|Other titles||Derry and Toms famous roof gardens.|
|The Physical Object|
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Previously occupied and made famous by the Derry & Toms Department Store, The Roof Gardens has been owned by Sir Richard Branson since Part of Virgin Limited Edition, they hosted a members’ club, a private function venue and the Babylon Restaurant on the seventh floor overlooking the gardens. The Roof Gardens cover acres on top of the former Derry and Toms building on Kensington High Street, making it the largest roof garden in Europe. s In the s Trevor Bowen (the vice-president of Barkers, the Kensington department store that owned the site and constructed the building in ) commissioned Ralph Hancock, a leading. The roof gardens of Derry and Toms were designed by Ralph Hancock a landscape architect. The roof garden plan Ralph Hancock. He was commissioned by Trevor Bowen the managing director of Barkers department store who had been very impressed by Hancock’s roof garden design at the Rockerfeller Centre in New York. Roof garden of by Ralph Hancock on top of the former Derry and Toms department store in Kensington High Street and forming part of the design concept of the building. HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT After John Barker and Company took over Derry and Toms in it was decided to build a new store, constructed in
London's oldest and best roof garden, still known to many as 'Derry and Toms Roof Garden', recalling the name of the department store which commissioned the garden. The garden covers acres and are ft above street level. It has ponds, bridges, walks, trees, shrubs and sitting areas. Derry & Toms was a London department store that was founded in in Kensington High Street and was famous for its Roof Garden which opened in In the store was closed and became home to Big Biba, which closed in The site was developed into smaller stores and offices. The plan is for the Roof Gardens to reopen in late or early , Mr Rose said. The site at 99 Kensington High Street consists of the sixth and seventh floors of the former Derry & Toms . Kensington Roof Gardens goes on sale for £m. acre Grade II-listed gardens are on top of former Derry & Toms department store which is all for sale Michael Cohen's bombshell book .
And of course you'll all be treated to the extra special attention that our staff are famous for. Originally above Derry and Tom's department store which opened in , The Roof Gardens were the dream child of the vice president of Barkers, Trevor Bowen, who employed landscape architect Ralph Hancock to realise his vision. Dave Walker tells us. The John Barker Company had acquired Ponting’s in and Derry and Tom’s in It was they who built the architecturally demanding Derry and Tom’s building (, with the Roof Garden being completed in ) along with their own flagship building ( work being interrupted by the war). The Gardens has been listed as a Grade II site by the English Heritage in The company closed in , and the building was bought by Biba, which remained there for only a few years. The location is now a Marks and Spencer’s. Derry & Toms . These opened in May and featured a sun pavilion, an English woodland garden, a Spanish garden, a Tudor garden and a flock of pink flamingoes. The store was modernised between and John Barker & Co Ltd sold the company in Derry & Toms closed on 13 January