Kensington Roof Gardens Set to Close After 37 Years

    Photo by Tony Hall/Flickr

    The site survived two direct hits coming from enemy bombers during the World War II. However, now one of the most iconic venues of the capital is set to close its doors.

    Kensington Roof Gardens, which began in its current guise in 1981, said that it was closing up shop thanks to plunging profits.

    In a statement, the management said: “In an ever-changing London market The Roof Gardens has stood the test of time but in the face of unpredictable market conditions and a challenge to remain profitable, we feel that the time has come for us to close our doors.”

    The Roof Gardens that is located on Kensington High Street dates back to the 1930s and is home to a flowing stream stocked with fish, a flock of flamingos, and a Spanish garden that is based on the Alhambra in Granada.

    The venue has been owned by the Virgin Limited Edition of Sir Richard Branson since the 1980s, while the Babylon Restaurant was launched in 2001.

    The management added: “For over 35 years it has played a key part in the London nightlife scene, showcasing top DJs and live musical talent from across the decades as well as hosting numerous events, showbiz parties, award ceremonies, weddings and dinners in its award-winning restaurant.

    “We are certain The Roof Gardens will continue to be one of London’s most spectacular and extraordinary landmarks and look forward to seeing what’s next for this beautiful venue.”