Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

The Roof Gardens Kensington London

Rise above the hustle and bustle of London’s streets and join flamingos and other birds in these tranquil themed roof gardens.

Set high up on the roof of a seven-story building, the Roof Gardens in Kensington is a fabulous place to escape from the crowds and chaos of London at street level. Walk among Mediterranean trees of the Spanish gardens, mingle with the resident birds in the English Woodland Garden and find shade under the parasols in the Tudor Garden.

The gardens were first laid out between 1936 and 1938 under instructions from a vice president of John Barker & Co., a British department store. Members of the public were charged a shilling to enter with profits going to local charities. Today, access is free.

In the English Woodland Garden find old trees, such as the American Red and Japanese maple that have survived from the original planting. Admire the blooming flowers. Depending on the time of the year, muscari, snowdrops, narcissi and even bluebells may be flowering. This garden is also home to a pond graced by ducks and flamingos.

Explore the Spanish Garden with its Mediterranean trees and English flowers. Step into in the Tudor Garden via the Tudor Walkway and see plants that would’ve been familiar to people living in Tudor times. This historic era is further evoked with the garden's three courtyards, arches and red brick walls. Umbrellas in summer and a marquee in winter ensure that visitors can enjoy the surroundings year-round.

At the center of the gardens is a clubhouse, which frequently hosts private members’ events. After browsing the plants and flowers, stop by its terrace for a meal and a cocktail or go to the Babylon Restaurant.

The attraction is a short walk from Hyde Park and close to several bus stops and an Underground station. Car parking is available, for a fee, in nearby lots.

The Roof Gardens are open to the public and are free of charge.  It is worth phoning ahead to check they are open, because they sometimes close for private events. The restaurant is in high demand, so if you plan on eating dinner here, reserve your table in advance.


Guide to Exploring Kensington Roof Gardens


Map

Top Hotel Deals

See all 12,792 properties near Kensington Roof Gardens
Queens Park Hotel £54
Queens Park Hotel

Queens Park Hotel

48 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

    Point A Kensington Olympia £65
    Point A Kensington Olympia

    Point A Kensington Olympia

    42-48 West Cromwell Road, London, England
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kensington High Street, Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Victoria and Albert Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Earl's Court Station is 8 minutes by foot and West Kensington Underground Station is 9 minutes.

      Thistle Kensington Gardens £104
      Thistle Kensington Gardens

      Thistle Kensington Gardens

      104 Bayswater Road, London, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College London are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 5 minutes.

        Safestay London Kensington Holland Park £25
        Safestay London Kensington Holland Park

        Safestay London Kensington Holland Park

        Holland Walk, Kensington, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Kensington, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington High Street, Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). High Street Kensington Station is 9 minutes by foot and Holland Park Underground Station is 10 minutes.

          Central Park Hotel £62
          Central Park Hotel

          Central Park Hotel

          49/67 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

            Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St. £111
            Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St.

            Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St.

            Wrights Lane, Kensington, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kensington Palace, Olympia Conference and Exhibition Centre and Royal Albert Hall. Buckingham Palace and Big Ben are also within 6 mi (10 km). High Street Kensington Station is only a 3-minute walk and Earl's Court Station is 14 minutes.

              Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum £92
              Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum

              Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum

              97 Cromwell Road, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Kensington High Street and Victoria and Albert Museum. Kensington Gardens and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km). Gloucester Road Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and South Kensington Underground Station is 10 minutes.

                Garden View Hotel £48
                Garden View Hotel

                Garden View Hotel

                29-31 Nevern Square, London, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace and Victoria and Albert Museum. Science Museum and Hyde Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Earl's Court Station is only a 3-minute walk and West Brompton Underground Station is 7 minutes.