If you’re dining at Babylon, The Roof Gardens' seventh-floor restaurant, expect breathtaking views across London and a contemporary British menu that’s in keeping with the opulent surroundings.
The seasonal menu is regularly rejigged, with a focus on British produce such as Dingley Dell pork and fillets of Scottish cod. The big draw here, though, is its setting, nestled in 1.5 acres of themed parkland for you to look out on as you chow down.
Still not tempted? There’s usually a jazz evening on Tuesdays and you can take in a nightcap on the outdoor terrace. Sip on one of the concoctions from Babylon's extensive cocktail list, including a silver Lady (a gin sour muddled with celery), or pick from an array of champagne cocktails such as agrodolce symphony, where a Campari and Grand Marnier mix is topped off with some fizz. Yum.
7th floor, The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Sunday lunch served noon-3:30pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: High Street Kensington tube|
|Price:||Main courses £18-£33. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £24 2 courses, £28 3 courses; (Sat) £25 2 courses, £29 3 courses; (Sun) £27 2 courses, £30 3 courses.|
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Babylon is 7 floors up above Kensington High Street and has great views. Although it's drinks are expensive (cheapest prosecco is £46 a bottle!). It offers a varied 2 course lunch menu for £26 (or 3 courses for £28). My veggie main course of Deep Fried Courgette Flower was surpisingly delicious. However the main attraction of Babylon is the 3 roof gardens. The Spanish is based on The Alhambra and there is also the Tudor and the English Woodland. These are not roof gardens just made up of colourful pots, some of the trees in the English Woodland are 75 years old! There are even flamingos! This is a really great setting with great food, it is child friendly and the staff are lovely and, as long as you are not planning a very boozy meal, it is reasonable priced!
Great food, staff and views. A must for a first date or a business lunch. Could have spent the whole day here...!
I booked a meal here for my boyfriend's birthday. We specifically booked here because I wanted to take him to the roof gardens for a drink after/during our meal and the website specifically states that dinners can go up to the garden if it isn't booked. I booked a month in advance and checked three times that the gardens would be open to visitors. I was assured each time that they were. When we arrived, we were told that the gardens were closed. Then the waiter told us he would check. After a period of time in which he did his best to avoid me, i went to the front desk staff to enquire. They told me that the gardens are not actually associated with Babylon and that there was no way I could have been told I could visit the gardens as they would have had the booking schedule more than a month in advance and would have known I couldn't visit when i made my booking. Essentially they were saying that they are using their affiliation with the gardens to try and con people in to visiting the restaurant. The fact is that they need to exploit their affiliation because the restaurant itself has the decor and feel of a restaurant at the holiday Inn. i.e. it's nothing special and not worth the prices they are charging. And, whilst I like efficient service, there is also something disconcerting about ordering and having your main meal arrive about 6 minutes later- definitely gives you the feeling they are in a hurry to get you out even though the restaurant is half empty. I was furious about being duped in to going here under the premise that we could see the gardens, and I couldn't possibly recommend this place. To their credit, the staff noticed that I had hardly eaten my main meal (which I couldn't stomach as it was the fishiest fish I've ever smelt and must have been on the turn) and they did take that item off the bill. To be honest though, this restaurant is scamming people. You'd be better off finding your local holiday inn and going there for dinner.
We came to Babylon after seeing a deal on lastminute.com. The staff were pleasant and welcoming on arrival. The waiter took rather a long time to take our drink order and also to take the order for our food. Once the food arrived I thought the portions were overly small and tasted rather average. The deserts although were excellent. I don't know how much this restaurant would normally cost as we had a deal menu which didn't show normal prices but I would not return again having to pay full price. The views are nice but not worth paying over the odds on food and drink for. The waiting staff could of cracked a smile once in a while also. They were not rude or unhelpful at all but reminded me of robots which affected the atmosphere of the restaurant slightly. I'd say go to the Oxo tower brasserie instead, better food, views and staff!