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There are plenty of historical places to dine in London

Published: Monday 25th of February 2013

London is undoubtedly a historical city, and visitors to the English capital will find they can hardly turn a corner without bumping into a monument of some significance. It fits then, that there are plenty of historical dining experiences to be enjoyed too – meaning that you don’t even have to stop sightseeing to eat!

Medieval Banquet

The Medieval Banquet promises a memorable meal you’ll never forget, as you get to dine alongside King Henry VIII and his Tudor court. Knights, troubadours, contortionists, magicians, jugglers, minstrels and medieval tumblers will all also be on hand to entertain.

Music is drawn from the Medieval and Renaissance courts of the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, with musicians bringing to life 800-year-old musical manuscripts.

Diners will be served up a hearty four-course meal while singing and dancing wenches refill their drinks. There is unlimited beer and wine served during the meal, and after it has finished, why not work off some of those calories on the dance floor, which is open til late?

The Tiltyard Café

Tourists are likely to come across the Tiltyard Cafe during a stroll in the delightful grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

The site where the café stands was originally used for jousting by Henry VIII when he was in the prime of his life. Nowadays diners will find it to be a large, warm, open space that is a great place to eat whatever the season.

Visitors are invited to chow down on hearty, homemade food, with the menu changing seasonally, and there is also a selection of other refreshments on offer, including morning coffee, salads, sandwiches and afternoon teas.

If diners are lucky, the Tudor Kitchen will be operational, with roaring fires that cook meals to original Tudor recipes.

The Orangery

The Orangery at Kensington Palace provides aesthetically-pleasing surrounds in which people can enjoy a morning coffee, a light lunch or afternoon tea. It dates back to 1704, and was once used as a place to house royal plants during the winter season.

Visitors will find this stunning café in the breathtaking grounds of Kensington Palace. When the weather is nice they can venture out onto the terrace for some alfresco dining.

In its heyday the Orangery was used for sumptuous royal occasions, and with the lavish décor that it is today decorated with, it is easy to be transported back in time.

Tourists are advised to swing by the Orangery for afternoon tea, with delicious treats on the menu including homemade cakes, traditional strawberries and cream, and mouth-watering sandwiches.

Those looking for a real English tea experience will not be disappointed either, with ten different flavours to choose from.

New Armouries Café

The Tower of London is possibly the most iconic landmark on London’s skyline, and people looking for things to do in the English capital are bound to visit. Within its walls they will discover the New Armouries Café, which is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and take in the history around you.

It was originally built in 1663 as a place to store arms and provisions when the Tower became an arsenal. Nowadays, however, it is well decorated and has transformed into a large and welcoming environment for hungry tourists.

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