Pink flamingos

For day 29 of #blogjune we visit a magical garden…

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The old Derry & Toms department store on Kensington High Street closed in 1974, being replaced briefly by Biba before its days as a shopping emporium ended. It’s a beautiful art deco building opened in 1930 which thankfully remains, especially so as that means the beautiful roof gardens which opened in 1938 also not only remain but flourish.

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The roof gardens are now mostly used for corporate events but if there are no events taking place you can visit this magical place completely free of charge. One morning we arrived at the old side door to Derry & Toms, asked the doorman if we could visit the gardens, signed in (you’ll need photo identification) and took the lift up to the sixth floor.

There are actually three gardens: a Spanish garden looking out over Kensington High Street and the neighbouring former Barkers department store…

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The lovely Tudor garden…

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And the Woodland garden, complete with resident Pintail ducks and four pink flamingos called Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks. There are over 30 different species of trees in the woodland garden, including trees from the original planting over sixty years ago, despite having only a metre of soil in which to grow.

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4 responses to “Pink flamingos

  1. We went to restaurant and could only tour Spanish garden as a function in other gardens. It was amazing https://graemeo28librarianbiker.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/british-library-kensington-roof-gardens-piccadilly-circus-ripleys-believe-it-or-not/

  2. Oh you just find the most amazing things to visit. These 3 gardens sound beautiful.

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