Shop Small: Pack The Perfect Picnic
When the sun’s out in the city, nothing beats a picnic in the park. Discover our guide to the ultimate smorgasbord of British fare to fill your hamper this summer.
20th May 2019
This café in a central spot in the Royal Hyde Park is an ideal people-watching location. It’s a place where people from all walks of life stop for a coffee because it enjoys pristine views over The Serpentine lake and the park. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, but even on colder days, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer fabulous views of the outdoors.
This hub of vibrancy and Asian culture is the perfect people-watching spot in London. Wander along the streets soaking up the buzzy atmosphere amid the Chinese lanterns overhead, grab some street food or duck into a restaurant and order some dim sum while overlooking the street. To explore another Chinatown secret, visit the Experimental Cocktail Club – a speakeasy style bar found behind an unassuming Chinatown door.
This is London’s most famous square whose name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar. Nowadays, it’s a hive of activity and the place Londoners flock to for celebrating cultural occasions. No two days are the same here, so it’s an ideal spot for people-watching. What fewer people discover is The Police Lookout on the square – a tiny locked kiosk made from a hollowed out lamppost. Dating back to the 1920s, this was the place where a policeman could keep a watchful eye over the comings and goings on the square!
This cultural institution on the banks of the River Thames is full of some obvious and hidden spots that are ideal for soaking up London life. Regular free events mean the ground floor of Royal Festival Hall is a hub of activity, meaning you’ll be able to spectate magical events such as traditional tea dances. An elevated terrace outside Royal Festival Hall is another place where Londoners love to spend time – so why not join them? Head upstairs to the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden next door for a cosy rooftop garden not many London visitors usually discover.
This food market near London Bridge is a firm favourite among London’s foodie community. Grab a coffee from the locally loved Monmouth Coffee before wandering around and watching Londoners engage with the market-stall holders. You’re bound to be tempted by the odd foodie treat or two yourselves!
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