Kensington High Street
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One of London's best-kept secrets can be found 100 ft (30 m) up on top of the old Derry & Toms building at 99 Kensington High Street. Laid out in 1938, the Kensington Roof Gardens cover 1V2 acres (0.6 ha) and form the biggest roof gardens in Europe. There are three different gardens, with 500 species of plants, fountains, a
stream, ducks, flamingos, a restaurant and a night-club. Since 1981 the gardens have been owned by Richard Branson's Virgin group and are used for functions and hospitality.
No. 18 Stafford Terrace was the home of Linley Sambourne, the Punch cartoonist. The house and contents have been preserved unchanged as an authentic Victorian experience and can be visited at weekends.
Kensington Palace Gardens, or 'Billionaire's Boulevard' which runs between Notting Hill Gate and Kensington High Street behind Kensington Palace, is regarded as London's most exclusive address. It is certainly London's most expensive address. In 2005 Britain's richest man, steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, is thought to have paid Bernie Ecclestone £70 million for Nos. 18—19 Kensington Palace Gardens -making it, at the time, the most expensive house in the world.
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