Though largely dominated by tourists, Kensington Palace Orangery retains all the grandeur you’d expect from a former royal, alfresco entertainment space. Imposing colonnades, vaulted ceilings and a spacious terrace make it a lovely place to stop for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.
The latter is a relatively simple affair, with a fixed selection of sandwiches, scones and either tea (a good range) or coffee. The basic version costs £24; adding alcohol bumps it up to £30.50 for Pimm's or £34 for a glass of Laurent-Perrier NV champagne.
Breakfast focuses mainly on standard pastries, cereal, and egg dishes including a full English for £11.95. Lunch options are more extensive, modern-style cooking with an admirable emphasis on buying British produce including London smoked salmon and the wonderful charcuterie from Trealy Farm. There are British beers and a short wine list for those thirsting for alcohol. Whatever you eat or drink, however, the whole experience is elevated unquestionably by the incredible backdrop.
Once the setting for Queen Anne’s sophisticated court entertainment, its soaring ceilings and classical eighteenth-century architecture are a magnificent backdrop for the restaurant’s simple and honest menu of delicious English dishes.
Relax as you take your seat in the light and airy dining room and look out over the peaceful lawns and clipped-tree avenues. On special occasions our classical harpist will be in residence, adding another dimension to The Orangery’s uplifting, quintessentially English experience.
|Venue name:||Kensington Palace Orangery||Contact:|
The Orangery, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens
|Opening hours:||open from 10.00 to 18.00, seven days a week Breakfast: 10:00 – 11:30 Lunch: 12:00 – 14:00 Afternoon tea: 12:00 – 18:00|
|Transport:||Tube: High Street Kensington or Queensway tube|
|Price:||Main courses £8.75-£13.50. Set tea £15.15-£34.45|
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Average User Rating
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I was pleasantly surprised at how affordable & accessible this venue was. After seeing the Diana exhibition we were in need of some refreshments. The cafe at Kensington Palace was packed to the rafters & a bit of a bun fight to get a seat. We went to the Orangery not expecting to get a table but were blessed to be seated immediately. It is such a refined & elegant space. Even though we only had soup (delicious!) & a glass of wine it still felt like a real treat. The afternoon teas looked amazing (I spied a mini battenburg cake!) & were half the price other up market venues like The Ritz. I shall be back soon..
Amazing service with a great and thoughtful restaurant manager. the food was great especially scones.
Their afternoon tea is a truly luxurious experience... it's got a Royal touch too given the location, so a great pic for tourists.
We had a lovely, lovely experience at The Orangery over the bank holiday weekend. Manger Lukas took time to answer questions, give suggestions about things to see in London and make the experience very special for us. Especially for my mom. My dad passed away recently and Lukas took the time to hear about her first visit to The Orangery, many years ago with my dad. Our family has always felt The Orangery was special, but this perfect afternoon tea is one we will remember for a very long time.
My husband & I went to the Orangery when we went to London in Nov 2012. It was the most beautiful experience that we had. The food, service & their tea was just unbelievable. I wish I had asked what kind of tea it was. Everything was just great. Service was great also.
I really am surprised by some of the reviews below. We went to the orangery in September and it was wonderful..The staff were extremely good, helpful and friendly, but not intrusive. Personally, I found the prices good for afternoon tea in London, and the quantity of food perfect for afternoon tea, a light offering of delicious, quality food along with a nice glass of champagne. My friends and family, who are not from London, enjoyed it and my wife and will certainly be returning.