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The Orangery at Kensington Palace has reopened for weddings and events

Monday, May 13, 2024 - 15:00

Following a long period of restoration, The Orangery at Kensington Palace has taken centre stage once again as one of London’s most sought-after events venues.

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Based within Kensington Palace Gardens and cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, the Orangery boasts a rich history dating back to 1704, when it was built by Nicholas Hawksmoor – a leading figure of English Baroque style architecture. Initiallycommissioned by Queen Anne as an elaborate greenhouse for her orange trees, this building has also been used as a party venue since her reign, when it became a ‘summer supper house’ and a place for royal entertainment. This tradition continues to present day.

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Temporarily closed since 2017 to undergo a large-scale restoration and extension of facilities, from the spring, The Orangery once again is available to hire for private dinners, weddings,and elegant receptions. Enclosed by beautiful grounds and views of the palace beyond, the Orangery provides a beautiful oasis away from the buzz of West London’s shopping district and is the ultimate setting for luxury weddings and events.

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The Orangery boasts a striking and bold appearance with its grand south-facing white windows and a vivid red exterior. Inside, you will find a serene environment with crisp white walls and elegant columns.

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The circular rooms at either end are separated by tall arches, while the carved putti, fruits, and flowers by Grinling Gibbons above each entrance add a touch of visual contrast.

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Weddings and events play an important role for Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which cares for the State Apartments at Kensington Palace. Funds raised from commercial hire help the charity to give the palaces a future as bright as their past: researching, conserving and educating using the buildings and collections in their care.

Liz Young, Head of Events for Historic Royal Palaces, said, "We are thrilled to host our valued guests and clients again at this stunning venue after its extensive restoration. The Orangery's rich history and gorgeous location within Kensington Palace grounds is what truly makes it a unique and special place."

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Bookings are now open for this highly sought-after venue, and interested parties are encouraged to make their enquiries to kensingtonpalaceevents@hrp.org.uk.