Orangery Yard Project

Orangery Yard Project

As an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces manages the areas of Kensington Palace which are open to the public: the State Apartments, public exhibition spaces, shop, café, the Orangery restaurant, and the gardens directly surrounding the palace.

We are currently exploring the possibility of creating a new building behind the restaurant which would provide dedicated storage and improved access to selected items from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, new kitchens and facilities for the Orangery restaurant, and office space for operational staff.

As part of this project, we plan to carry out conservation work on the Grade I listed Orangery and create a new 18th century-style garden to the south, which will beautifully frame views of the historic building.

The new facility at the rear of the Orangery will provide a more elegant solution to the restaurant’s kitchens and service areas, replacing the accumulation of temporary structures. The setting to the north will be improved, echoing an 18th century yard that used to exist in this area, thus restoring the Orangery’s surrounding landscape.



We will be carrying out archaeological investigations on the site before work begins, and our plans will preserve the structure and heritage status of the listed Orangery building. Subject to planning permission, we hope to start works in January 2018 and anticipate that the construction of the new facility, conservation work and landscaping will take just over two years, with the new building completed in 2020.

If you would like further information about the Orangery Yard project at Kensington Palace, please email the project team at

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