Babylon at The Roof Gardens
Babylon at The Roof Gardens

Babylon at The Roof Gardens

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roofgardens.com/
  • Phone: 020 7368 3993
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday -Saturday 11.30am- 12 midnight
    Sunday 11.30am - 5.30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Babylon at The Roof Gardens
Situated 100 feet above London’s Kensington High Street, Babylon at the Roof Gardens has established itself as one of London’s most impressive restaurants. The dining room is an elegant and contemporary space with a subtle ‘nature’ theme, emphasised by vivid greens and leaf motifs. But it’s the views over the spectacular acre and a half of rooftop gardens that make Babylon at the Roof Gardens feel like an aerie hideaway in the middle of the metropolis. Popular with local high-flyers and well-dressed foodies, Babylon at the Roof Gardens restaurant offers a classic British menu that changes with the seasons to feature the freshest seasonal produce. We love the sautéed diver scallops with smoked bacon and the tender fillet of Scottish beef with a rich Madeira jus. Be sure to leave room for the dessert – Babylon’s apricot and Cointreau soufflé is a sensation. As you would expect, the service is impeccable and the wine list is full of handpicked gems.
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Babylon at The Roof Gardens reviews from OpenTable diners
217 reviews since 27 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.5
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (142)romance (89)business meals (79)fit for foodies (74)outdoor eating (73)sunday lunch (45)brunch (38)group bookings (33)afternoon tea (19)good vegetarian options (16)pre/post theatre (14)outstanding value (13)disabled access (9)child friendly (8)Show More
  • OK, but I expected more
    Valentinos
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    I booked through Open Table with a special offer for a 3 course meal for £35. At the restaurant they said that they had no such offer and only after showing the offer on my phone they agreed for us to have it. Food was ok, but I had expected better from the restaurant. It is after all the Babylon.
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  • Outstanding
    Beaver
    Dined on 16/11/2014
    What a lovely venue. The staff were very attentive. Our food was excellent. We were there for Sunday lunch - the roast beef was just perfect. A visit to the garden was amazing. It held a few surprises. Would definitely visit again hopefully in warmer weather to be able to sit outside.
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    disabled access, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Sunday afternoon
    ValR
    Dined on 16/11/2014
    The Gardens and the views are magnificent. The Sunday lunch set menu offers a good choice for adults. The food was delicious and nicely served. However, the kids' lunch was so-so, but they loved the Magician. All in all, a pleasant experience and will be back for another special occasion.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch on the set menu
    pilsbury
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I took a work colleague for lunch on the set menu. The restaurant itself is superb - a true hidden oasis only a step from the high street. views are great and the gardens are a delight. ask for a table by the window. I had the Mi Cuit Salmon which was beautifully presented and perfectly balanced, then the duck leg which was good but not great, followed by the slated caramel flapjack which was a perfect ending. Good selection of wines by the glass are available, and the set lunch menu is good value
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, special occasions
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  • absolutely devine!
    Amanda
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food and service was superb and would definitely go again for a special occasion
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant, outstanding view
    SamL
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My first visit, but certainly not the last. Had a drink outdoors overlooking the gardens and with a spectacular view of London. Then moved indoors for dinner. Food was very good, portions of a decent size and reasonable prices for this type of venue. Good wine list too. The service was efficient and very very friendly.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Babylon roof gardens are special
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    As always a lovely lunch with good food and a lovely atmosphere
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love2eat
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    We have visited restaurant several times and it is all you could ask for, great location, good service, good food etc.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and relaxing athmospere
    MaxUKVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    At Babylon you know what to expect and it is good. The only partial disappointment was that we could not get the usual table at the window and instead we were in the kind of tiny boots against the wall that are not exactly comfortable.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vs
    Vste
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    Nice place and good food but a bit too expensive for what they offer- very seasonal menu .
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    child friendly, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday treat
    Selleck
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    Friendly and courteous service and excellent food awaited us. The roof terrace must be a treat to sit and eat outside
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great location
    Babylondiner2
    Dined on 27/10/2014
    Superb views and relaxing atmosphere in the garden.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, disabled access, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday lunch at Babylon
    Beagle
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    Excellent choice for a late Sunday lunch, food was outstanding,very friendly staff, although a little slow to offer a drink on arrival. Great atmosphere and excellent value for a Sunday lunch.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • buzzard
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    This is a smart restaurant, and weather permitting, it would be particularly nice to dine outside. It is not cheap, but does not look cheap either. I did think the drinks were very expensive. I would go there again.
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  • Nice venue
    Foodie10VIP
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    But the lunch menu was a little disappointing. Choice was rather restricted and we finished up ordering from the A la'carte menu. Service was good with very friendly and attentive staff.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rainy day
    xyuz
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    Nice atmosphere with many business meals. But we went on a rainy day so couldn't appreciate the view. The outdoor tables are very well heated so completely possible to eat outside.
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    business meals, disabled access, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different.
    Francisi
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    We took a Scottish relative and wanted to offer them something different. With the gardens it was different! The food was good but the service was patchy. It was warm enough to sit outside for a drink first and the cocktail waiter was quick to turn on the outside heaters which was good. We had the set lunch which was good value. We had to wait a while for some of the courses. The waitress told us our table was ready and then disappeared! We stopped by the bar and asked them to show us to our table which they did immediately. Overall it was OK.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    Ashnish
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Went for dinner with a friend who was visiting us and wanted to take her somewhere special. Babylon is extra special and they lived up to their reputation. The place was a bit difficult to find but the staff guided us when we called them and they moved our reservations as we were running late. The ambiance is very good and the place was full. The service and food was implacable and there was a good selection of vegetarian option. Make sure try the white tomato soup its heavenly. The desserts were a perfect to finish the meal. Cant fault the place for anything from the service, ambiance and food. Can't wait to visit again.
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Wonderful!
    mightymunch
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Very very impressed by both service and food, would not hesitate to recommend.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch after a visit to the Palace
    firstclass
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    We arrived early and were able to have a wonder around the garden before we had our late lunch. The Flamingos are very tame as the ducks also seem to be which makes a lovely start to a visit to Babylon at the Roof Garden. The welcome by the staff when one first arrives is continued throughout ones time at the restaurant. They could not do enough for you. Our table was close to the window so we could look over the top of the roofs of London. The food - we had the 3 course lunch menu which is not large but for me it was just right. I get confused with long menus and find it difficult to decide what to have. The presentation and the flavour of each dish was perfect. The waiter was able to tell me what was in the food which was so good to eat.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Good view, friendly staff
    InMyOpinion
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    The setting is great. Before eating, we had drinks on the sunny terrace and looked at the view across to Battersea Power Station etc. Unfortunately the gardens were closed for an event, but the kind staff allowed us to have a glimpse. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. We chose food from the set lunch menu, which worked out better value than a la carte. The food was interesting and good, my only quibble being what I considered to be small portion sizes, and the fact that some dishes come without vegetables - ordering vegetables incurred extra cost. The combinations of food were imaginative and all food was beautifully cooked.
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  • Set lunch
    Tiggyb
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Had a welcome drink on the terrace with a view of the London skyline and then shown to table. Plenty of very pleasant staff. We opted for the 2 course set lunch which was delicious. Went back out on the terrace for after lunch coffee and sweet things before a relaxing time walking round the roof gardens which looked splendid with autumn planting. All this on a very warm day in September. Peace and quiet above the hubbub which goes on at ground level.Well worth a visit.
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    business meals, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Place
    Ash2
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    We have been to the Babylon roof garden restaurant a few times now and have never been disappointed. The food is super and the service extremely friendly and efficient. We always look forward to our visits.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gilfo
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    The waiter made us feel as if there was no one else in the restaurant. Very attentive and was extremely helpful during our time there. Wonderful gardens to explore as we digested our delicious food.
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    business meals, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Food with a view
    Bonoprobono
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    The location is outstanding, with a semi-panoramic view of lots of London and the inimitable roof garden (once Biba). The food was modern and somewhat quirky (violently coloured risotto didn't taste as vibrant as it looked!). Service was prompt, friendly and helpful. The prices were high, even for the area. And there was a table of shrieky ladies lunching. So a mixed experience, but worth trying at least once.
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    special occasions
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  • Good food but little portions
    Akka
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went to the restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the food was excellent. Service was also good and attentive. However, portions are quite small at a quite high price so I didn't think that the value for money was very good. Also, I would have expected that a restaurant of this sort, would offer larger tables with a decent separation; tables were very small and the next couple was just at an arm's length.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Halal Food
    Ahmed
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Outstanding experience. Recommended to all. Romantic and have a good view. Good view during the day
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miss Lida Hamedani
    LidaH20
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Excellent service. Scottie was exceptionally helpful and courteous in his approach to customer care
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Luncher
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Food was excellent with lots of inventive taste combinations. Staff very friendly. Weather wasn't great but we still managed a quick walk around the gardens which are well worth seeing.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Tasty, well presented food.
    Rutlandlass
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    We went on the set lunch option and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The restaurant was busy but we felt unhurried. A really good dining experience we would go again as a treat when in London. Roof gardens were good too!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Happy Birthday lunch with friends
    luvtreats
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    I recently went with two friends to Babylon at The Roof Gardens in Kensington High Street, for lunch. The service was excellent, ambience pleasant, décor sleek apart from a slightly OTT sofa in the bar area. Views would have been great but it rained! The food was as was also excellent, we had one of the set menus, and the large luscious lamb chop was perfect. We only had slight reservations about the dessert which was rather minimal, and included pieces of honeycomb which were almost inedible. There was a very nice relaxed atmosphere, with no pressure to finish. The gardens are actually located on a lower floor but wonderful, and well worth a visit. Luckily the rain had stopped by the time we finished our lunch.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely venue
    Bumbles
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    Really nice place . Went with husband and daughter for my birthday beautiful gardens food well presented and delicious all round a great experience.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MickinLondon
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    This is a truly wonderful location with the skyline of west London to view whilst enjoying marvellous food. Very attentive service and a very pleasant experience.
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  • overpriced
    moocow
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Value for money just wasn't here, initially cocktails and starters were great, however my main lacked seasoning and flavour. We ordered a £35 bottle of red wine and once finished we asked if that wine was available by the glass, we were told no but were recommended a spanish wine of which they said was very similar. I was not aware/not told it was £14 per glass of which we had 2 extra glasses. Given the bill came to approx £270 for 2 people and i did not really enjoy the food there and beside eating it I was still hungry after 3 courses, it wasnt a bad meal just lacked any real flavour. I think there are much better restaurants with michelin stars out there that i could eat at for £100 less than Babylon! and have much nicer experience
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  • Disappointed not to see gardens
    hachibeee
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    The view from the top is interesting but not incredible - we were hoping to be able to view the roof gardens but they were closed to public due to a private event. The service was formal but a little on the cold side from some. The food was creative and intricately presented (the scallops were melt-in-the-mouth), although for some dishes the fancy ingredients mentioned on the menu only featured minutely on the plate itself (eg. with the Milk Chocolate Pavé the Matcha green tea gravel was less than the smallest sprinkle). A bit pricey for the experience we had, but it was fun to try the inventive tastes, textures and presentation.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Superb location, great in every way
    paulp63
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Lunch Thursday 31st July. The food was very well presented, perfectly cooked, tasty and very good value (considering the location). The champagne and wines were not cheap but excellent. The staff were all excellent from the lobby to the farewell; just outstanding. I only booked 24hrs ahead but asked for a balcony table so I wasn't surprised when we were taken to an inside table. I was however delighted when the manager came and apologised that the balcony was full but said that a balcony table had been arranged for dessert and coffee. This really topped off what was already an outstanding service. After lunch we walked around the delightful gardens and sat for a while, the weather was perfect. We'll be back!
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    business meals, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Love at first Sight
    Adzlbo
    Dined on 28/7/2014
    I absolutely love this place. I first came Here when my fiancé proposed. The meal was amazing and the gardens on the sixth floor were even better. The food is always flavoursome when we go, their service is exceptional always. The decor is fresh and it's just an enjoyable experience whether it's a Sunday lunch or a Dinner date.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD ATMOSPHERE
    disabled
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    The restaurant is located in an idyllic location with nice views of the city; the staffs were very kind and professional, the music just right creating a good atmosphere. They have disabled toilets that were very handy for me, the food was ok but the menu was a very good value....
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    business meals, disabled access, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Nice change of pace
    jetfueltexas
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    Visiting from the US. Had a reservation and could hardly get there because of protests that the local police allowed them to obstruct many of the surrounding streets. Babylon was very accommodating and held our reservation even though we ended up nearly and hour late. Food was very good, and a good value compared to what we saw as typical London prices. Nice setting.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok restaurant in lovely setting.
    wobble
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    Great views from the outsIde terrace bar, but you eat inside. not much ambience inside. Food was good, but service a bit haphazard and very slow. The bill was pretty eye watering but I suppose you are paying for the location.
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