Saturday, 18 June 2016

A Picnic With Mercure at Somerset House

#PicnicWithMercure June 2016 EventLast night was spent in the best possible way - a summertime #PicnicWithMercure at Somerset House!  After getting absolutely drenched on the journey there, the weather remembered it needed to be on its best behaviour and dried up just in time for me to be able to bring down my umbrella before arriving.  Mercure Hotels is a name I'm already familiar with having stayed at a few of the Accor Group hotels, though one that stands out was my food-loaded stay at the Queens Hotel Cheltenham (now MGallery) last summer - mmm, still dreaming of that afternoon tea!  For yesterday's picnic extravaganza, they truly picked the best location for the event; each and every step you took was watched from above by towering architecture.      
Somerset House entrance sign
Somerset House entrance architecture ceiling
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With the temperamental weather in mind, I wore a fairly simple outfit with a black fur-collared jacket at hand ready for any potential drop in temperature - I mean, this is England we're talking about!  One of my recent loves is buying shirts three sizes larger than needed to achieve the oversized look, without opting for the ready-made oversized shirts that tend to drape to the point of being unflattering.  Anyway, to my relief it was entirely weather appropriate as the sun came out, and stayed out.
Tom's Kitchen #PicnicWithMercure VIP Tent
Picnic with Mercure VIP tent
bar area with bottles lined up in a row
Mercure blog and press VIP event Somerset HouseThe VIP tent had great vibes and a brilliantly cheerful crowd, though with a delicious Tom's Kitchen picnic basket filled with treats in hand - and after enjoying a glass of prosecco, of course - I headed back out into the main Picnic area with my guest to soak up the chilled ambience.  Ah, surrounded by architecture and moving crowds once more.  I walked about to discover the various sources of entertainment the #PicnicWithMercure offered.  Some were making their own fresh smoothies on a Smoothie Bike while others were playing giant board games.  Personally, I was busy folding my body into a giant teapot ready for a snap by Fujifilm Instax UK - oh, what it is to be British...
Architecture of back of somerset house
Photography of London's somerset house
Blogger at Somerset House #PicnicWithMercure eventI've always been a bit of an 'observer' and so for a while I grasped the opportunity to simply sit and watch - this is far less creepy than it sounds, promise.  Happy guests meeting and greeting each other as they sat down underneath the sun to drink some of Mercure's Perfect Picnic Prosecco, and staff working the 5-8pm evening session with smiles on their faces. Everyone was so upbeat and cheerful, which kind of does the talking with regard to just how well the #PicnicWithMercure was received!
Somerset House #PicnicWithMercure event 2016
Mercure Hotel Picnic Sign
Summertime mercure picnic at somerset house
Mercure Hotels event with Tom's Kitchen picnic basketSo, the question is - what did I think of the Tom's Kitchen picnic hamper?  Incredible, totally incredible.  The variety was fab and featured a whole range of treats, including toffee popcorn and generous desserts, as well as healthy baguettes and salad options.  Put it down to my British heart, but there really is something very special about sitting down and cherry-picking from a picnic hamper - it resembles that feeling of opening your packed lunch box up as a kid.  What will you find? Who knows.  Seriously though, super impressed.
Fujifilm Instax for #PicnicWithMercure at Somerset House
Picnic hamper by Tom's Kitchen
Cranberry & Orange drink by Bottle Green
Lavender found in Tom's Kitchen picnic hamperOut of all the delicious options found in my Tom's Kitchen hamper c/o, my favourite item was most definitely the scotch egg. I've got a bit of a 'thing' for them this summer and so the enormous breadcrumb-covered scotch egg ticked all of the right boxes - as did the toffee popcorn!  I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a bag of popcorn, so it was a really nice treat to find a bag in the hamper waiting to be indulged in.
Toffee popcorn by Tom's Kitchen
Chocolate pudding by Tom's Kitchen in picnic hamper
Tom's Kitchen Picnic Hamper food flatlayThis event definitely helped start the weekend in just the right way - amazing food at an amazing location, which come to think of it is pretty much the Mercure way!

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
Somerset House

With love,

Gabrielle x


  1. Great report, amazing pictures!!!

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  2. beautiful pictures and what a great little picnic.

  3. Amazing photos!

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  4. This looks like such a lovely event!! I love picnics! :)

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  5. This sounds and looks like an amazing event and that picnic hamper looks brilliant. The toffee popcorn especially has really caught my eye.

  6. Oooh where was my invitation! Drooling over that picnic basket, OMG toffee flavoured popcorn! This must have been so much fun to attend. I'm curious how one makes smoothies from a bike (I could be imagining this scenario very, very wrongly though)


  7. What a lovely way to spend a weekend! That hamper looks like such a treat :)

  8. What a way to start a weekend! This looks lovely, and your outfit is seriously flawless. You're living the life Gabrielle!

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  9. i've been to london so many times but i managed to go to somerset house only this winter and i was immediately in love with the architecture. even inside is gorgeous!!
    the idea of this outside event is so so pretty - btw, i could eat everything from the last picture because the composition is on point and there is a bagel<333

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  10. SO lovely place to stay!!! *-*
    And what a delicious treats for a nice pic-nic! ^-^ I'm hungry now! >.<

  11. Beautiful photos,I'm sure you had a great time.I really like toffee popcorn and that picnic hamper is amazing!

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  12. The detail work on the ceiling of the hotel is amazing. I haven't attended a picnic since I was a child and by far your food options looked way better than the traditional picnic fare. Plus the added bonus is the alcohol and bar. Lol.

  13. What an amazing picnic ! I love your outfit and it's perfect for the tempremental weather we've had recently :) I was wondering, could you do a post on how you do your blog photography and get good photos ? I always love your photos and it would be so so helpful :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    1. Hey Marianne, thanks so much for your kind words about my photography! I may perhaps do a post like that later in the year, though in the meantime I could perhaps email you some tips? :)

      Gabrielle x

  14. Besides loving your outfit, all the photos from this picnic are just amazing! It really seems like you had an amazing time!
    Have a great week,

  15. Somerset House is just beautiful!! Looks like you had an amazing time and your outfit is gorgeous! x

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  16. It looked like a fabulous event. I really want some toffee popcorn now.

  17. Oh, I do love a picnic. That hamper sounds incredible! Sounds like so much fun and such beautiful surroundings x

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  18. such a fun event gabrielle! the entrance of somerset house is just beautiful and so is your outfit!

  19. This looks like such a fabulous event! You're right, it seems like a perfect start to the weekend Gabrielle!


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  20. That sounds like a lovely time. A lot of people think of parks and trees when they imagine a picnic but urban picnics are really nice too. Also - I don't think watching is creepy. I'm a people watcher too!


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  21. Tis the season for picnics and what a fabulous one you were invited to Gabrielle! Yum scotch eggs! The setting and scene looked so happening. I think I'd have been happy just to sit back and take it all in just as you did :)

  22. You look amazing with your hair down Gabrielle! And picnic sounds like an awesome idea for the glorious weather :) Glad you enjoyed :)

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  23. Amazing pics! Thanks for sharing darling! Love it!
    Happy Monday!
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  24. Unpredictable English weather, it is annoying, isn't it? Especially when you have some picnic plans :) It looks like a great event and food looks picnic perfect :) x

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  25. I'm glad that the sun stayed out for you, and you can't beat a good picnic in such lovely surroundings

  26. OMG, British weather, right?! Why can't it make up it's mind? Thank god it cleared up though. What a plush picnic! Wish I was there! Your photography skills are insanely beautiful!


  27. My fave vegetable crisps!!! Great event Gabrielle! and you look chilled and happy!
    Kira Is Wearing

  28. Amazing treats!

  29. Such a great idea for an event & I am so excited for you that you were invited to it, hon! That picnic hamper is packed with some serious yummy goodies :) That popcorn looks sooo delicious.
    Hope you had a fab weekend, Gabrielle!
    xox Nadia

  30. This looks like so much fun haha! Also your hair is absolutely gorgeous by the way x

  31. This picnic sounds so nice and so delicious!

  32. Amazing photography! And you look stunning as always ☺
    Nati xx

  33. Absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. this looks so fun <3 and of course you look amazing as usual again <3

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  36. Looks like a great place. Love the pictures and you look so gorgeous dear :) Love your hair :)

  37. Your picnic adventure at Somerset House looks so lovely! I haven't visited the house before even though I have heard so much about it, it does look beautiful and will have to pay it a visit sometime.

    Even though the location is shot in London the architecture doesn't look authentically British actually, if I were to glimpse at the interior I would say French or Roman, very unique and beautiful.

    The Tom's Kitchen Hamper looked delicious, lots of tasty treats in there that's for sure!

    Looks like you had such a lovely time and you look beautiful as always!

    Laura xo

  38. Wow! Such a pretty, beautiful place! I love your photographs!

  39. Looks like a lovely picnic!


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  40. Lovely place!

  41. You're so lucky!! You are around so many beautiful locations which allow for such great content. :) Keep the beauty coming!

  42. My goodness, this looks like my ideal summer picnic!:-)

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  44. Amazing pictures ♥

  45. Looks like a lovely event, and looks so delicious too! Need to have a picnic asap haha, such a charming thing! Xx

  46. I spy Erica! I was watching her snaps when she went to this, haha. Looks like a lovely event, I wish I lived in London so I could go to some!

    Your hair and legs go on for days. You're a stunner!

    Corinne x

  47. you look fantastic and the pictures are so beautiful

  48. Such beautiful photos - what an amazing building xx

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  49. Ahh so dreamy! I'm so happy you had an amazing time Gabrielle, the picnic sounds like the most magical event and Somerset House is absolutely stunning. The perfect summertime event for sure! <3

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  50. "I grasped the opportunity to simply sit and watch - this is far less creepy than it sounds, promise." LOL!!! That really cracked me up! :D

    What a lovely event in such a gorgeous location, dear! I'm so glad weather didn't ruin it. Oh well, the event looks so amazing that I doubt it could've been ruined at all. ;) The goodies from the picnic hamper seem so yummy!!

  51. It looks like a perfect way to spend a summer evening! And all of that food =o)

  52. This makes me miss being in London so much! I love your outfit and all of your pictures. You always capture every event you attend so beautifully.

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  53. The Somerset House is so grand!! Looks like you had a lovely time there, love your outfit!

  54. Looks like a wonderful event Gabrielle, I love the outfit too, the oversized shirt look really suits you. Have a great day! Gemma x

  55. This event looks incredible - what a way to kick off your week! I noticed the cupcake flower pots in the back and omgosh I die!!! You also look gorgeous - your hair still looks perfect even after the rain!!


  56. The event looks amazing and so much fun. Why don't we have something similar here or maybe there are none in the small town I live in? The picnic basket is brilliant, what a lovely selection of stuff.

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  57. What a fun + yummy event! Love the setting- and what you wore was perfect!

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  58. all that food looked yum and i'm an observer as well. i love to sit in the shade and just look at everything and relax x

  59. This place looks amazing! I love the pictures, too. Lovely blog<3

  60. What a nice picnic basket. Bottle Green sodas are the best (even though I wish they would make the bottles larger). I've also stayed at many Mercure hotels, because they're usually affordable and offers a decent standard for the price. Cool that they're doing picnics too:):)

  61. That looks amazing! I'm a bit of a foodie myself, so everything in the hamper looks absolutely delicious... Looks like you've had such an amazing time! xx


  62. What a fun and beautiful event! The picnic hamper really does look absolutely to die for...those sodas are so gorgeous!

  63. Great photos! What an amazing place to visit!


  64. I love picnics, and this looks like such a fun, cheerful event! Somerset House is such a fantastic location for a picnic, too. I adore scotch eggs too, and that toffee popcorn looks SO tempting.


  65. Such a lovely place. Amazing photos. :)

  66. Oh such a wonderful location and how lucky you were with the weather! TBH when it's sunny it is actually quite warm don't you think? You looked lovely and I can only imagine how delicious the hamper must have been (I love the Green Bottle Elderflower sparkling water!).

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  67. I love Somerset House! I remember seeing Jill Scott perform there some years back. Mercure Hotels is a respected brand. Having worked with Accor myself, at my day job I can really vouch for the. The hampers look yummy! (not a big fan of toffee popcorn though!)

  68. What a lovely way to spend a weekend! It looked like a fabulous event. The picnic hamper looks really good! Those Kettle vegetable chips, yum! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful event Hun!

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  69. Probably one of the best picnics ever! Everything looks delicious and I love your oufit!


  70. OMG! Gabrielle... you are so "evil"... you are making me really hungry now at 7pm in the evening here *_^ I can hear my tummy making funny noise, seriously! haha

    Luckily the weather made way for a picnic for you there, and yes, I would say, the outdoor with its interesting architecture and fresh air after the rain looks so much more enticing than the VIP tent (for me at least), I am also an observer, much like yourself there. Sometimes, it's fun to just watch and for me, take pictures at functions like this one.

    It is really looking quite an outing, especially that picnic basket there! Scotch egg??? I have not tried them before and they are screaming "EAT ME" to me, it seems (or is it my head imagining it now coz my tummy is doing the talking here?)

    Is that an ice cream there? I can't really tell, but if it is, it sure looks yummy *_^

    It is summer already?! I wish to have a picnic like this here, but the erratic weather here (hot and rainy) can be a challenge. By the way, I absolutely LOVE your oversized T-shirt look!! So casual chic and effortless.

    Hope you are having a fantastic week there!

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  71. why, I wouldn't mind attending this picnic myself. This place is pure magic...well, you never know, I hope this year I finally make it to England, I've been planning to visit it since forever.

    Anyway, you always look so lovely and pretty!!!! with that gorgeous mermaid hair....lovely pics.

    ...and I must add that the food looks very inviting. It seems you had a proper picnic!!!!

  72. It looks so lovely! And the building is sooo grand and amazing!:D

  73. Such beautiful pictures!

  74. It sounds like you had a lovely time! English weather eh! At least it cleared up and it was nice while you were there, I guess if it had to rain it chose the best time haha. That picnic hamper looks so cute, I want to eat everything! :) xx


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