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Dukes Hotel London Mayfair: A picnic like no other

It was the week of biblical rainfall and watching numerous weather apps with an intense will of ‘please don’t rain on Sunday.’ Luckily the gods listened and the rain stayed away, even the sun decided to show its face for a very special Father’s Day picnic I’d arranged from Dukes Hotel London.

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Dukes Hotel London picnic

The British hotel is tucked away in a quiet cu-de-sac in St James, but today we weren’t stepping foot inside the hotel. Instead we waited outside Green Park tube station for our butlers. Yes you read right. Butlers!

Dukes Hotel London picnic

They came laden with picnic hampers and smiling faces and we chose our preferred spot to set up the picnic.

Dukes Hotel London picnic

Picnic blanket, tablecloth, food, crockery glassware and even mini salt and pepper shakers were all laid out carefully. They’ll also provide blankets and hot water bottles, if the weather is a tad nippy. Always a concern when dealing with British summertime!

Dukes Hotel London picnic
Dukes Hotel London picnic
Dukes Hotel London picnic

Once the wine was poured our butler handed over a phone number and asked us to call when we’d finished, so they can come back and tidy everything away. Amazing!

Dukes Hotel London picnic

With that they left us to enjoy the glorious spread.

Dukes Hotel - Picnic Dukes Hotel London picnic

We opted for the vegetarian picnic – Spinach ricotta samosas. Courgette, halloumi, tomato brochette. Broccoli, pine nut avocado quiche. Cous cous, coriander, artichoke salad. Heritage tomato, cucumber, feta, mint salad and British artisan cheese, crackers, chutney.

Dukes Hotel London picnic

On top of that feast we had not one but two desserts – Chocolate mousse with raspberries and rice pudding crème brulee

Dukes Hotel London picnic

The usual summer picnic menu also includes – poached salmon, lemon mayonnaise & avocado, piri piri chicken, chorizo, pepper brochette and scotch eggs with honey mustard. The portions were very generous and I have to admit we struggled to finish.

Children are not neglected either, their menu consists of with some kiddy favourites – pigs in blankets, cheese & pineapple on sticks, pasta salad and homemade crisps.

It was a day where the dads lapped it up, the kids ran around to their hearts content and the mums relaxed.

A pretty luxe way to spend a father’s day. With that in mind it may surprise you to know that the picnic costs just £39.50 per person and £15 for children without drinks. Very reasonable when you consider you’re getting a full butler service.

Bookings need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. So what are you waiting for? Start booking your quintessentially British treat in the park!

What are your picnic food favourites? Do you have a particular spot you love to go? Let me know in the comments box below.


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Dukes Hotel London: Luxury Picnic


  • Nathalie 3rd July 2016 at 6:38 pm

    That looks amazing!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 3rd July 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Get it book! x

  • Monisha 3rd July 2016 at 8:33 pm

    ‘Twas a brilliant idea! X

    • Sima Sthanakiya 3rd July 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Full of them aren’t we…Just not enough time to indulge in them all, but we give it a good crack! x

  • Jenny 3rd July 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I love this idea, who wouldn’t love a Summer picnic in the park – especially with no clearing up to worry about!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 3rd July 2016 at 9:07 pm

      My thoughts exactly Jenny. Walking away from the dirty dishes and mess was great! x

  • Ana De Jesus 3rd July 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I think the crown jewel of the feast has to be the delicious rice pudding creme brule it looks so good. Glad you enjoyed your divine spread.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 3rd July 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Totally agree, so delicious Ana

  • Lottie L'Amour 3rd July 2016 at 9:11 pm

    This is so luxurious I cannot even begin to start processing it! What a lovely summer treat! I might have to do the same for me and my partner – a nice treat on a sunny day!

    Lottie xx

    • Sima Sthanakiya 3rd July 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Oh you must Lottie! It’s such a lovely treat x

  • Sam Jeffery 4th July 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Wow! What an incredible experience, it would be great for a birthday treat with friends!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 4th July 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Totally recommend it Sam. It is very special.

  • fashionmommywm 4th July 2016 at 9:36 pm

    What a fabulous, fun idea. I totally love the sound of that veggie picnic, and on a sunny day I just can’t think of anything better.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 4th July 2016 at 9:55 pm

      You should try it lovely. Whenever you make it down to London. A great treat.

  • Helen 4th July 2016 at 10:37 pm

    How fancy and luxiourous does this look? And omg the crème brulee!

  • gingeybites 5th July 2016 at 7:49 am

    How fab, I’ve heard of a few London hotels doing this now but not seen one in action. Looks gorgeous and very decadent! The whole day looked lots f fun too 🙂

  • Rhian 5th July 2016 at 9:03 am

    A butler service picnic I have never heard of such a thing. Sounds like such a nice concept and the food looks really yummy x

  • My Life As A Mummy 5th July 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Oh wow! What a fantastic picnic! I love the concept and also having a butler service! I love my kids more than anything, BUT I would love this for just Matt & I!

    Laura x x x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 5th July 2016 at 8:24 pm

      I know what exactly where you’re coming from Laura. It would be so romantic! x

  • Ickle Pickle 5th July 2016 at 8:51 pm

    What a gorgeous, unique, British idea! I love it – I just couldn’t trust our infamous weather! It all looks so lovely though. Kaz x

  • Sarah Ella (Mumx3x) 6th July 2016 at 9:42 am

    Oh wow! What a great experience! The picnic sounds and looks amazing.. all that food looks truly delicious. I’d love a picnic with a Butler and someone else to pack it all away, haha. It looks like a lot of fun! 🙂 xx

  • julia linsley 19th February 2019 at 10:53 pm


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