Ambiance, amazing food, perfect service and priced right.
I had no idea what to expect and it's the best way to go.
I was so pleasantly surprised by all the different rooms and how polite the staff was and then the food wow.
The drink lost was very creative as well oh and the desert yummy yummy.
We had the
We had the filet, and mushroom risotto with black Truffle.the servers were so attentive but not over attentive. I will def be back very time I come to London!
Don't miss this Gem.
Great location in Notting Hill
Food was average - I got the duck but it was too sweet
Wife got the potatoes and fish (take on fish and chips) - was above average
Overall, this is a cool place to bring your date - nice setting and ambience, but don't come here for the food.
Beach Blanket Babylon is tucked away on one of the streets off the Notting Hill High street, which is nice. It's not on a busy road but also close enough to walk from the station.
BBB is all about the ambience. The restaurant boasts a very sexy interior with chandeliers, fireplaces and furniture that would make Marie Antoinette go red with envy.
Sadly, BBB is not really all about food. Don't get me wrong, my veggie starter and my risotto main were great, but they just weren't what you'd expect from BBB. Maybe it's the interior and the service that set the bar too high, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's not food that will keep you coming back, it's the atmosphere. All in all, I had a lovely date night, hence my 4 stars.
We discovered Beach Blanket Babylon after seeing it on Yelp. My colleague was familiar with the play and Street from San Francisco, so we were excited to check out the restaurant bearing it's name.
We took a seat at a table in the bar, and did our best to wonder around to check out the eclectic decor.
Decor: eclectic, interesting, beautiful... Not what I expected in Notting Hill
Food: delicious. We had squid (calamari), burrata, lamb. The Lamb was fantastic, as was the squid.
Drinks: adult beverages were fantastic.
Swank and posh place. The decor alone is worth all the word of mouth. Alas, I can't recommend it as an actual bar: in terms of, a place to get drinks.
I've been there three times; twice during the week, and once on a weekend night.
On each occasion, you unfortunately get the far extreme of poor-British-customer service.
Be prepared to wait at the bar for ten or so minutes before anyone acknowledges your presence with eye-contact. Be prepared to wait an additional ten minutes before they begrudgingly take your drink order.
And another ten minutes before you are served your drink.
It's not as if the bar is under-staffed. They seem to have plenty of personnel. It's just that they appear to have zero motivation to actually turn out drinks.
In summary, great, fashionable place. Just don't go there if you want more than two drinks per hour or so.
What a name!
BBB was as eclectic as it can get with its decoration, the place is very interesting and certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.
The crowd is also very trendy and as they say here posh :)
Me and my friend walked in for a drink, we both ordered from their long list of cocktails. unfortunately the cocktails were below expectations. Add to that the waiter didnt really do a great job describing their drinks.
However I was told that the food there is really good will have to come back here to try them.
I expect this place to be perfect for a party with a big group of friends where you take over one of the different corners of BBB and enjoy your time.
Will definitely come back and try their food, and maybe give the drinks another chance.
Very beautiful decor and LOVE that you can sit by the fireplaces~
The Champagne cocktails are VERY delicious! Had the watermelon one and the....lychee~~
What i liked:
4. Drinks (champagne cocktails)
The interior is gorgeous... like a daytrip somewhere else but right in London.
The eggs benedict was delicious, really nice Hollandaise.
Price was fine, not too high for brunch.
Perfect for pre-Notting Hill shopping or antiquing.
With a table for 8 people reserved, we headed for Beach Blanket Babylon! I had walked past before and had not really thought much of it - however I am very glad that I made the effort to go there...it was great!
I am a real cocktail fan and Beach Blanket Babylon did not disappoint.
I started with a well made Classic Champagne Cocktail, which for some inextricable reason, Beach Blanket Babylon refer to as the 'Paris Hilton'. Whoever this Paris bloke is, I do not know, but I refused to refer to it as anything other than a Classic Champagne Cocktail, much to the bartender's prissy, jobsworth disgust. Jewel, however make superior Classic Champagne Cocktails - cheaper too!
I continued my way down the formidable Beach Blanket Babylon cocktail menu - and I enjoyed every one that I tried.
I do however, really feel sorry for the owners of Beach Blanket Babylon, they must be really hard-up. Otherwise, why would a high-end bar in Notting Hill not accept AMEX? Cheapskates!
The over the top tack decor is great. If you are bored waiting to use the toilet, they have though fully provided a game for people to play - you unscrew all of the light bulbs and make the place really dark. It wiles away countless minutes waiting time. In an unrelated query, my friend and I could not for the life of us figure why we woke up the next day with our fingers feeling as though they had been burnt.
I will be back to Beach Blanket Babylon, it was a lot better than I expected and not as terrifyingly expensive as it could have been.
For those who've seen Beach Blanket Babylon San Francisco style, prepare your self for something completely different. Expecting a cheesy show (like that of SF) I was hesitant to go. However, after a nice dinner at Electric and with the promise of extra delicious porn star martinis, my hosts convinced me venture off to BBB.
Upon arrival, instant surprises. First, there are no theatrics... except, of course, those of the patrons themselves.
This lounge feels like a dive into Atlantis. With gems, gold, and lavish furniture sprawled through the multi-level venue, I began to feel like a bit of a Mermaid.
Then came the porn star martinis. Delicious passion fruit floating in a champagne concoction... I was in love.
I highly recommend taking a plunge into Notting Hill's Beach Blanket Babylon.
After SMWF (a social media conference thing) this week, one of the sonsors held a dinner here in the upstairs room. I never hold my breath for these kinds of things, as catering for 35-40 people in one go is tough.
Well boy, was I surprised. Sure, the length in between courses was too long, but the food was delicious.
Homemade bread to start was a treat, then I had beautiful scallops cooked to perfection and a HUGE fillet steak. I'm a steak and red wine kind of girl, but I couldn't finish it! It was ginormous. But very tasty, served with potato rosti and spinach.
Sadly I had to leave before dessert, but as I wandered downstairs to the ladies and out through the bar, I mentally noted that I had to take my boyfriend there for another trip.
Generally, I don't exactly *like* this kind of place. Having said that, I really enjoyed myself at BBB. We went here for my lady's birthday and I was extremely impressed with how BBB handled the whole evening. We reserved a small section for 8:30pm for 15-20 people. We arrived and the host showed us to our spot where we had a couch, two tables and a bunch of chairs. On the tables were reservation cards with the birthday girl's name right on there. Throughout the night we never had trouble getting our servers to take orders and I just thought BBB was incredibly accomodating.
The lounge itself is nice, very kitschy. The music ranged from trite 80's to Spice Girls to modern house - all very popular with the ladies. I'm a wine and beer guy, and since this is absolutely NOT a place for beer, I stuck to wine. You can get a fine bottle of red or white for about £24.50 or so. (The house wines are around £20.) I can't really comment on the mixed drinks as that's not my area of expertise and I didn't have any at BBB. Although, I did see some mixed drinks and they looked attractive, and I think the people drinking them enjoyed them. We also had some nibbles, like antipasto and some fried seafood or something. It was good, anyway.
So, overall, I was very happy with BBB. Upscale in terms of location, ambience and drinks, but not prohibitively expensive. And I really do think the staff was fantastic. Very friendly and professional. I would say this is a great place for a date or a birthday party. Check it out.
The first words out of your mouth when you enter this place is - how pretty! I think it's definitely a place where girls like to get woo'ed having a few cocktails at the bar. The DJ is pretty good but does play a really eclectic mix.
The food in the restaurant downstairs isn't anything special. You do feel like you're eating in a cave but def good to have the option to grab a bit of a nibble if you're feeling peckish.
Beach Blanket Babylon is less than a 5 min walk from my London flat, so I'm a regular. I find it best on a Friday & Saturday night. It's great when they've got a DJ blaring and loads of people dancing. If you really want to move around, head to the BBB in Shoreditch.
BBB is also lovely for lunch and dinner. With extravagant decor and many rooms & floors, you're guaranteed a fantastic time.
Definitely try the cocktails. It's always fun to go in with friends and order a bunch of drinks and try them all out. Have a Fu Manchu or Mojito!
Be sure to give BBB a whirl while in London town!
" Majestic decor and atmosphere in a posh 'hood"
Went there with an Essex girl. Despite that, I really loved this place.
First the cocktails are truly unique concoctions. Whether you tastes are sickly sweet or something that is palatable like dry/refreshing/spicy, they have quite the choice of unique combination. Different liquors or topped with champagne. Not just weird for the sake of it. Really delicious. I should know. I really drink.
The food is better than average for sure, not completely confident it is worth the price. No matter, you are eating it in wonderful surroundings. Great date place.
Next time I'm in London, I will stop in again.
a must visit place for the decor alone, you can get lost in the adventure. I think its a little bit of a Notting Hill locals hang-out, but its still a must go place for me, especially if you have friends visiting.
I loved the different and completely adventurous cocktails, plus if there isn't what you want on the list, their mixologiest are pretty good at making something for you (just tell them the flavours you like).
Food was pretty good, very fresh and again nearly always something a little different on the menu, although sometimes it can be a bit rich for me.
The place gets packed, especially on the weekends, so reservations are advised
...I will be sure to go back several times more, with or without visitors
This place has an amazing location, the ambiance is fantastic. The food is pretty good, interesting drinks and make sure you wear your finest swagger
What a beautifully orchestrated evening. From arrival to collecting the coats we had a marvellous time. The voodoo sauce was very interesting and worth a try! Looking forward to returning one day for a tasting menu or something similar!
I came here recently for a birthday party. After walking past all of the smokers outside, you walk in and immediately find yourself at the bar - which is quite small and not the sort of place where you would hang out, more of a pick-up-your-order-and-go sort of situation. After ordering, it seemed like it took a while before we actually found ourselves with cocktails in hand, but I forgive the bartender for it because they were so well-made (much better than the other BBB, I would say).
For sipping your libations there are all sorts of loungey areas to find yourself - the place goes further back than you would imagine at first and you can perch yourself on a soft seat next to the fireplace or on one of their other comfy sofas. The atmosphere is very cozy - a good place to sit and have a more intimate conversation. The accents are comprised of chic well-thought-out details - little figurines and sculptures - which really create a wonderful elegant atmosphere.
The service was pretty nondescript and they pretty much left us alone, which was good and bad - mostly bad only when we wanted to order another drink. The smoking area is teeny tiny, so watch out if you're a smoker because it get super crowded.
Although the mood is right for a date, this is definitely also a prime pickup joint...on the particular night we were there we saw plenty of well-dressed men making the approach. So even though I would highly recommend this place as a prime venue to impress a gal (as another reviewer did) ... just know that if you're in the lounge you may have some competition!
If you want to see beautiful people, drink exotic cocktails, being surrounded by an extraordinaire place, which has tendency to kitsch, Beach Blanket Babylon in the heart of Notting Hill, will meet your expectations - if you are a man take your girl for a first date here.
This bar gets packed in the evening. Freshly flowers are decorating the room, fireplaces are lighted and a DJ is working the chill out sound. I happened to go there for drinks in the afternoon and evening. Don't ask for tea - this is not an afternoon tea place, but that would be a shame anyway, this place is for cocktails!
If you are someone who enjoys discovering hot spots pleasing your eye there is lots to discover at BBB. There is petite garden, where the smokers socialise. Also another section is reserved for the restaurant only. The staircase is winding itself smartly up onto different levels of the house. To me it is a mix between Mowgly in the jungle and Persian mosaic. It almost makes you feel to walk into a surrealistic Dali painting.
If you happen to go out on the other side of the city, the same concept has been drawn up by the same owners, who you always see checking in from time to time ensuring if everything is living up to the standards they want it to - I believe they do a good job. One question I do have - I would like to compare the customers from the east BBB with the West BBB - they both like expensive cocktails but like to claim to live the opposite lifestyle.
I first came to Beach Blanket Babylon on a Sunday afternoon for a coffee and sat at the outside seating area. I was mightily impressed by it when it wasn't too busy which was only heightened when I went on a night out - it is simply stunning and I can't think why anyone wouldn't like it.
The fireplace makes it homely without being too loungy or cosy. The decor is very arty - lots of elaborate antique style chairs and tables and candle holders. The restaurant area on the lower level is beautiful and not as loud or hectic as the bar area.
The crowd is very kitsch and typical of Notting Hill folk, and the cocktails are lovely but very very strong! I was nearly knocked out by my one Mai Thai so yes it is expensive, but if you are on the cocktails you won't need too many!
(A little secret; if you are a fan of Big Brother, one of the recent contestant's Rex always went on about his restaurants - Beach Blanket Babylon is one of them. I have to say - he hasn't done a bad job!).
This is the original BBB and actually has quite a different vibe from the one in Shoreditch. I haven't been to LA but I reckon on the outside it's a bit LA inspired, maybe LA wedding in Malibu. I haven't been to a wedding in years either and the last contact I had with Malibu was by way of a coke so this is tenuous maybe but it makes sense, the beach in the title certainly isn't in Notting Hill is it?
Inside the bar area is all fresh flowers, decadence, baroque style with great original lighting and fireplaces. Mostly it's all about the cocktails here, the list and the mix is pretty good and they're nice and heavy on the alcohol. There is nothing worse than bars thinking they can get cheap with the spirits because in a cocktail glass you won't realize. Especially when they don't come in cheap. There's also a great little smoking area at the front - needless to say all of it gets really busy most nights and it's totally packed on weekends.
This place is one fantastic find! Out of the way in the Notting Hill area situated in a residential area, this place is worth every penny!
Very trendy and full of the elite, every thing on the menu is yummy and the drinks are named to pleased (Porn Star Martini, French Kiss Martini, etc.), and they do just that!
The ambiance is one you have to see to believe, when you walk in it looks like a cute little cozy place, but once you're taken upstairs things change. It feels like you've been taken into an Alice in Wonderland dream land with an ecliptic twist. It's decorated in the Baroque and Rococo style and is just dreamy!
The food is melt in your mouth Fantastic! I woke up this morning ready to go back just to have some more of the Chateaubriand!
I'm looking forward to going back! You won't be disappointed, but make sure that you make reservations, this place is always buzzing!
I've been there yesterday night for drinks and the place is absolutely wonderful. It's the most prestigious place during the Fashion week in London.
I highly recommend it for its architecture and luxurious furnitures..
I like this place... and I'd go a lot more often, but £14 for a cocktail (Old Fashioned) is just ridiculous. The decor inside is really cool - there's a labyrinth of passageways to get to the bathrooms (downstairs), and it's a fun place to people watch (look out for cougars!) and see the Notting Hill scene. If you go you'll probably enjoy it, but watch your wallet, sticker shock is all the rage here.
This chic and exotic bar and restaurant attracts the fashionista crowd of west London with it's dramatic décor of exuberance and excess. Entering this restaurant is to enter a fantasyland of gothic glamour. The bar area leads down to cave-like rooms, adding to the sense of flamboyance.
Dress to impress when you come to this place as the crowd is well turned out, and even the waitresses are jaw-to-the-floor stunning.
We started with cocktails in the bar, before led down to our 'cave' - a stoned walled room down winding stairs to our table.
The food here is lovely, although not outstanding. If anything, it's the ambience that adds to the evening, you feel like you are somewhere truly special. Our meal of 2 mains, and 2 desserts, with a bottle of wine came to £120 with service, so the place isn't particularly cheap, but for a special occasion it is well worth the visit.
Beach Blanket Babylon is a magical gothic-inspired bar and restaurant nestled in a Georgian House in the heart of Nottinghill. A playground for Nottinghill's rich and beautiful, well-heeled socialites and fashionistas unwind in the sumptuous upstairs bar with potent cocktails shaken and stirred by attentive staff members sexy enough to give Brad Pitt and Gisele a run for their money.
While casually posing, one can savour the tastefully decadent décor of columns, marble busts, urns and topiary. Strategically-placed candles and chandeliers draw one's eye to the plethora of 17th Century cabinets dripping with vintage costume jewelry crafted by designers such as Christian Dior and Chanel.
If overwhelmed by the sensory overload, lower yourself into an oversized leather armchair and forget your cares while indulging in stimulating conversation with your entourage. If the intoxicating environment has left you in need of fresh air, step out onto the welcoming patio area and kick back at one of the petite iron tables which afford the perfect opportunity for watching the world go by.
The restaurant comprises several rooms interconnected by walkways, tunnels, bridges and staircases aptly named The Chapel, Crypt and Scullery Gallery. Delve deep into the basement floor of the restaurant and you will find yourself in The Crypt- a jewel of a restaurant filled with numerous nooks and crannies ideal for an intimate meal. The central focus of this subterranean oasis is a beautiful open fire place that casts a warm glow upon the stone walls and completes the inviting old-world atmosphere.
BBB is one of the few restaurants that harmoniously blends historic dining with modern sophistication, ensuring that even the most discerning of Londoners are certain to enjoy an ethereal experience at this urban gem.
I was dragged to BBB on different occasions, but I never got the concept. I may be that it is a place for girls, but the tarty-looking female staff would suggest otherwise.
The interior is considerably tacky and gaudy with chains, plush and fake-baroque elements incorporated into the design; it looks like it was designed to attract nouveau riche people with an addiction to 80s Versace.It is a fairly big establishment, but since it consists of so many different corners, rooms and basements, it feels decently intimate. The music seemed alright (mostly 80s when I attended), but it is slightly too loud to have a nice drink and a conversation. The drinks menu is all right with a focus on mixers, and hardly any "manly" drinks.
Service varied significantly from being overly attentive to neglecting our table completely. Prices are not on the cheap side, but considering the location and crowd, they seemed moderate.
This place is nothing form the outside compared to the magical, opulent, decadent, flower-filled cave within. From the moment you walk through the door you have to squash past huge cherubs and statues of Greek gods and push your way through decorative branches to make your way to the bar. This place always reminds me of a scene form Midsummer Night's Dream, it really does feel magical.
The cocktail menu is as varied as they come and they are delicious but they do come at a price. I have never eaten here but if the cocktails are anything to go by then I'm sure it's delicious! The wine list is also far-reaching, the house rose is particularly nice.
The staff in here are a beautiful as the crowds it attracts and are efficient too. Long waits for drinks are sometimes unavoidable though due to the sheer volume of people in such a small space. My only other criticism of this place is that there are no other watering holes within a short walk, making BBB a destination bar really somewhere beautiful to wile away your whole evening!
loved the cocktails.
loved the edgy, grand and exotic interior design.
loved the music.
shame that the place is too small and too crowded when i went there on a Saturday night.
Looking forward to go back there one day to try the A La Carte Menu.
Go for the scene and decor, the food and service are seriously wanting.
Granted, as I am into my 1st week of my move to London I'm pretty overwhelmed by how amazing everything is. But I fell in love with this bar at first sight, and ...I have been to many a bar. I'm still trying to figure out how to describe it...heavy chandeliers, Victorian couches and armchairs, private nooks and crannies tucked away, tealights, overall an eccentrically wonderful and unique interior, populated by a delightful mix of characters - a very trendy yet comfortable and relaxed setting. I will definitely be back.
We went there last night and it was amazing. The ambiance is incredible, something between: Flinstones meet Batman meet Charlie & the Chocolate fabric. The cocktails were delicious and the food out of this world. I seriously cant remember the last time Cod has tasted so good. And the beans, not just some vegetable, but some kind of first class vegetable....we had a great night and am sure to come back to this maze of mystery, magic and mamalicious food.
Ambience is amazing..excellent exotic drinks..trendy crowd...and nice food!!what else do u need!this place is perfect!!!!
I went to this place on an uncrowded night and it was lovely! The drinks were yummy and the music was fun. Very cute, charming place for drinks.
This is one of the coolest places I've ever been for dinner. Feels like you are eating in a castle or a temple in ancient Rome. Totally romantic and surreal. Now... the problem is, the food is expensive and not that good. I'd give the place a 5 for decor and a 2.5 for food. Take a date here for drinks.
an upscale night out without the £20 cover of a Mayfair club. drink prices were as expected, £10 a pop.
time flew by when i was there, before i knew it was midnight and closing and we had to leave. the venue was really pretty and intimate, not the ginormous club type feel. my biggest complaint would that the place was pretty small for being so packed. a fun "girls night out" spot that could also work for a date!
My husband and I live in the San Francisco area and travel extensively all over the world. We would rank BBB as one of the best. The food is wonderful, the staff are great and the restaurant is beautiful. We loved the restaurant so much, we went back on our last day in London for dinner again.
The staff and owners were attentive. The martinis were wonderful and the place was gorgeous with a wonderful atmosphere.
I can assure you that we will be returning on our next trip to London!
The effort the owners have put into this place has really come off. It is amazing inside and out, something that Bruce Wayne would be happy to reside in.
I sat and ate an overpriced meal, and felt a little guilty because I spent £12 on a starter that I could have made better, and as for the main meal, I had the Duck and it was nothing special at all, not worth £20 any way. It may have been a case of being a bad day for the Chef at back, because I thought that it was going to be amazing, but the food really did not live up to the standards of the décor.
Everything on the menu sounds mouth watering but just let down, and as for the drinks, over priced is an understatement. Perhaps they are just trying to keep the riffraff out. None the less, amazing to look at, perhaps go there and ask for tap water, then again, that might set you back a fiver.
Beach Blanket Babylon is ok. If you're not paying. I would much rather spend my time in the Sammy Smith's pub down the road, but hell, the clientelle aren't quite as stunning in there, so it can be worth a look. You need to be constantly careful not to bang your head in here, and the decor is way OTT, but, kind of fun. It's like a pirate ship, or something. Which is appropriate, because you do feel robbed after the cocktails!
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