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Brief description of site

A roof garden constructed 1936-1938 by Ralph Hancock, occupying 0.6 hectares on the roof of the former Derry and Toms Department Store in Kensington High Street. The tripartite gardens (Spanish, English and Tudor) form part of the design concept of the building.

Location information:

Address: The Roof Gardens, 99 High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA

Locality: Kensington and Chelsea

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Kensington and Chelsea

Historical County: London

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ256796
Latitude: 51.5014 Longitude: -0.191857

Directions:

Close to High Street Kensington underground station.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Tel: 020 7937 7994 business hours; 020 7368 3993 weekends.
Open daily 12noon - 3pm and 7pm to 11.15pm. Sunday 12noon - 4pm.
http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens

Visitor information:

Restaurant and gardens. Open to the public unless in use for a private function. Telephone to check.

Key information:

Form of site: roof garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: commercial

Plant type/environment: roof garden

Site first created: 1936 to 1938

Main period of development: Mid 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 0.6

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