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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

A visit to Kew Gardens wouldn’t be complete without an afternoon tea of scones and jam taken in Kew’s beautiful Orangery

Summer flower borders and temple at Kew Gardens Richmond London

Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 326 acres to explore

Kew Gardens is one of my favourite places to visit for a day out in London. Every time I go, I discover something new.

In winter, I love stepping inside the humid Palm House; in the autumn, taking the treetop walk; in the spring, watching its famous borders come alive with flowers; and in summer, picnicking in the grounds near Queen Charlotte’s cottage.

Part of the enjoyment of a day out at Kew is stopping for tea. I like to have a cream tea in the light and spacious Orangery restaurant. It feels like an extra treat and without the formality and ‘full works’ of a traditional afternoon tea, gives me more time to explore everything Kew has to offer.

Sally, Editor, The Foodie Travel Guide

Kew Gardens Visit & Afternoon Tea

  • Entrance to Kew Gardens
  • Explore all the attractions
  • Enjoy a Cream Tea or a slice of cake
  • Served with tea or filter coffee
  • Elegant Orangery restaurant
  • Lovely afternoon tea gift experience
  • e-voucher available

From Virgin Experience Days

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Visit Kew Gardens

Kew is one of Britain’s most popular attractions, visited by over 1 million people a year. They come to look up at the giant palms in the magnificent Victorian Palm House, to stroll around the gardens and to learn about the world’s largest living collection of plants, all punctuated, of course, by a stop at one of its many cafés and restaurants.

Visitors to Kew Gardens enjoying afternoon tea in the Orangery

The Orangery is the best place to stop for afternoon tea at Kew Gardens

Enjoy a Traditional Cream Tea in The Orangery

Of all the eateries at Kew, the most impressive is the Orangery. Originally filled with citrus trees, the 18th century building is Grade I listed. High ceilings and giant arched windows flood the restaurant with natural light. The Orangery offers a self service restaurant so this is the place to come for a relaxed afternoon tea in a grand setting. Enjoy the great British tradition of a cream tea. Choose either a scone with jam and cream or a slice of cake, served with a cup of tea.


Visitors on Kew Gardens Treetop Walk high above the trees

Explore the tree canopy on the Kew Gardens treetop walk

Visitors exploring the Palm House Kew Gardens

The Victorian Palm House at Kew Gardens

Explore Kew Gardens many attractions

There are 326 acres to explore in Kew Gardens so it’s hard to do it all in one day. The treetop walk is fun, especially if you have children with you. A stroll around the giant Palm House is a must, as is a visit to The Hive. This temporary 17 metre tall open air installation has over 1,000 LED lights. Designed as a unique, multi-sensory experience to highlight the extraordinary life of bees, it is both unique and mesmerising. In the summer months, visit The Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace  or take a tour of Kew’s kitchen garden which featured in the BBC series Kew on a Plate.

Cream Tea at Kew Gardens is served until 15.30. If the Orangery is closed for any reason, you can get a cream tea in Kew Gardens other cafés and restaurants.

Some of the attractions at Kew Gardens including Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, have seasonal opening times. Visit in the summer to be sure to see them.





Dog Policy

Mr Hendricks says, “They tell me that registered disability assistance dogs are very welcome in Kew Gardens.’”


Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE

Kew Gardens Visit & Afternoon Tea

  • Entrance to Kew Gardens
  • Explore all the attractions
  • Enjoy a Cream Tea or a slice of cake
  • Served with tea or filter coffee
  • Elegant Orangery restaurant
  • Lovely afternoon tea gift experience

From Virgin Experience Days


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