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Recently we went to visit the awe-inspiring Selgascano designed Serpentine Pavilion where Fortnum & Mason has taken up residence, putting a fun, fresh and artisanal twist on alfresco eating.

Art & culture is deeply rooted in Fortnum & Mason, both in terms of championing emerging talent, and displaying a wide range of works of art for its flagship Piccadilly home. Until to October 18, Fortnum & Mason will be marking the Serpentine Pavilion’s 15th anniversary with a special partnership, offering its renowned food and drink to culture-seekers and visitors at the annual outdoor spectacle.

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This year the Serpentine Pavilion takes the form of giant multi-coloured translucent web structure, and Fortnum’s is right at the heart of it. From perfect picnicking, to London-made ice creams and light bites like no other, the menu has been created to embrace the great outdoors and match the splendour of its surroundings.

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The menu includes fresh salads and sandwiches, cakes and pastries, and an array of ‘Park Snacks’, all to be found within the Pavilion. We tried and tested Fortnum’s answer to afternoon tea on the go, the Hamperling, a popular outdoor food choice, which is a key component of their hospitality offering. Ours was delicious and we’d highly recommend it.

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Enclosed within a stylish, signature Eau de Nil box, one or two person Hamperlings include classic finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, miniature jars of raspberry jam, bestselling Royal Blend tea, and can come with or without champagne. Hamperlings also house picnics for two with fresh salads, Ploughman’s Pie and Scotch Eggs.

Fortnum’s have also catered for canines and will rustle up a number of special dog-friendly treats.

Fortnum & Mason
Serpentine Gallery (Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA)