Beach Blanket Babylon

Bars and pubs Shoreditch
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A Shoreditch bar, club and restaurant serving modern-European food, creative cocktails and wines from across the globe.

Venue name: Beach Blanket Babylon
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Address: 19-23
Bethnal Green Road
London
E1 6LA
Transport: Tube: Shoreditch
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2.8 / 5

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Bonnie W
Tastemaker

I recently used a Timeout voucher for a burger, side and drink at Beach Blanket Babylon for £10 which I thought was a very good deal! I opted for the veggie burger - a portobello mushroom, roasted peppers, cheese and avocado which was really nice along with mac and cheese for the side. The service was very friendly and at 7:00pm on a Wednesday the restaurant was less than half full so there was no need to book ahead. The decor is dark with some larger booths and chandeliers, giving it a kind of clubby feel. It wouldn’t be my first choice in the future for a meal in the area, as there are so many fantastic restaurants close by, but I was definitely happy with the meal I had and it would be a nice place for a drink.

VanessaK
tastemaker

I was expecting much more from this place. The service was trying way to hard, and came over every few minutes, the food was very dry (we had salmon with green beans). The whole space looked really nice, but unfortunately the service and food can't keep up with it.

Becky O

I first went to BBB years ago (funnily enough, with the same group of friends).  We didn't have a great experience then but I had forgotten the specifics and, in any event, if the place was still open, may be that previously experience had been a blip.  


It was not a blip.  This place is really not great.  The service is very friendly but ineffectual.  We repeatedly had to ask for water, each time to be told it was coming but not to see it arrive.  It did turn up eventually but still...


The food was really bad.  We had a range of dishes: French Onion soup so bland it was left untouched (despite being something the waitress recommended), risotto (not seasoned at all), sirloin steak which was at least 50% gristle and fat and despite being ordered medium rare was served blue.  The two flat iron steaks were ok but nothing special.  Considering the prices - it was a really poor meal.


The desserts were nice though.


I think the thing that topped it off was receiving the bill which included an £8 Virgin Mary.  Yes, that is £8 for a non-alcoholic cocktail which is basically tomato juice, Tabasco, salt and pepper with a bit of celery.  That is ridiculous.  Whilst I accept that my friend did not ask the price when she ordered it, if you are going to charge sooooooo much for a tomato juice, if I had been the waitress, I would have mentioned the price.


There are so many really good restaurants in Shoreditch and surrounding area, it is just not worth going here.  

Abi L

I liked this venue if you are looking for a slightly classier night out. The atmosphere isn’t too overwhelming on a Saturday night and despite it being busy it is quite large downstairs so you don’t feel all crowded in. Saying that… there is often a long queue at the bar and you might find yourself waiting to get served for up to 15 minutes. A little on the pricey side too, once you finally do put your order in! However I guess you are paying for the location (being so close to Shoreditch High Street), and also the atmosphere.

Livvi AT
Tastemaker

With so many bottomless prosecco brunches cropping up around the capital, it’s hard to know which are worth your money and your tastebuds. If you don’t want to empty your bank account with one boozy brunch, Beach Blanket Babylon, located right next to Shoreditch High Street, is a safe bet, but don’t expect it to blow your mind.

Firstly, when I arrived with a group of girls for a birthday brunch on a December Saturday, the atmosphere was surprisingly flat. There was one other large party dining in the stylish and modern restaurant but apart from that, the place didn’t have a buzz to it. When you are drinking copious amounts of fizz, you want a vibe and music that will reflect that, but unfortunately BBB did not deliver on this account. And on the subject of copious amounts of alcohol, despite its quietness, the attention to topping up our bottomless glasses did wane at times. At one point, it was a good twenty minutes before my glass was seen to, which probably was good for my hangover in the long run, but I felt somewhat cheated at the time.

However, moving onto the positives- the food is DELICIOUS. I was reluctant to choose the poached egg and avocado dish (£10) as, really, how long can this love affair with avocados last? But it was so tasty; eggs perfectly runny, sourdough nice and charred and a heafty amount of avocado seasoned with lemon and chilli which gave it a fresh kick. The waffles (£8 plus toppings as extra) were sweet and fluffy and came with a variety of toppings, such as salty, soft confit bacon and banana chips; an unlikely combo but a winning one.

The bottomless prosecco can be added to any dish for £15, which is super reasonable compared to some of the others you may find out and about. And although the service and the atmosphere fell a little short, the slightly long wait for your breakfast just gives you more opportunity to drink which in turn, means you don’t need an external buzz; just create your own!

Photosbysooz
Tastemaker

For a Saturday night, this bar had a nice vibe and music at a level that meant you could just about talk - not bad for Shoreditch. Drink prices are on the high side (£40 for a bottle or prosecco, £11.50 for a cocktail), so be prepared.

The bar was getting pretty busy as we left at 11.30pm for the next venue and I can't imagine how anyone would get served, as we waited long enough when it was quieter with only three people working the bar - a lot of thirsty people waiting...

If you want to go somewhere stylish and like the crowd to be the same, this would be the place for you, it's also particularly good for groups and celebrations as there were a lot of nice looking booths.