After an unusually cold start to the summer months, the weather is finally starting to pick up and there is the glimmer of some sunnier weeks ahead. With the warmer weather comes the promise of great opportunity – you can finally get out and fully enjoy all that the city of London has to offer. DUKES London believes there is no better place than London in the sunshine and both the locals and tourists agree. If you are looking to relax during your visit to the capital, The Royal Parks of London are the perfect location to take advantage of the climate and step away from the hustle and bustle of London which the season brings. And DUKES has the perfect summer day activity – a picnic in the park.
There are 8 Royal Parks throughout London, each with their own unique appeal and attractions. DUKES London is in a wonderful location, in the very heart of Mayfair, meaning we are only a stone’s throw away from two of the most beautiful Royal Parks. The Green Park is only a 3-minute walk away from our accommodation and St James Park is a mere 5 minutes. Situated right next to Buckingham Palace, The Green Park offers a quiet escape from busy city life and is home to attractions such as the Canada Memorial, the Canada Gate and the Bomber Command Memorial. In contrast, St James Park’s famous flower beds provide a familiar backdrop for important ceremonial events at the top of the Mall but is also home to attractions such as the Horse Guards Parade, the Blue Bridge, and the Duke of York statue.
When you arrange a picnic in the park from DUKES London, you can be sure we have thought of every little detail to make your day in the Royal Parks extra special and stress free. We will supply you with a beautiful wicker hamper which contains your delicious food, a rug to sit on, cutlery, dishes, and glassware – everything you need for the perfect picnic in the park.
Our classic picnic includes our favourite selection of British foods with a delightful contemporary twist. Savoury choices including smoked salmon and dill cream cheese, lemon and pepper chicken brochettes, chorizo and goats cheese scotch eggs, fennel, mozzarella, tomato and basil, and roasted almond and paprika pesto salad. Snack on pea guacamole, dips, oatcakes, seeded crackers, cheeses, chutneys, and bread, then complete your meal with a chocolate, salted caramel and hazelnut mousse. You will certainly leave feeling full and content!
Alternatively, we have an equally delicious vegetarian option for those who would prefer, and for our smaller guests, the Children’s Picnic is sure to please those with fussier palettes. If you are travelling with your four-legged companion, we are pleased to introduce our new addition of the DUKES Dog Picnic. Choose from our selection of wet or dry food then enjoy some quality time in the park playing with their new ball launcher and bone chew. Our full picnic menu can be found here.
We have several options available for the set up and delivery of your picnic, the choice of which is completely up to you. If you would prefer to take your day at your own pace, you can pick up your hamper from the hotel in person and set up as you wish. If you want a more relaxed option, a member of the team will deliver, set up and collect your picnic for you, giving you more time to enjoy the lush surroundings. For a truly special touch, we offer a 3-hour butler service, the ultimate royal treatment.
For more information or to make a booking, please contact our Events Team on +44 (0) 207 318 6574 or by email at [email protected]