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

Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://beachblanket.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 229 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "The service was flawless, I really have nothing to complain about! I will definitely be going back several times."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "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..."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Friendly and attentive servers and place was very warm and cosy"
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Took up an amaaazing deal via OpenTable for 2 course @£15/20> Sooo WORTH IT. Staff were lovely & atmosphere was perfect. I went for the spinach avocado salad than blackened salmon. Food and surroundings were delicious. Would definitely would go again and already recommended to others!"
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Lovely food but not much of it for the price, perfect if its a special occasion or if money isn't a worry for you, unfortunately it was for us and we didn't feel like what we had was worth the price. Excellent cocktail though."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "We had a really nice meal with great food at lunchtime on a Friday late June. Booking through Open Table made it excellent value. One of the three of us is Coeliac (gluten free) and we emailed in advance to let them know. The response was very helpful and they provided a lovely option without any fuss. Another of our group of 3 Iwho is vegetarian was catered for with more than one option considering the cheap price we paid for a 2 course meal & prosecco. Waiter was attentive and friendly. Although it was a Friday and late lunchtime we were the only customers for part of our visit. I would recommend this for special occasions and probably evenings for more ambience. Lovely decor and quite a special place."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Service was generally slow, like restaurants in France, let alone for a surprise 15% service charge. The waitresses were better though. The Italian slick-haired guy on arrival was playing all a bit big Daddy big balls and did not have the welcoming, sophisticated humility. The green salad was as plain as green salads get but the lamb dish and the other sides were superb."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "I've been meaning to go here for a while on a recommendation from a friend, so was pleased to see the special off on top table. Meal was very nice and very good value with the special offer. Really interesting setting to the restaurant, will recommend to friends and go again."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, good service, excellent food. Food menu could have more options bu I would definitely recommend this restaurant, Beautiful!"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Went for a late dinner with a friend at 9pm Tuesday evening. Even though it was clearly busy staff were still friendly and attentive. The food was extremely tasty and the restaurant itself is beautiful!"
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "We visited BBB for the first time on Monday evening taking advantage of the £20 offer. It is a lovely and interesting interior and the staff were attentive. We were delighted to find we could choose our two courses off the main menu (with just a couple of restrictions) and both our meals were excellent. We ordered one of the cheaper bottles of wine (there were not many below £30) and also side dishes (which frankly we could have omitted or at least shared one) so our final bill was £44 per head! however for the location, quality of food and general ambience we both felt it was good value and would recommend it to other."
    dined on 16/06/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. We really enjoyed our visit"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Went for fathers day and the lunch time 2 course menu was very good -a fair amount of options and the food was delicious and filling, The staff were super and really helpful. Being my 2nd visit, first time was for dinner, I was very happy with the choice and I will definitely be back."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "We were happy that we decided to go all the way through the city to have lunch. The food was fantastic and a very warmly services made the experience the top event of this trip."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "I had an amazing time at BBB Notting Hill.It was my first time at BBB Notting Hill, but I'd heard great opinions about it, so decided to give it a go. I went there with a group of friends who live outside London, hoping to impress them and I wasn't disappointed. The restaurant is beauitiful, every room has it's own unique atmosphere. We ordered a bottle of white wine which was recommended by a waiter and was really nice. We all decided to have starters, my friends had burratas and I decided to go for baby squid. Starters came really quick and were delicious. For mains my friends were for a steak and I had a tuna steak. All dishes were delicious. The restaurant is a little bit pricy but the experience is definitely worth the price."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "Very pleasant lunch at Beach Blanket Babylon, booked with their excellent value 2 course lunch deal, which allows for a great deal of choice. Lovely outdoor spot, excellent, understated service and delicious food."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "I visited BBB two years ago by chance. And I loved it. I decided to go back and check it to see if it was as lovely as I remember. And it was. A beautiful Georgian mansion, tasteful food, charming service, very good prices. An oasis of peace and calm a few blocks from the touristic buzz of Portobello Road."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "We had the starter, main & prosecco option which was really great value. I had the burrata (delish!) and then spaghetti vongole and my boyfriend had crab & avocado tian then the lamb. Food was pretty nice, however I wouldn't pay the normal price (i.e. £18.50 for a pretty average spaghetti vongole)! The ambience is just beautiful and the staff are lovely... so I would highly recommend taking advantage of the deal! "
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "This place has such a great vibe, the decor is easy on the eye (as are all the staff!). This was my second visit of the month thanks to the OT deal; it was super busy as it seemed everyone around the area wanted to dine there. Our waitress was warm, welcoming and attentive. The food is totally amaze balls; and for that price, we cannot complain, in fact no-one did, instead I was praised for finding such a fabulous place with fabulous food and fabulous staff! "
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to trying out the new and refurbished restaurant but unfortunately my experience was far from what I had expected. First of all, we were seated in the downstair area which is very claustrophobic and musty. We asked to be seated upstairs and our hostess was gracious enough to oblige. As we mentioned to the waiter that we intended to take advantage of their advertised set menu that offers 2 courses and a glass of prosecco we were told that since I had not specified that I wanted that set menu upon making reservations, we were not able to order it. That really put a damper on the evening. We ordered something else and quickly got out of there....needless to say, we won't be going back!"
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "After an absence of over 7 years I must say BBB was a pleasant return. I plumped for an intimate Sunday evening meal with a few friends (none of whom had attended before). We timed the evening to perfection; mid-afternoon guests had left & only a handful of patrons remained. We practically had upstairs to ourselves. From memory, the layout, décor & service were as perfect as my first visit. The whole experience has had a lasting impression on my friends & all will be returning - v soon. Thanks again"
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "Went with my special someone, and we absolutely loved every aspect of this place. deserves 6 stars to be honest. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "add color to our wedding anniversary was a special meal.very successful in kitchen "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "I chose Blanket Beach Babylon as it looked absolutely gorgeous on the website and looked a perfect place to take my boyfriend for a romantic meal. On arrival we was taken to our seats, we was taken to the gallery which was beautiful. However felt slightly uncomfortable as the people sitting next to us were too close and you could hear every single word they was saying. Wasn't overly impressed with the food, was very average. All the service we received was good, however just felt a little uncomfortable in where we was sat. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Enjoyed the beautiful decor and attentive service. Booked the two course offer with prosecco, which was very good value. The menu choice was varied and portion size ample for lunch. As we chose a starter and main, we then paid extra for the quartet pudding which was delicious."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "I had not eaten here for many years now (over priced) so was happy to take advantage of OT deal for £20 (2 course + glass of fizz). What a fantastic offer, the food is rather fabulous (my lamb was only slightlywarm not hot when served), however it did not take away from how tasty it was. my friend had glazed tuna which was cooked to perfection. The tian of crab is also gorge. Will definately go back again. Had pre cocktails too....they were lush (as was the waiter in the blue shirt!!!)."
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "Had lunch on Sunday for about the 5th time. Most things excellent though the options on the set menu keep changing which is frustrating. We went for the set menu though we're told the swordfish (the main readon we went) was not an option even though we had it the week before. The avocado salad as an entree was perfect."
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "Had the worst experience just as we walked in. Was celebrating a birthday and we weren't welcomed and they sat us next to the window and it was FREEZING. the waiter took our orders but was rolling his eyes, the service was awful, took forever to get our drinks. Finally when the starter came the soup was so cold and was super lumpy made me throw up a bit. We decided to leave after the starter that is how bad it was. The decor and everything may be nice but the service and food is horrendous."
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "BBB is a good restaurant but the food is really overpriced. The Toptable deal is pretty good value. I've probbaly had my best fish'n'chips there but for £17 full price it had to be good! I definitely recommend to go with the deal. Otherwise be aware that the high price has more to do with the nice decoration than the quality of the food (though it is still very decent i have to say)."
    dined on 21/05/2014