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The Roof Gardens


The Roof Gardens

Occasionally I pray that real life can live up to the ridiculous expectations placed on it from the silver screen.

I always wanted to go clubbing the way they do it in films. Huge crowds of impossibly good looking people getting down and dancing simultaneously in a grandiose setting with multiple rooms, stylish décor and an abundance of space to wander around and get lost in. Nobody has a hair out of place, and everywhere you turn there is a bartender waiting to hand you a cold drink. Throw in some gardens, plants, a stream and some pink flamingos too. In fact, while you are at it I want a view of the thriving metropolis from a Spanish themed villa as I sip on my cocktail. This is the 21st century and I want it all, and I want it right now.

This place actually exists. The Kensington Roof Gardens is the perfect antidote to formulaic central London nightclubs where standing in the corner of an over-packed dance floor where you can’t hear yourself think is considered a privilege. There are a multitude of indoor and outdoor bars, and a BBQ offering good quality burgers, chicken and fish.

The crowd is a mix of tourists, west London locals and internationals that want a high-end, but relaxed venue without the edginess of north and east London. The music is a crowd-pleasing mix of commercial hits with the unusual added bonus of a feathered native American Indian themed man bashing huge drums at the weekend to pump up the vibe.

citizenGareth says: so get on down to Kensington and boogy on the roof.

I recommend you get an early entry ticket for 8pm through a variety of networking and social events organisers who hold drinks events before the club officially opens at 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights, in order to avoid the long pre-club queues in the peak summer season. If you’re lucky enough to be around for one of the bank holiday Sunday summer day parties held here, I urge you to book a ticket early. There is nothing better than a Sunday afternoon in the sun getting down to some groovy beats with a DJ set in the gardens to shake off the blues. So get on down to Kensington and boogy on the roof.


The Roof Gardens

99 Kensington High Street
London, W8 5SA

Images courtesy of The Gardens

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