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It's sometimes berated for a lack of ‘substance', but that doesn't stop labyrinthine BBB getting packed out every weekend with dedicated followers of ‘style'. Opulent interiors go all the way, with ornate purple chairs, elaborate fireplaces and vaulted cellars suggesting a cross between the Palace of Versailles and a drag-queen club. The hordes of moneyed young things who gather here add to the lavishness of it all – linen suits, perma-tans and Russian accents abound. Cocktails hover around the £10 mark on a list that rarely breaks new ground – think million-dollar mojitos and Moscow mules. ‘Pedestrian' food also plays it safe, which means a trawl through chilli salt squid, seared tuna with couscous and apple pie with whipped cream. Service continues to get mixed reviews, ranging from ‘polite and efficient' to ‘appallingly slow'.

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Beach Blanket Babylon

45 Ledbury Road ,London W11 2AA

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If the food was as good as the buzz and cocktails!

by   bronze reviewer (6)

Jan 2014

It was an overall disappointing experience…that had actually started well! When we got to BBB and had a cocktail at the bar, things were looking like a pretty outstanding evening. Great drink, full bar, good buzz and atmosphere! But as we moved to have dinner things changed dramatically! The service was sloppy and not attentive and the food was average…at best. It's a shame the dining experience isn't up to the decor and bar standards…with all the options opening up in Notting Hill, unlikely to be...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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by   (3)

Dec 2012

Stepping through the doors of BBB invites you to be a cool kid for the evening. Unassuming location with a touch of the exclusive. The super bubbly girl by the door as you walk in was as sharp with her choice of dress as she was effortlessly in control of where her guests would be seated for the evening. Slightly disappointed by the hemmed in feel of the various different areas inside. With such a unique layout and structure, particularly downstairs at the back and the mezzanine, having tables so...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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45 Ledbury Road ,London W11 2AA

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by   (1)

May 2012

I can handle pedestrian food without too much fuss (and this food was very pedestrian), but what we witnessed on Saturday night should not happen to anyone. First the food. The carpaccio starter was sliced very thick, the jus for the fillet main way too sweet, with its potato rosti side astonishingly similar to what you get for breakfast at a certain American fast food restaurant. Second, service and timing. They incorrectly asked my wife and I to wait downstairs at the bar until the rest of our...

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SM's rating

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

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by   platinum reviewer (85)

May 2011

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Editor's pick I can't really say I'm surprised as I was fully aware of the reputation that preceded this longstanding haunt, but alas the poor service and mediocre food featured in our experience just as it has in fellow diners visits. Flagging down waiters is never fun, neither is waiting ten minutes for a glass of champagne to arrive so you can commence a toast, or being told I couldn't have my much craved fish and chips because the chip fryer was on the blink. What I did get served was a platter of oily fried...

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

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Beach Blanket Babylon

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by   (2)

Mar 2010

Beach Blanket Babylon, 45 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AA On an occasion where the destination was pre-determined by our ‘illustrious’ host, we were to convene for dinner at the affectionately known ‘BBB’ – also a nickname for a mutual friend of ours (cue muted sniggering in an ‘in-joke’ manner). The important nature of the evening was met by frantic preparation – last gasp sprint to the dry cleaner; a shower more reminiscent of an army hose-down; a parting self-frisk checklist of keys,...

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Detective Chan's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 2

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by   gold reviewer (31)

Nov 2009

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I am still yet to understand how Beach Blanket Babylon justifies its prices, they are always £25 for most mains which to me is identical to what you pay in Michelin star restaurants and their food is very hit and miss and not very interesting. Years ago they did offer more eclectic modern European fare whereas now its shifted to boring English and a hamburger?! Scallops with asparagus and a citrus butter had zero taste and at £13, were the most embarrassingly minute, tasteless things Id ever encountered,...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 3

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by   (1)

Nov 2009

One of the worst dining experiences I have had in a long time.This restaurant made me so angry that I am not even going to waste my time writing down and ranting about the experience. Here is a summary. -Maître d’ was patronizing and condescending. -Waiters were argumentative and rude. One of the waiters argued with my partner about what she had seen on the menu (my partner was indeed correct) and then seemed indignant that it must be a new addition and no-one had ‘bothered to inform him’. -The...

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

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by   (1)

Oct 2009

BBB (Bad Bad BAD) Since my last visit it has had a facelift which is OK but nothing dramatic or even that noticable except it is brighter. Since my last visit it appears the menu has turned into a diner so if you like burgers or sausages and mash at exorbinate prices than look no further. If you like inattentive service and waiters that give you the impression that they are way too cool to be serving tables than this is the place for you. If you like 2 maiins, 1 dessert, 1 glass of wine and 2...

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 2

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by   (1)

Jun 2009

We went to BBB on a Saturday night for a friends hen do. There were 11 of us and we had a table upstairs in the private chapel section. I have to say we had a fantastic experience and they looked after us so well. The service was fantastic and very friendly, it was a very hot night and unfortunately the air conditioning had broken, which they did explain to us, but opened the windows when we asked and brought an endless supply of iced tap water to the table, replacing the jugs as soon as they were...

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

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    The Critics Guide :: Beach Blanket Babylon London

    Having previously visited Shoreditch’s Beach Blanket Babylon, we thought it was about time we experienced the original Notting Hill BBB. We were impressed with Shoreditch and arrived expecting good things from it’s older sister; fortunately, we were not disappointed…
    This restaurant is very special indeed, and from what we’ve experienced, one of a kind. The restaurant is ever so flamboyant in style, with many little areas split over various levels. Our table was situated on the upper level.
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