Located high above the hustle and bustle of the city, The Kensington Roof Gardens are the perfect place to spend a magical summer afternoon or a sultry night under the stars. This unique space offers something for everybody, so enjoy a meal at Babylon, sip a cocktail on the terrace, or wander through the lucious gardens at one of London’s most amazing locales.
At Babylon, you order the set lunch expecting award-winning, contemporary British dining with a wide variety of dishes, and you’re not disappointed. As you begin your meal, you savour the sweetness of the honey roasted artichoke and feel the slow roasted pork collar as it melts in your mouth. As you eat, you enjoy the view from the seventh floor of the sumptuous roof gardens and the beautiful Kensington skyline. The restaurant is the ideal spot for lunch, dinner, or even a leisurely after-work drink with a friend. And it prides itself on sustainability, so you can order guilt free. For dessert, you indulge in the incredible Sauternes mousse with apple and white raisin.
After you eat, you head to the Babylon Terrace, a beautiful place for an aperitif. The Roof Garden signatures include the Liquorice Allsorts and the Flamingo Flamboyance. Or you can always come back another day to enjoy a glass of bubbly, perfectly paired with the chilled seafood menu, served on the terrace during the summer months.
The Gardens, which you viewed at dinner, are one of London’s best-kept secrets. First opened to the public in 1938, the Roof Gardens are still home to seven of its original trees and over 500 different species of plants and shrubs. As you make your way through a variety of landscapes, you note the Spanish and English influences of the different gardens. When you think you’ve seen it all, you arrive at the rooftop pond where you spot some beautiful pink flamingos perched in the water.
Located just a stones through away from Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, the Kensington Roof Gardens is the perfect place to visit after a relaxing day wandering through the park, exploring the Palace, visiting the Serpentine Gallery, or browsing the shops nearby.