunger.
You can get all your basics for a picnic, including sushi, at any of the Marks & Spencer’s outlets that are located at many mainline stations and in most High Streets. If after your picnic you wish to have alfresco dining you can find many places or you may like to go to a rooftop bar and enjoy scintillating views of the city’s skyline while enjoying your drink. The idea is to make the most of the short summer spell.