Best Summer Picnic Ideas

The weather in London can be a little unpredictable, but when the sun shines there’s nothing better than heading to a park or seaside with a picnic. We’ve been pretty lucky this summer with the hottest July day on record so fingers crossed August follows suit! Here are some of our best summer picnic ideas so you can make the most of the next month.

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Picnic Food

It’s a fact – everything tastes better when it’s eaten outside! Sometimes simplest picnic are the best – just fill a hamper with nice crusty bread, cheese (we love camembert and brie), baby plum tomatoes, cold meats and lots of fruit. If you’re feeling more creative in the kitchen, try this healthy recipe for Griddled Chicken with Quinoa Greek Salad. For super quick and easy recipes, The Guardian has a list of 101 picnic ideas prepared in 20 minutes or less, from Clams and Pasta to Mackerel Pâté. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, these Almond, Elderflower and Lime Travel Cakes are perfect for dessert. For a delicious BBQ with no fuss or stress, book Chef Alec.

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Summer Drinks

Hot weather calls for refreshing drinks! An ice cooler is a great shout so your beverages aren’t lukewarm by the time you get to the park and remember that staying hydrated is more important than ever when the sun’s beating down. We’ve rounded up some of the most delicious drink recipes to keep you cool: click here if Ginger Lime Fizz takes your fancy – ginger also has lots of health properties and has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. Raspberry Cordial is another yummy option if you love sweeter berry-based drinks, whilst Watermelon Cooler is a great fruity, minty option.

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Everything Else!

You’re set for food and drink, so the final step is making sure everything else goes smoothly. Pack a picnic rug to avoid grass stains, and a sturdy hamper is great for transporting everything around. Go for reusable or recyclable crockery and cups to keep green, and an extra plastic bag is handy for the inevitable rubbish. Make sure you’ve stocked up on sun cream and a big sun hat is also handy if it’s unusually hot. Most importantly, gather good family and friends and make the most of summer 🙂

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What are your top picnic tips and ideas? Comment below?