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Afternoon Tea in London at the Orangery in Kensington Palace

15 Oct 15

Afternoon Tea in London at the Orangery in Kensington Palace

15 Oct 15

An afternoon at the Kensington Palace’s Orangery is the sweetest way to embrace one of England’s oldest traditions: high tea. 

Orangery Plates - Credit: The Orangery Website
The beautiful greenhouse was built for Queen Anne in 1704 to protect her citrus trees from harsh winter frosts. With its towering glass windows and a large terrace opening onto Kensington Gardens, the Orangery Tearooms now act as a beautiful setting for an afternoon of indulgence.

William and Kate we are not, but the charming waiters treated us like royalty. They found us the perfect table in it’s own alcove window, and helped us overwhelmed Australians choose which menu we wanted to go for. With views across the garden and the company of family, it was a sweet treat in every sense.

Tea arrived and the table was soon scattered with intricately decorated china teacups surrounding tiered cake stands. Each level was laden with an assortment of treats and finger sandwiches. Which should we try first? I went for a cucumber sandwich - the greatest things ever invented and a testament to the fact that the simplest combinations are usually the best ones. 

Make a day of it
Work up an appetite with a tour of the royal residence of Kensington Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and little George, which is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm. 

If the weather permits, take the opportunity to walk off the sweets with a stroll around Kensington Palace Gardens and journey into Hyde Park itself.

Orangery Flowers - Credit: The Orangery Website

 Reservations
Reserve a table online via the Orangery Kensington Palace Website

 

Menus
English Orangery Afternoon Tea is £26 per person.

Royal Afternoon Tea is £32-36 per person depending on your choice of (alcoholic) beverage.

Afternoon Tea with no gluten-containing ingredients is also available for £26 per person.

Top Tip
The Orangery is a deliciously Christmassy venue for tea, lunch or dinner. To celebrate the Christmas season, they offer turkey and cranberry sandwiches, Christmassy pastries and a seasonal glass of mulled wine or Laurent-Perrier champagne – as well as a Christmas tree!

 Orangery Garden - Credit: The Orangery Website
Getting to the Kensington Palace
Nearest underground stations: High Street Kensington or Bayswater.

By bus: 70, 94, 148, 390 to Bayswater Road or 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, and 452 to Kensington High Street.

By taxi: Taxis will take you through Kensington Gardens and all the way up to The Orangery via Jubilee Walk (accessed by Orme Square Gate off Bayswater Road).

Accommodation
Looking for a London holiday home next to the Royal Palace? These vacation rentals with royal addresses are just round the corner, so you too can experience life in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

 

 

Prince's Square: £235 per night, sleeping 4 guests 

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Queen's Gate:  £180 per night, sleeping 2 guests

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