Derry and Toms roof garden, High Street Kensington, London: the Tea Pavilion on the left and one of the bridges crossing the stream in the Woodland Garden in the foreground

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RIBApix ref no RIBA51619
Architect/DesignerHancock, Ralph (1893-1950)
Artist/PhotographerRichards, Alan
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1938
Image Date1970
Library ReferenceAP 817 Kensington & Chelsea
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: When Derry and Toms department store was built in 1931-1933, London County Council forbade the inclusion of the seventh floor due to the limit of fire service ladders but the building had the structural potential for another floor. On completion of the building, a roof garden was planned to cover this large open space which took three years to build and opened to the public in 1938.

Subject tags

shops, bridges, roof gardens, tea shops