Start at Paul Rothe & Son for a made-to-order sandwich from a vast array of fillings that include homemade liptauer and hummus. This friendly family-run deli also sells daily soups and every jam, pickle and preserve you could possibly want to include on your picnic.
You’ll need a picnic rug, so stop in at Cath Kidston on Marylebone High Street for this safari picnic rug, pretty picnic crockery or a polka-dot cool bag. There’s also a Waitrose nearby on the High Street for practical essentials like napkins and paper plates.
What’s a picnic without a melting slab of brie oozing over fresh hunks of bread? Without silky burrata and fresh tomatoes eaten in the sunshine? A shadow of its full glory, that’s what we say. The specialists at La Fromagerie’s walk-in cheese room on Moxon Street will help you pick the perfect cheeses along with biscuits to eat them with. They also sell a selections of breads from Poilâne, Exeter St Bakery and Boulangerie de Paris and, of course, cakes.
Scotch eggs, rabbit and pork belly terrine, smoked pigs cheek pate and truly luscious sausage rolls, our mouths water every time look over the road at The Ginger Pig shop on Moxon Street. Arrive at lunchtime and you’ll also find hot roast meat sandwiches.
Next walk a few metres further down Moxon Street to pick up a bottle of something special from Le Vieux Compoir, who also sell French charcuterie and dairy products.
On the way back down Moxon Street stop off at Rococo Chocolates for some praline quail eggs, all wrapped up in a picnic rug design. We also sell ice lollies from The Ice Kitchen and other summery treats like tangy jelly babies and berry-studded white chocolate slabs.
You’ll want some greenery to go with all of this, so head to The Natural Kitchen, where you can pick and mix from a large variety of salads to take away along with juices, smoothies and other snacks.
You should have everything you need, so all that remains is to find the perfect location. The little-known Paddington Street Gardens lie just behind Moxon Street, but our favourite place to picnic has to be The Regent’s Park. Enter the park through York Gate and walk straight north for a couple of minutes to nestle among the roses in Queen Anne’s gardens, or head towards daisy-filled Holme Green to enjoy a view of the lake from a deckchair.