Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket Babylon London bar restaurant

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Set in a converted warehouse, this East End sibling of the much-vaunted Notting Hill original ‘encapsulates the bohemian decadence of Cool Britannia’, according to the blurb. Ms Moss wannabes apply within. BBB’s maximalist décor is a well put-together fusion of funky château & old New Orleans maison close, while the mixology is similarly outré. Best bet is the speakeasy, juke-joint basement where you can sip a well-mixed pornstar martini or vanilla screw (an Eristoff vodka Collins) at £8.90 a go. Wines range from everyday Gascon gluggers at under £20 a bottle to gold tops such as Krug & 2002 Cristal (£400).

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Beach Blanket Babylon

19-23 Bethnal Green Road ,London E1 6LA

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Feb 2013

Went to the venue in Notting Hill. Worst place! Do not recommend. We went last night for Valentine’s day. What an amazing venue and the cocktails are lovely, that’s probably the only positives I can say about the night. Waiting staff were incompetent. We waited 40 minutes to be served. Our starters then took another 40 minutes to arrive and were cold. The mains were just as bad, again with another long wait and cold as if they had been left on a table outside. When we ordered desserts they never...

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Vanessa b.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Beach Blanket Babylon

19-23 Bethnal Green Road ,London E1 6LA

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Oct 2011

I visited the resaturant on Saturday evening with a group of friends for dinner followed by drinks in the cocktail lounge, it was my first time to BBB Shoreditch and i was amazed on arrival by the beautiful decor and buzzing feel to the place. The venue was very busy so we were expecting to have a bit of a wait for our food, but this was not too bad at all, what you would expect from a very busy buzzing East London venue. I had the steak and scallops which i have to say was great and very tasty! After...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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Beach Blanket Babylon

19-23 Bethnal Green Road ,London E1 6LA

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May 2010

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Unfortunately Saturday night was quite possibly the worst ‘service’ experience I have ever had to go through and put 14 of my closest friends through. It was a very important night for me as I was celebrating my 30th Birthday and assumed that such an establishment would have no issues when it comes to catering to a large group. The evening started well. We were given the private area on the front left hand side of the restaurant. There was nothing marked on the tables in the area saying it was...

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Sabrina A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 3

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Beach Blanket Babylon

19-23 Bethnal Green Road ,London E1 6LA

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Jan 2010

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

We ate here on New Year's Eve and it was the worst dining experience I have had in a long time. Our table was booked for 8pm and by 11.30 we had not yet had our deserts. Starters were fine although a bit slow; main course took over an hour to arrive and was cold when it did appear. We were lucky to have received 2 courses – many people in the restaurant did not get anything at all to eat. Staff were disinterested, unapologetic and to be frank, pretty useless (even before the problems were eveident)....

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Abbegail L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 1

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Beach Blanket Babylon

19-23 Bethnal Green Road ,London E1 6LA

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Jan 2010

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The waiter brought the wrong bottle of wine althought the right grape choice, and we were therefore siginifcantly overcharged on the final bill against expectations. Service was very slow and very lacklustre. We have had better evenings there, but on this experience, the place would not be recommended for a return event.

Kate B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 4

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Beach Blanket Babylon

19-23 Bethnal Green Road ,London E1 6LA

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Dec 2009

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I have been dining out in London for a very long time with varying degrees of spare cash in my wallet but never have I left a place feeling so unbelievably ripped off. I went to BBB with around 30 of my colleagues for our Xmas do. It started badly with service at the bar ranging from indifferent to bad. Sure they mix a nice cocktail but you'll be spitting feathers by the time you get it and wondering what the hell the 12.5% automatic service charge buys you. Having been ordered to take our seats...

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Sonal D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Beach Blanket Babylon

19-23 Bethnal Green Road ,London E1 6LA

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Sep 2009

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

It was second time unlucky for this “trendy” Shoreditch establishment. There is very little positive I can say about my second trip to this bar and restaurant…having had a bad experience first time around (when my visit to the bar was marked by awful bar service and overpriced cocktails), I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and returned hoping for a better result. Sadly BBB lived up to my very low expectations. All was going to plan until we wanted to order – our drinks took longer than...

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Louise O.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 1

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19-23 Bethnal Green Road ,London E1 6LA

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Sep 2009

I went to BBB last weekend for a friends birthday. The atmosphere was pretty good as it was very busy. The service of the food was very slow. We waitied for a very long time between courses. They didnt bring out any bread which a lot of restaurants do. The food was very very average and not very tasty. Maybe it was because we had the set menu, but still I was expecting much better. I know that they have a 2 hour turn around which is fair enough but the service was slow and I took exception to being...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 1

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19-23 Bethnal Green Road ,London E1 6LA

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Oct 2008

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

H&M chic, over styled décor and ok food describes this venue best. It certainly isn’t the buzz that has been made of this new Shoreditch ’fashion’ venue. Under staffed and poorly planned menus – led to a disappointing evening which was suppose to be ‘fabulous’ Even the manager with his charm couldn’t fix a failing combination of dim witted staff, poor kitchen preparation and OK food. No amount of charm could have save this train wreck

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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    Her Favourite Food :: Her Favourite Food: Beach Blanket Babylon, Shoreditch

    Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch is rather unassuming with an all-black exterior, meaning that we completely walked past the restaurant on our first visit. There is a small statue with a plaque on the outside but it's very easily missed. However once we were inside this all changed and we were greeted by an opulent décor and were seated in fine surroundings.

    But I also found myself comparing it to the Notting Hill branch where I was seated in what seemed to be a romantically intimate cave. This Shoreditch branch is slightly more laid back and could equally be a contender for your Sunday lunch as well as...
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