To A Tea: The Orangery at Kensington Palace

Obviously, I want to be friends with Kate Middleton.

Excuse me, the Duchess of Cambridge.

We live so close by each other,
we're both tall, &
we both have brown hair.

It just makes sense.

And obviously, she wants to be my friend, too.

Her wedding dress had lace sleeves like mine
{I don't mind that she copied me},
and she jumped on the baby train right after I did,

It's nice to know the feeling is mutual.

So until our paths collide
and we become the best of friends
pushing our prams around Kensington High Street,
browsing the sale racks of Reiss together,
and sipping tea from their royal apartment in Kensington Palace...

I'm happily settling for afternoon tea at
The Orangery
at Kensington Palace.

Pretty much the same thing...
minus the whole 
"hanging out with the Princess" bit.

Either way,
if you come to London
and find yourself having tea at the Orangery,
you won't feel like you've settled in the least.

In fact, you may feel a bit like royalty yourself.


at Kensington Palace

While Kate might be everyone's first choice
for companionship over tea at The Orangery,
I was lucky to share my afternoon
with long-time blogging friend, Ashley,
and her adorable daughter, Claire,
who were in town visiting from Senegal.

It was a lovely afternoon, 
and the chilly weather even behaved enough
to give the place some 
gorgeous sunlight for our little date.

The Orangery is a gorgeous tea room
and the setting is perfectly palatial
with clean walls
and bright floral arrangements.

The afternoon tea is £19
and includes all the trimmings 
expected at afternoon tea.

{Sandwiches, scones & cakes served with a pot of tea.}

Or you can opt for the cream tea for £9...
which will get you a pot of tea + two scones 
served with jam and cream.

Though it's only served on a small plate and is a bit less glorious in presentation,
if that matters to you.

You can also order food off of their seasonal menus
if you'd rather opt for something a bit more substantial.

The setting really is perfect though.

Not too girly that you can't bring a man...
in fact, there were more men present here
than any other "tea room" I've visited.

But it's also perfect for an afternoon of catching up 
and lingering over sweets with friends.

And if you can snag a table outside in the summer,
well... I think you'd really be feeling like a princess.

And yes...
as this picture proves,
I am taller in real life than most people think.

5'10" and 9 months pregnant, folks.


If this place isn't your cup of tea,

you can check some of my other blogs
about places to have tea in London here.

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. LOVE the Orangery! We sat outside on the terrace and had tea back in August. Such lovely scenery! And Kate totally stole your dress...just like she stole my hair. :)

  2. I cannot wait to check out the Orangery next time we are in London. I could totally see being besties with Kate too. I love her. I forget how much taller than me you are...I'm just a shortie at 5'3" :P By the way thank you for inspring Kate on her dress choice and for bringing sleeves back.

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  3. Your tea posts are always mouthwatering,keep them coming please.
    It is true that for some reason you don't strike as tall on the photos,do you always surround yourself with giants? lol,X

  4. I can't take the tea posts anymore- they always make me so hungry! I always end up looking at my lunch & get grumpy about it :)

    However I am now mentally planning a tea tour of London for some point in my life.

  5. Oh my gosh, I'm tall too! Here I thought I was the only freak of nature at 5'10" with all my friends chest height...its so nice to see I'm not the only one! :) (obv I knew this but you know...its still nice to see others tall like me)

  6. looks lovely! And I'm a huge fan of Kate too... I always tell my husband that I'm friends with her, she just doesn't know it yet :)

  7. OKay your visits to tea are making me miss ENgland and needing to book a visit to tea.Hope you are loving every minute with that beautiful baby girl!

  8. my first tea time experience was at The Drake in Chicago. it was divine, but i feel it probably pales in comparison to The Orangery. prior to that though, i had literally no appreciation for lemon curd. which is criminal.

    p.s. 5'10"? dang girl. i'm only 5'8".

  9. Beautiful post. A wonderful place that you can take your wee girl to in the future!

  10. This looks gorgeous! And pretty affordable too!
    XO, Rachel
    With Love, Rachel

  11. Love a good tea place and this one does look like it would make me feel like a fancy princess. I like. -Heidi

  12. I didn't know you were so tall! I'm 5'11 so it's nice to know a fellow tall girl.

    Style to Stage

  13. Can I tag along? Haha. I want to go to this place RIGHT now. :) Those sweets look amazing..and tea sounds so good right now. ((At work-and raining.))

  14. Oh wow, you are a LOT taller than I imagined! And when Kate accepts your invitation, I'm inviting myself along... just letting you know! ;)

  15. You are supermodel tall! I'm a shorty (5'2") and would love to trade places for a day :) Ashley did the stationery for our wedding; I just love her!!!

  16. Of course this looks wonderful. I keep saying that about every post on afternoon tea/high tea that you post though. Then today I remembered, I am recently diagnosed with Celiac disease! Do they ever do gluten-free cakes or sweets at any of these places? Totally dashes my lifelong high tea love with the thought of no more cakes!


  17. This looks lovely! Orangeries are amazing, they are always such beautiful buildings. I would look like a real shortie next to you- I'm only like 5'3"!!! x

  18. So precious. I know Ashley loved seeing you. I feel inadequate. I'm very short. 5'1.

  19. Why didn't I do this when I lived in London?! Kicking myself, this looks so lovely. If you even make it over to Ireland for a weekend though, Ashford Castle has a great royal-feeling tea.

  20. Oh my word, I had a feeling you were tall but I had no idea you were quite that tall!! I think Ashley and I are the same height. I think it's so lovely that you two finally got to meet and hang out…even if I'm obnoxiously jealous. ;)

  21. You and the Duchess are basically besties. You can call her whatever you want.

    Gorgeous photos, my love. So very perfect.

  22. Well if you and Cambridge need another friend for tea count me in! Love your photos!

  23. This looks so lovely!

    I am hoping to visit London, sooner than later, with my hubby and I shall join you and Kate for tea time. :) I've always dreamed of a perfectly British afternoon tea!

    Side note: I love that carnations are not a bad thing in the UK...they really are so pretty. Trying to convince people of that in the South is a lost cause.

  24. Lovely post. Wish tea was a bigger thing in the states. Tall is gorgeous! I'm 5'10 too and my daughters ask me all the time if they will be as tall as I am. I hope they are. Tall people go far...and you are a prime example! ;)

  25. Ohhh, it looks fantastic! Love the ambiente of the place!
    And how gorgeous you look on the last picture!!

    Love from Germany


  26. I am just shy of 5'10" and always feel so giant in all pictures with my sisters in law (both are around 5'4"). All us tall girls need to take more pictures with other girls our height to avoid looking abnormally tall! :)

  27. Oh my goodness, I love Ashley! And I love that this place isn't too girly. My husband loves hot tea, but would never go to a tea room unless it what more like a cafe.

  28. What a wonderful way to catch up with a friend! And the treats look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing - I'll be sure to visit next time I'm in town. And I hope you and your family are doing well!

  29. Love all the tea posts, as I do have to make a selection before our trip in June. But, what is really cracking me up is that you are so tall! How did I not know that?! It sounds like I'm not the only one who didn't realize that. I'm usually in heels, so I might reach your chin! :)

    Thinking of you and hoping that you, Tyler and Viola are doing well. Just returned last night from Dallas. I always love going as it just sort of fills me up.

    Big hugs to you and your family!
    xoxo Elizabeth


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