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.Sally, Editor, The Foodie Travel Guide
Kensington Palace Afternoon Tea
- Take a tour of Kensington Palace
- Visit the Diana: Her Fashion Story Exhibition
- See the Princess Diana White Memorial Garden
- Go for Afternoon Tea in The Orangery (open to all)
- Go for Afternoon Tea or lunch or at a nearby hotel
From Virgin Experience Days
Great for tourists
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.
Princess Diana’s Memorial Garden
Tour Kensington Palace former home of Queen Victoria
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.
- You don’t need to buy an entrance ticket for Kensington Palace to go for Afternoon Tea in The Orangery. It’s open to all
- The White Garden is also free to the public and will be at its best between April and September
- Virgin Experience Days offer packages including entrance to Kensington Palace and Afternoon Tea at a luxury hotel nearby
- Have a drink afterwards in the company of flamingos at nearby Kensington Roof Gardens, owned by Richard Branson
- Walk through Hyde Park to Notting Hill to visit The Ginstitute or The Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising.
- Discover more about royal dining by visiting Windsor Castle Kitchen and the Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace
- Afternoon Tea at Kew Gardens is also served in a beautiful Orangery
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
Afternoon Tea in The Orangery
Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4PX
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