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Visit Kensington Palace for a Royal Afternoon Tea in the Orangery

by | Dec 22, 2016

The Orangery, Kensington Palace, London
Enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Orangery, a royal pavilion in the splendid setting of London’s Kensington Palace Gardens.
People taking afternoon tea in the Orangery in Kensington Gardens
Stroll through Hyde Park and take Afternoon Tea at The Orangery in Kensington Palace Gardens
Kensington Palace is the only royal palace in London where you can enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea. You’ll find the elegant Orangery with its huge windows and smart white exterior, overlooking the palace gardens. On a warm summer’s day, the wide terrace is an ideal spot for peaceful al fresco dining in the city.

The interior of The Orangery, with its classical style, is impressive too. Afternoon Tea here is especially popular with visitors taking a palace tour but it’s open to all. Come for a bacon butty brunch after a power walk in Hyde Park or for lunch after a mooch around Notting Hill’s Portobello Road Market. The Foodie Travel Guide

Take Afternoon Tea in The Orangery

Built for Queen Anne in 1704, the Orangery is a beautifully proportioned light and airy garden pavilion. The building and its unique setting creates a sense of occasion for visitors coming for Afternoon Tea. Served on tiered cake stands, there are dainty finger sandwiches, fine patisserie and freshly baked scones with jam and cream, still warm from the oven. Choose from ten specialty teas or treat yourself to a glass of champagne.

Exterior of The Orangery Kensington Palace Gardens
The grand facade of The Orangery

Wonder at Princess Diana’s White Garden

One of the reasons to come for Afternoon Tea at The Orangery is to see the sunken garden created in memory of Princess Diana who lived at Kensington Palace. To mark twenty years since her death, The White Garden has been lovingly planted with more than 12,000 bulbs, including Tulipa Diana, Persian lilies, sweetly-scented wallflowers, narcissi and one of Princess Diana’s favourite flowers – the forget-me-not. The result is a stunning and serene display. Visit in April to see the spring flowers in full bloom. The garden will be dug up and replanted with summer flowers for her birthday on 1st July and to mark the 20th anniversary of her death in late August.

Princess Diana's White Garden Kensington Palace Gardens
Princess Diana’s White Garden
Dog Policy Mr Hendricks says,“They tell me that only service dogs are allowed inside Kensington Palace and in the formal gardens.”


How to Find The Orangery at Kensington Palace Gardens

Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4PX

The Orangery



Kensington Palace Entrance Tickets

  • Take a tour of Kensington Palace
  • Visit the Diana: Her Fashion Story Exhibition
  • See the Princess Diana White Memorial Garden (free)

Kensington Palace Afternoon Tea

  • Go for Afternoon Tea in The Orangery (open to all)
  • Go for Afternoon Tea or lunch or at a nearby hotel

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