London Luxury Picnic in the Park. What could be nicer on a beautiful Summers Day than a picnic in the park? Join countless picnickers from all over the world in one of the London Parks. You will be amazed at the ecletic mix of nationalities and choice of picnic.
Which London Park to choose for a luxury picnic?
You are spoiled for choice, London has so many parks and 47% of London is a green space. Incredible isnt it! Anyway, here are some of my favourite Parks for a Picnic:
Royal London Parks:
- Hyde Park – The Serpentine, Speakers Corner
- The Regent’s Park – home to London Zoo
- The Green Park – Near Buckingham Palace
- St James’s Park – next to The Mall
- Kensington gardens – adjoining Kensington Palace
- Richmond Park – Home to Deer
- Greenwich Park
Hyde Park is one of 8 Royal Parks and covers 350 acres. Set right in the heart of London, Hyde Park is home to the Serpentine. The Serpentine is a beautiful large lake where you can go boating, feed the Ducks, there is even a swimming club at the Lido.
You will need a picnic basket of course! Here is a cute little Picnic hamper which is only £50, click on the photo for details:
Look out for Speakers corner, the tradition place for protest going back centuries always on a Sunday morning!
PHOTO: Hyde Park London – hire a classic deckchair
If you choose not to bring a picnic, there are Cafes by The Serpentine and plentiful car parking. I love to visit The Serpentine Art gallery in summer, there is always an interesting exhibition. Also, a gorgeous Rose garden, wildlife, tennis courts and a playground.
PHOTO: The Serpentine lake in Hyde Park
Many musical events take place here in summer, often free! Check out visit London website for details.
Here is the cutest picnic basket for your picnic in the park, click on the photo for more info:
THE REGENT’S PARK:
This is a favourite of mine and has absolutely everything including London Zoo! You can see the Giraffe’s from the roadside without going into the Zoo. Personally I am not keen on keeping animals in cages, but London Zoo does some great work with endangered species. Look out for the Giraffes as you stroll through the park.
PHOTO: Giraffes and zoo goers at London Zoo, The Regent’s Park
I snapped this photo of the Giraffes from the road running through the park. You can see the bird aviaries too!
There is a free Exercise area and running track for joggers.
PHOTO: The Regent’s Park London
The Regent’s Park is very stylish and named after the Prince Regent who went on to become King George IV. The park covers 385 acres and has some of the most stunning Rose gardens you will see anywhere. The perfume is glorious as you walk through the park and choose the perfect picnic spot. The Regent’s Park is home to over 100 species of wild bird. I love the playful squirrels, they are very tame and come to you for nuts, so don’t forget to pack a few nuts in the picnic hamper.
PHOTO: The Rose garden, The Regent’s Park London
In the summer time from May to September, the Regent’s Park is home to an open air theatre with lots of plays and events taking place. Find info here: Royal Parks info
Enjoy the Boating Lake and hire a boat or Pedalo. Admire the gorgeous Georgian Nash Terraces on the outer perimeter of the park. They are very photogenic as you can see.
PHOTO: The Regent’s Park, London
GREEN PARK and ST JAMES’S PARK:
Another favourite and with a great location right by Buckingham Palace and the Mall. Walk through the park and you come to Picadilly and The Ritz which is perfect for cocktails after your picnic. If you are visiting Buckingham Palace, Green Park is a super place to stop for your picnic after The Palace.
If you want to see a Royal Gun salute, these take place in Green Park on Royal state occeasions such as State opening of Parliament and the Queen’s official birthday. At other times they take place in hyde Park.
St James’s Park is on the other side of The Mall, so you can choose!
Other London Parks include Primrose Hill, Kensington Gardens (look out for the Royal children out walking here.
WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR LONDON LUXURY PICNIC:
We English are picnic experts! A Posh picnic is the highlight of many a social event, such as Point to Point races, Summer sporting events, a day at the seaside and so many other days out! Here is a picnic list for a very English picnic. We have the perfect picnic for every occasion!
Posh Traditional Lunchtime picnic:
- Picnic Hamper
- Champagne and Champagne glasses
- Smoked Salmon
- Game Pie, Pork Pie
- Hummus and veggie sticks
- Roast chicken/cold roast beef
- Bread rolls or flatbread or both
- Saugage rolls, Scotch Eggs
- Coleslaw and potato salad
- Olives and sun dried tomatoes
- Strawberries and cream
- Chilled white wine
Afternoon Tea picnic:
- Flask of hot water and flask of chilled milk
- Tea bags
- Buttered Scones
- Selection of sandwiches – Egg and Cress, Ham, Cheese and Pickle
- Game Pie
- Clotted Cream
- A Chocolate cake or choux buns
A Romantic Picnic for 2:
- Bottle of Champagne
- Oysters (on ice and don’t forget the chucker) – An aphrodisiac
- Asparagus and Hollondaise (Asparagus is an aphrodisiac)
- Strawberries dipped in Chocolate (Strawberries are an aphrodisiac!)
Don’t forget to book a Suite at The Ritz for the afternoon. Can you think of anything more romatic? Here is the perfect picnic hamper to impress your date, it actually resembles my own picnic hamper, click on the photo for details:
Where to buy your London luxury picnic in the park:
If you are staying at one of the decent London hotels, the hotel will pack a picnic for you. To arrange your own picnic here are some suggestions:
Top Notch Picnics:
- Fortnum and Masons 181 Piccadilly, are world famous for their picnic hampers visit their website. Green Park is a 10 minute stroll away. Picnic options for all budgets
- Harrods – Their food Department is such a treat! A top notch picnic and Hyde Park 5 minute stroll away.
PHOTO: Picnic ideas from Fortnum and Mason
Perfect Picnic but less expensive:
- Marks and Spencer food Department – Lots of ready packaged picnic treats plus buy a basket to carry everything. Chilled Champagne in the fridge section. There are Marks and Spencer Food halls all over England! Check out the one in Oxford Street, opposite Selfridges.
- Selfridges – order your picnic online at a cost of £45, 10 minute stroll to Hyde Park
- Dukes Hotel, St James Place have picnic hampers for your dog! Hampers for you too of course. Picnic in St James Park