The Georgian royal chocolate-making rooms at Hampton Court Palace in Greater London have been rediscovered and are open to the public for the first time in almost 300 years, giving visitors the chance to sample a hot chocolate recipe from centuries past.
The chocolate kitchen at the palace is the only surviving royal kitchen of its kind in the UK. The former chocolate room once catered for three kings: William III, George I and George II. It features faithful recreations of the ceramics, copper cooking equipment, bespoke chocolate-serving silverware, glassware and linens of the time, and will be used throughout the year to host Georgian chocolatemaking sessions.
The opening of the chocolate kitchen is part of a wider celebration of the Georgians across Historic Royal Palaces in 2014, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian Accession to the British throne. The royal chocolate kitchen at Hampton Court Palace is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm. Tickets can be purchased on the day or in advance by calling 0844 482 7799.
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