To A Tea: The Orangery at Kensington Palace

Obviously, I want to be friends with Kate Middleton.

Excuse me, the Duchess of Cambridge.

We live so close by each other,
we're both tall, &
we both have brown hair.

It just makes sense.

And obviously, she wants to be my friend, too.

Her wedding dress had lace sleeves like mine
{I don't mind that she copied me},
and she jumped on the baby train right after I did,

It's nice to know the feeling is mutual.

So until our paths collide
and we become the best of friends
pushing our prams around Kensington High Street,
browsing the sale racks of Reiss together,
and sipping tea from their royal apartment in Kensington Palace...

I'm happily settling for afternoon tea at
The Orangery
at Kensington Palace.

Pretty much the same thing...
minus the whole 
"hanging out with the Princess" bit.

Either way,
if you come to London
and find yourself having tea at the Orangery,
you won't feel like you've settled in the least.

In fact, you may feel a bit like royalty yourself.


at Kensington Palace

While Kate might be everyone's first choice
for companionship over tea at The Orangery,
I was lucky to share my afternoon
with long-time blogging friend, Ashley,
and her adorable daughter, Claire,
who were in town visiting from Senegal.

It was a lovely afternoon, 
and the chilly weather even behaved enough
to give the place some 
gorgeous sunlight for our little date.

The Orangery is a gorgeous tea room
and the setting is perfectly palatial
with clean walls
and bright floral arrangements.

The afternoon tea is £19
and includes all the trimmings 
expected at afternoon tea.

{Sandwiches, scones & cakes served with a pot of tea.}

Or you can opt for the cream tea for £9...
which will get you a pot of tea + two scones 
served with jam and cream.

Though it's only served on a small plate and is a bit less glorious in presentation,
if that matters to you.

You can also order food off of their seasonal menus
if you'd rather opt for something a bit more substantial.

The setting really is perfect though.

Not too girly that you can't bring a man...
in fact, there were more men present here
than any other "tea room" I've visited.

But it's also perfect for an afternoon of catching up 
and lingering over sweets with friends.

And if you can snag a table outside in the summer,
well... I think you'd really be feeling like a princess.

And yes...
as this picture proves,
I am taller in real life than most people think.

5'10" and 9 months pregnant, folks.


If this place isn't your cup of tea,

you can check some of my other blogs
about places to have tea in London here.

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on March 20, 2013 and filed under "London", "hot tea", "tea time".