6 Picnic essentials from John Lewis

picnicSummer is here and that means in true british fashion we are taking every opportunity to BBQ and eat a few meals al fresco. We love a good picnic and some of favourite staple picnic foods are homemade sausage rolls, some lemonade and of course, egg sandwiches!

Picnic Facts

  • The concept of a picnic is a meal to which everyone contributes something
  • The first picnics were held after the French Revolution in 1789 when the royal parks became open to the public for the first time
  • In the 19th century, a fashionable group of Londoners, we’ll call them ‘hipsters’, formed the ‘Picnic Society’. They simply met up and each brought entertainment and refreshments.

Picnic Essentials

wicker-picnic-basketJohn Lewis Willow Hamper

£18.00 – 25.00

A hamper is a great investment for a picnic! Store all your food and drinks for easy carrying and a stylish look. This hamper is made of sustainable willow and has leather straps for fastening.

wine-wicker-coolerJohn Lewis Maison Wicker Wine Cooler


You will be the envy of every picnic go-er with this fantastic wicker wine basket! It holds two bottles of wine and comes with a waiter’s friend. It’s easy to carry with an adjustable shoulder strap leaving your hands free for more food!

kissing-robin-picnic-plateAnorak Kissing Robins Dinner Plate


We love this cute picnic plate, complete with the distinctive ‘kissing animals’ pattern from Anorak, this melamine plate is great for picnics.

stacking-cups-jugHouse by John Lewis Pitcher and Glasses, Set of 5


This pitcher is a great way to save space and store tumblers for a picnic.

The set is made from durable plastic and the brightly coloured glasses stack up inside the pitcher, which has a handle to carry.

cool-box-60lJohn Lewis Cool Box, 60L


Feeding the family? Whether it’s a day out at the park or an overnight camping trip, this cool box can hold up to 60L and will keep your food at the right temperature – prefect for all that picnic food!

3-Piece-CutleryHouse by John Lewis 3 Piece Cutlery, 4 Sets


It’s easy to forget cutlery after preparing a delicious feast! This set of four consists of a knife, fork and spoon made of durable melamine.