A Gentleman's Mancation with a Butler Picnic at The Lanesborough

While it is fun to be a neanderthal and focus on fishing, hunting, drinking beer, and playing poker, the other side of having a great experience with the guys is to celebrate being a man in style.

If you are looking for an elegant, refined, and unique mancation, The Lanesborough hotel in London, UK might be the place for you. Not only is The Lanesborough one of the finest hotels in Europe, you can take this luxury experience a step further with a Butler Picnic this summer.

Follow it up with a visit to Sartoriani for a suit and a night sipping scotch at Albannach and you can complete the ultimate London mancation experience!

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From Jane Austen’s literary vignettes to Victorian England’s famed summertime gatherings, picnicking has long been considered a very British affair.  In celebration of this cultural affection, The Lanesborough in London will offer guests “Butler Picnics” between May and August 2010.  The property’s unmatched sense of elegance, proximity to Hyde Park and impeccable butler service ensure that The Lanesborough Butler Picnics offer the ultimate alfresco dining experience.

The Lanesborough will create beautiful bespoke hampers to suit all occasions; including romantic picnics á deux to fun-filled family gatherings. Savory menu highlights include deluxe summer-inspired canapés, Cornish poached lobster with Beluga mayonnaise and balotine of truffled foie gras with asparagus jelly washed down with chilled Taittinger rose champagne. To follow, relish in a Cropwell bishop stilton trifle with pear marmalade and oatmeal sablée or a scrumptious summer berry Rumtopf. Finish off the culinary extravaganza with The Lanesborough’s Artisan chocolates.  All will be served in an exquisite traditional hamper complete with crystal glasses, plates, linen, napkins and a large picnic rug.

To ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience, butlers will provide a personal consultation to modify each menu, ensuring that favourite dishes and drinks are harmoniously integrated. He will then deliver the hamper to the park and serve the gourmet banquet. Once finished, the butler will be a mere phone call away, ready to come clear up and bring everything back to the hotel - leaving you with all the more time to soak up your surroundings.

The butler picnics are completely bespoke and will be served in Hyde Park; the luxury Champagne picnic is priced at £250 per person. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance. For reservations, call the hotel on +011-44(0)20 7259 5599 or visit www.lanesborough.com

About the Area:

With its enviable location, situated on the borders of Knightsbridge and Belgravia, in the heart of London and with panoramic views of Hyde Park, The Lanesborough has long been considered one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Its elegant surroundings, exquisite cuisine, unsurpassed attention to detail and world-renowned service are second to none. The hotel’s recently launched restaurant, Apsleys a Heinz Beck Restaurant, was awarded its first Michelin star in February 2010.