Babylon 1

The Roof Gardens, Derry Street , London, W8 5ED

Babylon

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SquareMeal Review of Babylon

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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Christmas menu - 3-course lunch £39.50 or 3-course dinner £59 per person

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7.1

Food & Drink: 7.5

Service: 6.5

Atmosphere: 7.8

Value: 5.5

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sarah G. gold reviewer 14 July 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.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Bonita D. 21 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" space, access to the club sections and came with a hefty minimum spend against which the deposit would be offset.. At no point did anyone I spoke to on the phone mention that all guests would require photo ID to access the venue. I have looked on the website and didn't find mention there either, and while it was emailed to me, it was at the bottom of a lengthy email which contained a lot of blah blah blah, so I didn't read it. (Who reads all the blah blah blah anyway?) Of course a couple of the guests showed up without ID (on the night we were there, a problem being experienced by several other people in the queue). We then faced some tough choices - leave and hope to find another venue on a Saturday night in London, go ahead with the party minus a few of the guests who didn't have ID. Or, as we thought would be the only way to salvage the night - dine at Babylon (very expensive, and awkward as the guests had different budgets, which was why I arranged the more reasonable live music and barbecue option). Ironically, dining at the restaurant first requires no photo ID and gives access to all the club areas, for which apparently "due to their strict security measures" you absolutely need ID, apparently. (And the very rude bouncer and unhelpful bouncer of course had no sense of the irony.) To add insult to injury, after we dined and asked for the bill, I discussed with the Babylon staff my expectation that the £200 would be taken off the bill (I was promised the refund at the door when we reached this compromise). The restaurant staff replied that as they run separate businesses with separate accounts, we would need to settle the restaurant bill and the £200 would be returned to my account the following week. Over two months later, I am still waiting …

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Angus C. bronze reviewer 02 July 2014

We were lucky to enjoy lunch on the balcony with spectacular views of south London. The food was not spectacular but very good. Sadly didn't get to sample the wine list all that much.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Natalia P. gold reviewer 07 October 2013

Food and service was good as always!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Jacqueline P. 24 October 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, that said I would go there again. Extra touch was a magician walking around entertaining diners.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Sophie A. silver reviewer 13 July 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 attentive. It was nice to have a drink on the terrace before moving to the table. And it was also very convenient to be able to enter the building without queuing as you normally would for just the club. So this could be a good way to start a night out if its a special occasion as it gives you ease of access to everything for the evening, although you still pay an entry fee. But on its own the restaurant just unfortunately did not appeal.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Kenza m. 01 June 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.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Martin F. 02 March 2010

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

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 1.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 09 November 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 in the capital and as a diner one can shake off some calories at the nightclub!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

richard h. bronze reviewer 18 October 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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Private dining room
Capacity: 12
Special offers

Christmas menu - 3-course lunch £39.50 or 3-course dinner £59 per person

From: 20 November 2017

To: 23 December 2017

Max: 0

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