“Obviously best enjoyed outdoors during the last throes of Summer, but if Autumn is suddenly thrust upon us… there's always a rug on the sitting room floor.”
If you're struggling to find a secluded spot in Knightsbridge, head to The Berkeley where the sun terrace has been transformed into an idyllic country scene complete with birch trees and wild lavender. A special picnic menu can be enjoyed from deck chairs on the lawn and includes British summer favourites such as home-made lemon iced tea and wild strawberries and cream.
For a luxurious treat in an alternative setting, take The Langham's Palm Court Afternoon Tea Hamper (£85 for two; 15% discount when ordering via LadyBlonde.com) into Regents Park. Or collect a bespoke picnic basket from Corrigan's Mayfair (£75 each), each filled with selected dishes from the restaurant, half a bottle of Champagne and an array of goodies, for an al fresco à la carte experience. As an added bonus, LB readers will receive a copy of Richard Corrigan's cook book 'From the Waters and the Wild' when ordering via LadyBlonde.com.
Never mind if you've run out of time for that Cornish summer break, The West Country Hamper (£100) from Fortnum & Mason brings the best artisan produce from the region to London – all packed into a traditional fishing creel. If a snippet of sunshine does suddenly appear and you fancy an impromptu picnic lunch, jump online, order your picnic (from £19.90 for two people) and the team at Deliverance will have it to your door within 45 minutes. And don't worry too much if the weather doesn't improve as the Mount Street Deli Breakfast in Bed Hamper (£45 for two people) is the perfect way to spend a drizzly Sunday morning in.
Although the summer social season is drawing to a close, with Goodwood Revival coming up there are still a few opportunities to indulge in a gourmet car park picnic. Proving popular on the social circuit this summer, the True Deli Picnic Hamper (£100 each; £75 when ordering via LadyBlonde.com) includes everything you could ever want for – right down to the plates, glasses and cutlery. And with the start of the rugby season on the horizon, Archie's at Home will create bespoke baskets to fit the occasion, season and setting whereas Picnic2U offer a warming winter menu for their hand-packed boxes (from £45 for two people) – ideal for a blustery day at Twickenham.
Lastly, please bear in mind that these wonderful hampers take time and care to prepare so be sure to give at least 48 hours notice when ordering your picnics (with the exception of Deliverance). For more information on the special discounts and deals mentioned in the above article, please contact LBHQ@ladyblonde.com. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Deals page of LadyBlonde.com
Fortnum & Mason
Mount Street Deli
Archie's At Home