Picnic at Kenwood House

Another sunny day, another picnic!

This time in one of London’s hidden gems. A golden meadow, with a view over the city, huge oak trees and many a corner where you can feel totally secluded.

The grounds of Kenwood House.

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Julia and I, together with our chaps, decided that a thoroughly British picnic was the perfect way to spend one of their afternoons in England (on a visit from San-Fran).

We did have a little trouble spreading out our camp, as someone kept trying to burrow beneath it!

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But we got there in the end!

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Keen to show our American guests just what a British picnic looks like, I ordered a hamper from Fortnums.

They packed everything we could possibly desire into a wicker basket and sent us on our merry way.

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(Chin chin!)

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Someone (might have been me) forget to check if cutlery, crockery and glasses were included… and they were not.

Way past the point of no return, we muddled through as best we could!

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Custard doing his party trick of “speaking” on demand!

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Which earned him a cuddle and a bit of pork pie.

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Of course after Custard’s party trick, Julia was keen to share hers…

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The pudding, which we had dutifully kept hidden at the bottom of the hamper until pudding time,Β was pretty special.

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Chocolate tart with chantilly cream, for dunking.

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Rich, chocolaty filling with a crumbly base and cold, vanilla flecked cream.

Way, way too good to share!

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With our shoes, bags and phones abandoned (no mean feat for two internet addicts – check out J’s blog), we strolled the gardens and lay about in the long grass.

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Custard following close behind, and disappearing now and then to snuffle through the undergrowth.

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Having whiled away much of the day, lounging in the sunshine, we set off in search of tea.

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Stopping for a quick breather, now and then.

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And a picture to send home to our mums.

Well, my Mum and Julia’s Mom.

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You know when you spend a lot of time with a friend, and you start to finish each other’s sentences & share mannerisms?

No, me neither.

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We walked on through the woods, and emerged at the house itself.

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If you recognise the spot, it’s where they filmed the scene in Notting Hill, where J Robert’s stars in a Henry James film.

All we were missing was co-star commenting on bottoms.

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Julia’s Hat // Pink striped top

Cotton Skirt

Shoes // Bag // Sunglasses

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My white cotton dress

Red handbag // Red loafers

Sunnies

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We popped into the cafe for tea.

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And enjoyed it on a bench surrounded by the blossoming gardens.

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Eventually saying goodbye to the house and making our way back to the city below.

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I’m not sure if I’ve passed this quote on, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently.

β€œLife is pure adventure, and the sooner we realise that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.” – Maya Angelou

If you can escape just for an afternoon, to a borrowed garden for your own adventure…Β you should.

I didn’t check my phone once, and left feeling truly grounded, happy (and really rather full!)

I think that counts as a successful picnic!

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  • ninegrandstudent

    So jealous of the picnic – those eggs look divine! Though not so jealous of potato-salad eating without cutlery! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

    • Rosie

      Living life on the edge!

  • Both of your outfits are RIDICULOUSLY cute. Please can I have both of them? Haha! Serious life envy going on right now. I’d love to be in a field with a picnic, drinking champagne. Instead I’m stuck behind my desk working, booo!
    Bee | QueenBeady.com xxx

    • Rosie

      Haha thanks Bee!
      Yea, I’m sitting on my laptop right now looking at a sky that’s about to rain. So don’t worry, I feel the same way! xx

  • Is it bad that that’s actually how I would probably eat cheese on a normal day-to-day basis?

    PS. Your dress is diviiiiiiine xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • Rosie

      A girl after my own heart, Katy! xx

  • Now that’s what I call a proper picnic! I bet eating the couscous without cutlery was challenging!!! Love both of your outfits. I wish your white dress was more affordable – if you know of a high street version, please let me know.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • The slow pace

    I’m amazed… After that picnic with no cuttlery your dress remained white! You have skills! πŸ˜‰
    Lovely post today! Oh and that picnic basket is a dream!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

    • Rosie

      Professional extreme eater! xx

  • Katrina Porter

    I think everyone reading this has decided they urgently need to up their picnic game! (like right this instant) xx

    JustaNorwichGirl

    • Rosie

      To be fair we did cheat and have Fortnum’s do it for us!

  • I love Julia’s blog and you both look gorgeous! And Custard looks so cute running through the park. I love that you just went for it, drinking champagne from the bottle and eating chunks of cheese. What a fab day.
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • Phoebe

    Beautiful photos! I definitely don’t take advantage of the countryside on my doorstep enough, might recreate a miniature hamper and organise a catch up with the girls πŸ™‚

    North of London

  • I went there for a picnic for the first time on Sunday, for a family reunion – I did a double take when I saw the title of this blog post!!
    https://cobblestonesandcrumpets.wordpress.com/

  • Might have to send my boyfriend on a photography course and put him to good use for my blog.

    http://www.blonderblog.co.uk

  • Lucy Birchall

    These pictures are so gorgeous! It looks like a lovely, summer, English picnic (and what’s a good old picnic without a bit of a hiccup of some sort?!). Custard is adorable in that image of him wearing the boater hat! You ladies are far too pretty and your outfits are so lovely. I only discovered Julia’s blog recently after I found her profile on Instagram (which is equally just as fab).
    You really do live your life to the fullest, Rosie! I need to start taking a leaf out of your book…

    She’s So Lucy

  • That was one grand picnic! Both Julia and you look amazing but I’m pretty sure Custard is trying to steal the show!! Never heard about Kenwood House…but then again there are so many places in London that I haven’t visited, because everytime I am there I always re-visit old favorites!!

  • Beautiful photos, Rosie!!! This place is amazin and the food looks so yummy!!!! I’m such a big fan of your blog, never missing a post!!

    http://www.mariannapapagiannopoulou.blogspot.gr

  • Ooh I’m in love with this post! Beautiful photos and it looks like you had fun πŸ™‚

    http://empurple.eu/

  • looks like the perfect day! x

    Marveling-Mindβ˜€βœŒοΈ

  • I love the idea of fully switching off and being in the moment. Like talking to the person your with. Not the person your texting.

    That picnic! Any bits your going to turn into a Londoner recipe?

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • I love the F&M basket! When brought one back all the way to Florida last time I was in London. Not the easiest thing to carry on a plane, but totally worth it!

    http://www.anchoredtosunshine.com

  • DJ Hargrave

    Burgundy/Raspberry is an awesome color to have right now. Definitely does justice to your outfit! Great shots

    DJ- http://www.tailormade-style.com

  • Sammy

    How can you joke about your double chin? Your officially obese and its fucking disgusting!!! You should be ashamed

  • AnnaInternational

    Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous day. And Custard is such a cutie! Remembering a particularly beautiful romantic picnic with my boyfriend about this time last year, I’ve realised I need to arrange some picnicking asap!

  • The grounds of the Kenwood House look so pretty!! And Custard is so adorable!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

  • That quote really is something to think about, thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚
    Picnic is always a good idea, the combination of nature, food and friends is just the best thing ever πŸ™‚
    Love love love Julia’s sunglasses so much :))

    http://www.smilesnapsparkle.com

  • oooo this looks glorious. Sometimes no cutlery is better, much more fun! I’m having my lunch ‘al-desko’, looking out at the sunshine! Maya Angelou is a wise woman, I am taking those words on board! Ix

  • You both look stunning! Perfect picnic outfits x

    http://www.ode2vogue.blogspot.com

  • Looks like an amazing picnic! All the food looks incredible and yOUR OUTFITS! *heart eye emoji*

  • Gorgeous, I love your white dress/red bag/red shoes combo, so classic. Each of your picnics is grander than the last!

    http://www.themaximalistblog.com

  • Forgetting about the cutlery sounds like something I would do! It looks like you both carried on with grace. πŸ™‚

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Emilie Walker

    Makes me want to escape to the wilderness with a picnic hamper! So gorgeous!
    Rosie I just wanted to ask a quick question that I’ve been wondering a lot recently: who takes your pictures? I know you mentioned once that it was your man or whoever was with you at that time, but a lot of the photos in your posts seem too professional to be just taken by anyone… or is your man a professional photographer? Just wondering! xoxo

  • Kate

    What a fun picnic! What a beautiful way to spend a summer afternoon!

    Kate

    http://www.lamiabellavita.com

  • This is what I love about London – you can think all the city thoughts you like but there are some amazing hidden treasures like this in plain sight! The picnic looks divine, those chocolate truffles are heavenly and I love your dress and Julia’s skirt πŸ™‚

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • This post makes me so happy and excited for British Summertime! A dreamy post showcasing how beautiful England is πŸ™‚

    Olivia – http://www.cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  • Well you have officially bumped “have a proper picnic” to the top of my summer bucket list!

  • Nengi Spiff

    This is pure perfection, so jealous, need to plan a picnic now.

    http://8thspiff.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Such beautiful pictures! They should be in a fashion magazine! πŸ™‚

  • What a seriously amazing spread! I’m just about dying over the pictures of Custard, he’s the cutest little thing! These photos are absolutely gorgeous, looks like the perfect day πŸ™‚

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • So gorgeous what a fantastic day out! Fortnums do the best hampers and they come so beautifully presented. Custard is so photogenic as well.

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  • Looks like the perfect picnic, I’m dying to do this! And I do recognise that house from the movie – I’ll have to visit now. Love the fact that there was long grass around your picnic – idyllic!

    Krissie x- http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

  • Charlotte Elizabeth

    Kenwood House is my ultimate place of feeling peace, it’s even more beautiful on a frosty Winter’s morning too. I can’t stop aw-ing out loud at Mr. Custard’s smile, just like a fluffy white Cheshire cat!

    http://www.charlottelizabeth.com

  • That dress is sooooo pretty and your hair is absolutely devine. Like a shampoo commercial! So bouncy and perky.

    coffeeslag

    COFFEESLAG Deal Of The Day

  • Paulina Villalpando

    Such a cool plan! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • Your posts always make me either want to eat, travel, take the afternoon off or some combination of the 3. Thank you for continuous lifestyle inspiration! πŸ™‚ Looked like such a fun day!

    Alicia | http://www.myhealthyfashion.blogspot.ca

  • You seem to have a great time with Julia. The picnic in the field is so dreamy and fresh. The scenery is beautiful and tranquil. I love the smile on your face.

  • I live just near Kenwood house and always steal away to it when The Gentleman and I want a bit of alone time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the winter it’s completely deserted and makes the perfect place for a cosy stroll.

    The picnic looks so beautiful – my boss gets sent an F&M hamper every year and always gives it to me. It’s the best for picnics. Speaking of which, I haven’t had one yet this year. Sunday plans sorted!

    Katie <3

  • This looks perfect. I have to agree I’d have drank from the bottle and ate with my hands if that was the case.

    Katie. X

    http://www.katiejaneonline.com

  • What a lovely afternoon spent! My kinda gals who can sip champagne and aren’t afraid to eat some desserts πŸ™‚

    Beautyosaurus Lex

  • Euge

    OMG! That’s is a PRETTY place to go! With every post you do, my bucket list is growing! Also, I’m in LOVE with Custard. He’s look-a-like to my dog. Gosh, i’m truly fan of Custard, really. Didn’t knew Fortnum can send you a basket for picnic. That’s awesome! x

  • Your outfit is gorgeous and I love the picknic basket!! πŸ™‚

    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

  • Ah that picnic looks like PURE heaven! I love Julia and the fact that y’all are friends in real life is so cool! I want a huge picnic basket like that; I wish I lived in London to order one of these massive feasts for my own day out!

    Cynthia
    http://www.darlingdownsouth.com

  • Maireem Maneje

    I absolutely love your hair! These are such cute photos πŸ™‚ Love this picnic trip.

    http://www.maireem.blogspot.com

  • All hail the queen of picnics… I mean, Julia sure was in good hands even with a few snags πŸ™‚

    http://www.freedupgirl.com

  • This looks like such a lovely picnic with a lot of delicious food! I love that there are many places in London which makes you feel like you are in the country side even though it’s just a few stops away from the centre πŸ™‚

    x Val | Valerie Randomness

  • Jo

    Your blog is just one beautiful adventure after another! I completely love it – I want your life πŸ™‚

  • I do love a good picnic!
    Would never have such glamorous shots to prove it though – my other half would be FAR too interested in the food to stop and take pictures of me haha xo

  • Megan

    Wow that picnic is drool worthy! Looks like such an amazing afternoon! Can’t believe the city is so close to that area! You can’t even tell! Looks peaceful and relaxing!

    xx
    -Meg
    http://www.withlovemeg.com

  • This looks like the perfect picnic, great selection of goodies! πŸ™‚

    http://www.mintnotion.com

  • Leila Gunn

    Not just a beautiful location, but look at that F&M hamper!!! Incredibly jealous of this afternoon, and longing for the day I can eat a chunk of cheese like that!

    http://shootingfromaclick.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Leila Gunn

    Not just a beautiful location, but look at that F&M hamper!!! Incredibly jealous of this afternoon, and longing for the day I can eat a chunk of cheese like that!

    http://shootingfromaclick.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Kate

    Wow. Now that’s a picnic! Stunning photos too. You and Julia look beautiful, and so does Custard of course! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • How do you still manage to look so elegant picking up the potatoes from the potato salad!?! You clearly don’t need cutlery to look civilised lol. Looks like a wonderful day anyway, I need to have more picnics πŸ™‚

    Gemma x
    http://www.thebritishfeather.com/ (A UK Lifestyle Blog)

  • Everything about this now makes me want to go for a picnic in the fields behind me next to the river! Such beautiful photos and that picnic looks amazing!!

    Kim | http://www.thelensaffair.com

  • Hannah Oelker

    This is probably my favourite post of all times! Well done xx

  • Sepideh

    These pictures make me crave a picnic and being outside in nature…and eating yummy food!!!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

  • Ashlee

    These are beautiful shots, your dog is the cutest omg! I could eat that whole block of cheese by myself!

    http://www.tusksandtails.com
    @favro

  • Your posts always make me so homesick for England.

    This looks gorgeous

    https://theeighthours.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/snorkelling-on-gili-meno/

  • Too cute. Your dog makes me smile!!

    Heba xx || http://www.californiaroadtrippin.blogspot.com

  • Julia

    This is such an amazing post! I adore Julia’s blog as well and it’s always so fun to see two bloggers working together πŸ™‚ The picnic is one of my dreams, and no worries, swigging from the bottle always makes it way more fun ;D

    Julia

    ExploresMore.com

  • Such pretty pic’s! The picnic looks like my idea of heaven!
    http://www.beaucience.co.uk

  • Amber Rhodes

    What a beautiful spot! Love the photos, such pretty outfits. The picnic looks wonderful despite the lack of weapons to eat it with!
    Amber
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

  • I can’t believe I’ve still not been on a picnic this year – they are my FAVOURITE! Setting here is beaut and can’t get over how delicious your spread is – that smoked salmon, yolky pork pie and chocolate torte look divine! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Wow I feel like taking a picnic right now haha

    xx

    My Transformation into a Social Butterfly
    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  • Beautiful, just beautiful!

    http://www.eatwearwander.com

  • I love this post! It sounded like a beautifully relaxing day, and the picnic looked delicious! And I love both of your blogs, so seeing you together is too fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Always, Hunter

  • This has just been bumped up to one of my favorite posts. Gorgeous pictures, friends, picnic, champaign, Mr. Custard, and quotes that speak to the soul.
    Lovely post Rosie!

    X Anna -sincerelyyoursanna.com

  • Custard is such a babe! I recently trained Bruce to speak on command but now he thinks that he can get treats just by barking, and it’s getting rather noisy. He would also run over that picnic, eating everything in his path, in no time. Maybe Custard could give him some lessons in etiquette?

    Joy @ PawsandPrada.uk

  • Stunning post, nothing like a perfect picnic in the British sunshine (here’s to it returning) x

  • Addison Niemeyer

    Hey Rosie! I’m loving your sunnies, but the link that you posted sends me to a black pair that don’t look like yours at all! Which are they? Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Callie Hagdorn

    I think this is one of my favourite posts xx I love your picnics! Julia looks delightful.. I can’t wait for our summer and our Australian picnicking xx

  • gina

    i lOVE kenwood house.. def overdue a new visit thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

  • What a fabulous afternoon! The hamper from Fortnum looks amazing πŸ™‚

    inloveinlondon.com

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks like you both had a wonderful afternoon! Gorgeous snaps! xx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • Seriously pretty picnic