For once those forecasters seem spot on with our Indian summer and as the temperature rises its hard not to think about picnicking and escaping from the city. There's nothing less attractive after all, than being surrounded by pigeons on a cramped public square in London trying to eat a sandwich!
This summer however there is the perfect solution. Claridges, the fabulous five star hotel nestling in the heart of Mayfair in London has conjured up picnic perfection. Whether you consider yourself 'Glamorous Lovers' or in need of a 'Healthy Organic Picnic' or even a 'Family Picnic' the executive chef Martyn Nail who is quite frankly nothing short of a genius, has the answer. The menus he has devised are so mouth-wateringly sumptuous that dining alfresco has reached a whole new height of luxury.
The 'Glamorous Lovers' picnic is clearly perfect for lovebirds, engaged couples and newlyweds. Presented in a bespoke hamper it includes everything you could possibly require for an afternoon of indulgence - and just enough space for a bottle of something sparkly!
Start with the Brochette of Melon, Prosciutto and Bocconcini Mozzarella which is succulent and refreshing. Then there's the cushion of smoked salmon - a parcel carefully filled with crab meat, chives, lemon zest and crème fraiche, which is simply heavenly. There's also a delicious Nicoise Salad, a spicy and tangy Caramel Spiced Chicken Salad, Charcuterie, Lobster Salad which melts in the mouth and to finish Valrhona Chocolate and Rose Macaroons.
The legendary hotel has also created a guide to the Top 10 Picnic Secrets with all their favourite picnic spots to ensure you enjoy your feast in appropriate surroundings.
From £42 per person, to book please call Claridges on 020 7629 8860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Bespoke menus available upon request.