At the end of May, I went to London for a congress. While my two friends and I did spend lots of time listening to symposiums and presentations of stuff I don’t want to bore you with, we also had time for a bit of sightseeing. Let me share some of my best experiences with you.
Since there were three of us, we decided to rent a flat through AirBNB in Kensington. It was the best thing we could have done. The flat was tiny but we had our own balcony on which we could have tea while enjoying an amazing view of Hyde Park (I looked it up online – if I ever wanted to move to London, there’s no way I could afford a flat in that neighbourhood, not even a tiny one).
Since we arrived on Friday and the congress didn’t start until Saturday, we had a whole afternoon to ourselves. We decided to spend it having afternoon tea in the Orangery of Kensington Palace.
We got there after a short walk past Kensington Palace and were lucky enough to immediately get a table, even without reservations.
Have you been to England before? Kensington Orangery is one of the perfect places to feel all the British charm while having afternoon tea. One set of tea includes sandwiches, wraps and rolls, scones with butter and jam and little cakes and a macaron.
Look at how beautifully it is presented! I recommend not going in your cheapest clothes so you don’t feel too out of place. We were just wearing the same stuff as on the plane but there’s some fun in dressing up for that special occasion.
One set of afternoon tea is enough for two, by the way. Unless you want to be stuffed and don’t plan on eating anything for hours afterwards. We shared one between the three of us and it wouldn’t have lasted for hours but it was enough for a small snack in between meals.
Make it happen:
The Orangery is open from 10am to 6pm. You can make a reservation through their website.
The nearest underground stations are High Street Kensington (Circle line and District line), Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District lines) and Queensway (Central line).