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Looking for a lunch spot for dates, lunches with friends or a cheeky snooze under the plane trees? Dodge the big parks and go for a perfect picnic in a cute, lesser-visited spot. When the sun comes out, the likes of Green Park and Soho Square are always closely patchworked with picnic blankets and denim jackets spread out in the sunshine – but your own picnic doesn’t have to be as densely populated. From central London’s overlooked oasis Phoenix Gardens to South London’s Hilly Fields and the Thames-side riverbank greens of Richmond, there are dozens of little-known gems that are perfect for bakery-bought sandwiches and DIY cocktails. Here are our favourites.
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