The Roof Gardens, Kensington are set 100ft above London, comprising three gardens – complete with flamingos - as well as a conference space.
Originally positioned above a Derry and Tom’s department store, the venue opened in 1933, intended to be an “escape from London”. It was designed by landscape architect Ralph Hancock, who created the three themed gardens; The English Woodland Garden, The Tudor Garden and The Spanish Garden.
The venue later found fame in 1964 when it provided the backdrop to Roy Orbison’s “Oh Pretty Woman”, which was filmed in the gardens, and years later in 1973 the building became home to Biba – the capital’s iconic fashion store.
However it was only in 1981 that the venue became recognisable in its existing form. A young man dressed scruffily queued in the hope of entering the Kensington nightclub, then called Regine’s.
He was turned away because he didn’t meet the strict dress code, but undaunted, the man arranged a meeting with the club’s owner who confessed to him the club wasn’t doing so well. He added that it was up for sale – an opportunity the young man, whose name was Richard Branson, jumped at.
Branson purchased the club and re-launched it as The Roof Gardens – and has never been refused entry since!
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