Yesterday we went to Kensington Palace followed by Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly which was a Christmas Present from our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. We were very disappointed in Kensington Palace which had virtually closed for multi-million pound renovations and the small part that was open had been turned into an exhibition called “The Enchanted Palace”. Much of this was in semi-darkness so that those items from the Palace which hadn’t been removed were very difficult to see. They had some actors/actresses wandering around but what the point of that was is anybody’s guess. It appears that the Palace will fully reopen in 2012. We both felt that it would have been better if they had closed the Palace completely. Our daughter was not aware that the Palace was virtually closed when they purchased this special “day out” and I think this was most unfair of those marketing it. We did however enjoy the gardens which I’ve pictured.
Tea at Fortnum and Mason was excellent with a variety of different teas to choose from, a lovely selection of canapés, sandwiches, scones and cakes and the most attentive service from the waiters. Afternoon tea has made a comeback in recent years and is rightly considered one of the best of English meals. All in all we had a lovely time.