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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Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
277 reviews since 21 October 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.6
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romance (175)special occasions (165)group bookings (64)brunch (58)fit for foodies (56)sunday lunch (49)outdoor eating (43)business meals (38)afternoon tea (37)outstanding value (29)pre/post theatre (15)good vegetarian options (13)child friendly (6)disabled access (1)Show More
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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 !
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
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    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.