A Birthday Picnic
from Dukes St James, London

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A few days ago I was peering up at the grey and grizzly sky and told the clouds that they, under NO CIRCUMSTANCES, were allowed to rain over Green Park that day. The reason for this direct order was because I was surprising my pal Suzy with a picnic from Dukes St James London for her birthday. And rain, I’d decided, would not be a good accompaniment…

I met Suzy at Green Park station with balloons… and it was still spitting with rain. I glared at the clouds – a long, warning stare.

Dukes St James

Dukes St James

Dukes St James Dukes St James

We walked past the park (confusing her greatly) and arrived at Dukes St James, where we were greeted by our butler (yes, our butler) and his helper, who then carried our picnic, rugs, glassware, crockery, blankets and more, to a carefully selected rain-shielded spot in Green Park… and proceeded to set everything up before our very eyes…

Dukes St James

Dukes St James

Dukes St James

 

Dukes St James

We hung up the balloons…

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Dukes St James Dukes St James

 

Dukes St James

Soft and cosy blankets were also provided to we could wrap up in style…

Our butler (yes, our butler) gave me a phone number with instructions to call him when we’d finished our picnic, so he could come and clear everything away. He then left us to enjoy our sensational picnic and delicious champagne under the trees….and just like magic, the rain stopped! Kaboom!

Dukes St James

 

Cured ham, asparagus and soft egg with caper mayonnaise

Cured ham, asparagus and soft egg with caper mayonnaise

Mackerel with potato, cucumber and rye salad

Mackerel with potato, cucumber and rye salad

Fresh bread rolls and butter

Fresh bread rolls and butter

 Courgette, basil and goats cheese muffins

Courgette, basil and goats cheese muffins

Lamb kofta with coriander and heritage tomato

Lamb kofta with coriander and heritage tomato

Scotch egg with mustard and honey

Scotch egg with mustard and honey

British artisan cheeses

British artisan cheeses

Crackers and raisin bread for cheese

Crackers and raisin bread for cheese

We couldn’t believe how much food there was… and it just kept coming! Everything was presented beautifully, in pristine white cockery, garnished prettily and the heavy white cotton napkins were the perfect finishing touch to our quintessentially luxurious English experience.

DUKES’s traditional British picnic for Spring and Summer has been especially created by Executive Head Chef, Nigel Mendham. We collected our picnic, but if you like you can have your gourmet hamper delivered to your desired picnic location in Green Park at a time to suit, with a private butler to send out the picnic at no additional cost. (PRIVATE BUTLER!)

The portions were extremely generous, so, when Suzy’s second surprise arrived (her very good chum Sharmini), there was plenty of food and drink to go round!

Drinks

The bar…

And then it was time for dessert…

Summer berries with gin, tarragon and shortbread

Summer berries with gin, tarragon and shortbread

Grapes

Shortbread

We did manage to light the candle… but the wind kept blowing it out!

DUKE’s really had thought of everything. Bottle openers, cutlery, champagne glasses… and even some hot water bottles to keep us warm under the blankets!

Cosy hot water bottles

Cosy hot water bottles! Sharmini loved hers!

The whole picnic was absolutely heavenly and such a treat… we sat under the trees cosy and warm under our blankets and guzzled delicious food… we loved it.

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Suzy and Sharmini under the trees…

This picnic is a real slice of luxury, so I imagine the price is going to surprise you, as it did me… it’s just £35 per person. Butler service included!

So if you’re stuck for a birthday surprise for someone you know, or perhaps even a Father’s day gift (21st June! Don’t forget!) this picnic would be an amazing present and knock anyone’s socks off.

Unless it’s chilly, in which case you’ll need to keep them on and tuck them under the hot water bottles…

Happy Birthday Suzy!

You’re the bees knees.

Poppy Loves - a London Lifestyle Blog

 

DUKES’s Traditional British Picnic is priced from £35 per person for a minimum of 2 people with butler service included; a bottle of chilled Champagne starts from £80.

For more information on DUKES, St James, contact 0207 491 4840 or visit www.dukeshotel.com.

Nightly rates in a DUKES room at DUKES ST JAMES LONDON start from £295. For more information or to make a reservation at Thirty Six By Nigel Mendham please call 020 7491 4840 or visit www.dukeshotel.com


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13 thoughts on “A Birthday Picnic
from Dukes St James, London

  1. Wow, this birthday picnic is so interesting. I like the idea of enjoying food on green grass. I love enjoying bread, cheese, fresh fruits in the open air.

  2. I’m so envious! That looks amazing. I love picnics but I hate the set-up and takedown process. Oh, how I’d love a picnic complete with a butler!

  3. Oh my word, this sounds heavenly! The pictures you have taken are also very dashing. Suzy is very fortunate to have a friend like you! Hope she had a brilliant birthday but its clear you all had a great time!

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