Central London picnic ideas with major landmarks, great food, roller skates, rowing and live music.
When to visit: Summer // Cost per couple: £20-£70 (depends what you do) // What for: London Parks, Awesome picnics, sight seeing, avoiding crowds, live music
Packing list: Roller skates/ a large blanket/ sunscreen / money / sunglasses / some 20p coins for toilets / contactless or oyster card for getting around on public transport
11AM – Arrive in Pimlico (Victoria line) and walk 5 minutes to collect your picnic treats from Delizie d’italia who have an amazing selection of tasty goodies that will make your picnic the envy of everyone around you (£20).
11:30AM – Get back on the tube and head north to Green Park
12PM – Pick out a spot anywhere in Green Park/ St James’s Park, give the Queen a wave in Buckingham Palace then tuck into your delicious Italian lunch knowing this is as close as most people get to chillin’ in the Queen’s back yard!
1:30PM – Head west through the park towards Hyde Park. Follow the crowds and you will find the long path to the Serpentine Lake. This is where you can strap on those skates and get busy weaving in and out of the tourists whilst admiring some of the professionals showcasing their party tricks. If you can’t skate (like Gordon!) then you can always hire one of the TFL bicycles near Hyde Park
2:30PM – So at this point you can continue skating, chill in the park or hire a rowing boat / pedal boat (£12) for a romantic trip around the Serpentine Lake
3PM – Make your way along Mayfair towards Piccadilly Circus, taking in the sights of the Ritz hotel, Fortnum & Mason’s and Piccadilly Circus. Then head north along Regent Street for some of the best shops in London (don’t forget to check out the side streets for some quirky shops such as in Liberty London and Carnaby Street)
4PM – Continue heading north along Regent Street, past Oxford Circus (feel smug you are walking away from the crowds) in the direction of the BBC Broadcasting House. You can visit Broadcasting House but if the weather is warm and it’s a Sunday, we recommend turning right on to Mortimer Street and walking the 10minutes to Percy & Founders where the sound of live music from talented local musicians will draw you in the closer you get. Grab a cocktail and local craft beer (£10) and enjoy the chilled atmosphere in these stunning surrounds.
6PM – If you want to stay out, head south towards Shaftesbury Avenue through the backstreets of Soho to Yauatcha restaurant for one of the classiest dim sum experiences you will have in London. The massive fish tank with starry sky effect on the basement roof is an attraction in itself . Be warned, this place is pricey £££ but a cool and romantic way to end your day out if you are willing to treat yourselves. Otherwise finish your day in Soho with a drink or head back to the comfort of your room / home / flat after a memorable day out.