Secret London picnic spots that will make your blanket-based food party amazing, whatever the weather

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Image: London’s best – and not totally obvious - picnic spots

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1. Postman's Park, St Martin's Le Grand

We're guessing you probably haven't heard of this little gem of a park located just north of St Paul's Cathedral (unless you're a die-hard Jude Law fan and remember him taking Natalie Portman here in the movie Closer). Unpretentious and secluded, it's a spot for quiet reflection. Don't miss the memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, built in 1900 by painter and philanthropist GF Watts.

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Postman's Park

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2. Horniman Gardens, Forest Hill

Fancy your picnics with a spot of culture on the side? This south-east London spot ticks every box. Check out the family friendly museum full of curios (mummified bodies, exotic masks and an aquarium), before unwinding in the 16-acre gardens and enjoying the stunning views of London. 

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Horniman Gardens

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3. Kyoto Garden, High Street Kensington

A park within a park, west London’s Kyoto Garden in Holland Park has a koi carp pond, waterfalls, stone lanterns, cherry blossoms and even the occasional peacock strutting around. All without paying a round-trip airfare to Japan. A must for those looking to enjoy a zen afternoon.

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Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park

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4. Somerset House, The Strand

If you're looking for a picnic where the views are more palace than park, Somerset House on the Strand with its pretty fountains and bistro seating is just the ticket. Go with your friends and take in the latest art or fashion exhibition.

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Somerset House

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5. Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets

This east London spot is a firm favourite – and part of its appeal is that it's still a little rough around the edges. Stock up on tasty Brick Lane treats like bagels before heading out into the sunshine.

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Victoria Park

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6. Wandsworth Common, Wandsworth

More low-key than neighbouring south London parks like Clapham Common and Battersea Park, Wandsworth Common has it all: acres upon acres of green space with fields, trees, paths and ponds with waterfowl. The kid-friendly neighbourhood makes this a good choice for little ones too.

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Wandsworth Common

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7. Hampstead Heath, Hampstead to Highgate

This lush and leafy north London park has something for everyone: wildlife, greenery and open-air swimming in the ponds so you can have a soak before your sarnie. It's also huge so there's plenty to explore, from the gorgeous grounds of 17th-century stately home Kenwood House to the fun and games on Parliament Hill (beloved by runners and kite-flyers).

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Hampstead Heath

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8. Richmond Park, Richmond

Let's be honest: a picnic just isn’t a proper picnic unless you can spot some deer while sipping your Pimm's and snacking on strawberries. Richmond, here's to you.

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Richmond Park

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