Friday, 17 April 2009

A visit to the Orangery!

On Wednesday I took a good friend to Kensington Palace Orangery for lunch!  Not somewhere I go often!!  In fact I have only been once before and was taken by a lovely friend for afternoon tea.  It is a lovely spacious environment and all food is made on the premises using organic or locally produced ingredients and they actually serve the first ever English grown tea from Cornwall called Tregothan.  After a delicious lunch - quiche and salad for me and chicken and salad for my friend, we set off with our two for one voucher to Kensington Palace.  Lots to see there and a new exhibition on English debutantes of the 1950's.  The state apartments are delightful and my photos certainly don't do it justice at all.  Did you know that a very young Queen Victoria was told she would be the next Queen as she woke up one morning in Kensington Palace.  Here is the bed she would have slept in:
Here are some other rooms and special things in the Palace:

Of course many of the rooms were shaded or in low light to protect the furnishings.  One room of great interest was the sewing room where intricate lace and beading would have been stitched for all the special dresses and garments worn by the monarchy.
Outside the sun was shining and the gardens were looking very pretty indeed:

All in all it was a lovely day with lots to see and lots to chat about.  If you fancy a day out in London this is definitely worth a look and with a two for one offer from one of the days out websites it is really quite reasonable.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

This post brought back beautiful memories of our week in London last summer...and seeing Kensington Palace--inside and out--it is a little in London! Wonderful photos, Sheila...glad you had a lovely outing. The Orangery is great stop of tea. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

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