Alfresco Eating: Let’s do it outside

‘I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors,’ said George. The nostalgic Famous Five, they certainly had the right idea when it came to alfresco eating, and with the weather set to be this glorious in London for at least another week, (hurrah!) it’s are all about spending lazy afternoons eating outside, whether it is picnics in the park or afternoon tea on the terrace, here are some of our favourites, just with less of the ginger beer and hard-boiled eggs, sorry Enid Blyton.

Picnics

La Dolce Vita in Hyde Park

If you want to stand out from the Boris Bikes this summer, then we suggest you head over to the Bulgari, where they have commissioned Milan based Momo Design to create two unique, sleek and glamorous bikes allowing you to explore Hyde Park and Knightsbridge at your own pace and without having to dock them! But the best part is that the bikes come with an Italian lunch to go, which includes salads, sandwiches and pudding, well after all that cycling everyone needs a cheesecake!

www.bulgarihotels.com

Corrigan’s Mayfair Luxury Picnic

Leaving sticky sandwiches and warm bottles of lemonade behind, Corrigan’s have turned their picnic into fine dining, with the option of having a butler on hand to serve. With champagne, a wonderful British and Irish menu including dressed Cornish crab, roast chicken and a terrine, this is a picnic with finesse. Brilliant for special occasions, those planning a summer proposal, take note.

www.corrigansmayfair.co.uk

My London Planner Picnics

For a truly bespoke picnic, then My London Planner is your answer. From the decorations, to the service, to the food and even location everything can be planned to your exact requirements. Want personalized cakes? No problem, what everything edible to be pink, yep they can sort that too. Don’t want to leave your house, and just want a picnic in your garden, the epitome of a lazy summer afternoon? Of course, and you don’ t have to wash up afterwards, heaven!

www.mylondonplanner.co.uk

The Parlour Picnic

The Parlour, in Canary Wharf, is the perfect place to pick up a hamper after work and head off to meet friends for a late picnic. With three to choose from, there is something for everyone, the gin lovers, the carnivorous meat eaters and the vegetarians. Although if you are like us, we will be getting one of each, grabbing a big group of friends and mixing and matching.

www.theparlourbar.co.uk

Afternoon Teas

The Courtyard Summer Social at the Corinthia

If there is one thing synonymous with British summer time then it is strawberries, which is exactly why we are going to be heading over to The Courtyard at the Corinthia where we can sit breathing in the scent of strawberries from the surrounding bushes and indulge in their summer inspired afternoon tea . We can’t wait to try the Summer Solstice Pudding, the Summer Meadow Pimms Jelly, the On the Beach Victoria Sponge, in fact we tell a lie, we can’t wait to get our hands on all of it.

www.corinthia.com

The Ampersand Luxury Afternoon Tea Picnic

The Ampersand have taken one great British tradition: afternoon tea, mixed in another: picnics, thrown in the British pastime of riding, and located it next to the Serpentine, for a quintessentially British summer afternoon. Guests can take a riding lesson in Hyde park before opening their wicker hamper, to an afternoon tea created by Ji Sun Shin, the Ampersand’s pastry chef, think classic Victoria sponges, scones and clotted cream and chocolate brownies with peanut butter ganache.

www.ampersandhotel.com

Coronation Afternoon Tea at The Goring

We can’t think of a more delicious way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation than with afternoon tea at The Goring, on their sunny terrace. The menu uses typical English summer ingredients such as elderflower, strawberries and rosewater and includes classic puddings such as Eton Mess and an Earl grey macaroons topped with chocolate crowns and of course, as it would be wrong not to, coronation chicken sandwiches.

www.thegoring.com