ActivityThe Penny-Farthing and Picnic Experience

Celebrate British eccentricity with a picnic in Hyde Park and a historic penny-farthing bike ride through London

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To mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel has partnered with Tally Ho Experiences to bring guests a taste of Victorian life. The Penny-Farthing and Picnic Experience combines an al fresco feast created by the hotel’s chefs, with a quintessentially Victorian past time.

Guests will receive a picnic hamper laden with traditional British provisions, perfect for enjoying outdoors. They contain:

  • Ploughman’s sandwiches with Montgomery cheddar and Branston pickle
  • Smoked gammon ham and English mustard sandwiches
  • Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches
  • British artisan cheeses, assorted crackers and breads
  • Tomato, watermelon and cucumber salad with fresh mint
  • Ham and spring onion quiche
  • Victoria sponge, apple pie or lemon tart

After the picnic, guests will have the opportunity to learn to ride the most Victorian of contraptions – the penny-farthing bicycle. Tally Ho Experiences’ tutors will guide guests through the art of safely mounting, riding and dismounting a penny-farthing, in one of London’s quiet historic squares, before taking confident riders on a tour of Royal London, including cycling down Pall Mall to Buckingham Palace.

The Penny-Farthing and Picnic Experience is available on certain dates throughout the year at a cost of £165 per person. Standalone picnics can also be ordered for £40 per person, and for an additional charge of £30, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel will deliver, set up and collect the picnic hamper from Hyde Park.

Reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the hotel concierge on +44 20 7823 1234 or