Spanish Gardens, Japanese Maple Trees and flamingos help define The Roof Gardens, a charismatic Kensington venue that towers 100 feet above the capital.
A private members' club, this already distinctive venue boasts 1.5 acres of green gardens, all on a stunning rooftop. It's split into three themed Gardens, with the oldest, The Spanish Garden, mirroring the design of the graceful Alhambra in Granada. The Tudor Garden evokes images of the Elizabethan era, with courtyards, Tudor arches and red brick walls; while The English Woodland Garden displays the colourful flora of Britain, in the form of snowdrops, bluebells and other vivid plants.
It's no surprise, then, that the venue is a popular choice for summer parties. All three idyllic gardens can be privately booked for up to 500 people, and packages can include garden games as well as BBQs or set menus, depending on the style of the do. DJ sets, live music and even fireworks are available to make summertime soirées even more inviting.
Decades ago, the iconic venue started with a two-year building period, finally opening to the public in 1938. Though it was originally only a shilling to enter, the venue raised over £120,000 for a local charity in the early years. The main focus has always been on the horticulture, with designers initially bringing in 500 different plant species – as well as rock imported all the way from Pennsylvania. Seven trees still remain from the original planting, to add to today's beautiful oak and fruit trees, flowing stream full of fish, exotic ducks, and resident flamingos that can usually be found at the pond in the English Woodland Garden.
Consider this Kensington gem for your summer party – or for any other event you may have on the horizon, with a variety of weddings, fashion shows, dinners and business meetings frequently finding their home at The Roof Gardens. Capacity can even be extended to 650 guests if the Babylon Restaurant is hired in tandem with the Gardens – which will also allow for picturesque views of London's skyline.
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