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Picnic basket at The Athenaeum

17th June 2020

With temperatures set to rise, picnics are back on the menu, and if you’re keen to elevate your basket’s contents this summer, we’ve got just the ticket. Our team share their favourite London-based food suppliers, guaranteed to ensure your al fresco feast comes up trumps.


Top quality produce is essential for a quintessentially British picnic, so be sure to pull out all the stops, even with the simplest of ingredients. Think crumbly cheeses, exceptional charcuterie and of course, a classic scotch egg.

No picnic is complete without a sausage roll, and you’ll be hard pressed to beat The Ginger Pig’s. Their Marylebone butchers is always worth a detour, especially if it means you can pop a pork pie in your basket too!

Having mastered his trade at Billingsgate Market, Max Berius founded Secret Smokehouse and now produces some of the best smoked salmon in London, used by Michelin star chefs around the city. Another item not to be missed.

The Ginger Pig - Pork Pie

The explosion in popularity of British charcuterie is a testament to its producers. Using the finest, ethically sourced meats, Trealy Farm’s award-winning salami and chorizo is guaranteed to please.

Finally – on the meat front – no picnic would be complete without a cold cut of two. Featured on our afternoon tea menu, Dukeshill’s honey-roasted ham is perfect for sandwiches, salads or even on its own with a dollop of Piccalilli.

Dukeshill - Pork Pie with Piccalilli
Dukeshill Ham - Open Sandwich

Just a hop, skip and a jump from our front doors, Fortnum & Mason’s foodhall is home to many a delicious necessity. From caviar to chutneys, pates to pies, it has it all. But it’s the Scotch Eggs, in all their breadcrumbed glory, that are the real jewel in their crown.

Food of the Gods, no picnic should ever be short of a bountiful cheeseboard. Whether you’re a fan of the classics or something a little different, Paxton & Whitfield, La Fromagerie and Neals Yard Dairy should all be on your hit list.

Paxton & Whitfield - cheese board with crackers
Fortnum & Mason - Picnic
Paxton & Whitfield - Mixed cheese board


From mouth-watering patisseries that are *almost* too pretty to eat, to exceptional hand-made chocolates, London’s love affair with sweet treats cannot be rivaled. So, whatever tantalising treat you’re in the mood for, remember to leave a little extra room in your basket.

Award-winning chocolatier Paul A Young boasts a mesmerizing selection of delights. From Champagne truffles to passion fruit curd chocolates, caramelised pecan brownies to sea-salted caramel cookies – you’ll be hard pressed not to start salivating the moment you step into his shop.

Bread Ahead’s world-class doughnuts are a thing of legends, and worth every last calorie. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We’ll just leave these images here…

Ethical confectionary producer Seed & Bean use 100% organic ingredients to hand-make their small batch bars. From Cornish sea salt to lemon and poppy seed, their wide variety of flavours means you’re sure to tantalise your tastebuds.

Just a quick stroll down Piccadilly will land you on Laduree’s doorstep. Their mouth-watering macaroons are somewhat difficult to resist.

Laudree macarons Covent Garden
Bread Ahead - Doughnuts in shop
Seed and Bean Lemon and Poppy Seed
Paul a Young Chocolates


No picnic would be complete without a refreshing tipple to accompany all the delicious treats, both savoury and sweet.

Award-winning producers of English sparkling wines, Gusbourne’s outstanding offering speaks for itself – ideal for sipping while soaking up the sunshine.

Or, if you’re more of a hops lover, nothing beats Freedom Brewery’s Organic Helles Lager.

For the designated driver or little ones – Luscombe’s premium soft drinks made from organic ingredients are great for picnics. Their wild elderflower bubbly or Sicilian lemonade are particularly delicious!

Gusbourne Al fresco dining
Freedom Brewery Lager
Luscombe Premium Soft Drinks

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