What better way to get the summer season started than with a good old picnic? It’s one of the most best ways to spend a hot afternoon in the city and I’ve realised that it’s probably the most relaxing too (next on the list after a day by the sea which is hard to beat)! I was recently lucky enough to be invited by the Mercure hotels group to celebrate summertime in London with an idyllic picnic in one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, Somerset House.
I strolled up the strand to Somerset House, with both my camera and partner-in-crime, Nathan Rollinson, in tow ready for an afternoon of summer bliss. We were greeted by the friendliest team who showed us all the exciting corners of the picnic setup, from live music, to wine tasting, there was a bit of something for everyone. Following our tour we were shown to our little picnic spot and given a hamper filled with delicious goodies from Tom’s Kitchen. Prosecco, bagels, salad, cheesecake, anything you can imagine (let’s just say, it was a bit more extravagant than my usual cheese sandwich picnic set-up!!) It was like a Mary Poppins basket of delights that never seemed to end!
Throughout the afternoon, we munched, sipped and chatted away in the company of some of London’s biggest Instagrammers (@PrettyLittleLondon, @a_ontheroad, @Snowflakesfairy for any of you who would like some new accounts to follow!). It was a fabulous chance to get to know other people in the Instagram community here in London, who also love to explore new things to do in the city, all in the atmosphere of the magnificent setting. Big thanks goes to the Mercure, Somerset House and Tom’s Kitchen for setting up such a gorgeous day. It was definitely one of my favourites so far this summer.
I hope these photos inspire some of you to get picnicking. If it’s a sunny day and you don’t have any plans, grab some snacks, a book and find yourself a pretty park – it’ll be the best day off you’ve had in ages!