Derry & Toms

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Derry & Toms
Type Private/ceased trading 1971
Industry Retail
Genre Department Store
Founded 1860
Founder(s) Joseph Toms, Charles Derry
Headquarters Kensington High Street, London, England
The "Derry & Toms" building as it appears today

Derry & Toms was a London department store.

The company dates back to the 1860s, when Joseph Toms, a store proprietor joined forces with his brother-in-law, Charles Derry. In 1920 John Barker & Co. acquired Derry & Toms.

In 1932 the store moved to large seven story building on Kensington High Street, designed in an Art Deco style popular at the time by Bernard George and featuring metalwork by Walter Gilbert. The building is most famous for its Kensington Roof Gardens which still remains today. The main restaurant, situated on the fifth floor, was called "The Rainbow Room" and became a venue for thousands of "Dinner & Dances" (banquets), for both private firms and government departments, from the 1950s until the ownership of the store changed.

The store closed in 1971, when the company was bought by Biba,[1] which remained there for only a few years. The location is now used by Marks and Spencers, H&M and Gap and as offices for Sony Music UK. Since 1981 it has been a Grade II* Listed Building.[2]


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Coordinates: 51°30′04″N 0°11′32″W / 51.5012°N 0.1921°W / 51.5012; -0.1921