A Made in Chelsea favourite, the Roof Gardens offer class, sophistication and charm, but does it live up to the hype?
The Roof Gardens in Kensington has always been considered one of London’s most glamorous and extraordinary venues. With three rooftop gardens to choose from and a private members club, we set off to find out if it really does live up to the hype.
With its long queues awaiting outside and a notoriously crowded VIP area, we were skeptical whether 100 feet up the vibe would change. The three gardens are spread over 1.5 acres; the Spanish Garden, the Tudor Garden and the English Woodland which is home to four flamingos.
The lawns are perfectly manicured and with flamingos and ducklings scuttling around it’s difficult to believe that you are in fact in the capital city. You’ll be surrounded by water features, perfectly trimmed shrubbery and exotic nooks to enjoy with your significant other. Inside, there is plenty of room to dance and a variety of cocktails to choose from, be prepared to splash the cash here though, it’s a beautiful setting but the London prices may have you wanting to leave this venue until a special occasion.
The Babylon restaurant is open all throughout the week and offers superb British cuisine. It was back in 1981 that Sir Richard Branson relaunched the club as ‘The Roof Gardens’, but still remains the perfect marriage between classic chic and modern luxury.
London is well-known for its nightclubs, if you’re seeking a more sophisticated place then the Rooftop Gardens would be our first place to recommend. You can enjoy the booths with a group of your friends or an intimate and undisturbed cranny with your partner. There is no room for laziness either, their mantra is “no effort, no entry”, so why not head down for their set-to-be epic firework display on the 5th? We’ll see you there.
Kensington Rooftop Gardens can be found at 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA. Open Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm and 2am.
Words by Scarlett Clark