One thing I knew I did not want to miss out on, while in London was going to afternoon tea at one of London's many tea rooms. As you may know, if you read this post, one of my favorite things in the whole world is going to afternoon with my girlfriends. There is just something so special, old fashion and ladylike about sitting with a group of ladies enjoying a pot of tea and some savories and sweets.
Once it was decided we would spend our free afternoon having tea, we just needed to figure out which reputable tea room we would go to.
One of my favorite bloggers, Lauren from Aspiring Kennedy, has a series that she calls To A Tea. Basically she visits tons of different tea rooms in London and then reviews them on her blog. Lauren is a fellow Texan, has the cutest little family ever, and is living life in Notting Hill. Plus she is a fabulous writer, so I knew her series would be the perfect search engine for where we wanted to have tea.
After a little research we settled on The Orangery at Kensington Palace. And it did NOT disappoint!
Why The Orangery? Well first and foremost Kensington Palace is the home of Will and Kate. So obviously that was a major draw, second in all of the pictures Lauren has posted about it it the food looked amazing, and third WILL AND KATE LIVE THERE isn't that reason enough?! It is also where Princess Diana lived before she passed and where Queen Victoria lived when she was still Princess Victoria the heir to the British throne.
Now I do have to say that the actual tea room is in a building all it's own right next to Kensington Palace, which was a slight disappointment because I thought it was literally inside of the palace. Nonetheless it was an absolute dream inside. But I'll let pictures speak for themselves.
(Sorry about the weird quality of the pictures. I got better with my camera as we went on)
I had made us reservations in advance so we didn't have to wait at all. You can make reservations at their website.
We each ordered the basic afternoon tea and had our own pot of tea. The china is absolutely gorgeous and you can even purchase it in the Palace gift shop. It is unique to the palace itself.
The actual tea service consisted of: A delicious array of tea sandwiches, including a very tasty chicken curry wrap. Two different scones: white raisen and plain with clotted cream and strawberry jam. And deserts of lemon and chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, and a small piece of traditional Victoria sponge cake. It was Queen Victoria's favorite cake for tea and since she lived in Kensington Palace before she became Queen it's only fitting that we be served a piece!
It really was an absolutely perfect afternoon. I would recommend afternoon tea at The Orangery to anyone who wanted to experience a tradition English tea while in London. You will love it! :)
I cannot wait to go back to England and try more tea rooms around the city!