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Babylon at The Roof Gardens - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
3202 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Set high up on the seventh floor of The Roof Gardens, offering amazing views of London’s skyline, Babylon really is a cut above the rest.

Your taste buds will be thrilled by the menus. The award-winning food at Babylon is best described as contemporary British and the menus change regularly to ensure only the freshest seasonal ingredients are used. If it’s just a drink you’re after you can also kick back on the heated Babylon Terrace and enjoy a cocktail or two…
The restaurant can accommodate everything from an intimate dinner, to lunch with friends. The private dining room is ideal for parties or meetings of up to 12 guests, with its own terrace overlooking the resident flamingos.

Babylon at The Roof Gardens is a sky high venue. The memory of mouth-watering cuisine, exceptional service and spectacular views will stay with you long after you have left.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday to Saturday lunch 12:00-14:30 Monday to Saturday Dinner 18:30-22:30 Sunday Lunch 14:00- 15:30

  • Phone number

    020 7368 3993

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

What 3,202 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. FO

    FionaO

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful place. Have been here twice now and throughly enjoyed each time, lunch and dinner. The service is wonderful and the food to die for. cannot recommend Babylon highly enough
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Enjoyable lunch with my wife. Food well prepared and reasonably priced. Service excellent apart from having to chase up our coffee ten minutes after ordering. Will wish to return.
  3. BV

    BenV

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2017

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    We were unfortunately led to quite a lot of disruption by the table next to us as they clearly knew the staff and so were messing around with the staff regularly, making a lot of noise, playing about in and out through the window. It was quite disruptive and annoying whilst my partner and I were trying to enjoy our anniversary dinner.
  4. NB

    NB2017

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had my husband's 35th birthday celebration there. Food was very nice . Nice views and very good service. Was not our 1st time there and definitely will come back again.
  5. B

    Bharat

    London

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2017

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Over-hyped! My second visit, and unfortunately, a repeat of the first time... slightly frosty and mechanical welcome, coupled with what I call 'arrogance... you're lucky to be here'! After some discussion on moving tables (after some reluctance, we were moved, we settled down to a decent meal (scallop starter very good, followed by what I can only call a 'designer cottage pie'). An enjoyable afternoon, great views obviously, but slightly over-priced, in particular, the wine list!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our visit to Babylon at the Roof Gardens was a great experience. We had wanted to go to a place with a nice roof view so that we could see the city. While we waited for our table, we enjoyed a unique cocktail at an outside area. Although it was a chilly evening, there were heaters by the tables to keep us warm. Unfortunately because it was dark, we were not able to see much of the roof gardens that were on the level below us. The menu choices were varied and presented nicely. The portion size was a little smaller than what I would have liked but still reasonable and the prices are what you would except for a nicer restaurant. The staff was exrtemely friendly and polite. Overall, it was a wonderful evening.
  7. NF

    NoemiFil

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2017

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    This is my second visit to Babylon, I just had to go back after such a wonderful first visit. Food was superb and the views from the outdoor terrace is amazing!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed our lunch.The food was delicious,staff very friendly.the views spectacular and lovley ambience.Hope to return.
  9. FD

    FineDineruk2

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting with a nice view. Service was exceptional, very attentive and friendly. Food was the outstanding point about this restaurant. We had the 3 course Sunday lunch menu. The starters were fantastic. The cheese and onion risotto was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. My dad had the mackerel mousse starter and said it was one of the best starters he had ever had. We had the Wagyu beef Sunday roast which was magnificent. Beautiful beef and the largest Yorkshire pudding I have seen accompanied by tasty vegetables in ample portions. Even though substantially satisfied we had to try the dessert! It didn't disappoint. A cranberry curd with vodka jelly and meringues and a brandy mousse with honeycomb and orange gel were amazing. Great value for money for such a lovely restaurant. Would definitely revisit. The only downside was that the roof gardens were closed for a private event so hopefully next time we will be able to walk around them.
  10. MM

    MMMM

    London

    147 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Poor experience. More hype than substance
  11. BE

    BESTATFOOD

    Surrey

    211 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    211 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent lunch at Babylon. Good choices on set menu, delicious food and friendly service. Great view too.
  12. VH

    VanessaHernandez

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 October 2017

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Over rated. Not pretty at all. So plain and simple. Female toilets have an aquarium that look into males toilets.
  13. M

    Michal

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2017

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Hard to believe that such a wonderfully located restaurant serves such a mediocre food.
  14. S

    Swoppergirl

    Worcestershire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable meal in luxurious contemporary surroundings. Music was okay and enough to give atmosphere and not be intrusive. Good tempo. Service was excellent albeit at a fast pace, so we felt we had dined "quickly" So much choice of places to go in London that this did not leave me thinking I must return soon. Probably in the Summer it would be a better experience for enjoying the view and surrounding gardens.
  15. MA

    MAcFoodlover

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food one of the best roast dinners i had a for long time. I would truly recommend for date, family dinner etc. Staff was really nice and professional.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2017

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    This is a great restaurant with great service, food, location, views and the option of inside and outside dining. The only disappointment was the non-availability of the gardens on the day I booked. One of the reasons I chose the particular date was that the website stated that the gardens were available, 'pm, for Babylon customers only', suggesting that access would be no problem. However, on arrival, I was told that the gardens had been booked for a private function yet the website still displayed the same message and continued to do so for the next couple of days. I had also tried to check availability by ringing ahead but got no answer at the times I tried.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2017

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    My wifes steak was grossly over seasoned, they did offer to replace it, we spent £288 and I asked for a coke at 10.45 and was told that the bar was closed. I complained and was grudgingly given one. If we had not already paid I would have asked for the service charge to be deducted. At 11.00 we were asked to leave as the restaurant was closing. A lovely setting spoiled by a poor dish and poor service
  18. s

    susanata

    London

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful place and outdoor space to overlook the city. Best rose: Whispering Angel!
  19. A

    Amanda1962

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal as a birthday treat, view fab. Staff attentive without being over pushy, definitely recommend and would book again.
  20. i

    ilovemaguire

    London

    180 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I was really surprised by the quality of the food at Ken Roof Gardens. We all had the (v good value) set menu and were blown away by the flavours and presentation. The cocktails also were interesting and well-balanced. Would definitely visit again (on the set menu, quite pricey otherwise)
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2017

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    The clientele was loud and rowdy. However it was a Friday evening, so will give benefit of the doubt. But I would not not book this again for a nice meal where one wants to chat in a civilized environment.
  22. I

    Ifach

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2017

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I loved this place! There was a minor confusion on arrival as they had no trace of my Open Table booking, so I was pleased I had my E mail to hand. However the staff were anxious to sort a table quickly and we were only to happy to spend time on the amazing roof terrace ordering some cocktails. We would have loved to have remained there for our meal but unfortunately (and bizarrely) they don't serve starters or main courses on the terrace. It was a glorious hot sunny day so this was a shame. The staff were quick to reassure that we could have dessert and coffee there afterwards however, so we were quite content. We had the set menu of 2 courses and enjoyed it, though we wouldn't say the food was spectacular. What truly makes this place is the setting and the brilliant customer service. We adjourned to the terrace for dessert, coffee and more drinks and the service was attentive, but not intrusive. It's wonderful to go to a top class venue and not be hurried to vacate a table - we spent the rest of the afternoon at a terrace table and left only when we wanted to. The staff were wonderful throughout. The set meal for two plus side vegetables, 3 rounds of drinks (inc 4 cocktails) plus coffees, came to £144. Not incredibly good value given the portion sizes, but worth it for the setting and the service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Babylon. The staff were very welcoming and the service impeccable. We chose the set menu of 2 courses which was delicious and good value. A tasty risotto starter followed by the pork and chicken for my daughter all beautifully presented. We had luckily chosen a day when all the garden was open and it turned our visit into an occasion which we will remember and recommend to friends.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A very lovely place. The service was perfect. My favorite was the stone bass with squid ink sauce and pasta. It was absolutely delish!! The bar on the balcony would be a great place to hang out! I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone.
  25. JS

    JaneS

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    A table of 3 were led to a table suitable for 4. After around 15 minutes forced to move to a small table set for 3. Very embarrassing as I has recommended restaurant based on previous experience. Worse, as that table wasn't used during lunch. Also had to ask for the bottle of wine we had ordered while on patio and only drank fraction of... Disappointing
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here 2yr ago,so in London again we chose the fixed price 3course dinner,pleased to say we enjoyed just as much this time.Could not get into the gardens afterwards,but we had the last time. The food and service was excellent.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our lunch and would have no hesitation in recommending the venue to friends.However, the glimpses of the gardens below were appealing and we would have liked to investigate further.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Very pricey though , but food and service were lovely! Beautiful views, great atmosphere.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2017

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Very poor, inattentive service
  30. ML

    MickinLondon

    London

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    If only the weather had behave but it rained. The waiting staff were top notch and food very good value
  31. C

    Chris

    London

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The view is the only reason for the cost of the experience. The food was decent, but not worth the cost. Fantastic views of London, though (slightly ruined by frequent smokers).
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service, not cheap but unique. Imaginative drinks menu. BUT....The food took far too long to be served after having been ordered. Why suffer the cold outside on the balcony/terrace area when they have heaters? ALSO....Many people visit assuming that they can view and tour the gardens. The last two times I have visited, nobody was allowed to go down to the garden level. VERY DISAPPOINTING! Several guests sounded very annoyed as they had expected a garden tour. Their booking website should indicate whether the gardens are open or not.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It would've been 5* but unfortunately second time in a month I've visited and gardens not available to look around as a function on...was only told on day of confirming booking and already had friends coming a far who wanted to see the pelicans. Manager tried to get us to see but was escorted by events agent and wasn't allowed to go to the Moroccan garden which is spectacular but unfortunately I couldn't show it to my friends....not to event stand for a quick look...very disappointing. If I'm told again gardens not open I won't go.
  34. AB

    AnnieB

    London

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Have lunched here before and enjoyed both occasions. Menu was short (good) but very interesting. Good wine list with a few by the glass, although a longer list of these would have been appreciated. Great atmosphere and would return. Some staff were slightly self-obsessed to the point that we had to ask for things on more than one occasion although service was good overall.
  35. J

    Jane

    London

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favourite places. Fabulous views from the outside bar stools/tables, bright interior excellent food (we had the set menu). Great if the Roof Gardens below are open - ring first and see. Hard to believe such a special place exists on top of an ordinary London building.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Although the food was excellent value, the drinks are rather expensive. If you decide to have the fixed menu 2 course lunch at £24.00 each you need to factor in the cost of drinks which I thought was quite high.
  37. DP

    DPsoutings

    London

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A mid-week lunch outing for three. Once again the Babylon lived up to expectations. A sunny day and the gardens were open. So after a superb lunch a walk around their spectacular gardens. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. When we arrived there were no round tables in the window available. Once one had cleared 'I said could we move ?' no hastle, over we went and to be honest it made the Birthday lunch treat an even more special occasion. Not sure how they serve such a superb lunch at the price. Take advantage whilst you can.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience eating at Babylon and felt special from the moment we entered. Service was great and Peter (the Restaurant Manager) went out of his way to chat to us. The lunch menu was excellent value and the star of the show was my dessert - peanut butter mousse (so many flavours on one plate). The views of the roof gardens below are good and you must go round the gardens - as they're beautiful. Drinks were on the pricey side, but I expect they're no dearer than other London restaurants and there was plenty of free tap water. Will definitely return and highly recommend this place.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2017

    overall1food4service3ambience4
    Hottest day of the year and the air conditioning broken...made the whole experience uncomfortable, so didn't enjoy my lunch. Asked to have dessert outside but not really enjoyable. Also told on the morning of booking gardens not available to view due to function. Friend had come from Surrey as was disappointed. If told gardens not open, don't go as only a view of London to look at but restricted if Terrace busy and cramped and they don't want to keep you out there long they want you at the tables eating.
  40. LL

    LilleyLovely

    Buckinghamshire

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent lunch at Babylon Roof Gardens. Service was exceptional and the food was awesome.

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Babylon at The Roof Gardens - Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 3202 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Area

    Kensington

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday to Saturday lunch 12:00-14:30 Monday to Saturday Dinner 18:30-22:30 Sunday Lunch 14:00- 15:30

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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