Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill
Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill

Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://beachblanket.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02072292907
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 6pm - midnight
    Tuesday - Sunday: 12pm - midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, British
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, dogs permitted, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Westbourne Grove
  • Public Transit: Notting Hill Gate tube is a 5 to 8 minute walk from us.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill
BBB, as it is affectionately known, was established in 1990 and occupies a prominent old Georgian Mansion in the heart of Notting Hill.

The bar is renowned for its cocktails, the Porn Star being a firm favourite and the venue is ideal for an al fresco lunch or intimate dinner.
The menu is reflective of BBB's Colonial British heritage and changes seasonally.

A more elaborate dining experience can be hosted in our magnificent private dining Ballroom.

Its eclectic interior design, blending Boho Chic, French Country style Chateau the Baroque and Rococo, sets the scene for a truly unique and magical experience.


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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
253 reviews since 20 May 2014
Average Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.6
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romance (156)special occasions (143)group bookings (59)fit for foodies (54)brunch (53)sunday lunch (47)outdoor eating (42)business meals (34)afternoon tea (34)outstanding value (26)pre/post theatre (14)good vegetarian options (13)child friendly (5)disabled access (1)Show More
  • Disappointed all round
    NeverGoingBack
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Had to wait 20 mins to be seated even though arrived on time (was told 10 mins max). Requested a nice table and was sat beside a door to the smoking area which was in constant use with a cold draft annoying both ourselves and the table next to us, even though there were nicer tables further in which were free for the duration we were there. The food was undercooked and sent back, discovered later that the staff had mixed the order up. Staff were unattentive and appeared overwhelmed. Place looks nothing like the photos on their website!
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  • Ok but nothing special
    TR77
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Heard a lot about it, but ultimately a bit unimpressed. It's certainly not bad, the decor is quite interesting and the food is fine. But it's just nothing special, and for the prices they try to charge it should be. One thing to be wary of, they automatically put a 15% service charge, then when you pay by card the default options is to ask if you want to tip
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    group bookings
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went for a birthday celebration, ambiance was excellent food and service excellent, enjoyable time spent
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waitress was very friendly and
    Nuria
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    indeed she remembered that I writed in my booking reservation mail that it was my birthdays parner. So they put a chandel linght in the desert.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely setting - slow service
    Buckley87
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The table we had was superb and the whole restaurant has a beautiful atmosphere. It was let down howe by the very slow service. After waiting sometime and setting our menus down on the table to indicate we were ready to order, still no one took our order. In the end I had to ask and the same for when we wanted to pay. It was a shame as there seemed plenty of staff but I think a few of them were quite inexperienced, which shouldn't be so at a restaurant of this standard and price.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good in Parts
    Percy
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Unforgettable place, fantastic service, food patchy. Not for foodies, but sensational calamari tortellini. Lamb over cooked and tough, apple and blackberry crumble cold in the middle, fish cakes more cake than fish and they need rice cooking lessons. Overpriced wine list - but not surprising given the venue. Made up for by great service. However not the special occasion standard we were expecting. Resting on its laurels from years ago - needs a kick start in the kitchen.
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    business meals
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  • Beach Blanket Babylon -Notting Hill
    sandyVIP
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    Marco did a great job looking after us on a quiet night, attending to our food requests and making helpful recommendations. food was lovely.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service ruined a cool venue
    Nina
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Incredible unefficient staff, (different persons for seating, food, drinks etc), waited 45 mins for food to arrive and even 5 min longer for drinks. The waiter even tried to blame us for switching seats when he served wrong plates to everyone. (We never moved from our seats of course) Had to down the bottle of wine because we didnt plan to spend more than 2 hrs for visit.
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  • Noisy but charming staff
    PIEPYE
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    The place is very interesting and the service was excellent. The food was good but nothing special for the money. It was quite expensive and we had a very noisy table next to us, the acoustics made it worse. There were many young single people drinking and enjoying themselves which was great but we were having a romantic wedding anniversary dinner. We felt the place was not for us but it was fun for a younger crowd.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options
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  • Good location & TT offer.
    Bridgetgrace
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Bbb is a notting hill staple and has a fun bar. The tt special 2 courses for £18 was great value, as it was any starter and any main (except for the last 3 on the list which was perfectly reasonable). Food was excellent and the venue is great.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience and ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    We held a hen party there, and the staff were incredibly helpful, collaborative and warm. The setting was so different from any other restaurant I know too. Overall, it was a smashing experience. Well done!
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    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • VERY GOOD RESTAURANT
    Stewe
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Very nice place , special atmosphere, perfect service only the wine is too expensive and the wine list is not complete.
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    romance
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  • Wonderful
    clements7VIP
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    My two friends and I had a fabulous lunch at this restaurant. The ambiance was excellent and the staff professional and friendly. The food was delicious the wine was extremely good and not over priced. The restaurant is quite intriguing with lots of interesting nooks and crannies. Highly recommended. I will definitely go again on my next visit to London.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent !
    LillySeleen
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    The dining experience in this restaurant was absolutely astounding. We were dining at Beach Blanket Babylon on the day of our wedding, together with our friends, and left with the feeling that choosing this particular location for our special celebration was undoubtedly the best idea. The restaurant itself is absolutely lovely, with its unusual and wonderfully creative and quirky decor. Our weighted Giuseppe, who took care of us throughout the entire evening, did an outstanding job. He was incredibly professional yet welcoming and friendly, extremely swift and highly accommodating, excellent in his recommendations during our indecisive moments and was all together simply fantastic. The creatively presented food was impressively delicious.
    Special Features:
    brunch, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service!
    Cocowiz
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    The service (in particular Marco T) was very good - attentive, speedy and fun. The food was delicious. The tables and ambience downstairs were romantic and intimate. The only down sides were there was an odd strong smell of detergent throughout the evening, perhaps that's because we were sat between two kitchen doors and people were constantly coming in and out of the kitchens and past our table which was distracting.
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    romance
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  • LadyPenelope
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Warm and welcoming, the staff were hospitable from the start. Enjoyed the food and cocktails and there was a good ambience within the restaurant. Would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    brunch, group bookings, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Misleading Facade...
    matteroffact
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Unfortunately I felt that the service and food, although acceptable, did not live up to the extravagant decor and exciting atmosphere of the restaurant. If it had, I would have happily paid the relatively expensive bill but as it was I was disappointed. It is a speacial looking place, but I wasn't made to feel special.
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    group bookings, special occasions
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  • Empty at brunch
    Sleepyface
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were the only group in there for brunch on Sunday morning which made the grandiose and baroque-style venue a little eerie! Great attention to detail, food was delicious (prepare to pay a premium), waiters polite and attentive. Very limited brunch menu - looked like a much better place for a late lunch or early dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very injoyable
    Broccoli
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Beautifully decorated,light and home like atmosphere. Food is very good and the portions are generous.Prices are a bit high so the place should be visited for those special occasions.The only problem is the service-very slow-but the people are charming and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • We would have stayed all day!
    Italianabroad
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A lovely sunny day for a business lunch. We had a great table next to the open doors although we were offered a table outside too. The staff were very well informed and helped us make food and drink choices without being intrusive. The food was good, the place has a Moorish vibe with different areas having a different 'feel' We could have stayed all day and just moved downstairs for dinner! Definitely the sort of place to spend more time in. We never felt pressurised to rush. Extremely good experience and would definitely go back
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  • Amazing Venue
    heidswildsVIP
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    Such a beautiful setting in a lovely neighbourhood, food pretty good.
    Special Features:
    brunch, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Beach blanket wow
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 28/7/2014
    I booked beach blanket for my 25th wedding anniversary meal. Liked the look and reviews on the internet so booked. I was not disappointed. The food was excellent, very friendly and inviting staff. Beautiful and unusual lay out. Overall had a lovely night and can't wait to go back. Fab restaurant worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALSeN
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    Thanks very much to the German speaking waiter... excellent service ! Danke! Food and restaurant : awsome! Thanks toptable a great value !
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    brunch, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great offer
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    We had the two courses and glass of Prosecco offer over a girlie Sunday lunch. Food was great and the offer is fantastic value, given the mains alone were more expensive on the a la carte menu. Great atmosphere and service. Will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, ok food, poor service
    ml124
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    As you walk into the restaurant, you are expecting a meal to remember for a long time. But by the end of it, you leave feeling slightly disappointed. It's definitely not an 'avoid', but don't go in expecting the best.
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Notting HIll Gem
    se249
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    Popped in at short notice for Sunday lunch with a friend. Really enjoyed the 2-course lunch, excellent value, good portions and very well presented. Despite my preconceptions, the service was very also welcoming and pleasant throughout.
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    afternoon tea, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Magical place
    ama1952
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    Its a magical place , lots of dining areas. We went on Friday night and it was very busy with a great atmosphere and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. We dined in the beautiful chapel (requested online) although it was very busy our table was in an alcove, so we able to enjoy our conversation and dining felt quite special. The food was wonderful especially the Duck , so too the wine and although expensive the Rioja was fabulous. Service was very good and our waiter was very nice and quite humorous. It was expensive but well worth going to for a special occasion and well worth the journey from south of the river
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    Frenchiescot1
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    I have been to BBB 4 times now and enjoyed every occasion. The intimacy of the dining area is very romantic and secret. I would like to see a slightly larger choice on the menu but have always enjoyed the food.
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    romance
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  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    The service was flawless, I really have nothing to complain about! I will definitely be going back several times.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Ambience is great, service is poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    We dined at BBB on Tuesday 15/7 for my birthday, we were only a small party of 3 - I really do love BB for drinks & ambience however the food was average and the service was quite frankly a disgrace. Firstly, we had to ask to order a drink and order our food. 90 mins after ordering we still hadn't received our starters, we had to ask 3 times and were told that the kitchen was "rammed" and it would be a wait, it is a professional kitchen and the restaurant was not full - meanwhile others who had arrived after us had eaten. My crab cakes were soggy, main meal arrived about 10.30 (we had a 7.30pm) reservation. My main was nice, but it was stone cold after about 2/3 minutes. Waitstaff unprofessional, but they removed the service charge!!!!
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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  • BBB - Notting Hill
    SonSonVIP
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    Beautiful venue, looks very Gardy inside with mosiac work. The majoirty of the team were extremely helpful just a shame there was an individual who let the team down with her attitude. Food was amazing, best Rissotto I've had outside Italy. Would def recommend the food at this gorgeous venue
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    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Dessert took 45 minutes
    Rachel
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Overall the food was good, however, I would not return. We were seated in the Crypt area, which was fine. The service was very slow, particularly when it came to dessert. After waiting 30 minutes, we inquired about where our dessert was, and then waited another 15 minutes before it arrived. The staff were barely apologetic. I would typically expect a restuarant of this caliber to at least offer a free drink, or comp the delayed food. There was nothing of the sort.
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  • Hmmm
    Salp
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great atmosphere, quirky place, but food terrible and they forgot one person's main order. Both my starter and main were dry with weird taste combinations (squid, some bitter sauce that was really strange, and duck was dried out and burnt.) Great for a drink but that's it.
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  • Cheers
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have been before and the food and the service was really good. However the first waiter was quite nasty with a comment. However the resturant staff I spoke to earlier and the waiter who served us were lovely and very helpful.
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    outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Fantastic lunch with 2 children. Food excellent, though note there is not a cihildren's menu as such. Nice to sit outside - ask when you book. Service - excellent - helpful and engaging.
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    business meals, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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  • Leydita
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I went there to celebrate a friend's birthday. We had dinner but the menu was very basic and expensive for what it was. The waiter was very pushy and impatient towards us. We did not enjoy the dinner but we did have a good time at the bar section and with the rest of the staff.
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    child friendly, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    victoria71
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Service was excellent. Waitress knew everything about their wines and champagnes. Food was very good however portions for main courses that are advertised to be for 2 people are definitely too small to share. Will definitely go back again, it was my 6th time I ate there and yet again I was pleasantly surprised.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and not worth the money
    Olya
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Went here with my girlfriend for a nice light dinner, I suppose it was alright, nothing special though. The cocktails are very nice, and we had too many of them, the food is very average. The bill was painful. Probably will find another place for dinners in Notting Hill.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Made in Notting Hill
    Pedro
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The best thing about this restaurant is the ambience - very cool and quirky. Lots of suitable Notting Hill types in evidence and excellent service. Food was good - not amazing - and a little expensive, but didn't matter too much given that this is a 'special occasion venue'. Will definitely go back...
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    Friendly and attentive servers and place was very warm and cosy
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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