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Babylon

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Perched seven floors up, in the heart of Richard Branson’s lush Roof Gardens, Babylon’s vista stretches from the Gherkin to Battersea Power Station. Throw in a terrace bar with views of the gardens and cityscape, imaginative cocktails, charming waiters, “quick service” and weekly live music, and you have all the ingredients for an incredibly fun night out. It’s a shame, then, that the food is the least impressive aspect of this “hidden-away treasure”. The cooking once had that wow factor, but the current menu fails to deliver: our smoked chicken salad with charred leek felt hastily assembled, and a duck-leg Wellington was too unsubtle to justify a £30 price tag, although a white chocolate mousse with pistachio ‘soil’ ended proceedings on a high note. On balance, we’d recommend taking advantage of the “great-value” set lunch deal – in high summer you’ll feel on top of the world.

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Set lunch menu - 2 courses £24 or 3 courses £28 per person

Enjoy fabulous sky high views without the sky high prices. Join us for a set-menu lunch in Babylon from Monday - Friday and enjoy 2 delicious courses for £24 or 3 courses for £28. The set lunch menu is available from 12 noon - 2.30pm.

Available: 17 May 2017

Expires: 30 November 2017

Happy rump day

To celebrate making it half way through the week, every Wednesday we're serving up a 500g English rump steak for two to share.

Available: 10 May 2017

Expires: 31 December 2017

Sharing board menu

Babylon has created a new menu of sharing boards, for two people, to be enjoyed on Monday evenings. Start your week on a happy and healthy note and enjoy succulent roasted Scottish cod loin or a whole roasted chicken.

Available: 20 March 2017

Expires: 25 December 2017

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Babylon

The Roof Gardens, Derry Street ,London W8 5ED

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Hidden away treasure

by   gold reviewer (39)

Jul 2016

The entrance to the Roof Gardens is very unassuming and you could so easily miss it but once in the lift up to the restaurant it is a very pleasant surprise. The setting is lovely with both the choice of an inside and outdoor eating area. Set menu was great value and the food lovely. What I liked is that the menu is very small which always fills me with confidence. The service was efficient and quick and will definitely be returning.

Sarah G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Babylon

The Roof Gardens, Derry Street ,London W8 5ED

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Lovely venue, good food, but owed £200 two months later

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May 2015

I have mixed feelings writing this review. Kensington Roof Gardens is a lovely venue and I had been to Babylon, the restaurant, a couple of times before, including our 8th year wedding anniversary. Which is why I chose it as the venue for one of my best friend's leaving party. I spoke to the event manager over the phone a few times, including when I gave him my card details and he deducted £200 as a deposit to secure the booking for the live music event, which included a "VIP"...

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Bonita D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 2

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Babylon

The Roof Gardens, Derry Street ,London W8 5ED

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Oct 2012

My family took our mum to the restaurant last sunday for lunch for a birthday treat. It was recommended by a friend and boy was she spot on, the service was fab, the staff were so friendly, the food tasty and the restaurant / gardens beautiful, (do ask to walk around the gardenswhich are entered from the floor below). We had a wonderful afternoon and would recommend it to others. My one suggestion is don't go there thirsty, drinks are extra expensive, cheapest bottle of wine £49, bottle of beer £5,...

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Jacqueline P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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The Roof Gardens, Derry Street ,London W8 5ED

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by   silver reviewer (20)

Jul 2011

Babylon… could be so much more. I absolutely adore the venue as a whole, Kensington Roof Gardens is a fabulous oasis in the heart of London. I had hoped for so much more than what the restaurant provided upon my first and only visit. The recently refurbished restaurant is a bit too fresh and green for me personally, however it is not offensive! The food was a slight let down as it is nothing to write home… or to you… about! Modern British/ European, ok food. The staff are friendly and relatively...

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Sophie A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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The Roof Gardens, Derry Street ,London W8 5ED

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Jun 2011

The food was really below average, as well as the service. The only thing worth is the view and the garden below but then again, you do not need to spend more than £50/person for that. Full of tourists and not very trendy.

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 2

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The Roof Gardens, Derry Street ,London W8 5ED

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by   (1)

Mar 2010

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Went for the Sunday lunch – great family atmosphere complete with magician! Food was to a very high standard and staff relaxed but efficient – no stuffy formal waiters here. Great views over the city – - ask for a window table if booking in time & visit the gardens to see the flamingoes & ducks – club below would be a fantastic setting for an exclusive party

Martin F.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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The Roof Gardens, Derry Street ,London W8 5ED

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by   platinum reviewer (125)

Nov 2009

A case of black and white. The food is good. The service too – sometimes. But it all doesn't matter because of the shere wow factor of Mr. Branson's signature Restaurant/Private Member's Club. Recently the menu has changed and taken on a more sophisticated tone, which has seen prices rocket. This is a pity because before it used to be refreshingly reasonable. Yet on a recent late dinner apart from slightly shakey service – which one half expects – it performed nicely. The views are among the best...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 3

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The Roof Gardens, Derry Street ,London W8 5ED

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by   bronze reviewer (9)

Oct 2009

Really nice fresh food and a clean and stylish dining room which was offset against TGI “bonkers” style service – if I may be a shade unkind – and table magicians on a sunday lunch. Horribly night club priced drinks, (£5 for a bottle of peroni and £9 for a vodka with mixer and lime) which ended up presenting us with a lumpy bill for a set price lunch…overall too pricey unless you like yer bling prices!

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 4

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  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: Kensington
  • Price: £58.00
  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £52.00
  • Lunch: £19.50 (3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 12

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