Pick up a picnic: 5 restaurants where you can grab and go

Make the most of the summer sunshine with a picnic in one of London’s glorious parks and gardens. If you haven’t got the time (or the patience) for picnic prep, you can pick up a hamper full of gourmet goodies from these top restaurants.

German Gymnasium, King’s Cross

This summer, German Gymnasium has teamed up with Wines of Germany to offer Londoners a Berlin-inspired picnic experience. Each hamper is designed to highlight a different German wine – choose from Pinot Noir, Riesling or Sekt (Germany’s answer to Prosecco). Inside the hamper you’ll find Bavarian Giga rolls with fillings like Black Forest ham and smoked salmon, marzipan treats, and Nussecken – shortbread with chocolate-dipped corners and an apricot jam and hazelnut topping. Enjoy your picnic on one of the grass-topped terrace tables or find a quiet spot along the canal.

How to order: Email reservations@germangymnasium.com or call 020 7287 8000.

Corrigan’s, Mayfair

If you’re celebrating this summer, why not do it alfresco with a gourmet hamper from Corrigan’s? The restaurant is only a short stroll away from picnic spots like Hyde Park and Grosvenor Square. Their hamper for two is priced at £100 and includes seven seasonal dishes, homemade bread and hand churned butter, half a bottle of Champagne, mineral water and a blanket. Disposable crockery, cutlery and glassware are included too, so all you need is someone special to share it with.

How to order: Call 020 7499 9943 or order online.

Carluccio’s

With a little help from Carluccio’s, you can bring the flavours of Italy to your local park or garden this summer. Choose from a traditional or vegetarian hamper, both filled with antipasti, freshly baked focaccia, bruschetta, and panzanella (a rustic Tuscan bread salad). Just make sure you save room for some biscotti or a slice of apricot frangipane tart.

Where to order: Picnics are £45 and can be pre-ordered up to 4hrs in advance from your nearest Carluccio’s.

The Tapas Room, Tooting

This Tooting tapas bar is run by the team from the excellent Donostia Social Club so you know you’re in safe hands. If there’s no space at the counter or you fancy dining alfresco on Tooting Common, you can pick up a hamper to go. Priced at a wallet-friendly £18, the hamper includes cured meats, Spanish cheeses, bread, quince jelly, and olives. They throw in plates, napkins, cutlery and wine glasses too, so all you need to add is a bottle of wine (or two).

How to order: Call 020 8682 2994 or order via UberEats.

KuPP, Paddington

KuPP’s summer picnic bags are overflowing with Scandi-style snacks and Nordic nibbles. Priced at £30 (for two people to share), they include potted rabbit, smoked ham, crispbreads and freshly baked sourdough, potato salad, and lots more. There’s a veggie version available and you can add extras like muffins, fresh juices, beer and wine. Enjoy your picnic in the canalside Rembrandt Gardens, in nearby Hyde Park, or even on a boat!

How to order: Call the KuPP team on 020 7262 8618.

Still hungry? Check out the grab-and-go services at Rivea, Sibarita, and Fortnum & Mason.