London Trip/Babylon

We’re just back (I mean JUST, I’ve not taken of my shoes yet and those dogs are barking!) from a trip to the capital and it was… capital!

We’ve been up to all sorts, cycling across royal parks on Boris Bikes, eating, shopping and seeing exhibitions – some of which fall under the remit of this blog and some of which, which don’t. So I won’t bother with them!

First thing we did on arriving was to eat at Babylon. Now, Babylon is worth knowing about if you want somewhere different (and quite fancy enough) to eat which has a quirk and will impress. Why? Its an excellent restaurant overlooking Europe’s largest roof garden, that’s why.

babylon banana parfaitWe had a delicious and well presented meal. I opted for the salmon rillette on courgette pickle and oxtail with creamed kale and potato puree. Delicious. His Nibs went for 3 courses; duck ravioli, fish and then a perfect banana parfait with caramelised macadamia nuts (photo evidence provided).  Strangely, the service seemed a bit disjointed when we were there – but it came across as a bad day rather than the norm.

The gardens themselves are only open on days when they’re not being used for a private function – and we weren’t in luck.

A few words, should you be interested. Information about the restaurant and garden are available online at http://www.roofgardens.virgin.com/ . The phone number for the garden will give you a pre-recorded message for the next week, so its not easy to plan anything other than a few days ahead. When we visited (on a Wednesday late lunch time) the restaurant was full – so not booking might not be advisable on that one.

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