The Roof Gardens

Bars and pubs, Members' clubs Kensington
 (© Matt Livey)
© Matt Livey
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Jonathan Cosh of Visual Eye

Please note, Kensington Roof Gardens is now closed. Time Out Editors, January 2017.

This well-known rooftop members' club features three plush, themed gardens spread over 1.5 acres, high above Kensington High Street. Some of the events on a packed line-up are open to non-members too, but the dress code is 'no effort, no entry', so make sure you don your glad-rags.

Expect themed events, live gigs and DJ nights that lean towards house, funk and disco. VIP tables are available alongside the Moo Room (lots of cowhide), the Spanish Veranda, the Red Room, the Silver Bar and the Spanish Hideaway. Keep an eye out for special seasonal events, too. 


Venue name: The Roof Gardens
Address: 99
Kensington High Street
W8 5SA
Transport: Tube: Kensington High Street
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A little oasis to discover in Kensington! The Roof Gardens had been on my to-do for quite some time but I was not sure what to expect. I went there on a Sunday night when it was almost empty (no need to book, you just need to show your ID downstairs to enter for free) and I was pleasantly surprised: real flamingos, plants everywhere and really nice gardens, you forget you are in London and feel more like if it was somewhere in Morocco. A must see and a nice free place to cross off your bucket list.

real life flamingos , best oasis in the heart of a city and away from all the hustle and bussle.


I worked on High Street Kensington for almost 3 years and it wasn't until recently that I discovered that the Roof Gardens are actually open to members of the general public for free during the day, when there aren't events on (you just need to ensure you check the website and call before-hand, to check they haven't had any last minute bookings. Once through security (you have to sign in and show photographic ID), you can get the lift to the sixth floor and are free to explore at your leisure. Deck chairs and lawn games (crocquet anyone?) can be found next to the stream, as can several real life flamingos (they were all asleep during my visit). The bar is also open for tea and coffee during the day. Once you are up there, it is so easy to forget you are on the 6th floor of a building  in Kensington - it feels like an oasis of calm away from all the hubris of London life. Recommended.


Every visit to this venue has been different. It is a chameleon that can be a rocking album launch party or a fancy lobster BBQ with bubbles. A great space for commercial hiring, club nights are a bit busy, hot and expensive.


I went to eat at Babylon before having a mooch around the gardens (I wasn't going to wait hours in a queue to get in for an extortionate night out)! We saw the famous flamingos although they didn't look that happy to be couped up in the back of the gardens. The drinks are very pricey for what they are.

There are different rooms with all different themes but to me, everything looked quite old and needed to be updated and maintained better.

I love the outdoors and I just can't help but love this club! The open air, the music and the flamingoes definitely add to the fun of the party. Such a unique place to be in most especially for first timers in London. Thanks so much team for helping us make our night amaaazing!!


This place is a proper mix. When you first walk in you do feel like you're in a kind of hotel night club (which I guess you are). The drinks are also pricey for what they are and have an optional service charge included even if ordering at the bar! Kind of feels compulsory as they ad it immediately as they ask for payment. However, the gardens are amazing and worth the entry. Up on the roof, they feel like a secret garden even with high walls, trees and in the day, flamingoes walking about. Barbecues are served in the outdoor alleyway in the evening and the DJ was playing a mix of new and old house on the Friday night I attended. The speakers a re a little too big and loud pointing at the small dancefloor so prepare to receive some ear damage. The crowd seemed okay, a mix of ages and backgrounds and a generally friendly vibe. Get there early to avoid the queues and dress to impress. No ID, no entry as well.


I came here to party!!!!! What a night it was baby!

I'll start off with the bad then end with the good. The drinks are ridiculously over priced for the quality. We purchased a bottle of Rosé which cost us almost £30 and it was pure plonk ....gutted.

Didn't even want to risk getting anything else after that.... Now on to the good!!! Great party location! There were 3 rooms I discovered last time! All playing different music! What a way to get low!

The outside is great as they often hold firework displays there and the seating is intimate and relaxed. You feel as if you're in an Arabian dream!!! Make sure to get there early as some nights the queues are longer than a sea turtle's life span!


Clubbing isn't really my thing anymore. I like my nights out to begin at 7pm and end just short of midnight so I can get home and enjoy my 8 hours sleep (because i'm the kinda 27 year old who's actually in her 50's!), but when I was invited for an almost free night at the Roof Gardens there wasn't a chance in hell I was going to pass it up, even if it meant the earliest my night could begin would be 10pm!!

A rare excuse to get properly dolled up (because this is a no effort no entry kinda place) my friends and I headed up to Kensington and managed to skip the already ridiculously long queue and heading straight up to the VIP area we'd been given for the night. We ordered a £200 bottle of Bombay Sapphire (which I must point out was complementary or i'd have been on the tap waters) which came with plenty of bottles of tonic, and settled into the elegantly decorated area we were to call our base for the evening. We had our own cocktail waitress ready to attend to our every whim, and were spoilt with free "mixed shots" which tasted like j2o... delicious none the less though! 

A bottle of gin deep (between 5 of us) we then ordered a few rounds of tequila shots (10 in total coming in at just shy of £120!!!!) Time flew and we finally made it to the dance floor (where a good mix of pop and remix tunes were blaring) when all of a sudden the lights were brightening and the music stopped and it was time to leave, and it was only 2am. So much for my 8 hours sleep!

It was a great night, though I don't think i'll be returning too soon simply because I can't afford to. Entrance is about £15-20 each, drinks are all over a tenner and i'm just more of a jeans and trainers than a bodycon dress and sky high stilettos kinda gal. But it was awesome to get to give it a try! This is the best place to go if you're really celebrating something... like a big birthday... or a lottery win.


A stunningly beautiful venue. Richard Branson's famous bar is both style and substance. Lots of little areas to explore around the gardens.. You may even bump into a few flamingos along the way! The bar serves delicious breakfasts and snacks throughout the day. It's not cheap but the setting makes you feel like you are far away from the City and the views are impressive.

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Went for a few drinks with old friends and easily lost a few hours in very pleasant surroundings - not cheap, but worth a visit if you find yourself needing to tick off a well known venue that oozes old school style.


Forget queuing up on a night out, enjoy the scenery and appreciate the views on a sunny summer lunch break whilst savouring rose petal cocktails with lychee foam

Incredible staff, perfect gardens and too much fun. Are you sure you can handle it? Highly recommend a visit. Winter or summer!

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I recently visited the Roof Gardens on a Saturday night. After the initial twenty minute queue, first for entrance and then the cloakroom, I was once again stuck queuing at the bar for at least a solid fifteen minutes every time I dared visit the bar; the barmen did not seem motivated to move any faster despite demand. On top of the £20 entry fee, drinks were fairly pricey, which is perhaps expected for High Street Kensington, but just something to bear in mind. The gardens themselves are extensive and stunning as advertised and I feel better suited for a quiet drink come summer, rather than as a clubbing destination. 


Write a review...Thinking about it now, why do rooftop venues have such buzz-worthy appeal? Do people like getting high in all manners of speaking? Are they tapping into a primal instinct to scope out the horizon? Perhaps I'm overthinking it. I guess, simply, people like to see a pretty view at high altitude. From the comfort of reasonably secure terrace of course. 

Rooftop cinemas, rooftop bars, rooftop restaurants, rooftop gardens...the list goes on. The Roof Gardens at Kensington offers all of these, with the highlight being the gardens. 

Taking the elevator to the top, you'll arrive at the main bar indoors (handy if it decides to rain). Once outside, the gardens are quite extensive and well-maintained, meaning it is the perfect venue for a large event or several smaller events.

However remember we are at Kensington. Be prepared to pay around £5.50 for a 330ML bottle of Peroni - not something I was prepared for! Sometimes on the weekend they run a barbecue. Last time I was there they offered burgers and salads, at reasonable taste and price. 

So while the food/drink ain't cheap, j
ust remember you're paying for the gorgeous venue.


I've only been here on two occasions, the drinks aren't cheap but the open air part of the venue is really nice. Make sure you go on a sunny day, and enjoy a cocktail with the sunset. Make sure you're on a guestlist though, its hard to get in with out that. Or simply make a reservation for their restaurant or something. I haven't tried their food yet, but when they have evening events they usually have a stand making burgers that look and smell amazing. 

Very bad service, the stuff is arrogant, the food is average, but the garden is nice.