The next time you’re planning a romantic night out in London, give that stuffy restaurant a miss and head to 99 Kensington High Street instead. There, take the lift to the sixth floor, where you’ll find yourselves in Kensington Roof Gardens, a chic oasis of greenery to rival the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
High above the clamor of the city, three gorgeous gardens unfurl around a club and restaurant, offering you everything you need to set a romantic scene. You want to start exploring immediately, but your date persuades you to grab a table for dinner first — exploring will be no fun on an empty stomach, after all. Babylon restaurant, situated on the seventh floor, serves palate-tingling seasonal dishes that are perfect for sharing. You sip a mellow sauvignon blanc with your heady summer truffle risotto, and follow it up with the complex flavors of citrus-and-spice marinated lamb as the sun sinks lower and the golden city lights flicker on one by one.
Now that you’re properly fueled up, begin your stroll through the gardens. One is designed in the dainty Tudor style, another mimics the Moorish-style gardens of the Spanish Alhambra, and a third echoes an English woodland. As the light fades, the gardens’s lights start to twinkle. The summer breeze rustles through the palms, carrying the perfume of flowers through the evening air. It’s far too beautiful to leave just yet, so order another glass of sauvignon, sink into the comfy divans of the Spanish garden with your sweetheart, and let the conversation flow.