The Langham picnic hamper
Here’s hoping for a sunny weekend! Here are my top five takeaway picnics in London this summer…
The Langham is offering the option of taking afternoon tea for two, in a takeaway picnic (£85). This hamper has all the trappings of a traditional English picnic, from the wicker hamper to the tartan rug and teddy bear (all included in the price). The ‘Palm Court Afternoon Tea’ hamper includes a selection of sandwiches with fillings such as coronation chicken, cream cheese with piccalilli and poached Scottish salmon. And for desert: homemade scones made with champagne soaked raisins and luxury pastries inspired by nearby Bond Street jewellery designers.
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Theo Randall’s reputation for working with the best artisan producers is evident in his rustic Italian picnic menus. Hampers on offer include the ‘Green Park’ (£32.50 per person) – highlights include a Tuscan bread salad, prosciutto di Parma with Charentais melon and chocolate cake with crema di mascarpone. The ‘St James’ Park’ (£42.50 per person) offers some of the same dishes with added temptations including the mouthwatering seared Aberdeen Angus beef fillet with rocket, parmesan, aged balsamic vinegar and toasted pinenuts. There are also Piccolo picnics (£10), especially for children.
This year, Nobu have created a brilliant takeaway bento box (£45) ideal for sushi loving picnic goers. Presented in three chic, black boxes, layer one contains seared salmon sashimi salad, shrimp salad and black cod with miso. Layer two contains the famous Nobu cut rolls and Sushi and layer three presents mango and chocolate cake, finishing with a selection of Petit fours. There is also a deluxe box available (£75), which includes a bottle of Nobu Sake.
This picnic should be pre-ordered on: 0207 447 4747
This summer Carluccio’s is offering five takeaway picnics: four adult (£45/£60) including two vegetarian options and one for children (£10). Picnic come ‘rain or shine’, as these hampers come complete with sun cream and an umbrella. As you would expect at Carluccio’s, the portions are generous. These Italian feasts include dishes such as stuffed chicken legs wrapped in pancetta, smoked mackerel pate, sun-blush tomatoes, rustic salads and individual fruit tarts. All picnics come with sourdough, water and wine. Also included: a blue cool bag, paper plates and reusable cutlery, making it easy to be a spontaneous London picnicker this summer.
Fortnum & Mason
For a taste of luxury picnicking, you can’t go wrong with a hamper from Fortnum & Mason. For a special occasion or treat, your fellow picnic partner will surely be impressed by the ‘Outdoor Feast’ fresh hamper (£85). Packaged in a cool bag and with all the necessary cutlery and crockery, munch your way through mixed olives and ham, crusty bread and poached salmon, Moroccan chicken pie and strawberries and mint. If that wasn’t enough, finish the feast with some mini cupcakes, all washed down with a chilled bottle of Viognier.
This picnic should be pre-ordered on: 0845 300 1707