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The Orangery at Kensington Palace

Experience royally-inspired dining

Experience royally-inspired dining

Welcome to The Orangery, the royally-inspired dining experience where history and culinary arts meet.

Join us for an indulgent timeless afternoon tea, where you can find Queen Victoria's famed Victoria sponge, adorned with lashings of cream and jam - the essence of traditional indulgence. Or treat yourself to lunch with a sumptuous selection of signature dishes, each meticulously crafted to honour the rich tapestry of our history. If the weather allows, enjoy the sunny terrace with stunning panoramic views of the palace.

Opening times

Opening 01 May 2024

Preview reservations available from 29 March - 30 April

10 - 30 April: Afternoon Tea and lunch menu available.

Walk-ins available. 

Historic Royal Palaces members enjoy 10% off. Please show your membership card or confirmation email as proof of your membership. Pre-booking recommended.

Please note that the discount will not apply to the products that have been already discounted, for example, the set menu.

Contact us

Email us or call 020 3206 7780

ACCESS

The restaurant is fully accessible.

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The Orangery Menu

Discover our menu inspired by The Orangery itself and the culinary legacies of iconic royal figures such as Queen Anne and Queen Victoria.

The Orangery at Kensington Palace

Welcome to The Orangery at Kensington Palace, the royally-inspired dining experience where history and culinary arts meet.

Join us for an indulgent timeless afternoon tea, where you can find Queen Victoria's famed Victoria sponge, or treat yourself to lunch with a sumptuous selection of signature dishes.

Plate of food on a wooden table.

Sustainability

At The Orangery, sustainability is not just a buzzword - it's a way of life. We proudly source our ingredients from local artisans, ensuring the freshest produce while supporting our community. From British cheeses to ethically sourced meats, every element of our menu reflects our commitment to responsible dining.

Join us for an unforgettable culinary journey where history, heritage, and gastronomy converge to create an atmosphere of timeless elegance and unparalleled indulgence. 

Selection of food at The Orangery at Kensington Palace - someone pouring sauce on a dish.

Our local artisan suppliers

From reducing farm surplus with local growers to refusing airfreight for fresh produce, we prioritise sustainability, with an exclusive reliance on only British meats and cheeses and adherence to the Good Fish Guide for responsible seafood sourcing.

We take pride in sourcing ingredients from some of London’s finest local artisan suppliers who share our passion for brilliant food and drink - including Union Coffee, which is roasted in East London, and teas supplied by Hope & Glory, a small British company specialising in premium, organic, loose-leaf teas with strong sustainability credentials.

Dietary Requirements

We are happy to provide further detail on ingredients so that you can make informed decision as to whether the food is suitable for you. Members of staff are on hand to answer any questions regarding allergens in our dishes and an allergen is also available. 

Please visit the Eating page for more information.

History of The Orangery

Originally designed by the visionary architect Nicholas Hawksmoor in 1704, and later enhanced by the renowned Sir John Vanbrugh, The Orangery was commissioned by Queen Anne as a lavish greenhouse for her beloved orange trees in winter.

Over the years, it evolved into a magnificent 'summer supper house', hosting extravagant royal gatherings amidst the fragrant blooms of citrus.

Restoration in the 19th century

The Orangery was restored in the late 19th century when much of the panelling was replaced. The building's interior is decorated with panelling, cornice and 24 white Corinthian columns.

Ornate carvings by esteemed sculptor Grinling Gibbons are situated above the arches at either end of the room. Beneath them are niches containing four statues of female deities by Pietro Francavilla, bought by Frederick, Prince of Wales (father of George III) in 1751. 

Today, after undergoing restoration since 2017, this architectural gem is reopening its doors as a vibrant restaurant and terrace, ready to welcome its guests to an extraordinary British dining experience.

Ornate floral wood carvings on white wall
The Orangery logo

Members Go Free

10% off at The Orangery

Become a member at Historic Royal Palaces and enjoy a 10% discount at The Orangery, our shops and cafés, and gain access to exclusive events.

EXPLORE WHAT'S ON

  • Things to see
  • Exhibition

Untold Lives

A new exhibition at Kensington Palace, uncovering the forgotten stories of those who worked at the royal palaces over 300 years ago.

  • Until 27 October 2024
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Kensington Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

The Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace displays elegant floral planting and a statue of Diana, Princess of Wales.

  • Viewed from Cradle Walk only
  • Open daily, 10:00-18:00. Last entry 17.45.
  • Kensington Palace
  • Free
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  • Things to see

The Palace Gardens

Walk in the footsteps of royalty in the beautiful Kensington Palace gardens.

  • Open Daily
  • 10:00 - 18:00
  • Kensington Palace
  • Free
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