From secret gardens and roof terraces to hill-top views and lakeside lunches, we find the perfect picnic spots

Words Elysia Agnew

Primrose Hill

Set up your picnic atop Primrose Hill and you’ll feel like you’re miles away from the crowds of the capital. As one of the six protected viewpoints in London, it’s the perfect setting to unwind with a picnic as you take in the sights of the city.

For more information visit: royalparks.org.uk

Greenwich Park

One of the capital’s eight Royal Parks, Greenwich Park dates back to Roman England and was enclosed in 1427. With stunning landscapes and fascinating history, a day at Greenwich Park is a day well spent. Tuck into your picnic with impressive views across the Thames.

For more information visit: royalparks.org.uk

Kew Gardens

We recommend taking a full day to explore the world’s most famous botanic garden; boasting glasshouses, historic buildings, luscious landscapes and a stunning selection of plants and flowers. Finish your day with a picnic in the grounds of these beautiful gardens.

For more information visit: kew.org

Phoenix Garden

Home to all kinds of wildlife, there’s plenty to see at the Phoenix Garden. And with plants that grow reliably in any condition, the garden will look attractive all year round. So whether you want to wrap up for a winter walk or set up for a summer picnic, Phoenix Garden is the year-round destination to suit all.

For more information visit: thephoenixgarden.org

Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden celebrates everything we know and love about plants. Nestled away beside the Thames, this tranquil green oasis is London’s oldest botanic garden. Enjoy a peaceful stroll, pack up a picnic or indulge in afternoon tea at the Tangerine Dream Cafe.

For more information visit: chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Hampstead Heath

With a zoo, an athletics track and three swimming ponds, Hampstead Heath is packed with things to do. But it’s real draw is the spectacular views – the perfect setting for a picnic with friends. An oasis of wildlife and recreational opportunities just six kilometres from Trafalgar Square.

For more information visit: cityoflondon.gov.uk

Battersea Park

An inner city park with an array of activities, dining opportunities and hidden secrets. Hire a rowing boat, wander through the endless green spaces or tuck into your picnic by the lake. La Gondola al Parco is a place you can dine by the lake, serving Italian food.

For more information visit: batterseapark.org 

Kyoto Garden

Kyoto Garden is a stunning green space inside Holland Park. A beautiful Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991. It’s a tranquil and truly unique place to enjoy a summer picnic.

For more information visit: rbkc.gov.uk

Kensington Roof Gardens

For something above ground level, head to Kensington Roof Gardens. High above the busy streets of London, the gardens are open to the public free of charge. So pack up your picnic and rise above the city for the afternoon.

For more information visit: virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

With a huge wooden pavilion, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden has your day covered whatever the weather. Pineapple House is a stunning conservatory greenhouse with a wood-burning stove, so it’s perfect for a winter-style picnic. This quirky garden is worth a visit all year round.

For more information visit: dalstongarden.org

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