Urban Picnicking with Belgraves

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

 

On Sunday afternoon, Lovely Man and I strolled into Belgraves to pick up our Urban Picnic. Oh yes we did.

Belgraves is a chic boutique Thompson Hotel located in the pretty streets of Belgravia. To celebrate the gorgeous British Summer, Belgraves are inviting us (you and me) on a gourmet urban foodie adventure, to uncover some of London’s best kept inner-city secrets, while enjoying a heavenly picnic prepared by Pont St’s executive Chef, Sophie Michell.

The idea is that you leisurely stroll through the streets of Belgravia and collect your picnic from the hotel, then pootle off to one of the picnic spots recommended in the Belgraves’ Insider’s Guide to Urban Picnicking. London has many hidden treasures, and many of these are cited, including the rambling rooftop garden of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Lodge in Regent’s Park and the very zen Kyotyo Gardens in Holland Park. (Om…)

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Very clever, easy to carry cardboard picnic hamper. Keep it or recycle it.

I just could not wait.

“Hello! I’m Poppy and I’ve come to collect my Urban Picnic!”

I could not have been more excited.

The good people at Belgraves handed us the above cardboard hamper and off we scampered with our picnic and Sunday papers to Hyde Park – a short walk away – and sat down by The Serpentine. It was so much FUN not knowing what we were going to eat.. I had absolutely no idea about what treats lay in store..

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Belgraves superfood salad with quinoa, pomegranate, fennel and pistachios

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Heirloom tomato and basil salad

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Grilled lamb chops with salsa verde

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

They didn’t last long…

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Orecchiette pasta with wild garlic pesto and French beans

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

 

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Spinach, goats cheese and butternut squash filo pie

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Saffron and buttermilk chicken skewers

And the wonderful addition of jam jar cocktails added something even more special…

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Kamm and Sons spritz cocktail (great British Spirit, made with soda, pink grapefruit and mint)

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

All gone!

It was such a glorious way to spend the afternoon.. we lazed about, eating our delicious lunch while taking in the peace and tranquility of Hyde Park..

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And then it was time for dessert…

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Strawberry and pink peppercorn tarts

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

Holy moly. These were RIDICULOUSLY good. Heavenly. I could live on these. I’m fairly certain it covers off most of the food groups too. No?

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel Sea salt caramel and chocolate cupcake


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3 thoughts on “Urban Picnicking with Belgraves

  1. Um. Wow. This looks INSANELY GREAT! This is so very Blake and I – a surprise picnic, a fantastic London picnic-ing destination, I can’t wait to save a little bit of money and indulge in this amazing weekend treat! Looks like the best ever way to spend a weekend… I hope I can save quickly to enjoy this before summer ends! Although something tells me this would be pretty great on a crisp British autumn’s day too…. Great review, loved it!

  2. I just can’t decide what I want more! The lamb and salsa verde, or that strawberry and black pepper tart. It all looks divine!!

  3. What a fantastic idea and perfect for a treat!! Sadly with my limited budget I’ll be sticking to the deli counter at Waitrose I think!

    Lx

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