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: 020 7229 2907
  • 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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Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
312 reviews since 27 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambience4.4
    Value3.6
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romance (195)special occasions (189)group bookings (68)fit for foodies (64)brunch (61)sunday lunch (51)outdoor eating (46)afternoon tea (41)business meals (40)outstanding value (30)pre/post theatre (18)good vegetarian options (14)child friendly (6)disabled access (1)Show More
  • Unique Restaurant
    clements7VIP
    Dined on 23/11/2014
    We have dined here twice before late afternoon However, the restaurant is so unique and quirky we plan to return in the evening when I am sure it would be quite atmospheric. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. The open fires made the place feel as sitting in your own lounge. Highly recommended.
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very good experience.
    Snuphi
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    I love the atmosfere at this place. I would definately return to try more dishes next time I am in London. I had the crispy duck and the taste was devine. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly & Efficient Service
    Nikki
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    I was at Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill on Saturday night and we had an amazing time. In particular, I would like to thank our waiter Marco for his efficient, friendly and always smiling service. It truly was the best service I have received in a London restaurant. We were a table of 4 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals and went away satisfied and willing to recommend the restaurant to our friends. I hope to go back again in the near future.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic birthday dinner
    Ange
    Dined on 13/11/2014
    I carefully read all the reviews on BBB and was unsure of whether or not to make the booking for my husband's birthday (Nov 2014) as I'd read a lot of worrying things about service/staff. However, the service was flawless - it struck me that they were trying hard to improve their rep. and our primary waitress was the perfect mix of highly professional and yet warm and friendly. The décor was as good as we hoped. I mentioned in our booking that it was a birthday meal and they gave us a lovely table in front of a very ornate fireplace. The food was great. I am a little fussy and am not much of a meat-eater, and ended up splashing out on the lobster thermidor, which I really enjoyed! My husband's swordfish was equally good. We also loved the crab cakes as a starter. If I ever need somewhere to take someone special for an interesting and memorable meal, I'd come back again. We had 2 starters, 2 mains, 2-3 glasses of wine and a non-alcoholic cocktail, and paid around £110. (The lobster was by far the most expensive main at £30 but well worth it.)
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening, few missing touches
    DiningGuy
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    The waiting staff must have been pretty new, since there was quite a degree of confusion. I was there for a business meeting - and went straight to the table asking them to send my guest down to the table when he arrived. Instead they told him I wasn't there despite me asking a couple of times that they had checked he wasn't waiting upstairs.... No phone signal downstairs so didn't get his text saying he was waiting upstairs. It wasn't clear amongst the staff who was service at our table - so it took ages to find someone to take the order, then for the next course we were asked by 3 different people what we wanted in quick succession. That aside, the menu was good, the main course (fish) was excellent, the asparagus perfectly cooked, the salad fresh and well dressed/seasoned and the coffee was very good. The dessert (apple crumble) was a little bit undercooked - still some doughy lumps in the crumble and was not particularly hot at the bottom, so could have done with another couple of minutes in the oven - but was still a good flavour and well presented. Pricing was a little high but not exorbitant for this area of London. I would go again - it is pleasantly quirky - but make sure you'd don't get the tiny table by the entrance to the lowest level dining area - the passing traffic bumping into the table does become irritating.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The bumper they had was very rude &disrespectful
    Ceren
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I am deeply frustrated with the people they recruit given the experience we had with their bumper.He was almost drunk, kissing his girlfiriend and was behaving awful to us while we were out of the venue. He told us that it's time to go to our homes. HOW?????He may ask us not to block the door (which is for 1-3 minutes) but his attitude is unacceptable. Depply frustrated. I've been there a few times before but will not o there again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Veronica
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Amazing, romantic restaurant with great service. Would definitely recommend.
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    special occasions
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  • Lovely atmosphere
    DuckAndGin
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Lovely atmosphere: the restaurant is very original and unique in its decor and food preparation.The waiters were very friendly, kind (they substituted our drink after a misunderstanding)and well aware of the exquisite specialities prepared.I would recommend the duck: very tender and tasty, exploring Italian flavors and joining them in an international way, kind of an asian/italian fusion.Unfortunately there was something that actually ruined the evening a bit at the end: in the lounge area we were addressed to hurry up and literally leave by the bouncer, he repeatedly pointed fingers at customer having drinks, intimating they were closing down and ordering, not asking, us to leave.Anyhow,that was the only annoying part of the whole evening.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    StuCat
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    Great food, excellent service. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family and will be going again soon.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    JoJo
    Dined on 27/10/2014
    Always a great experience Excellent food amazing venue great atmosphere & service
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Cool restaurant
    csc90
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    Very nice ambience and decoration. However, the food was not outstanding at all.
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    outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • A disappointment
    rollingstone
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    I booked dinner at BBB on a Saturday with some friends. I must say the restaurant is a lovely place, with impressive interior design, good music at an appropriate volume level and generally very relaxed and cool atmosphere. However, the food is not creative and takes forever - we waited for our main course for an hour and when it arrived, it was cold. When we raised the issue with the waiter and then the manager, he looked clearly annoyed and told us defiantly that the restaurant is very busy. He offered us some complimentary champagne which we agreed to, but when it hasn't arrived for 25 minutes, we were ready to leave and just skip it. A very pretty place, so big shame about the food and the service.
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  • Great quirky place
    Giftwrapped
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    I've heard a lot about this restaurant and couldn't wait to try it. The interior is very quirky and cosy, and the food is fantastic Staff were good, although the only thing I can say that disappointed me, was that I was presented with the bill, and not offered a coffee It would have been nice to have had some warning that the restaurant was about to close Other than that I couldn't fault it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    We were given a lovely table as it was a celebration. We went for the atmoshere and experience but were pleasantly surprised that the food was delicious too!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very special and cosy atmosphere
    honeybee
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Best place for good dining with friends or dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Belle18
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The interior of the resturant and bar is nothing like you will have ever seen before, the atmosphere in there was dreamy.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quirky
    Richardavatar
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A really interesting space has been created. Food was very good but a bit over priced and although the service was very good, we were hurried through so they could do a second sitting.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An experience
    Garry
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great setting and excellent service, the staff were friendly and accommodating. The food was high quality.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice meal
    looping111
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Décoration très originale, service soigné et agréable, plats excellents, et prix relativement correct.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing service
    Manoela
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    Despite a top quality meal (chateaubriand beef) the service was not to the standard of the place. We waited our order for over 30 minutes and we had to remind for drink orders a few times. This was the main downside which did impact on the experience that the decoration offers. It may be that seating at the terrace had an influence on the service which still I don't think it should. The bar is great with excellent cocktails.
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Outstanding!
    Norwaygirl
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    Beautiful restaurant in Notting Hill, friendly staff, fancy drinks, great food, the crispy duck is to die for! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool decor bad service
    Americanfoodie
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Typical British service. Slow and rude. We waited 30 mins to sit? Even with a reservation and then the waiter never checked in on us after we sat.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Waited 45 mins for a table. Couldn't get the bartender to serve, or acknowledge, us in the meantime. Table was in the corner and not ideal. Asked for burger without onions. It came with onions. Would not go back
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  • Good cocktails, ok food x
    SpecialK83
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    I had been recommended by a couple of people & had wanted to go for a while. It has a great atmosphere, decor & cocktails upstairs which I think I would be more inclined to come back for rather than the food. It was very busy & the staff seemed very confused as we had been seen & moved a couple of times but the waitress was good. I was quite disappointed with the food as it was very expensive for what you got & the sides were extra. We had a nice evening in an unusual place but would just come back for the lovely cocktails next time!
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Nice but crowed
    LB85
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    It is a very nice restaurant, but we went on Saturday and was so crowed. Our plan was to have a romantic dinner and, despite the place, it was so noisy.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big juicy Babylons
    DustyLungs
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Had a fantastic time here for my wife's 30th birthday.... good looking and attentive staff that made us feel welcomed and special. Our food was delicious and the table was perfect. Compared to some restaurants in London, the cost can be considered fair.... but I have never accepted the fact that good food should be expensive. I'm not a Scrooge by any means and I'm never scared to spend money... I just don't place the same value on food as some people. I can easily spend £300 on a pair of shoes or piece of clothing but on dinner for two, I'll never understand it. Would highly recommend this place for anyone and for any occasion.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • absolutely loved BBB
    rebeccamareeclarke
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    I wish I could give this review more than 5 stars. The food was some of the best food I have ever eaten. The staff were brilliant, and the restaurant itself is stunning. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner
    Johan
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    BBB is the perfect place for a romantic dinner. The restaurant itself is laid out over multiple levels which creates a certain secluded or hide and seek feel to it. The staff are friendly and the service is quick. The food is most delicious and the have seasonal / specials which are very tempting. We had the grilled sea bass and the swordfish with were both prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    brunch, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Style not substance
    jasonBVIP
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Looks great. Very uncomfortable. Gastropub food at restaurant prices. Got time of booking wrong. Refused to accept I was right despite my producing confirmation email as proof. Never again.
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  • Amazing
    Laurene
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    Wonderful venue, great service. The two Marco did an amazing job !
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    brunch, business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, average food
    Harry
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    The restaurant is located in a lovely location in Notting Hill and looks equally as good inside. They have loads of different rooms and areas to sit inside, we requested the a special table for our dinner which was the Chapel Room's fireplace table however unable to meet that we are given another table downstairs next to a fireplace. It was still a decent table but would have been perfect if we got it in the Chapel room considering we made the reservation about a month ago. The food was average to say the least with very little vegetarian options (Only pasta as veggie option and a few starters) and didn't seem to be good value for money. The service as well was quite average to say the least and all in all id give it 3/5 starts.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Best of the best!
    MrAandMrsS
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Super! It can not be better than this, everything was perfect. A Place we will recommend to all our friends and we will come back soon. Especially thanks to the nice Swedish girl.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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.
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    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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