The Best Ready-To-Go Picnic Hampers

With picnics one of the safest ways to socialise, it was only a matter of time before some of the capital’s top restaurants launched their own bespoke hamper service. Whether you’re after a gourmet box filled with lobster rolls and champagne, or a larger option to feed a hungry family, here are the ones to order this weekend…

The Sun Tavern

Award-winning Hackney cocktail bar The Sun Tavern has created a selection of bespoke picnic hamper kits filled with bottles and provisions, perfect for afternoons and evenings spent in the garden or local park. The kits, priced from £75, arrive complete with bottles of prosecco and rosé, alongside a selection of cheeses, fresh olives, cornichons and sliced saucisson bonnet. With glasses, cutlery and plates provided in the hamper, it’s an ideal al fresco set-up. A ‘Cheese Snack Box’ is also available (for £10) and features comté, taleggio and rocamadour, accompanied with Ship biscuits, quince jelly and grapes.
 
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Le Deli Robuchon 

Le Deli Robuchon is now selling bespoke picnic hampers. Located on Piccadilly, Le Deli's team fills its takeaway hampers with a selection of wines, including Domaines Ott Rosé, and diners can choose from handmade freshly baked pastries, viennoiseries and breads, a large selection of fresh salads, hot and cold sandwiches, plus quiches and cheeses. Of the selection, we love the sound of the crab salad, salmon poke bowl and cherry gazpacho.
 
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Bentley’s 

For the first time in its 100-year history, Richard Corrigan’s Bentley’s is offering brunch hampers for four people, with proceeds of each box sold going to homelessness charity Under One Sky. The Bentley’s Picnic Hamper, also available via the restaurant’s new offshoot Mr Oyster Boy, is filled with ready-to-eat items and feeds two to four people – ideal for park lunches. As well as ready-to-eat items, the online shop sells Corrigan’s famous Irish treacle soda bread, smoked salmon and more.
 
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Burger & Lobster 

Filled with lobster rolls, fresh garden salads and a dessert, Burger & Lobster’s high-end hampers are now available to order via Deliveroo. The hampers come in two sizes: one ideal for two and the other for four. The two-person option, which comes in at £60, includes two original lobster rolls, two garden salads and one dessert to share, with the option to add champagne, prosecco, wine and soft drinks.
 
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Officina 00 

Officina 00 has launched its ‘Al Parco’ hamper for two. Priced at £45, the set includes homemade sourdough rosemary focaccia; fried cacio e pepe raviolio; burrata with white asparagus, walnuts and pink peppercorns and a trio of aubergine and nduja croquettes. The main event features a section of signature Officina 00 pasta dishes – including corzetti with wild mushroom, fennel sausage and parsley; and cavatelli with padron peppers, almond pesto and crispy coppa – and to finish, the team has reworked a takeaway version of its much-loved tiramisù corretto, made using a secret recipe passed down from head chef Elia's grand nonna.
 
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Hide 

Hide has launched a picnic package for those looking to add a touch of luxury to their lockdown socialising. ‘The Picnic in the Park’ selection is priced at £28pp and is available for collection from Hide, opposite Green Park and a short walk to both Hyde Park and St James’ Park. The hamper includes green olives with garlic, lemon and rosemary; H. Forman & Son smoked salmon lemon; croque monsieur with optional black truffle; green salad; and a strawberry and custard tartlet. Fizz and wines are also available to take away.
 
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Field & Flower 

Field & Flower has collaborated with Pieminster to create a selection of free-range patties and pies to complement its range of well-loved scotch eggs and pork pies. Each is filled with free-range meat, locally sourced ingredients and natural herbs and spices, from smokey BBQ all the way to spiced chickpea, spinach and potato. As well as selling its variety of BBQ boxes, this summer the company has launched a Summer Picnic BBQ Box, which comes filled with proper thick-cut ham, artisan scotch eggs, British charcuterie, cheese, pickle and Piccalilli. A great choice for families.
 
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Pique Food

Pique prepares and delivers homemade picnics throughout London. From weekend brunches and birthday breakfasts, leisurely lunches and movie nights sets, Pique has a range of selections on offer. Of the lot, we like the idea of a weekend brunch hamper, which comes with a choice of mini bagels; blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and berries; ham and gruyere-filled mini croissants; dark chocolate overnight oats with toasted coconut and raspberries; iced tea or coffee; and berry, banana and peanut butter smoothies. The seasonal menus focus on picnic classics with modern twists and are packaged in disposable, compostable and plastic-free packaging.

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Ladurée

Mayfair’s Burlington Arcade is celebrating its reopening by bringing back a summer tradition. It has launched a ‘Tea for Two’ package in partnership with Ladurée and Moët & Chandon champagne. Available now, shoppers who book an appointment with any retailer in the arcade receive a complimentary Tea for Two basket, or you can buy the basket directly from Ladurée to take away. Filled with freshly baked signature scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream, macarons, Ladurée’s signature blend tea and a 37.5cl bottle of Moët, the basket can be enjoyed as a post-shopping treat in nearby Green Park. Baskets are available to collect every day from 11am to 6pm at Ladurée, with prices ranging from £12-£60.
 
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Colette

A family-run deli on Fulham Road, Colette is filled with speciality products from around the UK and France, fine wines and champagnes. For summer, chef Chris Hill (who previously worked under John Williams at The Ritz), has devised three generous hampers. Of the trio, we like the look of the hamper for two, which for £55 comes with summer tomato consume, ham hock terrine, sausage rolls, black pudding, scotch egg, chicken Caesar salad, ham and gruyere baguette, vintage Quickes cheddar, quince jelly, salted crisps, truffle and pecorino nuts, mixed Italian olives, and lemon cake. 
 
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