Fortnum & Mason Picnics
We’ve teamed up with Fortnum & Mason for the very first time to offer Nocturne guests a selection of picnic hampers that are available to pre-order and pick-up on arrival. A fixture in Piccadilly since 1707, Fortnum’s is renowned for its extraordinary food, famous teas, and iconic wicker hampers. You just might say they are the experts in al fresco dining.
Crafted with the very best seasonal ingredients fresh from Fortnum’s famous Food Halls, and packed with summer-ready tipples, all picnics are perfectly prepared for two and easily collected from the Fortnum’s Giant Hamper in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.
Purchase your picnic now and collect when you arrive
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What’s in a Fortnum’s picnic?
The Fortnum’s Picnic and The Fortnum’s Garden Picnic (v), £130, consist of a starter, main, pudding, cheese plate and bottle of Fortnum’s Prosecco, served inside a Fortnum’s Cool Bag.
The Fortnum’s Feast and The Fortnum’s Garden Feast (v), £200, follow the same four-course format but are a rather more decadent affair with more indulgent foods, Fortnum’s Prosecco and additions such as a Scotch Egg, of their own making in 1738, all housed within their iconic Huntsman Hamper.
If you prefer your fizz on the French side, you can upgrade any Picnic or Feast to Fortnum’s Brut Reserve Champagne for a £30 supplement.
Fortnum’s penchant for picnics began in the 18th century, when the then-fledgling company began to supply hunters and travellers with baskets of provisions for their journeys. Not long after, picnics became highly fashionable in London and the English countryside beyond, with Fortnum’s favoured everywhere from Ascot to Henley, Wimbledon to Twickenham.