The Best Picnic Hampers In London

The Best Picnic Hampers In London

We've rounded up our favourite aperitivo kits, picnic boxes and pre-prepped platters out there — most of them available for delivery, many across London. All you'll need to source is a picnic blanket and some sunshine.

Sorella — Clapham

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Aperitivo kits: a boozy picnic hamper by any other name. While this is a box you'd actually order via Darby's Irish sister restaurant for delivery, the contents are a stack of Sorella's usual Italianate sunshine: truffle arancini, beef ragù arancini, grilled vegetables, some Basque pintxo, fennel salami, taralli, freshly baked foccacia and a bottle of negroni.

The details: £50 for two. You can order for collection from Sorella, or online from Darby's for delivery on Friday or Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Order from Darby's.

CasaCosta — Southwark

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Technically you don't have to have a picnic delivery from CasaCosta; these guys — a new service from the people behind the Macellaio RC restaurants — are speeding Italian food and drink of all sorts to your door, including cook-at-home pastas, rich, thick passata and meaty ragù. But we challenge you to not browse their website and think it yells Park Picnic: fennel taralli, peppers stuffed with tuna in golden oil, bone dry Lambrusco, freshly baked focaccia and chewy Barolo DOCG salami. Oh, and the makings of an Italian cheese-and-salumi board of epic proportions.

The details: delivery in a 10 mile radius from their site in SE1.

Order from CasaCosta.

Etta's Seafood Kitchen - Brixton

This one's actually a seafood platter rather than a hamper, but this Brixton restaurant happens to have put together a greatest hits dish (for collection or delivery) that's ideal cutlery-free, snackable eating. The £25 platter includes ackee and saltfish moneybags, cod goujons, king prawns and saltfish fritters — throw in some of their homemade sorrel (a hibiscus flower and ginger soft drink), plantain chips and a couple of festivals (fried dumplings with an edge of sweetness) to turn it into a sprawling meal for two.

The details: £25 for the platter; local delivery or collection only.

Order from Etta's Seafood Kitchen.

HG Walter — Hammersmith

This is a trad British hamper that's quite regal in both size and contents. Be the envy of the park, beach or drive-in with their collection of summery burrata salads, quiches, dips, cheeses and scones. And truffles. And biscuits. And freshly baked bread. Bring a good picnic blanket, this is one you'll need to sleep off after.

The details: £65, you need to order 48 hours in advance, delivery available across London.

Order from HG Walter.

FishWorks - Marylebone

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Learn to shuck like a pro with this very decadent delivery from seafood restaurant FishWorks. Bringing some extra ceremony to your date night/aperitivo hour/park picnic, their Oyster Experience Hamper comes with a dozen oysters fresh off the boat that morning — a mix of Jersey, Morecambe Bay and Carlingford, from the southwest coast — and also all the usual condiments, a bottle of white wine, and a shucking knife of your own. Oh, and a link to a video tutorial so that nobody has to injure themselves grievously in the process.

The details: £60, delivery available across London between 3-5 pm, from Thursday - Saturday.

Order from FishWorks.

Chrissy's Kitchen

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Catering company Chrissy's Kitchen have expanded to picnic box deliveries during lockdown, serving up Med-slanted snacks and British savoury pastries. They've got it nailed on both the style and substance side of things, each delivery box packed with cute, candycane-striped paper packaging and recyclable/compostable plates and cutlery.

The current line-up includes sausage rolls (swap them out for falafels to make it vegetarian), delicate mushroom tarts, two hefty 'side' salads crammed with cheese, olives, couscous and some very, very good tomatoes, and your choice of a bottle of rosé or a four-pack of Canopy pale ale. Oh, and a box of some of the most intensely fudgey brownies we've had in ages (which you can also order as a standalone delivery). Technically intended for two to share, this box could stretch to cover three hungry picnickers without effort, or more if you add on some of their cheese-and-charcuterie extras.

The details: £40, delivery available in zones 1-3 (and for larger orders, contact them directly to check if they can offer delivery further afield)

Order from Chrissy's Kitchen.

Melrose + Morgan — Primrose Hill

The big draw of the hampers at this swanky deli is how easy they are to bespoke to your picnic desires. Melrose + Morgan start off with a range of pre-made picnics running from £40 to a punchy £100 box for six people, featuring a mix of Mediterranean mezze snacks (like artichoke hearts and little, feta-stuffed peppers) and British picnic classics (Scotch eggs, brownies, strawberries) — but then make it very simple to turn it vegetarian, accommodate other dietary requirements, or just dial it up via a list of added extras from their shop.

The details: collection or local delivery only, picnic hamper prices start at £40.

Order from Melrose + Morgan.

Passione Vino — Shoreditch

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Passione Vino's one of our favourite east London wine shops, and their picnic box is as on point as their bottle selection. Rather than a meal, this is more of a long afternoon of snacking: three cheeses, two cured meats, a bag of taralli (crunchy Italian knots, something between a biscuit and a cracker) and their homemade pickles. Add in wine from their all-Italian list and Bob's your zio.

The details: £30 for the aperitivo box, same day delivery within a six mile radius of their shop, or order for collection.

Order from Passione Vino.

Honourable mentions: haven't tried these but hear good things about Diogenes the Dog's charcuterie and cheese list, available to add-on to any wine order (collection from Elephant + Castle or local delivery only).

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Last Updated 01 September 2020