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“Wonderful views over west London” are a pull at this “specially situated” and “moodily decorated” Kensington penthouse, where you can cap off a meal with a stroll around the incredible roof gardens. Reactions to the modern British cuisine are mixed – to fans “ambitious and well executed”, to foes “pretentious style over substance”.
“You are transported to a far-away place, and yet you are in the centre of Kensington”, when you visit this “spectacular” venue, overlooking the famous, lush rooftop gardens below (“arrive early and take a stroll around”); at the price “the cooking lacks a little polish” (so look out for lunch deals).
“Extraordinary to have trees, streams and flamingos, up above Kensington High Street!” – these “cool” (“blingy”) 8th-floor dining rooms, overlooking the roof gardens, make “such a romantic summer location”; perhaps best to visit for lunch, when there’s a “very good-value 3-course set option”.
“What girl doesn’t like a flamingo?” – they’re sometimes to be spotted in the extraordinary 8th-floor roof garden overlooked by this Kensington eyrie; “the menu is workmanlike and perhaps a little uninspiring, but with views like this who cares?”
Babylon, Kensington Roof Gardens Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The setting is great with a panoramic view through a glass wall along one side of the restaurant. It is quite corporate in the way that they take bookings, business-like rather than warm. My big criticism is the coverings on the chairs which are some sort of manmade fabric which makes you sweat big time! No-one is ever going to talk about this so I imagine the restaurant will trundle on regardless. However having been there 3 or 4 times, I know this was not a 'one off' problem and so I won't be going back."
"The Roof Garden, below the restaurant is incredible, but the restaurant itself, although good, could be modernised and the staff could show a bit more of enthusiasm working here"
"The views are stunning as diners are quite high up in Kensington. I just wish that restaurants remain restaurants where diners can sit, eat a good meal and talk. However, this was not the case at Babylon as the music was blaring out and the atmosphere was dark and moody like a night club. Food was really salty."
99 Kensington High St, London, W8 5SA
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lunch noon - 3 pm, dinner 7 pm - 11 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm