Nonna’s Deli Picnics
What: Gordon Ramsay-trained chef Angela Hartnett launches luxury packed lunch boxes, including a freshly prepared main course, two side orders and a dessert (£17).
Why: We’ll have roasted free-range chicken with truffle mayonnaise and chocolate brownies, thanks.
When: Squashed sarnies and soggy biscuits won’t do.
Where: Available to pick up from Nonna’s Deli at York & Albany, 127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS (020 7255 9254).
What: Reserve your spot at the Roald Dahl-themed outdoor event featuring a Willy Wonka Wonderland, Oompa Loompas and indie bands (Animal Kingdom, Los Albertos), as well as late-night cabaret and film, karaoke and a vintage tearoom.
Why: Scared of roughing it? Tipis (available to hire) have queen-size beds, electricity and security.
When: 18-21 June.
Where: Secret location in Cirencester to be revealed to ticket holders. Tickets (£90) online at winterwell.co.uk.
The Periscope Post
What: Recently launched news website summarizes major British and European stories and interesting commentary into short, succinct articles to keep you well-informed.
Why: It’s what everyone is talking about.
When: Celebrity gossip isn’t going to cut it at the dinner table.
Where: Online at periscopepost.com.
Open Garden Squares Weekend
What: Explore 200 private residential outdoor spaces, including St. Mary’s secret garden and Eaton Square.
Why: Take a picnic, get a guided tour, buy refreshments and discover what’s behind the gates for one weekend only.
When: Sat. & Sun. Times vary.
Where: Various locations around London. Tickets (£9) at Britain and London Visitor Centre, 1 Lower Regent St., SW1Y 4XT.
Villeroy & Boch Summer Sale
What: Up to 75 per cent off ceramics, glassware, fine china and cutlery, including the French Garden tableware range and Piemont knives and forks.
Why: Get yourself a grown-up kitchen on a budget.
When: Today-10 July. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 267 Merton Rd., SW18 5JS (020 8875 6060).
Photo: Courtesy of York & Albany