If you're heading to London at any point during the summer then you'll discover loads of great stuff going on all over the city, and while that's certainly no bad thing, you'll probably find that all that action makes you pretty hungry.
Of course, there's never any shortage of great places to eat in the capital, although every now and then it's nice to have a bit of a change and dine al fresco.
That's not to say you shouldn't take the opportunity to sample London's top restaurants when you're in town, but enjoying the odd picnic as well is a fantastic way to soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city while restocking your energy supplies at the same time.
One place that's always popular with picnickers is Greenwich Park, which contains an enormous hill. From the top it's possible to see the entire London skyline, making this a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy your packed lunch, as it means you won't have to take a break from sightseeing while you eat.
What's more, Greenwich Park is surrounded by many of London's top visitor attractions, such as the Royal Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory – the latter of which actually sits in the park itself, at the top of the hill.
Another excellent spot for a picnic is Hampstead Heath, which is one of London's most serene green spaces. With a mix of open fields and wooded areas, it will make you feel like you're out in the countryside rather than in a big city, although if you climb to the top of Parliament Hill you'll be rewarded with an amazing view of the capital.
There are of course plenty of other excellent places to enjoy a spot of al fresco lunch, with the likes of Hyde Park, Regent's Park and Primrose Hill all being terrific options.