Kensington Roof Gardens permanently closes

4th January, 2018 by Melita Kiely

London’s iconic Kensington Roof Gardens has closed for good after 37 years due to profit challenges, making 85 staff members redundant.


London’s Kensington Roof Gardens has closed after more than 35 years

Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition has occupied The Roof Gardens since 1981, which has come to be known as one of the city’s top party venues and cocktail haunts.

The nightclub and Babylon restaurant have been used for myriad events, parties, weddings, dinners and awards ceremonies over the years – including The Spirits Masters Awards Lunch.

However, due to “unpredictable market conditions” that are “ever changing”, The Roof Gardens decided to not renew its lease this year resulting in its closure.

In a statement published online, Virgin Limited wrote: “In an ever changing London market The Roof Gardens has stood the test of time, but in the face of unpredictable market conditions and a challenge to remain profitable, we feel that the time has come for us to close our doors.

“We are certain The Roof Gardens will continue to be one of London’s most spectacular and extraordinary landmarks and look forward to seeing what’s next for this beautiful venue.”

Furthermore, the gardens have also been home to four flamingos, who are still being looked after by the usual team at The Roof Gardens and will eventually be transferred to Flamingo Land.

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