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Babylon

#1,105 of 17,142 Restaurants in London
#1,193 of 18,020 Places to Eat in London
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South Kensington
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99 Kensington High Street | 7th Floor, London W8 5SA, England
+44 20 7368 3993
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Set high up on the seventh floor of The Roof Gardens, offering amazing...
Set high up on the seventh floor of The Roof Gardens, offering amazing views of London's skyline, Babylon really is a cut above the rest. Your taste buds will be thrilled by the menus. The award-winning food at Babylon is best described as contemporary British and the menus change regularly to ensure only the freshest seasonal ingredients are used. There are Table d'Hote lunch menus available for two and three courses (Monday to Saturday) as well as a delicious Sunday Roast offering. Guests looking to dine al fresco can cosy up throughout the winter on our heated terrace to indulge in baked cheeses and fresh breads or enjoy a delicious fresh seafood menu in the summer. The restaurant can accommodate everything from an intimate dinner to lunch with friends. The private dining room is ideal for parties or meetings of up to 12 guests, with its own terrace overlooking the resident flamingos. For larger groups of up to 30 guests, a stylish, semi-private area can be booked and Babylon can also be hired exclusively for dinner and cocktail receptions for up to 120 guests. Babylon comes alive on Tuesday nights from 7.30Pm with the smooth tunes of live jazz. No need to bring your dancing shoes, just sit back and enjoy a delicious menu against a backdrop of live music. On Friday and Saturday evenings, guests can go to The Roof Gardens' private members' club on the sixth floor to continue their evening. Babylon at The Roof Gardens is a sky-high venue. The memory of mouth-watering cuisine, exceptional service and spectacular views will stay with you long after you have left.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful Roof Top Venue - Very good service

Bright airy restaurant with fine views over this part of London. Service was very attentive and at no time were we hurried, even though we sat drinking for an hour after we finished easting so very relaxing. Food was well prepared from top quality ingredients. Cooking was perfectly acceptable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
JCofEssexUK
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Billericay, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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hampshire
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Chose this restaurant for an evening with some VIP,s to our business wanting a nice evening with a touch of something extra. Before we arrived they contacted us and requested that we move our booking earlier as we were such a large party, (9) this proved to be the theme of the evening, they simply do not like large parties.... More 

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Bright airy restaurant with fine views over this part of London. Service was very attentive and at no time were we hurried, even though we sat drinking for an hour after we finished easting so very relaxing. Food was well prepared from top quality ingredients. Cooking was perfectly acceptable without being exemplary. A good range of dishes to suit every... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

An enjoyable time with two friends over for the weekend. Pleasant rooftop environment, with views over the Royal Albert Hall and further afield.

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Rotherham
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15 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We called today on the off chance of seeing the gardens as we hadn't made a reservation due to time constraints. We were welcomed up to the 7th floor where we could see the terrace and overlook the gardens (there was a private function today) While being there we couldn't resist having a drink and although they were expensive we... More 

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Londra
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154 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We where here on monday afternoon with friends to drink a glass of champagne. First time at the Roof Gardens and I'll come back soon. Great view of the city, nice bar and restaurant, perfect service. People around but not too much. You see the Gardens down with birds and animals really nice place. The weather was not good, windy... More 

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East Yorkshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Once you find this place (tucked down a side street), the Babylon restaurant and particularly the roof gardens are unique to experience. The roof gardens can be used for events so you need to check in advance that they are open if you particularly want to visit them. We visited for Sunday lunch and thought the food was good quality... More 

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GeneralManagerRG, General Manager at Babylon, responded to this review

Dear CharlieTaylor We were delighted to read your review and hear that you thought it was a unique experience. It was great to hear that you thought the food and value for money were both good, but I’m sorry you experienced slow service. We always appreciate constructive feedback and will aim to improve this. Thank you again for sharing your... More 

Rudgwick, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This restaurant overlooks the amazing 1.5 acre roof garden high above Kensington High Street. Walking around the gardens is a huge treat in itself. The restaurant serves great food and service is good. We went for lunch on a busy Saturday and our only criticism was the noise level. If the restaurant is full it appears that the acoustics aren't... More 

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GeneralManagerRG, General Manager at Babylon, responded to this review

Dear Gaskyns Thank you for your review which was an absolute treat for us to read! We were delighted to hear you enjoyed The Gardens, the food and the service. We always try to arrange our seating plan so our smaller tables are able to enjoy their experience just as much as our larger parties and apologise that you found... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I booked this restaurant because it was recommended by the Kensington Close Hotel. This was a belated birthday present for my sister who was 50 earlier in the year. Unfortunately with me living abroad we didn't get together earlier! From the moment I booked the table to the time we departed nothing was too much trouble. The food was very... More 

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GeneralManagerRG, General Manager at Babylon, responded to this review

Dear AmandaJ86 Wow thank you for such a wonderful 5 star review! We must also pass on our thanks to our friends at the Kensington Close for recommending us to you. We were absolutely delighted to hear you and your sister had chosen to belatedly celebrate such a special birthday and get together in Babylon and that you enjoyed your... More 

Stafford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Great place for lunch with friends... The service was amazing and so were the cocktails! The Panna Cotta changed my life!

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GeneralManagerRG, General Manager at Babylon, responded to this review

Dear Zina B Our Head Pastry Chef is out to change the world one dessert at a time and so she was over the moon to hear that the Panna Cotta changed your life! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments, the entire team loved hearing that you and your friends enjoyed your lunch (and cocktails) and are all... More 

Saint John, Canada
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133 reviews 133 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

When we were looking for a unique dining experience in London, some locals recommended the Babylon Roof Gardens. I made a reservations several weeks in advance to ensure we would get a table when on holiday in London. There was no way to find out if the roof gardens were open until 24 hours in advance as the garden level... More 

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GeneralManagerRG, General Manager at Babylon, responded to this review

Dear Katrina W, We were delighted to hear that you dined with us in Babylon during your recent holiday in London; and that you were able to see The Gardens as well! Our baby ducklings are not so baby any more but they continue to delight our guests along with our flamingos. Our Head Chef was so pleased to hear... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 99 Kensington High Street | 7th Floor, London W8 5SA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighborhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7368 3993

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 108
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups

Description

Set high up on the seventh floor of The Roof Gardens, offering amazing views of London's skyline, Babylon really is a cut above the rest. Your taste buds will be thrilled by the menus. The award-winning food at Babylon is best described as contemporary British and the menus change regularly to ensure only the freshest seasonal ingredients are used. There are Table d'Hote lunch menus available for two and three courses (Monday to Saturday) as well as a delicious Sunday Roast offering. Guests looking to dine al fresco can cosy up throughout the winter on our heated terrace to indulge in baked cheeses and fresh breads or enjoy a delicious fresh seafood menu in the summer. The restaurant can accommodate everything from an intimate dinner to lunch with friends. The private dining room is ideal for parties or meetings of up to 12 guests, with its own terrace overlooking the resident flamingos. For larger groups of up to 30 guests, a stylish, semi-private area can be booked and Babylon can also be hired exclusively for dinner and cocktail receptions for up to 120 guests. Babylon comes alive on Tuesday nights from 7.30Pm with the smooth tunes of live jazz. No need to bring your dancing shoes, just sit back and enjoy a delicious menu against a backdrop of live music. On Friday and Saturday evenings, guests can go to The Roof Gardens' private members' club on the sixth floor to continue their evening. Babylon at The Roof Gardens is a sky-high venue. The memory of mouth-watering cuisine, exceptional service and spectacular views will stay with you long after you have left.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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