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THE BEST READY-MADE PICNIC BOXES

You can’t beat a good picnic on a sunny day but a couple of tinnies and a packet of cocktail sausages isn’t gonna cut it anymore, not when you can get mega ready-made picnic boxes like these. And most of them can be delivered too, so if the weather takes a turn you can have a sofa picnic instead.

Pique – no matter what the occasion, Pique has a picnic box to match. They specialise in luxury homemade picnics and have boxes for birthday breakfasts, brunch, vegetarians and afternoon tea as well as special edition ones, like the Champion hamper in honour of Wimbledon and a Mediterranean box. Everything comes in recyclable or compostable packaging, and you can add on wicker hampers and rugs if you’re really trying to impress.

Arabica – turn your picnic into an Arabica experience with this Middle Eastern-inspired feast. Roll out the blanket and tuck into the likes of hummus, smoked aubergine baba ghanoush, stuffed peppers, tabbouleh and roasted artichoke salad. It’s perfect for any picnic parties you’ve got planned, or for when you just fancy zhushing up your alfresco lunch.

Broken Eggs – put on a Spanish spread with zero effort thanks to new delivery concept Broken Eggs, available to order from on Deliveroo. Founded by two Spanish siblings, Broken Eggs specialises in tortillas with five varieties, from the classic egg and potato to jamon, chorizo, courgette and truffle ones, on the menu. You can also order sides like citrus salad, jamon iberico & manchego, tomato salad, and ciabatta to make it a proper feast.

Panzers Deli – have pulled out all the stops when it comes to a traditional picnic set up. With vegetarian, salmon or charcuterie options, along with a deluxe offering complete with a bottle of vino for you boujie lot, expect dill potato salad, choc brownies, luxury crisps, chicken drumsticks, cheese and charcuterie, all bound in a Panzers hessian bag along with cutlery and plates. This is one for when you want to treat yo’self.

The Umbrella Project – up your picnic game with this Garden Hamper from The Umbrella Project. As well as cheese, crackers and other nibbles, it’s packed with Umbrella Project cider, cocktails, wine and prosecco, and it comes with plates, cutlery and glasses so you can really eat in style – no soggy paper jobs here.

Napoli Gang – ain’t no party like a pizza party and now you can have one in the park thanks to Napoli Gang. As well as the Big Mamma pizzas and pastas you’ve come to know and love, you can order up arancini, Puglian burrata and sweet treats, plus if you’re out west, you can swing by the new Ladbroke Grove shop to pick up your food.

Provisions – North London’s cheese and wine shop Provisions have put together a picnic hamper that’s brimming with organic produce and natural wines from some of Europe’s hidden gems. It features all sorts of spreads (like houmous, olive tapenade and tuna paté), as well as cold meats, cheese, a selection of nibbles and a bottle of vino too. And not only do they deliver nationwide but it’s also plastic-free.