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...Picnic Hampers

Date: 26.08.11 Category:

“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

 

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The Langham

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The Langham

Hotel

"The Artesian Bar in The Langham was designed by The David Collins Studio - the name behind many of the most exquisite London..."

1c Portland Place, London W1B 1JA

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Corrigan's

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Corrigan's

Restaurant

"Simultaneously sophisticated and homely, with Corrigan's, Richard Corrigan has added another exceptional restaurant to his..."

28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH

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Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason

A food delivery company

"Synonymous with luxury and quintessentially British, Fortnum and Mason is a one-stop-shop for gifts."

181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER

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Deliverance

Deliverance

A food delivery company

"Gourmet, multi-cuisine food delivery service on a mission to change London takeaway."

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Mount Street Deli

Mount Street Deli

Cafe

"Serving delicious coffee in an intimate setting, in a flash part of town, Mount Street Deli is a spot for the memory bank."

100 Mount Street, London W1K 2TG

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True Deli

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True Deli

A caterer

"The weekly food boxes and hampers are a unique offering from this small but perfectly formed company."

3 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2HR

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Archie's At Home

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Archie's At Home

A caterer

"For dinner parties, picnics, parties and weddings, Archie's At Home delivers personal, exquisite service."

88 Balvernie Grove, London SW18 5RP

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Picnic2U

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Picnic2U

A food delivery company

"No fuss, no mess, no compromise - Picnic2U offer picnics for all occasions and events."

Unit 3, 8 Gorst Road, London NW10 6LE

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