Up in the air: gorgeous London roof gardens to get above it all

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See a new perspective in time for summer at these spectacular London roof gardens attached to unique homes. Forget about patchy grass and mowing the lawn – life’s much easier up on deck!

 

Whitechapel

With the Gherkin, Cheesegrater and Tower 42 front and centre in the view, the 130 sq ft roof garden on top of this live/work investment has a magical and breathtaking outlook of The City’s most iconic landmarks.

You step outside from an open-plan living space in a glass cube on top of a four-storey Georgian building. The rest divides between two more floors of residential accommodation upstairs, and two floors of gallery space at the bottom.

This gives rise to all manner of possibilities. Hold the entire thing as an investment; move in to enjoy the view and keep the commercial element as an income; or take over the whole building as the ultimate creative lifestyle address.

For sale at £2,000,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans

 

Forest Hill

There’s a decidedly tropical flavour to this sprawling 2,250 sq ft roof garden on top of a freehold live/work property. Converted from a former workshop, the building has a tucked-away mews location that’s become an active community of artists and creatives.

It’s incredible how clear and uninterrupted the view is from here, with open skies all around. You’d need to get much higher to have such a view in the middle of the city, and despite being so exposed, the terrace feels really private.

Inside you’ll find 4,000 sq ft of space, divided equally between the two floors. Planning permission was previously granted to build a third floor across the entire existing terrace, with a new terrace on top of the new addition – so lots of potential if 6,000 sq ft is more your thing.

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For sale at £1,850,000 – click here for the image gallery, video tour and plans

 

Clerkenwell

However you like to spend your time outside, this contemporary penthouse at Great Sutton Street in creative Clerkenwell has got you covered. There’s no less than 554 sq ft of outdoor spaces, spread across two balconies and a roof garden.

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From pottering with plants to a quiet Sunday with the papers to a rooftop party with friends, there’s a space to fit the bill, each with a city skyline view.

At just under 1,700 sq ft inside, the apartment unfolds over two floors, including a 44 ft open-plan living area, two bedrooms, and a mezzanine that’s the perfect home office or wellness space.

For sale at £2,000,000 – click here for the image gallery, video tour and plans

 

Borough

A storming city panorama awaits at the top of this converted Victorian warehouse close to London Bridge, Borough Market and The Thames.

Planning permission was granted to transform the current 900 sq ft apartment into a magnificent 2,500 sq ft duplex penthouse with a fabulous roof garden as its crowning glory. Sufficient works have begun to retain the consent, ready for you to finish the job.

The Shard, Gherkin, Walkie Talkie, Cheesegrater, and Tower 42 are all in close-up and punctuate the skyline with a spectacular concentration of city skyscrapers. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a better or more expansive view among London roof gardens.

For sale at £1,750,000 – click here for the image gallery, video tour and plans

 

Clapham

Within walking distance of Clapham Common and Battersea Park, the terrace of this converted coroners court has an eclectic view of classic Victorian rooftops and an emerging contemporary skyline.

The red brick elevations of the main building and the chimney stack rising through the decking give the terrace something of an industrial aesthetic. However, the neighbourhood is resolutely residential in style and atmosphere.

It’s a remarkable property with multiple street addresses and a detached coach house opposite the main building. Perfect for a large family household, multi-generational living, or having a separate work space at home.

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For sale at offers over £3,500,000 – click here for the image gallery, video tour and plans

 

Shepherd’s Bush

When only two roof gardens will do, this triplex loft at the former Woodstock Studios in Shepherds Bush (often used by the BBC) comes up trumps.

Think glamourous summer gatherings on the cocktail terrace leading directly off the main living space as the season’s essential social events. Or nurture ideas and inspiration on the creative executive terrace to the private office on the top floor.

Inside, it’s luxury all the way with a palette of high-class materials and elevated design moments. Highlights include a floating staircase, split-level living area and exposed architectural fabric.

For sale at £2,500,000 – click here for the image gallery, video tour and plans

 

Camberwell

Okay, we’re cheating a bit here. This wonderful Victorian chapel conversion in Camberwell’s leafy Myatts Fields corner doesn’t have a roof garden at all.

However, the design of the garden at ground level has such a roof terrace-y vibe – all pavers and pots courtesy of the interior designer owner – that we thought it deserved inclusion here.

Inside, The Chapel is nothing short of jaw-dropping. A triple-height vaulted ceiling with exposed timber beams arched over a cavernous central living areas flanked by two mezzanines. Beyond the original chancel screen and seating, the design gives way to a more intimate area of bedrooms and bathrooms.

For sale at £2,950,000 – click here for the image gallery, video tour and plans

 

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