This summer I hoped to picnic in Greenwich Park and I really thought it might happen so I added it to my summer bucket list. But alas, it was not to be, there was so much else going on we just didn't have time to fit it in. But thankfully my summer wasn't picnic-less as the lovely people at JoeBlogs invited me to a picnic at the Tower, hosted by Guoman Hotels.
I love a picnic and I thought I'd share what I think are the best things about picnics.
1. Eating and drinking
Well obviously one of the best things is the eating and drinking, especially if you haven't prepared it. Picnics provide the perfect excuse to try tiny food and to eat a lot of it. It's also perfectly ok to eat food in the wrong order, because you're just picking. In fact picnics are great for grazers.
At the #PicnicAtTheTower we started with Pimms and soon our individual picnic boxes arrived. They included the scrummiest selection of mini-pastries you could possibly imagine. And the daintiest selection of finger sandwiches. I really did want to dive into the cakes as soon as I saw them, but as I was with people I didn't know too well I took the conventional route.
When I got home and MOH saw these pictures he couldn't believe I'd eaten all those cakes. Well actually he could. He knows me and cake.
2. Choosing a spot
Yes picnic food is certainly number one on my list of the best things about picnics. And that's closely followed by choosing the best spot. I have to say that with an impressive view of Tower Bridge and the Thames, the Tower Hotel seem to have this pretty well sewn up. Our picnic was on The Lawn just in front of the hotel, a fun area for some al fresco socialising.
And if picnics are about fun for you then there were giant board games to entertain you - who could resist a giant Connect4 or giant Jenga?
3. The weather
Definitely number three on my list is the weather. Sadly it seems you can't have it all and on this occasion it was the weather that was sacrificed. It meant I wasn't quite ready to replicate the 1973 sculpture of the girl with a dolphin, even if there'd been any dolphins hanging around. But I did get a chance to admire the sculpture.
Thanks to Joe Blogs and Guoman Tower Hotel for a fun-filled and very tasty evening.