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tips for the perfect picnic

Tips for the Perfect Picnic

Come Rain or Shine

Read six expert pieces of picnicking wisdom from Fortnum's - in readiness for your summertime al fresco feasting...

picnic hamper

1. Picnic weather is every weather

Remember that picnic weather is every weather. Of course, the ideal weather for a picnic is glorious sunshine, a cloudless sky, readily available shade and a gentle breeze, but the reality of al fresco eating - particularly in our corner of London - can be a little different.

Regardless of where your picnic is taking place, embrace the best tradition of British stoicism, and do not deviate from your stated aim of a perfect picnic just because a few clouds form overhead, and the temperature drops a few degrees.

All it takes is having the perfect picnic wicker!


fresh picnic

2. Eat, drink & be merry

When it comes to any picnic (beyond those impromptu lunch break picnics), the answer to the question 'How Much Food & Drink Should We Take?' is always more than you think is enough.

Because nevermind Christmas, picnic season is the time to eat, drink and be merry - and the last thing anyone wants is a stand-off over the last Scotch Egg.

Luckily, Fortnum's have readily made Fresh Food Picnics and Hamperlings at hand.


fresh picnic

3. Remember Food Hall favourites

A picnic may require a great many of things, but chief among them are fresh dishes to impress.

Straight from our famous Food Hall, delight the taste buds of each and every one of your picnic attendees with something scrumptious.

What will be served at your picnic?


picnic rug

4. Meet the picnic essential

A good picnic rug marks your grasstop kingdom for all to see. It gives you an impromptu table-top on which to spread your picnic feast.

When the food is gone and you've progressed to lazy reclining with a glass of Champagne in hand, it's somewhere on which to stretch out.

And should the rain begin to fall, it can even serve as a fluffy and temporary tartan awning to keep the shower at bay. Magic.


picnic rug

5. Always, always bring some Champagne

A self-explanatory point, surely. Champagne is always an essential for a picnic. Just picture yourself enjoying a splendid glass in the beaming sunshine.

And to make sure this glass is chilled and refreshing, make sure you carry it in a suitably stylish wine holder. Designed to hold your favourite tipple of the sparkling, white, red or rosé kind, all that's left it to sip, sip hooray!


picnic bag

6. No squabbling (not even over the last Scotch Egg)

Yes, they are very delicious and yes, they are the ultimate food for a picnic, but that doesn't make them worth arguing over. And picnics in general should be a relaxed occasion.

Leave your stress in the office, and at home. Kick your shoes off, lay back on your rug, and take every delicious thing with you with our trusty picnic backpack.

You're in the great outdoors so will need to bring the greatest food and drink and, hopefully, some good company too. And what could be better than that?