Picnics: Quintessential summer dining in London 


Summer is a time for being outdoors in the sun, seeing friends, and organising a picnic… 

Summer is here! It is time to enjoy the blue skies and explore the capital by foot and enjoy the city’s green spaces. 


Few things are more appropriate in summer than a London picnic! So, dig out the basket, give the checked blanket a good shake, and call up family and friends to enjoy some of the city’s most picturesque locations. Always remember to follow the correct guidelines and act responsibly. 


In North London, Alexandra Palace Park offers spectacular views from Canary Wharf to St Paul’s Cathedral. If you prefer, you can get a great bite to eat from one of the food stations at the farmer’s market instead of taking food from home. 

You can even combine two different outings to complete your day: visit Chelsea Garden, the botanical garden with a collection of more than medicinal and edible 5,000 plants, before relaxing on the lawn with your lunch. 

The vast green spaces and wooded areas on Hampstead Heath are perfect for unwinding and enjoying a delightful picnic atop Parliament Hill, which offers breathtaking views of the London skyline. 

In the middle of the West End, Phoenix Garden is one of London’s best-kept secrets: a tranquil garden perfect for al fresco dining. People often frequent the space to enjoy outdoor dining before going to a show in London’s “Theatreland”. 

Thames Barrier Park, located in the Royal Docks in the Newham neighbourhood, offers visitors wildlife, a children’s playground, a basketball court and several picnic areas. There is also a cafe overlooking the river if you need to grab something extra. 


The nature trails at the Horniman Museum and Gardens are a great way to observe local wildlife. On sunny days, you can picnic in the gazebo terrace. But what if the heavens open suddenly? Worry not! Take shelter in the Dutch Barn, a covered picnic area. 


Located on the north side of Regent’s Park, take it to the sunset on Primrose Hill while nibbling on a sandwich or playing with the kids.  An old church, which was destroyed during WWII, has been transformed into beautiful and welcoming gardens, making St Dunstan-in-the-East the perfect spot for a family picnic, midway between London Bridge and the Tower of London. 


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