The Roof Gardens has closed its doors after 37 years

February 3rd, 2018 by markflynn

London’s ‘The Kensington Roof Gardens’ set to go to the highest bidder as the entire venue contents are due to be auctioned off this February.

London UK, Monday 5th February 2018 – Have you ever fancied owning a flamingo? How about some Robert Welch cutlery, or Maria Rivans artwork? What about iconic garden furniture, or even a bar?

This February will witness the end of an era as iconic London venue, Kensington Roof Gardens, will not only close its doors, but auction its entire contents, ending 37 years of sophistication, celebrity clientele and high-flying kudos.

Virgin Limited Edition has occupied The Roof Gardens as a tenant since 1981. For over 35 years it has played a key part in the London nightlife scene, showcasing top DJs and live musical talent from across the decades as well as hosting numerous events, showbiz parties, award ceremonies, weddings and dinners in its award winning restaurant Babylon.

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.

The signature style combines the elegance and sophistication of a luxury venue, with the venue undergoing a major design makeover. Completely renovated by the prestigious Real Studios in 2008, with a 2013 kitchen makeover, the venue has always been known for its exquisite elegance and attention to detail, and this can be seen in the quality of the goods coming up for auction. From RAK Porcelain tableware to state of the art audio and video equipment, every fixture and fitting from within the venue (possibly, with the exception of the four flamingos) will be available to the highest bidder.

Artwork from Maria Rivans and John Marshall, commercial kitchen equipment, pewter bars, banqueting ware, and probably an awful lot of stuff that you would never even think of… A giant chess set, for example.

Whether you’re an individual wishing to take home a piece of history – a chair which may have accommodated royal buttocks (the Queen and Kate Middleton are both known to have frequented the Gardens) – or a venue looking to acquire a bar once propped up by Madonna and Kate Moss (possibly less difficult to come by), this is a fabulous opportunity to lay your hands on high quality merchandise at a fraction of the new cost.

The grade II listed site, first opened in the 1930s when visitors were charged 1 shilling to enter, has been in the ownership of Virgin Limited Edition since 1981. Playing host to a string of society parties, weddings, and cultural events, Kensington Roof Gardens has become known as one of London’s premier A-list destinations.

Synonymous with glamour and style, this unique venue never did anything by halves. The auction, due to take place on 20th February 2018 at 10.30am both live from site and webcast on  is the Kensington Roof Garden’s version of going out with a bang… Its flamingo song, one might say.  Bidders can preview the lots for sale on 19th February 2018.

For further information, to arrange a sale preview, catalogue or participate in this auction please visit the official website at

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