Picnic With The Boys

I made sure to make the most of that brief little glimpse of summer London treated us to.

As soon as we all closed up shop for the day (Custard has a very busy work life), the boys and I headed to one of our favourite places.

You could say it’s pretty deer to our hearts…

Cherry print dress

Embroidered denim jacket

Embroidered trainers // Round basket bag

It always amazes me how many long-term Londoners I chat to who have yet to explore or enjoy the wonders of Richmond park.

It truly is one of the London’s most precious gems, and one of the few places in a city of millions that you can feel truly alone and at one with nature.

City picnic spots don’t come much better than this!

And no-one loves a picnic blanket more than this guy…

Spread out, fluffed and patted down by the connoisseur himself, we made ourselves at home.

Soaking up the warm evening light, with our trusty bouncer keeping the riff-raff at bay.

We cracked open the hastily packed picnic basket (a quick pit-stop at Partridges was all it took!)

And as middle-aged as it may be, I couldn’t help but experience a little thrill at giving my new picnic set its first outing!

I found it online and was seduced by its floral lining and matching napkins.

Yep, peak middle-age.

White picnic basket // Blue rug

We nibbled away, cuddled up as a contented little family and watched the world go by.

Which really only consisted of a few locals doing the same.

If for some reason you still haven’t made it out to Richmond Park (despite my frequent advice, tsk tsk) then make it happen this summer.

Take a blanket, a pork pie and a couple’a cuties to cuddle.

You have no i-deer what you’re missing!

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  • Please be so, so careful of ticks when you’re on the grass near deer. I have Chronic Lyme so I get nervous when I see people on blankets in parks – even though it is one of the best ways to spend a few hours! xx


  • I just love picnic season – Richmond Park is such a great spot, it feels like being in the countryside yet it is still part of London!


  • Peppermint Dolly

    I absolutely love Richmond park, a great place for any Londoner!


  • ella ryder

    I’ve never been to Richmond Park but it looks glorious! The picnic basket is so cute too 🙂 And your hair looks glorious as usual!
    Ella xx

  • I’ve really enjoyed your last few posts Rosie – it’s nice to see you doing more things up and around the UK/London 🙂

    Definitely second you on the Richmond Park advice – it’s amazing how you really don’t have to ‘get lucky’ to get up and close to these amazing creatures – they really are right in front of you wherever you walk!


  • Picnic with the deer? Yes, please!

  • These photos are so cute! X

  • This looks like the perfect picnicking spot! Custard looks very well behaved around all the deer, my dog couldn’t be trusted for a moment haha

  • I’ve been to Richmond a few times but never the park, it does look so gorgeous and peaceful though!

    Lauren x
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  • Ellie Chan

    Now that is a picnic! Looks so yummy, no wine for picnics over here though, the authorities tip it out in front of you if they see you with alcohol outdoors (which is a dreadful waste especially if it’s a good Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc!). I used to go for walks in Richmond Park all the time as a child, especially in Autumn, to see the deer and stags and to go on mushroom hunts – i was under strict instructions not to touch the “pretty red spotty” ones but I could play with the puffball mushrooms lol! It’s just such a beautiful park.

    Ellie | http://www.scotchandstilettos.com

  • The slow pace

    I have a beautiful picnic basket with a Summery striped lining and since the weather here is usually terrible, I sometimes open it in the middle of my dining room just to look at it. If that’s not middle-age, I don’t know what is. Whatever, I just love my picnic basket!

  • Ah I absolutely love Richmond Park <3 We usually go for strolls in autumn as it is just so glorious when the leaves start to turn. Will have to take Matt and bear for a lil picnic too! Your dress is beautiful! Immy x


  • Beautiful location and amazing post! You truly make wonderful moments, what a lovely picnic.
    Much love xx

  • Aah this looks like such a lovely day! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  • I do love it here and great for kids. I got some of the best shots of my tot running through the long grasses here hehe


  • Ryan Corrigan

    Love that you enjoy Richmond park too! When we first lived in London we were in Richmond and would go to the park all the time as kids! We later moved west to Walton On Thames!

  • Kate

    I love such simple date ideas like this! Picnics are so easy and so wonderful…and taking my pupper is a wonderful way to make it extra fun!



  • Kate

    You certainly know how to do a picnic! Looks delicious, and the setting is perfect too. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • I can’t believe that this park, in the middle of London, is not swarming with tourists! I’d better go there quick before everyone else hears about it…

    Viv x

  • We had a picnic on Primrose Hill yesterday, but my poor Mr was left weeping and sniffing from his hay fever. Such a shame when he’s married to a proper country girl like me! We only did one picnic in Richmond last year but maybe we’ll make a little stop there in the next few weeks!

    Katie <3