THE BEST READY-MADE PICNIC BOXES

Going for a picnic has always been a popular pastime in this country but since it became one of the only ways we’re allowed to socialise under lockdown, the art of the picnic has been taken up a notch. A couple of tinnies and a packet of cocktail sausages isn’t gonna cut it anymore, not when you can get mega ready-made picnic boxes like these. And most of them can be delivered too, so if the weather takes a turn you can have a sofa picnic instead.

Pique – no matter what the occasion, Pique has a picnic box to match. They specialise in luxury homemade picnics and have boxes for celebrations, birthday breakfasts, movie nights and more, which you can get delivered within six miles of Battersea. The classic Pique-Nique is a real winner, stuffed with the likes of chorizo, apricot & thyme sausage rolls; black pepper & mustard scotch eggs; tomato & burrata salad; roast chicken with romesco sauce; orzo with pesto dressing; and double chocolate brownies. Everything comes in recyclable or compostable packaging, and you can add on wicker hampers and rugs if you’re really trying to impress.

Officina 00 – the Old Street pasta restaurant is giving the picnic an Italian twist with its Al Parco box. Coming in two or four person sizes, the box includes sourdough rosemary focaccia, fried cacio e pepe raviolio, burrata with white asparagus, aubergine & nduja croquettes, corzetti with wild mushroom & fennel sausage, cavatelli with padron peppers & almond pesto, and tiramisu. Pasta in the park? It’s a thing.

Pophams – take your picnic up a level with this absolute feast from Pophams, which includes a root vegetable pithivier, a build-your-own porchetta foccacia sandwich, potted duck with sourdough crispbreads, Isle of Wight tomato salad, Jersey Royal salad, Eccles cakes with Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese and a PB&J bread pudding sando. YUM. It’s collection only though so pick a picnic spot close to the bakery.

The Sun Tavern – the Bethnal Green boozer has got you covered with the Garden Hamper. It’s packed with olives, sardines, saucisson, cheese, grapes, crackers, prosecco and wine, and it even comes with plates, cutlery and glasses. You can pick up from their takeaway hatch if you’re local, otherwise you can have it delivered.

Shop Cuvee – the wine bar and bistro-turned-shop has a Feast bundle that would be ideal for an al fresco lunch. It’s got salami, chicken rillettes, lettuce and gouda salad, cheese and watercress quiche, lemon verbena panna cotta and more. If you’re local you can get same-day delivery via bike courier otherwise it’s sent in the post the next day.

London Shell Co. – the floating restaurant can’t have people aboard to eat seafood so it’s sending the seafood to you via their new Seashore to Front Door delivery service. You can choose from a picnic box, containing ready-to-eat bits like smoked rainbow trout, cured Dorset char, crevettes & mayo and treacle soda bread, or a ready-to-cook BBQ box, with monkfish kebabs, king prawns, whole mackerel, salsa verde and flat breads. Both boxes come with a bottle of The Grand Duchess English Sparkling Wine to complete the feast. AHOY.

The Social Distancing Kitchen – treat yo’self with a box of goodies from The Social Distancing Kitchen as 15% of all the box proceeds are going to Women’s Aid (and the team is also working with the PLOD foundation to help deliver) food to the homeless. There are savoury breakfast and night in boxes that would be perfect to take to the park, but if you’re after something sweet just take a look at the epic cookie and millionaire shortbread ones.