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Head Sommelier - Kensington, London

Kensington, London
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Head Sommelier - Kensington, London

About Us:

The Roof Gardens were originally created in the Art Deco period and opened in 1933. In the late 60's the building was taken over by fashion powerhouse Biba and was the pulse of Swinging London. 100 ft high above Kensington High Street, set across 3 floors with over an acre of gardens, The Roof Gardens will be a next generation members club that is future-facing, committed to innovation and community, to discovery and to delight. The club will open in Spring/Summer 2024 as a world-leading members’ club affording its community beautiful gardens, bars, restaurants and events spaces alongside a visionary cultural and music programme.

The Role:

We are looking for an experienced Senior Sommelier to join The Roof Gardens to lead our wine operations. As a pivotal member of our front of house team, you will be helping to build your team, put processes and operations in place to ensure first class service, develop a truly original wine list and create partnerships with suppliers which ensure access to sought after vintages, unusual wines and furthermore, support excellent training opportunities for our team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operations & Service: Curate and develop wine lists for all bars, private dining and events in line with excellence standards, collaborating with chefs and management. Oversee daily wine operations, welcome guests warmly and provide personalised wine recommendations and pairings. Implement wine training for team members to enhance knowledge and sales and lead by example, setting high standards for service excellence and professionalism
  • Finance & Inventory Management: Work closely with Bars Manager and F&B management team to achieve profitability and to meet revenue for your area. Analyse daily reports and set targets / implement strategies and ideas to resolve adverse trends and improve sales if required. Oversee inventory management and work with Stock Controller/Bars Manager to conduct regular stock take and audits.
  • Maintenance & Compliance: Ensure the cellars and wine stores are safe and meticulously maintained to the highest standards. Complete opening and closing duties to ensure compliance and quality assurance of standards are maintained. Ensure team members adhere to H&S standards and practises receiving regular and timely training to include; Basic H&S, Food Hygiene and COSHH. Ensure team members comply with club security, fire regulations, licensing requirements and all health and safety regulations.

Skills & Requirements:

  • Experience in high-quality restaurant or private club
  • WSET level or equivalent qualification
  • Passion for wine and continuous learning
  • Hands-on leader with strong team building skills
  • Commitment to exceptional guest experiences and service excellence 
  • Warm, professional, detail-oriented with strong communication skills
  • Friendly demeanour, supportive of colleagues
  • Strong network in hospitality industry and with suppliers
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and travel for training or supplier visits or training


  • Salary above market rate + service charge
  • 30 days holiday + 1 extra day for every year service 
  • 1 ‘celebrate you’ holiday and 1 volunteer day too
  • Enjoy a healthy meal at ‘The Greenhouse’ and relax with colleagues
  • Full use of lockers, shower and changing facilities in ‘The Hub’
  • Rest and retreat in ‘The Zen’ or use as a quiet prayer space
  • Uniform and dry cleaning provided
  • Support your financial wellbeing with Wagestream
  • Growth opportunities, both personally and professionally
  • Pension scheme
  • Team socials to celebrate the wins 

And lots more!

We are a community united by attitude, curiosity and optimism, not defined by background. We celebrate individuality and free expression. It doesn't matter where you have come from, it's where you are going. The Roof Gardens is a welcoming place of acceptance where growth is nurtured, experiences are shared, stories are exchanged and ideas are born.

If you’d like to join us on the next chapter of The Roof Gardens, we’d love to hear from you.


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