Reach new heights

Growing pressure on open spaces in the capital has created a surge of interest in properties with roof terraces. Naomi Mdudu rounds up the best on the market.

Kensington Roof Gardens, Boundary, Soho House: us Londoners are suckers for a rooftop terrace. Great views over the city and a relaxing spot to indulge in a chilled beverage under the sun: what’s not to like? And despite the rare nature of the current heat wave, more and more buyers are looking for properties that feature them.

“Roof terraces have become immensely sought after and increasingly valuable, as the city has evolved,” says John D Wood & Co’s William Tellwright. “Owing to building development and pressure on open spaces, there is less and less chance of buying a house or flat with a garden, or even a grass outlook. And as consequence of staggering property prices in central London, every available square foot of land has become the target of development. The only place to put your deck chair and enjoying a shard of sunshine is on the rooftop and everyone wants one.”

So swap inhaling traffic fumes for wafts of blooming flowers on your own roof top garden in these pads.

The terrace may need modernising but the property is ideal for someone after a project. It comes in a four-bedroom house situated over five floors, located near Kings Road and Sloane Square.

For more information contact John D Wood & Co on 020 7352 1484 or visit

6 PALACE GATE, W8 – £5.95M
The terrace in this Grade II listed penthouse apartment extends across much of the building and offers unrivalled views of Albert Hall and Hyde Park Gate, meaning you can enjoy the sound of this summer’s Proms from the comfort of your home. The property, which Sir Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf have called home, comes with three bedrooms, a large drawing room and three en-suite bathrooms.

For more information contact Brooks Gordon on 020 7871 1572 or call Strutt & Parker LLP on 020 7938 3666.

When you don’t fancy spending time in the green spaces of Holland Park or Kensington Gardens, you can simply head up to your own outdoor space in this property. The terrace has ample space for entertaining and sits on top of an excellent four-bedroom house with a basement that could work well as a separate flat. The property lies between Aubrey Walk and Holland Park, placing it in the heart of Notting Hill.

For more information contact Chesterton Humberts on 020 3040 8445 or visit

This two-bedroom property comes with a cosy, intimate terrace. One of the more affordable properties on this list, it features a spacious drawing room with a large dining area, high ceilings and a large family bathroom.

For more information contact Chesterton Humberts on 020 7594 4740 or visit

The garden in this property is the one to go for if you want to make an instant impression, as all of the hard work has already been done. It comes on top of a stylish three-bedroom apartment set on the upper two floors of a terraced house in the heart of Chelsea. When the weather is bad, entertain in the elegant west-facing drawing room.

For more information contact John D Wood & Co at 020 7352 1484 or visit

If you’re after a fully landscaped roof terrace, this property is for you. It sits on the first floor of a newly refurbished three-bedroom semi-detached house close to the west end of Kensington High Street and the much-loved Holland Park.

For more information contact John D Wood & Co on 020 7727 2233 or visit

With views over a highly sought after garden square in Knightsbridge, this roof terrace offers spectacular views. The property is situated on the fourth and fifth floors of a red brick building and features two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large reception room.

For more information John D Wood & Co on 020 7352 1484 or visit

This four-bedroom townhouse is located in Berkeley Homes’ new gated development Napier Mews in Acton Vale. The property comes with a rooftop terrace with solar panels and a private rear garden, a rarity for properties so close to central London. Spanning four floors, the property features an en-suite bathroom in the master room, a kitchen with bespoke units and modern worktops and bedrooms with integrated wardrobes. This is a real find of a flat.

For more information contact Napier Mews on 0844 417 8753 or visit

Situated beside the Grand Union Canal in Little Venice is this three-bedroom penthouse apartment located in Amberley Waterfront, one of London’s top new waterside developments. The private roof terrace spans half of the building allowing ample space for entertaining. Residents also benefit from access to a communal courtyard garden.

For more information information contact Amberley Waterfront on 020 3538 1512 or visit