Picnicking is an indispensable part of a British summer. If you have escaped to London, or are otherwise stranded in town and need of a little escape from making your own lunch, pick up a prepared picnic and head for the park...
Tom's Deli on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill has some of the best prepared foods in town, including imaginative sandwiches, salads, roasted meats, British cheeses, cupcakes and baked goods.
Daylesford Organic sells organically grown and prepared foods prepared in their onsite kitchen, bakery and patisserie and a selection of biodynamic wines. Give them 24 hours' notice to put together a picnic "hamper" (a British synonym for picnic basket). Delivery in central London.
Sally Clarke'sKensington Church Street shop doesn't offer set picnic hampers, but you can stop in and load up on quiche, cakes, bread, British and Irish cheeses and everything else you need for a spontaneous picnic, which they will gladly box up for you.
Villandry on Great Portland Street has fine cheeses, hams, wines and other prepared foods from top suppliers in Europe and a prepared food case full of everything you need for a gourmet picnic. They also have a bespoke service that will design a picnic hamper of your choice and deliver in central London for orders over £40.
Carluccio's is a chain of Italian food caffès and gourmet shops in London and the UK that also offers Italian-themed picnic boxes to go that includes Italian salads, desserts, plus wine or soft drinks. While you're there, this is a great place to stock up on Italian pantry supplies.
Inn the Park located inside the Royal St James' park offers prepared picnic hampers for those who'd rather sit in the park than look out at it from the restaurant. The baskets are stocked with salads, finger sandwiches, smoked salmon, British cheeses and oatcakes and strawberries and clotted cream, with or without wine or Champagne -- plus glasses, cutlery, plates, condiments and a Scottish wool rug, from £15 per person.
Related: Gourmet Pit Stop: Villandry London
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com
(Image: Daylesford Organic )