For a day date in London, there are few pastimes lovelier than a romantic afternoon picnic, but the fun doesn’t have to wait until you get to the park. You might have a bottle of wine, but for a proper picnic, you’ll also need some fancy cheese, and there’s no better place to buy it than Paxton & Whitfield. A cheese lover’s paradise, very little about this charming shop has changed in its two hundred years of operation, save for an updated, display of wedges, wheels, and blocks of delicious cheese, delicately balanced in towering tributes to dairy. Confer with your date about your cheese-buying strategy before you get started. Do you want some specialty soft cheeses to spread on a slice of bread? There’s some excellent goat cheese here. Prefer something hard and crumbly with a caramel flavor? Several Goudas would fit the bill–ask for a sample. A chalkboard resting behind the counter can provide some guidance, although it’s best to square up with one of the black apron-sporting staffers who can settle any cheese debate. Take a walk alongside your guide as they explain the mild mustiness of Stilton, the dimpled softness of a young brie, or the artisan techniques that go into small-batch Irish imports like Cooleeney. Then, pick up some crackers and pack up your picnic basket. A beautiful day of loving glances and sophisticated cheese sampling under the springtime sun awaits.