Restaurants

Babylon at The Roof Gardens

The Roof Gardens private members club in Kensington is a world away from the hustle and bustle of London. With one and a half acres of themed gardens with natural wildlife including their four famous pink flamingos, The Roof Gardens is a one-of-a-kind London destination. Great views and amazing food.

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Set high up on the seventh floor of The Roof Gardens, offering stunning views of London’s skyline, Babylon really is a cut above the rest, 100 feet above the city. 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. The colours just pop on the plate.

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From the terrace you can see St. Paul’s, Canary Wharf, the National History Museum, Battersea Power Station, and even Richmond Park. Recently Babylon was awarded for ‘Most Improved Sustainability’ at the Sustainable Restaurant Association Awards.

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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 the heated terrace to indulge in baked cheeses and fresh breads or enjoy a delicious fresh seafood menu in the summer.

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We were on the roof terrace as dusk drew closer, the ambience was romantic and buzzy.

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Babylon has a lovely selection of cocktails, expertly crafted and delicious too…

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And as the evening set in, so the city lights began to twinkle in the background. We moved inside and as we sat by the window we still were able to enjoy the glorious view as we tucked into our starters. The Golden Egg is a dish that we cannot recommend highly enough. It was a combination of a golden chicken liver parfait, fried Norfolk quail’s eggs, blackened chicken presse and a Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar creme fraiche.

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We also ordered the Summer Truffle Risotto. Lashings of truffle adorned this creamy risotto. A rather generous portion but worth every calorie.

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The Roasted Buccleuch Estate Beef Fillet was recommended as one of the most popular dishes. The succulence comes through in the photo. The interesting twist is that the sauce is a combination of mint, soy, chilli, ginger, garlic and asian influence confusing the taste buds which would normally expect lamb with this combo. An inspired idea and clearly by it’s popularity we are not the only ones who think so.

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My dining companion had the Cornish Lamb Loin roasted until pink with a rosemary and garlic polenta, peas and broad beans, courgette flower, baby turnip and Madeira jus. It appeared as beautifully presented as it tasted…

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Do save room for desserts as to miss them would be criminal. We finished with a Lemonade Parfait served with a gin and lemon macaroon with a honey jelly and a lemon verbena.

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and a Chocolate Pave with a hibiscus puree and white chocolate ice cream.

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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.

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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.

Babylon at The Roof Gardens
99 Kensington High St,
London W8 5SA
Telephone: 020 7937 7994
Website: http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens/babylon-restaurant

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