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Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill

3.8
3.8
1546 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday to Friday:12noon-3pm 6pm - midnight Saturday to Sunday:10:30am to 12:00pm.

  • Phone number

    020 7229 2907

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    BBB’s main private dining room the ballroom can cater for a min no of seated guests of 20 up to a table of 50. Or you can use the Chapel for 30 guests or the drawing room for 20.

  • Private party contact

    Dimi Pantazi: 020 3589 5749

  • Area

    Notting Hill

  • Cross Street

    Westbourne Grove

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Notting Hill Gate tube is a 5 to 8 minute walk from us.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,546 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.4Value

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  1. FO

    FoxyOne

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The hostess was miserable. The male staff were far friendlier. Food not as good as it used to be - standards have slipped a lot. Such a shame but I think the concept is becoming old and worn out.
  2. R

    Rhiannon

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked this for our Anniversary and had a beautiful meal and drinks! Great service, great food, great cocktails :)
  3. G

    Georgia

    London

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2017

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    SO disappointed, we went for a special occasion as we have usually had a good time here but it was awful. The waitstaff were incredibly slow and had on idea what was on the menu, they barely had anything in stock, the food that came was cold or bland and there was a table next to us filled with incredibly loud and rowdy teenagers which ruined the cool vibe in there
  4. G

    Gunner

    London

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Reliable location - although was originally seated near toilets which wasn't pleasant we were moved quickly on request by friendly staff. Limited and simple menu, but tasty nevertheless - not really for food enthusiasts but great for tasty appertivo early evening cocktails....
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    It's a fantastic venue in a wonderful location and the staff are very friendly. If staff were better trained with even some basic knowledge of menu and food could arrive without being burnt, I'd come back in a heart beat. I don't mind paying high prices for great food and service when it's merited. I do when it's not. Simple things to improve on what could be an outstanding restaurant .
  6. L

    Liky

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2017

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    The food is good but the staff are terrible... really a shame given the venue and food is lovely.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I am not one to write bad reviews but I have left feeling dissatisfied. I booked this restaurant as it was my partners Birthday and our 2 year anniversary so it was a special occasion. I put this on the booking form and still confirmed this when I confirmed my booking over the phone the day before. Upon arrive it seemed that they did not have my booking as the hostess seemed confused and didn't know where to seat us initially. The vibe was great and cocktails tasted amazing and we were having a great night until our food arrived. The steak was a bit tough so we had to send it back and ask for a new one. The manager and staff were really friendly and happy to oblige but it meant that I had finished my food before she ate her food. We did not decide to have dessert and called for the bill and left. I was a bit upset that nothing was said about either the birthday or anniversary celebrations, considering I had mentioned it twice prior to arriving at the restaurant. The overall experience was good but it would have been great if they had taken into account that we were there for a special occasion instead of just dinner.
  8. PS

    PurpleString

    London

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2017

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Very dull uninspiring food, people go there to be seen not to eat.
  9. AB

    AliB

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2017

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We chose Beach Blanket Babylon as a venue due to the photos of the fabulous décor and location. I had read a few reviews which complained about the poor service but chose to give BBB the benefit of the doubt as the reviews were published last year. We arrived during brunch on a Sunday and it was quite quiet but the waiters were initially very attentive. As a vegetarian, the options were very limited but this is typically the case in many restaurants. The waiter kindly agreed to us changing the full English to a vegetarian version with avocado as opposed to sausage and bacon. The berry bomb drinks were also delicious. When the breakfasts were served, the portions were large. However, the mushrooms were very burnt and the avocado was not ripe so it was hard and tasteless. The scrambled eggs were clearly made in a microwave due to the consistency and the toast was way overdone. Overall it was bland and certainly not worth £14. My friend highlighted the issues to the waiter who came back about 5 minutes later agreeing that the food was not up to par. We then waited over 25 minutes to be asked if we wanted coffee/ further drinks and had to call a waiter several times to get their attention. We ordered coffees and another berry bomb but when it was served it was completely different to the first ones. When we asked what it was (because it was clearly not what we had ordered) we were told that it should be even nicer than the first one and they had run out of some ingredients. We were not charged for one of the breakfasts which was some compensation but overall the food and was very poor. The décor itself is very nice so would only recommend BBB as a place for a drink in the evening.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The restaurant was beautifully decorated inside and in a good location. The restaurant had a great atmosphere, however the food was disappointing quality for the price.
  11. AA

    AAlexsisM90

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2017

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    SADLY, WE WERE IGNORED FOR 10 MINS BEFORE WE WERE SEATED. WE WERE THEN SEATED AND IGNORED FOR A FURTHER 15 MINS BEFORE ANYONE CAME TO GIVE US A MENU OR A GLASS OF WATER! FOOD WAS DEVINE AND GOOD SIZED PORTION.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very interesting interior with fantastic architectural elements throughout. Great food, cozy little tables tucked away for privacy. Just a lot of fun to eat here and the food is quite good. We really enjoyed it.
  13. AD

    AshDa

    Austin

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall the experience was good, cocktails and nail were really tasty and good. Dessert was really disappointing. A bit too expensive
  14. FG

    FionnualaG

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2017

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We had to wait for a very long time in between courses, almost an hour and a half betweenb starters and mains. It was apparent that the restaurant was busy, perhaps they need to hire more waiting staff.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The interior is quite extraordinary, which is why we wanted to check it out. The cellar room smells a bit damp, however, and we had to wait for about an hour and ask for our food before it finally arrived, even though we were the only guests in this room at that time. The staff was very friendly. My food was fine, but I found it a bit overpriced for what you get, my friends were not too happy with theirs.
  16. CC

    CharlotteC

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Such a nice place, great food and very nice atmosphere
  17. KR

    KatieR

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2017

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The decor was great and that's what attracted me to this restaurant. The service was excellent although I had read some reviews which stated otherwise. The staff were very friendly and helpful. However the food was VERY salty and poor quality. I could not eat more than a few mouthfuls of my green vegetable curry which was awful. The wine list was good and the cocktail I had was delicious. I'm glad I went to experience it but won't be going back.
  18. L

    Londonlife

    Birmingham

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2017

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The decor at BBB is beautiful however that is as far as the positives go. The service is extremely slow, not enough waiters, waited 35 minutes for our initial drinks order to be taken. Wouldn't recommend go here for a special occasion.
  19. AP

    AlexP

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2017

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Delicious cocktails, awful service and rude. Not value for money. Head waiter blamed poor service on the fact that our waiter was untrained! No apology either. Would not recommend.
  20. JD

    JohannaD

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2017

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Great food, ok service, great, great cocktails! Would definitely go back for the cocktails. If you're looking for a good cocktail experience that isn't too expensive, definitely a go to. will be back!
  21. JJ

    JoJo

    Hertfordshire

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2017

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Was very disappointed with my latest visit service wasn't great staff were lovely but we had to wait ages for our food 1 of the desserts was apple pie & custard & the custard was lumpy we returned it waited so long for it to be replaced we decided to take it to go paid our bill then waited another 15 minutes for it after complaining for the 3rd time we received it!! There was also a bad smell of drains in the basement where we were sitting which I noticed the time before! It's a shame as it was 1 of my favourite restaurants to go to especially for a special occasion
  22. CJ

    ChrisJ

    Demoland (UK)

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2017

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Great location and decor. Been here before and sadly to food isnt up to scratch. Over priced for what it is.
  23. S

    Squirtle

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Despite some really bad reviews online, I was really surprised by the level of service we received. The waiter was incredibly attentive throughout the meal and nothing was too much trouble. The food and drinks were fabulous and the decor was amazing. I would really have no hesitation in going back
  24. CR

    CalRich

    Oxford

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We were a little late as the traffic was really heavy but we phoned to explain & they were very accommodating!!! Food was lovely as were the staff, cocktails a bit expensive but I guess u pay for where u are!!!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2017

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The food was expensive for what is was and what they served up wasn't far short of embarrassing. The table and chairs wasn't clean. The lighting would have still been horrific even if they had all of the lights working. The waiter we had was more than polite and very helpful, it was just far too long between dishes. It took nearly 3 hours to complete a 3 course meal. But the bar on the ground floor was lovely and so were the cocktails they served.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2017

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Terrible service. They put us on a table in the bar. Service was awful. Vegetarian Thai curry was like boiled veg
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2017

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Very nice place, but very bad service (people were nice but they spent too long for everything). Lack of organization
  28. K

    Krissy345

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2017

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Worst service I've ever experienced. A 2 course meal took 2.5 hours. The staff forgot what dishes and drinks we ordered, blamed the wait on the kitchen, and took 15 minutes to come to our table when we first sat down. When walked upstairs our waitress was hanging out at the bar with other waiters. The food was descent but we wouldn't go back.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2017

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    God awful experience. The staff was cool mostly but... We were sat late, very late. There was only 1 waitress who was complete overloaded and the poor thing had the whole downstairs herself and it looked like no one else who worked there wanted to help her. She was really cool and we felt for her so we stayed. Otherwise we would've just walked out. I came because the ambiance looked awesome online and the reviews were mostly good. Food took 1.5 hrs to arrive at our table and it was awful, and it's too expensive to be awful. It's a beautiful and quirky cool space, but I'd never go again!!
  30. S

    Sonia

    London

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2017

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Went to celebrate a birthday, the waiter took forever to take our order, the food was cold. Has mentioned when I booked the table we were celebrating a birthday and was promised a small dessert. When I arrived at the restaurant I told the staff there and then again the waiter at the table, they were going to bring out a dessert but nothing after telling 3 different people. We went to the bar after for drinks and I then had to ask once again, we finally got a small dessert after asking so many times. It was a complete nightmare and I would never advice anyone to celebrate an occasion as I spent a good part of my night chasing staff.!!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2017

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Gorgeous food, decent value, pretty cool venue but service was very slow, we felt forgotten
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    we had a great lunch but the service was really slow and we had to ask at least 3 times for the toast y the time the beans were stone cold and had to changed. lovely staff toilets were smelly that was not great and needs seeing to but overall would go back as I loved the food
  33. M

    Mumlondon

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I have always adored this restaurant and the service was lovely. However the restaurant is is desperate need of a refurbish. Fabric seating was stained, paint looks grubby and generally needs a bit of love. For this reason I wouldn't recommend it, especially is daylight.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Put in a search for quirky restaurants in London and this was one of them.We were staying with our son and his girlfriend who have lived in London for a few years and I wanted to surprise them with somewhere they hadn't tried being that they have almost done it all down there.We are from BIngley west yorks .I booked it then read some of the reviews and became nervous as it was a birthday treat and I wanted it to go well .Comments were around the attitude of the staff and waiting times.My son posted on face book that we were there and he received a comment from one of his friends saying that when they went the staff weren't really interested in them because they were obviously NOT RICH.Now I was getting stressed. Neither are we but I knew what we were up for price wise before we went so no shocks were expected.We did wait some time to be served ...45 minutes for our order to be taken and the waiter was indeed snooty and now I'm thinking it's going to be a disaster.....then the cocktails arrive and the food shortly after and it was fab . The atmosphere was great and the decor and layout really quite unusual .Im sorry we didn't stay in the bar afterwards for more cocktails where the decor was over the top and amazing . The staff warmed a little towards the end . Notting hill is a beautiful place to wander around at night. I think it's a place to take friends for the wow factor .Its a jewel and I would never have known it's location.....it's a bit of a trot from the tube . When you book they take your card number so don't be late . We had 2 cocktails,4 beers ,bottle of water not tap ,4 mains and 2 puddings and there was a 20 pound service charge .Total came to £156 .I don't thinks that's bad at all . Moral of the story is not to be intimidated by staff .London is a funny place to us northerners but my brass is as good as any lol. I digress...we had a lovely evening.
  35. OG

    OG123

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 March 2017

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The food, drink and baroque/eclectic setting in this restaurant are really beautiful and unique. The truffle fries and cocktails are particularly memorable. However, the service-whilst friendly-was slow. We were left waiting around 45 mins just for our initial drinks and then were brought somebody else's. This gave us more time to enjoy the environment's well lit ambience- though this is perhaps only somewhere to go when you a full evening to fill.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2017

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Very poor service
  37. p

    pedro

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is really cool! The food was also delicious, highly recommend!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2017

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    The food and the place was amazing but the service was very slow and we had to ask several times for things we had already ordered.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2017

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I had read all the terrible reviews about Beach Blanket Babylon Notting Hill, but in Jan I went for dinner and it was a pleasant dining experience so thought I would give brunch a shot. Big mistake... although we laughed about how ridiculous it was. I had booked a table for three, we were seated at a table for two. They promised to bring more cutlery - they didn't so we stole it from another table. After being sat for 15-20 mins, they came to take our drinks order, we had of course decided on everything by then so ordered. Tap water, a couple of cocktails, a couple of coffees and 3 x cooked breakfasts. ...I should mention they charge £5 for half an avocado...!! Thankfully we were intelligent enough to ask the quantity before making the order. Our food arrived first, mildly lukewarm. I can't fault them on this being quick service. However, no butter for the toast, no offer of sauces (although we asked for ketchup THREE TIMES - thankfully it arrived during the last two mouthfuls of my meal. There was after all no time to waste because the breakfast was cold within minutes due to it not being hot to start with.) The sausages were gristly, the quality of the food was 'meh' and the ketchup was cheap pinky rubbish you get in European greasy spoons on holiday. Our Bloody Mary's arrived next. ...still no tap water, the simplest of tasks. My friend had to get up, find someone and request some tap water... it arrived 5 mins later. They forgot the coffees - the saving grace is that they were removed from the bill. THEN they tried to overcharge us £6 AND they added £10.50 service. Again, thankfully they must be so mindful that the service is continuously awful that no fuss was made when we asked to remove it. In fact the women who was serving us was perfectly happy to remove it, I suspect this happens often. I would like to say they were under staffed - but there was about 14 different wait staff wandering aimlessly around. To summarise - don't bother.
  40. m

    mays

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2017

    overall4food3service1ambience5
    Really cool interior design, felt like we were entering a new world. However, seemed like more of an evening place rather than brunch. Food was good.

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Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill is rated 3.8 stars by 1546 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Westbourne Grove

  • Area

    Notting Hill

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday to Friday:12noon-3pm 6pm - midnight Saturday to Sunday:10:30am to 12:00pm.

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Notting Hill Gate tube is a 5 to 8 minute walk from us.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7229 2907

  • Private party facilities

    BBB’s main private dining room the ballroom can cater for a min no of seated guests of 20 up to a table of 50. Or you can use the Chapel for 30 guests or the drawing room for 20.

  • Private party contact

    Dimi Pantazi: 020 3589 5749

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