I am in love with England and the traditions that make it so unique. And a country that enjoys cake and tea every afternoon is on my list of places to live.
During this trip I found myself at Kensington Palace and decided to have afternoon tea as a local in the Orangery. This separate building overlooking the expansive park sent my mind back hundreds of years imagining strolling through the gardens as a diversion before the next formal event or scheduled ‘meet and greet’ at the palace.
I was not certain my ‘travelers attire’ would allow me entrance, but found there was no problem as i followed another solo traveler with a back pack into the room off the main dining area. At this point it was too late to change my mind when I finally translated the menu. Yes it was in English but my brain did not calculate that the full tea service at 24L was closer to $40 US. The only alternative was not any savings. So I decided to splurge and experience high tea.
There was a tired stand that offered sandwiches, cakes and scones with cream and jam. I tried everything. The salmon sandwich wedge did not impress me nor did the pick and white cake with a marzipan casing. My excuse for eating everything, was that I had skipped lunch.
The presentation added to this pleasurable hour: starched white table lines, china cups and dishes and a bottomless pot of tea.
An interesting fact I discovered in the Hyde Park Newsletter my London host edits for a large volunteer group, was that the loo (rest room) is located outside the building and you must ask for the secret code to unlock the door. So although I did not see any Royals while having afternoon tea nor walking in the park, I do have the secret code to use the loo.