Beach Blanket Babylon

3.9
271 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
An old English mansion of Rococo elegance. Made up of various intimate spaces, the restaurant serves seasonal, modern European cuisine, accompanied by an impressive selection of world wines

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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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What 271 people are saying
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3.7
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4.1
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3.7
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food and venue were lovely, the staff were rude and acted like we were an inconvenience.

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vipCliff
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it. Service particularly fabulous- will definitely come again

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vippeter7
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab welcome, fab food and fab service! Lovely energy and genuine earth from all the team. Shout out for Maria & Ms Greece. Well done team Beach Blanket Babylon

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really disappointing! Was looking forward to visiting here for a long time. Had a reservation booked but unfortunately had delays so rescheduled for a later time. Was told this would be fine and that their kitchen closed so to order within 15 minutes. 5 minutes later went to order even though the menu available at the restaurant wasn’t the same as the menu available online. And nowhere on the website does it say the kitchen is closed from 3.30-5. When trying to order was told the kitchen was closed.

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Francescod
London
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Long wait for food&drinks / over 5 mins to pay the bill as the guy only found out at the very end Amex is not accepted whereas it was the first thing I’ve asked!

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Ramrod
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience2

I like this venue but this visit was fraught with issues. Firstly I booked in the restaurant and ended up at the bar. But far more irritating was the extreme music noise level which virtually prevented any talking with my dinner guest (and this was 7.30-9.30pm so not late in the evening). Almost impossible to have a normal conversation. Made the whole experience very disappointing.

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CaoimheC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful surroundings, good food and drinks. Nice for a date or special occasion.

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vipElemrt
London
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Food was great but terrible terrible service.
It took them 35 minutes to get us a grilled cheese toast and the fries that we ordered with it were stone cold.
A waitress was wearing a white dress that was so short that we could see her underwear, the other ones were absent and honestly weird in their answers.
It is a pity because the food was very good.

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NadineA
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely interior, food great and staff were all friendly too. We booked a table for brunch on a Sunday morning but there seemed to be a lot of tables spare. 2 lots of outside seating too

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Heids
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Beautiful food and great vibe although service wasn’t great, felt like they didn’t have enough waiters on for the no. of bookings.

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amanojaku8
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Not what it used to be! Food was actually quite good, we ordered steak, broccoli, chips and Monkfish (though the latter was a bit salty), and some of the signature cocktails weren't bad but the service was poor and their former USP (the Pornstar Martini) was pretty awful to be honest.

In terms of service we ended up being sat outside as even though we arrived on time our booked table under the heat lamp had been given to someone else (!) and as we were cold by the time we finished our food we asked to be reseated under the lamp or inside only to be told everything was booked.

When my better half pressed the issue and asked if even around the bar was reserved, the waitress then went to check and lo and behold there was a space available. I wouldn't usually bother to review a place, but what really gets my goat is that after we'd ordered further drinks inside this same waitress came by and dropped the bill on the table (it was about two hours before closing and we weren't even asked if we would be staying longer).

This place has had its day in the sun.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

A pleasant experience overall, but a few observations: Our table for two at midday was one of two tables occupied here. Both tables were under the impression that brunch was available…this needs to be even clearer online.
The staff were still working around us cleaning and getting ready for the day, so midday is perhaps too early for customers. They had not yet taken delivery of one of their two sparkling water brands, and our server could not describe the only chardonnay listed. The kitchen was not ready either…the Miso Roasted Aubergine main had grill marks but was not cooked inside and miso sauce merely poured over. The basement Washrooms were not signed, so we entered the kitchen and a storeroom before finding the unsigned door to the washrooms - unhelpful in the gloom, even for a fully able person.

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Keke
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Staff and venue are lovely, unfortunately our food wasn’t on par. The fish was very tough and over cooked as was the burger. Good atmosphere but not so good for food.

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IlizaK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Not overwhelmed by the experience to be honest. The light above the table was flickering so I requested to move the request was just ignored luckily the light stopped flickering after 5 mins but no one acknowledged the request for the move.

It appears the restaurant is a place for regulars rather than occasion dining as I noted the service was poor towards us. I would have had another cocktail or 2 had the service been better as they cleared the table before my niece had finished so felt rushed.

Everyone enjoyed the food and drinks although one food order was incorrect and drink was not what was ordered.

Sadly I feel Instagram led to my disappointment and that of the group the food is well presented and tasty but the service and way I felt we were treated as well as we could have has made me not want to return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food not great but ambience was fun.

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CarolineH
London
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service excellent . Really lovely place.

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AliceP
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were warned by friends about slow service and lack of items on the menu so came prepared for this - we wanted BBB because of the ambience and decor which did not disappoint. There were a few items we ordered that had 'run out' and eg strawberries were substituted for raspberries. There were very few diners as it was the bank holiday which may have made the difference as the service was good.

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Katie
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Terrible service. We non existent to the staff. Would not go again.

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PVansreview
London
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Service not as good as would expect for Premium establishment

Starter Plates out at different times bread meant to accompany with starter came with main

Not quite was attentive as would expect

Lamb chops excellent

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TMunich
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Auch nach 20 Jahren noch ein sehr trendiges Restaurant - beliebt bei der Notting Hill Incrowd. Aber der Service war wirklich unterirdisch. Zu wenig Besteck, Stuhl musste man selbst holen, Kellnerin hatte noch nie eine Weinflasche aufgemacht.

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SimonB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Enjoyable evening, food was ok, the experience was ruined by the table behind us bringing dogs with them. They fed the dogs from the table and at one stage were feeding the dogs directly from their mouths, which put us off our food. I don’t understand how they were allowed to bring dogs into the restaurant on a Friday evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great ambience and amazing cocktails food is just alright

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sophieg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice cocktails, had a lovely lunch.

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vipCaraL
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Probably the worst restaurant experience I’ve had in a long time. The service was terrible, the restaurant lacked atmosphere and the food was mediocre at best. Save your money and go elsewhere!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service and food were very okay but nothing special. Both dishes we ordered were very spicy. All the waiters seemed to be in a rush and was hard to get hold of them. Overall was good but don’t think I will be returning.

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LaurenM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for my mums birthday. The decor was amazing, the food was outstanding. Our first waiter was fairly inattentive and dissapeared for long periods of time despite the restaurant being very quiet on a Monday. We would have ordered more drinks if we were able to. Having said that, the second waiter who helped us was amazing and even gave us a tour of the restaurants different rooms at the end and he made the experience for us! Would 100% re visit- the food was incredible and beautifully presented too

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JDS1234
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good excellent service and overall beautiful restaurant.

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Katasimps
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant was very pretty.
Decent size, the decor was nice and vintage.

Food was ok, wasn’t anything WOW.

But the waiters and waitress was super nice and helpful, really attentive.

I would recommend it as a place to meet for a drink! :)

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EBbB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Lovely starters, main course was sadly not great :(

We loved the restaurant though!

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LukeR
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic service, food and atmosphere! We will certainly be returning again soon!

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Abcdefg
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Good food, service wasn’t the fastest but was fine

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OliverT
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful evening. Food and drinks were great, staff were OUTSTANDING! Especially the Manager 🙂

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vipVaryaN
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Limited brunch menu. What happened to lunch? Why would you not serve lunch at 1 p.m?

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Ruby
London
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service was average to inattentive and the food was nothing special but the ambience was enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Came here often when we lived in London. Good To say it is still got all of its amazing qualities. Really enjoyed it.

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PaulJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was OK, didn't realise we only had the brunch menus on Saturday lunch times, but found something good to eat everyone was friendly and helpful, would go again, perhaps with a small group, though if weather's good out side looked nice

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Visited BBB with my family who were staying for the weekend. First thing to note is ‘brunch’ is on until 3pm and there isn’t a alternative proper lunch menu, so if you’re looking for a substantial meal this is not the time to come.
The last time I came with my partner the service was painfully slow but I thought I’d give them the benefit of the doubt and give it another try. Sadly, the same was true for this visit even though the staff seemed plentiful, and there were very few people dining. Our waiter was brand new so we had to be quite patient as every question we asked he had to go check with someone - including what one of the dishes was. I would have thought this a very basic part of training staff - explaining what each dish is and having them try everything but clearly not here at BBB. Drinks arrived incorrectly, some dishes didn’t turn up at all (a system error apparently which I just think means the new waiter had not been correctly trained on the till either). It’s a shame because it’s a beautiful venue with friendly staff and reasonably priced, tasty food (although quite small portions) but the slow, clunky service lets it down every time.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The security guard at the door was extremely rude and very irrelevant to ask “why do you need?” As soon as i enter the restaurant. Obviously im here to have dinner, i have a reservation, what else would i need?
Apart from the extremely unprofessional security, the food was great.

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vipCarolineS
Newcastle
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Have always enjoyed my visits but this time stuck on table in the bar - not the best place to celebrate a 60th birthday !

Table not laid upon our arrival. Table was dirty and wet but we were without asking moved to another table.

Food was excellent was service was all over the place. Had to remind staff to bring our nibbles/starters. Asked for bread and none arrived. Next course arrived before old dirty plates were cleared.

Guest asked for dressing on the side for her salad and didn’t arrive. When asked for dressing it was dumped on my setting and not the guests.

First choice of wine at £45 a bottle not available so had a very average bottle instead.

Definitely won’t return as a group of 6 again as it felt as though restaurant and staff couldn’t cope.

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Figfog
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice light supper. Good choice of appealing dishes & was difficult to decide what to have. Always a good sign in my eyes. Chose 3 starters to share - squid was excellent as was the chargrilled broccolli with satay.

FAQs

Beach Blanket Babylon does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Beach Blanket Babylon is rated 3.9 stars by 271 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.