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The History Of British Picnicking

Come spring all I can think about is having a picnic. It used to be one of my favorite things to do when I lived in the UK. While I was living in Bristol studying at university, a group of us used to make cucumber and cheese and Branston pickle sandwiches, buy a bottle of wine and head to the canal with a blanket. It was a great way to watch the day slip away and have a little gossip.

Now that spring is on its way, these memories are slipping back and making me lust for a great countryside to nestle into with a sweet picnic. It’s astonishing that picnics evolved from the Renaissance era, when the medieval hunting feast used to be taken outside and laid on the floor to enjoy. This spring I will definitely be trying to bring a little taste of Britain to America by having some British-inspired picnics.

British Picnic

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Jess -April 6, 2013, 10:26AM


I am studying abroad in London in the fall for my Master’s degree, and I was wondering if you had any suggestions for places to go or things to do in the city or surrounding areas?? Where should I picnic? :)


Charlotte -April 6, 2013, 5:05PM

I’m patiently awaiting a Flagship UK store in London!!

Paula -April 6, 2013, 8:40PM

Just had a picnic today! But it’s autumn here in Chile (:

clare lower -October 3, 2013, 2:32PM

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