Chocolate Kitchens

Chocolate Kitchens

The Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace

Come and visit the Chocolate Kitchens, opened for the first time in almost 300 years.

Only surviving royal Chocolate Kitchens

After falling out of use, the Chocolate Kitchen lay hidden for years. Reopened in February 2014, it is the only royal chocolate kitchen in Britain and an astonishing survival. As part of the Baroque building at Hampton Court Palace, the Chocolate Kitchen was built for William and Mary, around 1689, but mainly served the Georgian kings. We follow the story of chocolate made for George I by his own personal chocolate maker Thomas Tosier.

Explore the story of chocolate in England, the chocolate makers and how they made chocolate, and the Chocolate Kitchen rooms themselves. Discover how we conserve and care for each room, and the beautiful equipment used to serve chocolate to kings. You can even try making your own Georgian chocolate from our easy to follow recipes and watch our chocolate cookalong.

Live cookery at the Chocolate Kitchens

In 2014 our historic chefs will be in the Chocolate Kitchens hosting Georgian chocolate making sessions, so visitors can learn more about the elaborate and complex processes used to create the King's luxury chocolate drink. Chocolate making will be one of many live historic cookery events this year at Hampton Court.

Find out more about live historic cookery at the palace >

Play King William's Chocolate Challenge game >

You can also visit Fountain Court café during the summer to sample one of the earliest hot chocolate recipes yourself.

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