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Let picnic season begin! Whenever there is a glimmer of sunshine, we Londoners are likely to be found with hamper in hand and pasty skin on display, unfurling our blankets on the dewy ground. But, with a culinary history of soggy sandwiches and stale cakes, life isn’t always the picnic we hoped it would be.
While your open-air feast should be fancier than a pin-thin baguette and a hunk of cheese, it shouldn’t be too laborious either. And, most of all, it should suit your personality. After all, one person’s lavish picnic porn is another’s turn-off. Whether you like a grand gala in the grass or a mellow munch in a meadow, we’ve got some helpful hints and delicious recipe ideas to make sure that your moveable feast is a walk in the park. All you need to do is cook up, pack up, and call your crew.
Here, we've rounded up London's many different types of picnicker for a face-off, complete with the perfect recipe for each brand of alfresco adventure. Which picnic tribe are you?
Illustrated by Sydney Hass