Today I enjoyed afternoon tea at a palace.
Yes. A real palace.
Within the vast landscape of Hyde Park lies Kensington Palace which has been home to an array of royals, including Queen Anne. During Queen Anne’s time at Kensington Palace many extensions were added including, what is now known as, The Orangery.
The Orangery was built as a space to entertain. Nowadays, it is still used for this purpose, from wedding receptions to afternoon teas.
As I walked down the drive towards the entrance of The Orangery I was struck by the gorgeous repetition of symmetry between the garden and the building. This made for The Orangery to have a luxurious and, yes, royal appearance.
This sense of luxury only continued upon entering the building due to the overwhelming amount of natural light, the decorative pillars, the excellent service and of course the delightful food.
I enjoyed The English Orangery Afternoon Tea which consisted of a series of sweet and savoury treats, and a choice from a variety of first class teas
I would recommend The Orangery to anyone visiting London. It is an affordable way to experience a luxurious afternoon tea in a beautiful setting.