Kensington Palace, London
|English tea in the Orangery.|
The Orangery, a columned building in the gardens next to the palace, was built for Queen Anne in 1704. It was designed as a greenhouse and summer dining room, with columns separating tall windows that admit vast quantities of sunlight into the long, narrow interior that now serves as a restaurant and café.
The Orangery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in peak season and until 5 p.m. from November through March. (It's closed from December 24-26.) Visit in the morning for coffee and pastries, or come for soups, salads, desserts, and other light foods during the luncheon hour. From mid-afternoon until closing time, the Orangery serves a traditional English tea.
Every now and then, the Orangery creates menus to honor special occasions. Example: For the 50th anniversary of D-Day in June, 2004, it began serving a "War Time Menu" based on WWII food rations and recipes.
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