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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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!

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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.