Viva London Orangery High Tea- London Trip Report Day Four
This is part 4 of Viva London a series of post on London. See the bottom for links to more posts.
Our last day (day four) in London we spent going to the markets around London. I used to love going to the Camden Market back in 1999. It is exactly the same but I think we have grown up a bit and now I don't think we fit in here anymore. It is more of an alternative scene. We spent some time eating lunch and watching boats in the Camden Locks. It is very interesting to see how they operate the locks. But Camden is even more interesting for people watching.
Watching the Camden Locks
Then we made our way to Portobello Road market. I had always heard about the Portobello Road Market but never been so we explored the treasures but I am not sure it was worth our time as it was very crowded.
One of our final things we wanted to do was High Tea but being the concierge at the Radisson Blu Edwardian had not called us back I read my Rick Steves' guide book. I found out that the Orangery at Kensington Palace required no reservation for afternoon tea but you would have to wait in a que. The wait was 30 minutes and but the experience was great. I can't imagine a nicer location for a relaxing afternoon. The Orangery is located on the far west end of Hyde Park. Situated just a few yards away from the entrance to Kensington Palace, the Orangery was built in the early 1700s for Queen Anne as a sort of greenhouse for her gardening, but evolved into a dining house that was used for various parties and entertaining. The inside is just as impressive, with its intricate carved detailing and arched doorways. But the casual and friendly atmosphere prevents anyone from feeling out of place or underdressed. The service was very friendly and didn't mind us taking pictures and having a laugh about the proper way to drink tea with your pinky extended. 🙂 The tea was the Bee's Knees and came with sconces, petite sandwiches and deserts. The cost was 17 pound and serves tea from 15:00 to 18:00 and could be split between two people.
Travelmista demonstration the proper way to drink High Tea with pinky fully extended! 🙂
Travelista outside the Orangery at Kensington.
Being it was our last night we decided to see one last show. Since I did a terrible job selecting a Viva Forever, Travelmista selected Jersey Boys. The performance was amazing and I didn't fall asleep (That is how I know it is good.) The singing was great and far exceeded our expectations. They next day we took the Heathrow Connect from Paddington back to the airport and depart back to the States. I still love visiting London and hope that I don't wait another 10 years to return. Viva London!
Travelmista on the Tube
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