When searches for homes with gardens leapt by more than 100 per cent in the first week of lockdown, it was something of a starting pistol for the gardening boom that’s shown little sign of letting up since.
Surely few required a pandemic to highlight the charms of the roof terrace.
Stacked on top of rear extensions, garages or your downstairs neighbour’s kitchen, these secluded retreats often make smart use of dead space, turning them into bonus zones for entertaining, growing vegetables or grabbing a moment in the sun.
A landscaped roof garden is now the crowning glory for luxury developers, whose enthusiasm for such spaces means that London’s elevated oases now cover an area bigger than Hyde Park.
We’ve selected 10 of the best homes with rooftop terraces for sale now, from south-facing sun decks to communal green space.
Canary Wharf, E14
Studio apartment in slick new skyscraper development, with access to communal tropical gardens and 75th floor sky garden.
Call Landmark Pinnacle, 020 3905 6826
New build mews-style home with two bedrooms and full-width roof terrace. Walking distance to Oval, Stockwell and Nine Elms stations.
Call Chestertons, 020 7288 0330
Forest Gate, E7
Thirties former school building with four bedrooms and industrial details throughout. Wildflower green roof and terrace with built-in planters.
Call The Modern House, 020 3795 5920
Canal-side one-bedroom apartment with underground parking space and private balcony, plus access to communal roof garden.
Call Ludlow Thompson, 020 8981 2670
Five-bedroom family home in a gated mews, tucked away from Hornsey High Street. Off-road parking and large south-facing roof terrace.
Call Hamptons, 020 8348 7666
Distinctive five-bedroom Grade II-listed Art Deco home designed by Connell, Ward and Lucas. Roof terrace overlooking secluded gardens.
Call Kinleigh, Folkard and Hayward, 020 8131 8866
Brixton Hill, SW2
New build mews house with two bedrooms, plus sun-trap patio and roof terrace. Well-placed for local shops and popular Brockwell Park.
Call Keating Estates, 020 7720 2113
Spacious three-bedroom home on a quiet cul-de-sac close to Abbeville Village. Roof garden atop the garage, which offers potential for conversion.
Call Hamptons, 020 3369 4374
Surrey Quays, SE8
Top floor three-bedroom apartment with a large roof terrace spanning its length. Within ten minutes of well-connected Canada Water.
Call Yopa, 0333 305 0202
Caledonian Road, N7
Bright two-bedroom maisonette at the top of a Victorian end-of-terrace home in the Hillmarton Conservation area with a sun deck.
Call Dexters, 020 7284 0101