Food Review: German Gymnasium's Berlin Picnic

Berlin Picnic ★★★★★

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Sekt and sunglasses: the Berlin Picnic at German Gymnasium

Picnic season is very much open. And venues might be grabbing at gimmicks to set their hampers apart from the masses, but the Berlin Picnic's German slant makes for a genuinely lovely USP.

The steel hamper can be unpacked on one of the astroturf-covered tables on the German Gymnasium terrace, but has everything you'd need to take it further afield, including glasses, corkscrew... and two pairs of neon-green Wayfarer-style sunglasses.

The sparkling bottle of Sekt in ours comes with Bavarian Giga rolls: thick, fluffy bread and rich fillings spilling out at the edges when you bite down. Crisps, marzipan and slabs of sticky Nussecken shortbread for dessert finish off a picnic that might be named after Berlin but comes with a Hapsburg-Empire level of grandeur. That doesn't come cheap — the hampers start at £65 — but nothing at German Gymnasium does. A pricey but thoroughly impressive way to get into the picnic spirit.

The Berlin Picnic at German Gymnasium, King's Boulevard, King's Cross, N1C 4BU. Book ahead: available till 10 September.

Last Updated 07 August 2017