As the sun beats down on London, more of us are heading outside for alfresco feasts in the parks, on the canal or, basically, anywhere the sun hits. But forget lugging around a basket of warm sandwiches from home, here are the best places you can buy a ready-made picnic to enjoy at your leisure.
The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
Where to have your picnic: Hyde Park
This luxurious picnic features smoked salmon sandwiches; homemade crisps with sea salt lemon and sage; poached chicken; potato salad; and a selection of freshly made macaroons.
Cost: The picnics are priced at £45 per person which includes half a bottle of fizz. Book at 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com
8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG
Where to take your picnic: St James's Park
There's a distinct French twist to this Pall Mall hotel's take out picnic - it features a Mediterranean salad, a large selection of mini-sandwiches, some "petits farcis" such as vine tomatoes filled with tuna, a vegetarian quiche, a fruit salad and little cakes.
Cost: £50 - order through The Balcon reservations team at 0207 747 2222 or email the Sofitel Hotel team: H3144-RE5@sofitel.com35 24 hours in advance. Add a children's hamper on for an additional £10
36e Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
Where to take your picnic: have it there on their terrace overlooking the river
For this riverside treat pick a selection of sandwiches such as chicken and sweet corn, cheese & onion,prawn mayo and ham and mustard; cheese platter with farm house pickles; crudités and dips; and strawberries and cream.
Cost: £35 for two to share - must be ordered 48 hours in advance. Find out more.
43-45 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Village, London SE3 OTJ
Where to have your picnic: Blackheath
Modern South London Brasserie, Chapters has a sarnie-free hamper featuring charcuterie with piccalilli, shredded salt beef, green bean and frisée salad, slow roast belly of pork with salsa verde, new potatoes, mange tout, fennel, orange and hazelnut salad and, to finish, chocolate brownies with strawberries and cream
Cost: £45 which includes the wicker hamper. Order two hours ahead.
15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ
Where to take your picnic: Crabtree Fields or Bedford Square
The hotel's Oscar Restaurant has put together three hampers for the summer. The range includes a breakfast hamper with croissants and smoked salmon sarnies, the Bloomsbury Hamper with caesar salad, chicken rolls and chocolate tiffin and a Gentleman's Hamper with ploughman sandwiches, scotch eggs and rum baba. All hampers are prepared for two people, and include a choice of fresh fruit juice, smoothie, iced tea or soft drinks.
Cost: Hampers cost £40 for the breakfast and £50 for the Bloomsbury and Gentleman's hampers. To book call Oscar Restaurant directly on 020 7980 1007. Find out more.
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH
Where to have your picnic: Hyde Park or Grosvenor Square Gardens
The gourmet picnic hampers at Corrigan's are freshly prepared to order and contains seven seasonal dishes per person, homemade bread and hand churned butter, half a bottle of Champagne and mineral water. Crockery, cutlery, glassware and a blanket are also included.
Cost: Prices start from £100 per hamper for two and roll up to £1000 if you want butler service. Find out more
St. James's Place, London SW1A 1NY
Where to have your picnic: Green Park
Dukes' traditional British picnic features a gourmet hamper which comes with a private butler to send out the picnic. Hampers can include poached salmon with lemon mayonnaise, scotch eggs and rice pudding brulee. There's also a vegetarian picnic - and a children's version too featuring chicken wraps, pigs in blankets and strawberry trifle.
Cost: from £35 per person for a minimum of two people which includes butler service. Add a bottle of chilled Champagne for £80. The children's picnic cost £12 per person. Call 0207 491 4840 to book.
18 Brewer Street London W1F 0SH
Where to have your picnic: St Anne's Churchyard Gardens or Golden Square
Ideal for two, Soho's favourite Italian deli has put some of their favourite meats, cheeses, antipasti and salads together with Prosecco. Handy for last minute decisions to eat alfresco because you can order them before 11am for same day delivery or collection.
Cost:The hamper is available in a Striped canvas bag for £35, or in a wicker hamper for £45.
100 Mount Street, London W1K 2TG
Where to have your picnic: Mount Street Gardens
This Mayfair deli has taken items from restaurants within the Caprice restaurant group to make up their hampers featuring all manner of salads, meats, fish and pastries. Bespoke hampers are also available but there are two set hampers - the Scott's Picnic (pictured) which includes lobster with summer vegetable salad and spicy cocktail sauce, Brown and Forrest smoked salmon with soda bread and a bottle of Pulenta La Flor Sauvignon Blanc from Scott’s and The Mount St Deli lunch, featuring rare beef with watercress, beetroot and horseradish dressing, herb roast salmon and a selection of salads.
Cost: The Mount Street Deli hamper is £45 for two and the Scott's hamper is £60 for two. To order call 020 7499 6843 (allow 48 hours notice) or email Natalie@themountstreetdeli.co.uk. Delivery free within W1.
22-24 Basil Street, London SW3 1AT
Where to have your picnic: Hyde Park
Enjoy a seafood treat from Nathan Outlaw's London outpost this summer where their picnic menu includes a lobster roll and a crab Scotch egg accompanied by a summer salad. For dessert there's chocolate stout cake and fresh fruit. The picnic will be packed into a traditional hamper, together with ground mat, plates, glasses
Cost: £30 per person - with half bottles of wine from £19 or a half bottle of Champagne for £39.Guests must pre book and return the hamper (as well as any additional rented items such as picnic blankets or umbrellas) by the end of the day, or a charge of £100 will be made. Order it from the restaurant website from 11 June 2016
Where to have your picnic: All over town
Paul have launched a picnic featuring French favourites of a sandwich or salad, bag of hand-cooked potato crisps, box of mini macarons plus a soft drink. It all comes in a sac á Pique-nique re-usable cool bag that also includes a disposable chequered paper tablecloth.
Cost: £20 for two or £38 for four.
61 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PP
Where to have your picnic: Cavendish Square or Regent's Park
Fitrovia's ScandiKitchen has new picnic bundles which are a veritble smorgasbord of all things Swedish. Items in the bundles include: seafood salad, mustard herring, sourdough crispbread and cinnamon buns and Aquavit. We tried it recently and the cheese is worth the price alone.
Cost: The Swedish Midsummer spread (4-6) is £64.52, Swedish Midsummer Selection (minimum 2-3 people) - £45.59 and Swedish Taste of Midsummer (minimum 2 people) - £22.34. Order online at their website here.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 1AB
Where to have your picnic: Portman or Manchester Squares
Curry favour with your workmates (or just your mates) by sorting out this hamper for a proper picnic lunch. This very English selection contains everything from cheese and coleslaw to pork pie and a scotch egg together with marshmallows and chocolates to finish.
Cost: The Selfridges Great British Feast Picnic Hamper £64.99 (Suitable for 6+ people) Pick it up in store.
138 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 8XL
Where to have your picnic: Primrose Hill or Chalcot Square Gardens
This award winning bakery has a range of picnic hampers. The Savoury basket includes two filled bagels (Salmon and cream cheese & cheese and tomato), two scones (with clotted cream and homemade jam), a mix of 6 mini cupcakes, 2 bottles of water (still or sparkling), 2 packets of Ten Acre crisps or popcorn. There's also a children's picnic hamper with a bucket and spade, bagel filled with cream cheese, a mini cupcake (vanilla or chocolate), fruit yo-yo, bottle of still water and a voucher for a scoop of gelato or sorbet.
Cost: The Savoury for two costs £49.95 while the children's is £25.45. The price includes a £10 refundable deposit on the wicker hamper.
11 Westferry Circus, London E14 4HD
Where to take your picnic: St John McDougal Gardens
Canary Wharf workers can make up their own basket designed for either two or four people. They all include fresh juices, a range of homemade sandwiches or baguettes, crisps or popcorn, and Tom’s Kitchen Deli flapjacks or brownies
Cost: £25 for two people, £45 for four. Call Tom's Kitchen Deli on 020 3011 1555 to pre-order.