Yesterday we officially inaugurated spring with the first picnic of the year.
Picnics are undoubtedly our family favorite activity since we moved in the UK last year. I love dining alfresco when the weather allows that. I love all the stunning beautiful parks in London, they are the perfect location for this kind of activity. A lot of space for kids to be free to run around, have adventures, make new friends and simply have fun. No care if someone is shouting. What else? Nature, good food, may be wine, and nice weather! I can’t ask for more!
So we headed to Kew Gardens for a perfect lovely picnic. Needless to say, we have been making the most of this beautiful day: my eldest gets always very excited to eat outdoors!
But what do the British do at a picnic?
They generally do not care at all and are really serious:
- Sandwiches, pies (or omelette) and paté
- Any kind of salads, they love those with pomegranate
- Eggs and sausages
- Sweet? scones and some jelly
- Not just wine, their Pimm’s, served with Mint, Strawberries and Divine Cucumber! All strictly cool!
THE PERFECT PICNIC
You are not true picnics lovers, if you do not have a wicker baskets, there are all the qualities and sizes, they are sold with plates, glasses, wine glasses, cutlery and napkins. The most expensive brands tend to use ceramic dishes and are fitted with gorgeous linen cloths.
Do you want to get an idea?
Here is a personal selection of what you can find online:
Tesco – 39,99 £
M&S – Mark e Spencer – 49,00 £
John Lewis – 90 £
If you love tweed and are willing to spend a little more, this is perfect for 130 £
Do you know KEW GARDENS? Here are some info
Kew Garden are the largest botanical garden in London, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s absolutely my favorite park, so I’m a bit of a part but it offers landscapes and glimpses that are unforgettable. You are every time surprised by, with every change of season. Their collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, it is worth seeing it.
It is open all year and is located in the borough of Richmond.
Entrance is not cheap, but the annual subscription can be paid in twice, so if you think of coming back to London again, it’s okay to do it.
Do you love picnic too? What are your favorite locations?