Beach Blanket Babylon in Nottinghill is one of my favourite restaurants if I want to impress. Known for celebrity sightings and its posh clientele, it’s most famous for its unique interior design blending Boho Chic, French Country Style Chateau the Baroque and Rococo the High Maximalist feel (description from the website, not mine). Some people consider it kitschy and eclectic while others think its tacky and gaudy, but I think it’s fantastic.
Each floor is completely different with various rooms connected by walkways, tunnels and spiralling staircases. The main floor is an over the top Baroque style bar complete with stained glass and roaring fireplaces. The Crypt in the basement, is like a secret dungeon with brick archways, lit with candles and actually quite romantic.
Go up to the next level, and you’re in a Morrocan tile inspired room, which apparently the booth is the most popular table in the house. Walk up the chained spiral staircase and you’ve arrived in the The Chapel. A circular room which is impressive but can become a bit of a sauna on a warm summer night.
There are so many nooks and crannies in this place like the private table for two in the garden. Beach Blanket Babylon may be over the top for its decor, but its this ambiance that sets it aside from any other place in London.
Beach Blanket Babylon, 45 Ledbury Road, W11 2AA (Notting Hill)