Party Earth Review Standing on the doorstep of London’s inner city and marked by larger-than-life gargoyles, Beach Blanket Babylon is a lush and glossy cocktail lounge popular with a fashionably forward crowd. Heavy glass doors give way... ... read full review
19-23 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
London Overground: Shoreditch High Street
0207 749 3540
M–Th, Su 5pm–midnight; F–Sa 6pm–1am
Shoreditch / Brick Lane, London –
Standing on the doorstep of London’s inner city and marked by larger-than-life gargoyles, Beach Blanket Babylon is a lush and glossy cocktail lounge popular with a fashionably forward crowd.
Heavy glass doors give way to a spacious room whose centerpiece is a square island bar where liquor bottles arranged on a light box pedestal create an altar to intoxicating spirits, and corporate high-flyers down A Walk in Shoreditch cocktails.
An entire back wall is given over to a looming clock face on which time stands still, as if giving the city slickers permission to idle away a few guilt-free hours.
Overlooking the bar and lounge is a partitioned dining area where metrosexuals and glamazons pick through the drinks and food menu as though flipping through a fashion catalogue – and indeed, the menu is designed to mimic a magazine layout, complete with pouting model on the cover.
Links to the fashion industry continue downstairs, where fashionistas and Vogue subscribers perch on raised Victorian stools to listen to the DJ’s beats or watch models stomp across the clubroom at the occasional runway shows.
Splashed with perfume and dripping with opulent accessories, Beach Blanket Babylon is pedicured to perfection and expects the same from its image-conscious clientele.
Corporate professionals, designers, and brand-obsessed fashionistas, 20s to 50s.
Ambient piano and orchestral show tunes. Occasional gallery exhibits, DJ nights, and fashion events.
Global dishes ranging from wasabi nuts to French lobster caesar salad.
Appetizers £6.50–£10.50, entrées £13.50–£37, sharing platters £13.50–£17.50. Beer £4, wine £5.50–£10.50/glass or £19–£55/bottle, cocktails £9–£10.50.
Dressy chic: high heels, cocktail dresses, preppy vests, dinner jackets.
Friday and Saturday nights for the off-duty buzz of professionals who work hard and play harder.
French restaurant Les Trois Garçons (1 Club Row) offers fine dining in a sophisticated setting.