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The Pavilion at Kensington Palace

4.4
4.4
3196 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

The Orangery is now closed for refurbishment and we have relocated to the Pavilion just in front of the Orangery, surrounded by beautiful formal gardens in the grounds of Kensington Palace The Pavilion, a relaxed and elegant setting for breakfast or lunch and the only royal palace in London where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. We have a birds eye view of the Sunken Garden and the wiggly walk, which you can enjoy from our covered terrace.

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Booked 12 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British, Afternoon Tea, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 10:00–11:30
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00–15:00
    Afternoon Tea
    Daily 12:00–17:00

  • Phone number

    020 3166 6114

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Kensington

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Queensway Station<br /><br>Kensington High Street<br /><br>Bayswater

  • Additional

    Beer, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

The Christmas set menu will run up to 8th January

Starter

  • Roasted Parsnip Soup

    with maple syrup glaze

    Mains

    • Traditional Roast Turkey

      with stuffing, roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce

      • Pan-Fried Hake

        with roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables and black garlic sauce

        • Roasted Butternut Squash

          harissa lentils crispy kale, avocado tahini sauce and pomegranate

          Dessert

          • Rich Brandy Laced Christmas Pudding

            with brandy cream sauce

            Last updated: 29 November 2021

            What 3,196 people are saying

            Overall ratings and reviews

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            4.4
            4.4 based on recent ratings
            • 4.3Food
            • 4.4Service
            • 4.3Ambience
            • 4Value

            NoiseModerate

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            • West London

              British

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            1. DM

              DannyM

              London

              1 review

              3.0

              1 review

              Dined 4 days ago

              overall3food4service3ambience2

              Distinctly average at best. Food was good but the venue was very normal. The discretionary bill was not discretionary as it was automatically added to my bill.

            2. RH

              RebeccaH

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined 6 days ago

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Was such a beautiful setting and the staff were very friendly and the young waiter who served us was very pleasant and polite. Food was lovely. Sparking wine was also very good. When I return to London would return here.

            3. AA

              AndrewandAnnie

              London

              3 reviews

              4.0

              3 reviews

              Dined on 8 January 2022

              overall4food4service4ambience2

              Good concept but totally lacking in atmosphere. Felt like we were eating in a church hall. Felt very big and empty. Nice food

            4. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 30 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Excellent service

            5. EB

              ElspethB

              London

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on 29 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Lunch menu provided a good selection. Each course was beautifully presented and flavours were delicious. Service was prompt, attentive, professional and not overbearing. Delightful ambience in peaceful setting.

            6. S

              Smalls

              Denver

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 22 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              The perfect place for tea with a spectacular setting. The staff are so welcoming. The room is so quiet and the high tea was the perfect amount.

            7. AB

              AmmarBasalamah

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 22 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Staff were incredible, food was tasty, and all that paired with a beautiful view of the gardens and Kensington Palace. Nothing to complain about.

            8. BP

              BridgetP

              London

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 19 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Afternoon tea was plentiful and delicious. Efficient and polite service. Would definitely visit again.

            9. GW

              GillianW

              London

              2 reviews

              1.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on 18 December 2021

              overall1food3service1ambience1

              Terrible. Not a beautiful building but a tired marquee. Booking 2.30 (our fault we arrived at 2.40) and 5 minutes after food arrived we were told they were closing and they would put any un eaten food in a box. 3.30 music turned off and bill handed to us. Why take bookings and hour before you close? Terrible experience and ruined what was a lovely day in London. There are farrrr better afternoon tea experiences in London don't be swayed that it's Kensington palace it's not. Only good thing was sandwiches not stale. Never again.

            10. N

              Niki

              London

              1 review

              3.0

              1 review

              Dined on 12 December 2021

              overall3food4service4ambience3

              It was good but in all fairness, the high tea in the Amstel Hotel (the Netherlands) is better...the ambiance is somewhat cold, the food and tea come without explanation, the music is dull. At the same time, the service is excellent and so is the food and the tea. It is nice to do this for 1 time but I would go elsewhere next time.

            11. N

              Neme

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 11 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Welcoming staff. Attentive to details. Delicious food. A lovely first afternoon tea experience.

            12. SE

              ShobhaE

              London

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 11 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Delicious, dainty food. Vegan diet catered for. Professional, friendly staff.

            13. PG

              PhillipG

              Birmingham

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 9 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              A little pricey, but very enjoyable. Would do it again

            14. TE

              TeeEss

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on 5 December 2021

              overall4food4service5ambience4

              Nice traditional afternoon tea. Service was excellent, with friendly but unassuming wait staff. The venue is a marquee and although there is heating it doesn't quite reach all areas, especially when the people arrive and the door opens. I would recommend if visiting in winter to take an extra layer to wear.

            15. C

              Christian

              London

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 5 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              The best service and high tea I’ve had in London after 8 years of living here

            16. l

              lynneh

              East Sussex

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 4 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              We had a great afternoon tea. There was a lot of it and never ending tea and coffee. The staff were really friendly and attentive. Good food 8n fabulous surroundings. Would recommend

            17. AC

              AlessandraC

              London

              1 review

              2.0

              1 review

              Dined on 4 December 2021

              overall2food4service4ambience2

              The room was very drafty and cold. Luckily they were able to move me. The selection of teas on offer is limited, as they didn’t have any herbal teas. The place is a marquee (aka a tent) not the venue in a royal palace - as described on the website - that I was expecting.

            18. PJ

              PeterJ

              1 review

              2.0

              1 review

              Dined on 4 December 2021

              overall2food2service2ambience2

              This was booked as The Orangery and it wasn't the new building has no ambiance. The food options has changed. It has lost any special feel to it in it's new building Service was slow and cakes for "tea" were poor compared to the past

            19. N

              Nicol

              South Wales

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 4 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Lovely! Breakfast food delicious. The whole experience made very special by the wonderful staff (great photographers!). Thank you

            20. RH

              RHKH

              1 review

              2.0

              1 review

              Dined on 2 December 2021

              overall2food1service3ambience1

              Disappointing is generous no atmosphere, cold draughty, piano music on loop, plastic plants. I had 3 slices of sandwich, aubergine mash, egg Mayo, salmon, scones were ok, but came with strawberry jelly not jam and whipped cream, £35.00 it was horrible..special occasion ruined. People on next table felt the same. Staff weren’t interested really and didn’t understand service.

            21. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              London

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 2 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              We had the afternoon tea and it was lovely. The sandwiches where fresh and the scones were warm and the cakes felt fresh too. We would love to come back when next in London. The tea was loose in the pot and was topped up when empty. My husband had the sparkling wine (which wasn’t topped up, no issue to us) and we were both very happy the service and food. Would definitely recommend.

            22. K

              Ksak

              London

              2 reviews

              3.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on 1 December 2021

              overall3food4service2ambience2

              The food was lovely but it’s just a large cold draughty space with no ambience not a patch on the orangery that was its predecessor! The service was poor had to hunt to find someone to ask for extra tea but they brought the bill at 15.40 as they were shutting at 1600 and we’re practically pushing us out of the door by then . We might actually have been ready but their card machine can’t do contactless over £45 he offered to put it through in three stages !! So I used chip and pin instead Will not return very disappointed

            23. AD

              AmeryD

              Minneapolis

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 1 December 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              The food was lovely! So much fun to experience High Tea! Our service was attentive and extremely friendly and polite! We understand the Orangery is having work done on it, they made the Pavilion comfortable and lovely!

            24. PG

              PatG

              London

              4 reviews

              2.0

              4 reviews

              Dined on 1 December 2021

              overall2food2service3ambience4

              Overpriced food for lunch Won’t go again Ambiance nice though

            25. MH

              MarianneH

              London

              4 reviews

              5.0

              4 reviews

              Dined on 26 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience4

              Nice surrendering and comfortable

            26. RC

              RachelC

              1 review

              2.0

              1 review

              Dined on 26 November 2021

              overall2food2service1ambience1

              Very expensive, the food was cold and took along time to arrive. Staff not very friendly would not recommend this as it is not very good value for money.

            27. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Charlotte

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 24 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              The scones were outstanding. We could have eaten an entire plate of scones alone!

            28. KM

              KarenM

              Washington DC

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on 24 November 2021

              overall4food5service5ambience3

              We dined at the Pavilion on a blustery day in late November day, so the beauty of the surrounding gardens were not fully appreciated. However, the food and service were outstanding. The Pavilion is a good choice for those concerned about COVID and social distancing as the tables are widely spaced in the large airy dining room.

            29. DB

              DeniseB

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 19 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Good food & lovely ambience! We really enjoyed our breakfast and will visit again!

            30. SG

              SaffronG

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 17 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              The staff were very welcoming and friendly. The sandwiches were delicious with very fresh bread which is always a bonus. The fillings were perfect. Scones and cakes were absolutely wonderful. Not only were they a delight to look at but were delicious too. The tea choice was excellent and obviously served in elegant bone China, absolutely perfect.

            31. LA

              LouAndrea

              1 review

              1.0

              1 review

              Dined on 14 November 2021

              overall1food3service1ambience1

              Such a disappointment, this feels like a scam! The food was not bad but tiny portions for a big price tag. The location is awful- being on Royal ground you’d expect a nice and cozy salon somewhere in a castle-like building and you end up in an outside tent with overly loud music. Staff isn’t very nice or polite either. I felt very self-conscious after taking my mother there for a Sunday lunch

            32. G

              Georgie

              London

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 14 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Lovely spot overlooking the palace. Had afternoon tea - the scones were light and the clotted cream silky smooth. It was good to find they had Darjeeling as an option too. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff were attentive and helpful.

            33. K

              Kelly

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on 14 November 2021

              overall4food4service4ambience3

              Food was good, staff was nice. The place itself could´ve been a little warmer (as in cosy, not the temp).

            34. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              London

              4 reviews

              5.0

              4 reviews

              Dined on 13 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Service wa fabulous, price friendly. didn't expect lunch would be amazing too

            35. LV

              LisaV

              Philadelphia

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 12 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Very nice place for Afternoon Tea. Would highly recommend

            36. CW

              CarolineW

              Derbyshire

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 12 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              beautifully presented, all food delicious. Scones were the nicest I've had possibly ever!! Service excellent, everything we requested was dealt with quietly and professionally.

            37. T

              Toby

              London

              5 reviews

              3.0

              5 reviews

              Dined on 11 November 2021

              overall3food4service4ambience4

              The Pavilion was a pleasant break on our Kensington Palace tour though it would have been even more welcome if we could have returned to the palace to complete our tour after taking tea. The tables were smartly laid and adequately spaced with pleasant piano music in the background. Elegant crockery was provided. Although we were a party of three and three tea pots were brought to the table, only two cream teas were served. The implication was that I had made the error when I pointed this out though it was promptly rectified when they checked the order. Our teapots were refreshed and the selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes was enough to fill us up if not to merit the £34 price tag per person excluding 12.5% gratuity for the friendly and mainly competent waitress. Perhaps the fact that we had scaffolding to look at out of the glass frontage, and our request to finish the tour after tea was declined (meaning we missed the exhibit we had specifically come to see), took the gloss off the overall experience. My recommendation of the venue would need to incorporate completion of remedial work on the Palace, and an earlier arrival time.

            38. a

              anna1969

              London

              14 reviews

              5.0

              14 reviews

              Dined on 10 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience4

              Lovely afternoon tea with fizz. The staff were really attentive and friendly. We arrived an hour early, but that was no problem and we were seated by the window.

            39. R

              Rosegarden

              London

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 10 November 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Relaxing afternoon tea, delicious food, soft background music, wonderful staff and service

            40. JD

              JudithD

              London

              11 reviews

              3.0

              11 reviews

              Dined on 10 November 2021

              overall3food3service3ambience2

              A few years ago I had afternoon tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace and it was fabulous. At this visit to see a specific exhibition at the Palace, again I decided to book afternoon tea, which was now being held in The Pavilion, which to be honest was not very special. The venue felt make shift, as it was a temporary event space, felt quite cheap and had no ambience what so ever. The food was OK, but the whole event felt very bland and just OK, definitely wouldn’t book again.

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            The Pavilion at Kensington Palace is rated 4.4 stars by 3196 OpenTable diners.

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            Booked 12 times today
            Google Map for The Pavilion at Kensington Palace

            Kensington Palace Gardens Kensington Gardens London, W8 4PX

            • Area

              Kensington

            • Hours of Operation

              Breakfast
              Daily 10:00–11:30
              Lunch
              Daily 12:00–15:00
              Afternoon Tea
              Daily 12:00–17:00

            • Cuisines

              British, Afternoon Tea, Contemporary British

            • Dining style

              Casual Elegant

            • Dress Code

              Smart Casual

            • Parking Details

              None

            • Public Transit

              Queensway Station

              Kensington High Street

              Bayswater

            • Payment Options

              AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

            • Additional

              Beer, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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