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Babylon at The Roof Gardens
Babylon at The Roof Gardens

Babylon at The Roof Gardens Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roofgardens.com
  • Email: babylon@roofgardens.virgin.com
  • Phone: 0207 368 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

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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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Very nice food. I must say I thought that all the tables would have good views, if you want a view you need to be outside, and obviously you need good weather to dine outside. Very nice, good value set lunch menu. Thought the price of the a la carte menu was expensive for lunch. We had a bottle of wine, and unfortunately the waiter did not refill out glasses until we had finished our main course. Make sure if you want to visit the roof gardens you ring and check it is not shut for a private function. Had a lovely day here with a nice lunch and a walk around the roof gardens."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Amazing food, great atmosphere, very big bill! "
    dined on 29/11/2013
  • "We had 2 courses for £26 which had good but standard options. Pork cheek starter was enjoyable but under seasoned, my date had salmon which he really enjoyed. Mains were beef and lamb which again were very good but side dishes didn't arrive until after meat was going cold and we had asked. Also no seasoning on table which had to be asked for. Problem seemed to be there were 6 people serving our table doing different things and they didn't seem to very coordinated at all. Babylon is a great venue and views are wonderful and I would go back but maybe not for set meal. Wine list was excellent with some well priced options, we had a white muscadet at £27 which was delicious and good value."
    dined on 16/03/2014
  • "Great location and atmosphere above London a best roof gardens. Definitely one to experience."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday it was an amazing evening but I was really disappointed that the gardens were closed for filming?? I feel because of the high quality and high price tag this is something that should be stated when booking. This is probably more aimed towards top table with whom I booked. Overall service was great, lovely setting, well presented and delicious food. Such a shame the gardens were closed."
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "Great location. Food and service were exceptional. Well worth a visit…"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner in the restaurant, but prior to that we'd been sat outside and the waiter was rather distracted by a table of girls next door and never took our cocktail order. Dinner and food was excellent though."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Excellent. The setting is so pleasant. The staff were friendly and the whole atmosphere was surprising unpretentious. The food was, although small portions, very nice and well presented too. We finished the meal by having tea /coffee in the sofa area followed by a walk around the beautiful gardens which are unbelievable to think they are on the 6th floor of a busy London high street."
    dined on 31/03/2014
  • "The venue is lovely and made for parties, drinks on the terrace but the standard of the food is really poor and expensive. I had the Sunday roast beef which was so touch it was practically impossible to eat. The service was not good either with the waiting staff although very pleasant either did not understand what I asked them or just ignored it. They constantly poured wine and water into our glasses although being asked at the beginning and throughout the meal to leave it for us to pour our own - a common fault I know but irritating as it makes you drink more than you want and they hope you will buy more bottles! It was a shame as the venue is quite lovely but they need to improve the quality of food that they serve."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Amazing venue with stunning views over London and beautiful gardens to explore. The service was first class and we were made to feel very special on an anniversary meal. The food was good although I have had better for the price. You obviously pay for the privilege of dining in such a sumptuous setting. Drinks are very expensive too. Overall a lovely night but I probably wouldn't go again as vegetation options are somewhat limited and I feel once is enough. The food was not excellent enough to tempt me back for more."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Good food but a bit crowded and table felt cramped."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "We had a fantastic first visit to the Babylon to have lunch. The food, service and atmosphere was excellent and the views across London amazing. Looking forward to our next visist already"
    dined on 24/03/2014
  • "Found the resturant was a little dated in it's decor. The garden were lovely and we had a stroll round them but I don't think the restaurant was anything to write home about."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "Babylon delivers accurate and very attracting dishes. The Sunday Lunch fix price menu is a real dea. Great time. Great table (at the window). Great food."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Very friendly and attentive staff. Food beautifully presented and full of flavor. Not huge portions but filling and very satisfying only just managed to squeeze in a desert which I'm glad I did as the Lemon posset was amazing. Views from the terrace are great but sadly couldn't wander around the roof gardens as there was a wedding but probably would be able to do that on a weekday. Great for a special occasion as it is an iconic venue. Set menu for Saturday lunch very good value. Wholly recommend."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "made to feel special, charming waiter, great place"
    dined on 18/03/2014
  • "Brought a friend who had never been to Babylon before, and he was surprised and delighted. Food imaginative, view over London splendid. Wine and service charge bumped up price of set lunch considerably! Welcome on arrival splendid, but service declined throughout the meal and getting he bill was a major challenge. Only real complaint was the imposition of unnecessary and intrusive 'music' half-way through lunch, making conversation in a crowded restaurant very difficult."
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "Perfect weather, excellent drinks, great food, brilliant service, awesome company. Everything you need in a sunny Sunday lunch!"
    dined on 16/03/2014
  • "Slow service and expensive overall. Worth going for the novelty factor."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "We went for an anniversary meal and were glad we had chosen this place. We were made to feel very welcome, the food was lovely, the service excellent and the views very interesting. Don't miss the chance to go around the beautiful roof gardens. It is hard to believe you are up so high when you are wandering through them,amongst trees with birds singing and ducks paddling. A bit pricey but we felt it was worth it."
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "My sister and I went girl lunch,the food presentation was fantastic and food was fab,appetising! We said we will come back, we booked for lunch with group of friends next month!"
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "I thought the Babylon Roof Gardens is an excellent establishment to dine, the atmosphere and views of the gardens from outside are amazing. Would defiantly go back in the summer to explore the gardens more. I thought the service was great apart from the waitor who would not change my order as I have an allergy to coconuts. The dessert I wanted had coconuts in it but he refused to ask the chief if the coconut could be removed instead he flatly dismissed me by saying no when I asked if the coconuts could be removed from my dessert, for the price we was paying for the meal I thought he could have at least tried to accommodate this small request. This was the only thing that spoilt out dining experience."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "We took friends from France here for the lovely ambience. Food was reasonable, portions on the small size and the pork very fatty but that said presentation was beautiful. Some reasonable wines but I think without the set menu offer this would be relegated to a restaurant for special occasions only. Staff were very attentive, bar one surly hostess."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Consistently good service with nice food and a wide range of cocktails and wine."
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "Went to Babylon for the 2nd time. Considering that the food is overpriced but of good quality I expected to get a free access to the club but unfortunately we had to pay £10 each for the entrance which was quite disappointing as we paid over £320 for the meal for 4. Food was good, my steak was lovely, recommend it for special occasions. Also if you want to get to the club you might have to pay more."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Great location - the menu offers a decent choice without being too fancy. Food very good altough my cod was a little overcooked and dry. wouldnt put me off going back though."
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "I had high hopes for Babylon but left disappointed and a little surprised. Food was decent, but the service left a bit to be desired. Our table was too small too accommodate our wine so it was left to the side. This isn't uncommon and wouldn't have been a problem if the waiter had been attentive and refilled our glasses on a regular basis, but they were left empty for long periods. It didn't help that I was stuck in a corner so my fellow guest had to move if I wanted to leave my seat. A glass of water was ordered but never arrived. But the final surprise came when we left and I noticed large spider crawling across my guest's shirt. Not sure where it arrived from but I don't think he brought it with him..."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and setting Will def return!"
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "We had a significant piece of bone in one of the starters but the staff dealt with it well on the night. It somewhat hampered the enjoyment of the rest of the meal though"
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening at Babylon at The Roof Gardens. We booked a deal through TopTable for a set menu. The set menu had 3 choices for each course & we were both able to find something we liked from those choices. The food was excellent and I couldn't fault it, we had a lovely bottle of wine and our waitress was very attentive too. Would definately recommend this restaurant to others."
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "We had a very good and reasonalbe fixed priced luncheon for the quality of food and the setting although the wines are slightly over priced. Service was impeccable from our Lithuanian waiter. The setting overlooking London from above the roof gardens is one of the best in London and a treat afterwards is to take a walk amongst the 75 year old roof garden after the meal or sit ont he veranda and sip a coffee or wine after the meal. My guest from the North of England was thoroughly impressed with the gardens which harbour flamingoes and ducks in a pond and stream. A real gem in London."
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "Food was cooked well. My partner and I both opted for the mushroom risotto, miso salmon and lemon cheesecake from the set menu. The mushroom risotto was particularly delicious, although the attributes that made the meal stand out were definitely service and ambience rather than food. Service was highly attentive and professional. Our waitress checked on our table throughout the meal and made the evening. Highly recommend"
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "Lovely setting for a dinner treat set above a roof garden, try the cocktails, they were amazing."
    dined on 19/02/2014
  • "we enjoyed Babylon very much the service was professional friendly and attentive. the food was very good. a lovely ,restaurant good value for money. definately recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 19/02/2014
  • "We had a pleasant lunch at Babylon ,the food was nice, followed by a nice walk around the gardens. We were lucky that it was not raining ; the view was lovely."
    dined on 18/02/2014
  • "We had our wedding reception at the Roof Gardens and therefore are rather sentimental about the restaurant, Babylon. We love the terrace in the summer and the food is always excellent as well as the service. It is an ideal place to go when you want something a bit special but without breaking the bank."
    dined on 12/02/2014
  • "Very impressed with the whole dining experience. Great location, atmosphere and everything I are was delicious. The overall bill was a little pricey- but you do get what you pay for. Definitely would go again and I would recommend it for an evening out."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "The set lunch at this bright and airy roof garden restaurant is good value and top quality, The choice is varied, the staff attentive without being oppressive. When one wine we chose was no longer available our waiter suggested two similar choices and brought glasses of each for us to choose the one we liked the best. The excellent bread brought to the table at the start and box of petit fours with coffee at the end were nice touches. No wonder this the restaurant is buzzing with customers whenever I visit."
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "This is one of my favourite restaurants, the food is always excellent, the staff are unobtrusive but attentive, and the views are spectacular, even on a rainy day. Great value for money, and perfect for a romantic dinner for 2, a celebration lunch, and a long meal with friends."
    dined on 09/02/2014
  • "Fabulous views over London and great food, unusual dishes and nice quiet sophisticated atmosphere."
    dined on 03/02/2014