The Handbook
The Handbook

This year sees the 75th anniversary of Kensington favourite, the Roof Gardens, and so The Handbook team took a midweek trip to celebrate!

Having been transported up to Babylon on the lofty 7th floor, we drank in the views of the garden and streets below as we sipped on Apple and Raspberry Mojitos  and little blackberry cocktails served in buckets. For those getting up early in the morning or detoxing during the week, then the non alcoholic cocktails are just delicious!  

Having arrived in the early evening just after work it was lovely to see that the bar was busy, with such gorgeous weather, it is no wonder, sat outside on the terrace you wouldn’t have thought we were in London, and by 7pm Babylon was almost full.

We sat down for supper and ordered our starters, the crispy duck egg was gorgeous, a light crisp outside which gave away to a gloriously golden and runny inside. Served with charcuterie and baby salad leaves it made for the perfect light summer starter. We also have to mention the adorable vegetable patch, with little baby vegetables planted in edible soil made from bread crumbs and nuts and served with a watering can of tomato consommé, who knew soil tasted so good?

For main course, it was the fillet of English beef all round, which with a rocket purée, balsamic glazed roasted red onion, Roquefort cheese and hefty chunky chips. We did also order the Stone Bass, it was delicious , accompanied by Spanish King prawns in rice cooked in shellfish stock, saffron and smoked paprika, it was wonderfully smoky and rich whilst still keeping that real salty fresh fish flavour, it was a real winner. We only wish we could have eaten more of it!

For pudding we all opted for different dishes, the Milk Chocolate Parfait was recommended and rightly so, it was devoured in seconds and gave everyone food envy. The Coconut Delice, was more chocolate than coconut, and the pliable chocolate was a little hard to get the head around, but that need not matter because it was yummy, and the Philadelphia ice cream, oh the ice cream! It was unbelievable!

We finished the meal with a bottle of desert wine and settled back into the sofas out on the balmy terrace to talk the night away. More of a decadent treat than a local, Babylon really is something that extra bit special in Kensington!