Updated: Jul 12, 2018
What do you think of when you think of London? Maybe the queen? Maybe the double decker buses? There are so many defining characteristics of London that stand out from anywhere else in Europe. One of those things for me is the abundance of high teas. How exactly do you choose one? Well, I think no matter where you go, you can't lose. For the most part, each location that offers high tea will serve similar items: finger sandwiches, little desserts and tea.
When I was planning this trip, I came across this beautiful white building on Pinterest that happened to actually be a restaurant. I dove into it more and discovered it was also a beautiful setting to have high tea. This place is: The Orangery at Kensington Palace.
I couldn’t think of a better place to end a day of site seeing in London than at Kensington Palace, at high tea. I made sure to make my reservations a few weeks in advance, choosing a time that was about an hour before close. The building itself offered so much natural light and it was so bright and white! You felt like you were having a meal fit for a queen.
The food served with the high tea is all the same. The difference is in the drink choice. We chose to add on two glasses of rose and chose one tea and one coffee.
The food came quickly, served on a beautiful tiered stand. The bottom featured 6 different finger sandwiches, the middle featured fresh baked scones, and the top featured several different desserts. OMG, I have to tell you, this was such a fun experience. We felt so fancy eating the little sandwiches and spreading the freshly made jam onto the scones. The rose made it an extra special experience.
If you aren't able to get a reservation at The Orangery, there are many other places you can try including:
The Landmark London
The Palm Court at The Langham London
Fortnum & Mason
Have you done high tea in London? What is your favorite spot?