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Refreshments and food to enjoy at this stylish royal residence

Refreshments and food to enjoy at this stylish royal residence

The Palace Café and The Kensington Palace Pavilion offer a wide range of delicious food and drink.

You do not need a palace admission ticket to enter either.

Kensington Palace Pavilion and Tea Room

The Pavilion is the only place in London where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the grounds of a royal palace. Steeped in 300 years of royal history, The Pavilion is the perfect place to enjoy the English tradition and elegance of an afternoon tea.

The Pavilion is open to all – you do not require a palace admission ticket. We accept cash and card payments.

Opening times

  • From 01 November, Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00–16:00


  •  01 December 2023

Please note The Pavilion will temporarily close from 24 December 2023 and reopen in the new Orangery in spring 2024.

Please check upcoming closures before you travel.


View our menu (PDF)

Book a table

We advise booking in advance via Opentable. Alternatively, we accept walk-ins depending on availability.

Find out more about the Pavilion
Afternoon tea at Kensington Palace Pavilion

The Palace Café

The Palace Café is the perfect place to stop and relax for a quick bite or refreshment after a visit to the palace. We offer a range of hot drinks, refreshments, sandwiches and cakes.

You do not need a palace admission ticket to enter the café.

Opening times

  • From 13 December, Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00-16:00
    Last entry 15.45

We accept cash and card payments.

Kensington Palace cafe with cake display, including Victoria sponge

Dietary requirements

We strive to offer a personalised service at Kensington Palace. Like every catering establishment, our menu dishes are prepared in environments that are not totally free from allergen ingredients. While we endeavour to prevent this as far as possible, the nature of an allergen means we cannot fully guarantee that cross-contamination may not have occurred.

We are happy to provide further detail on ingredients and how they are handled to allow you make an informed decision as to whether the food is suitable for you. Should you have concerns about the ingredients in our dishes, please do not hesitate to ask a member of our staff regarding allergens in any of our dishes. An allergen folder is also available should you have any questions.

We can provide allergen information on the 14 major allergens - lupin, mustard, molluscs, nuts, peanuts, crustaceans, fish, egg, celery, sulphur dioxide, soybean, milk, sesame, gluten.


Why not bring a picnic and a comfy blanket and enjoy a relaxed lunch with friends in the grounds of Kensington Gardens?

Please do not bring your own food to eat inside our café, but you are welcome to eat your own food outside.

Inside the buildings

Food and drink are not allowed within the confines of the building, except for designated eating areas.


Food is our passion, and we want it to be as respectful of the environment as can be! This is why, it is at the centre of all we do, reducing our food waste, using a greenest supply chain, local sourcing and committing to a larger plant-based offer.

We love to tell stories through our food and drink, we use our creativity to link our food to the unique visitor experience. We understand the role great food can play in a family day out and our extensive menus can provide you with everything you need.

Our food is inventive, global, and memorable yet accessible to all. We source seasonal food using local suppliers through our London larder, a specially selected group of local suppliers whose commitment to quality in their field is unmatched. Their products give our menus a sense of place, one that reflects our London heritage and base.

The Pavilion Restaurant and Tea Room. Situated opposite the sunken garden, afternoon tea on the terrace at Kensington Palace.

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