Our last school sponsored excursion was my favorite — a high tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace.
Our last day of class held two exams and two presentations for me, and when it was over it felt so good to be done! We made the five minute walk across the street to Kensington Palace for our final adventure together (our school was located right off of Kensington’s High Street, a short walk to Kensington Palace).
We walked through the gorgeous Kensington Gardens to get to The Orangery. The weather made it such a pleasant walk, too!
We arrived at The Orangery, which was once a place where the royal family grew oranges, and I honestly felt that we were going to be joined by a member of the royal family. It was so beautiful! It made me feel like I was taking tea in a drawing room of the Palace. The dining arrangement was so lovely as well — it made me want to buy a set just like it!
Right after everyone took their seats, high tea service began. Now, this isn’t my first High Tea — I’ve had High Tea at The Palm Court of the Plaza Hotel in NYC, but I felt like I needed to be extremely poised and elegant during this tea. I mean, it was at Kensington Palace! Prince William and Kate’s residence was behind that window on that photo above. We were practically in the midst of royalty, so I had to be extra elegant.
The food was delicious and it was a sweet way to end the fantastic summer session I had in London. Of course, no event is complete without a photo op with friends!
Although it was a great time at the Palace, it did make me a little sad knowing that our adventure was one step closer to being finished. It was incredibly bittersweet since it was the last time we’d all be together, but it was a great way to cap off an incredible summer session in London. Thanks to our incredible coordinators — Leslie, Rebecca, Sabina and Graham for an incredible month in a spectacular city.