The Royal Kitchens

Discover more about these historic royal kitchens, the servants who worked in them and Georgian culinary life.

Discover more about these historic royal kitchens, the servants who worked in them and Georgian culinary life.

When

  • Closed until 05 April 2019

Ticketing information

The Royal Kitchens are currently closed for the winter season and will re-open on 05 April 2019.

Included in Kew Gardens admission

The Georgian Royal Kitchens

Next door to Kew Palace, the royal kitchens remain miraculously preserved, 200 years after they were last used.

The Royal Kitchens evoke life on the 6 February 1789, when George III was given back his knife and fork, after his first episode of ‘madness’.

The Kitchen Garden

First experience the little kitchen garden, with neat vegetable beds laid out between gravel paths, and fruit trees climbing the walls. This gives a flavour of what the Georgian kitchen gardens were like - when they were in use the real kitchen gardens were enormous and stood alongside the Kew Road.

Once inside, you’ll see four preparation rooms where bread was baked, fish/meat was stored and vegetables were washed. See the lead-lined sink where scullery boys would spend hours scouring pots and pans with sand and soap.

The Great Kitchen

Open the original 18th century split door to reveal the Royal Kitchens' most impressive space: a double-height room, complete with a roasting range, charcoal grill and pastry oven.

Projections and sounds bring the space back to life, showing the complete experience of this working room in its former glory.

The Clerk's Office

Upstairs, the kitchens were ruled over by the Clerk, who had day-to-day responsibility for feeding the enormous Royal Household. His office has been furnished to the way we think it looked in February 1789, when the king was recovering from his first illness.

Nearby, the waft of spices will drift from the dry larder or spice cupboard, which is kept locked. When opened with a special key, a treasure house of expensive items; sugar, cinnamon, wine and other luxuries we take for granted today, will be revealed.

The Royal Kitchens, looking north-west. Showing desks and ledgers in the Clerk's Office. 

The kitchens were built to serve the royal family when they stayed at Kew. They were in use  1789-1818.

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