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Balans Soho Society

#728 of 17,544 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
+44 20 7376 0115
08:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 00:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had breakfast one morning and it was delicious, had a breakfast burrito and it was very nice would highly recommend, inside the restaurant it was very nice and modern, is definitely a good destination for breakfast.

Thank Evan D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had breakfast here and everything was fabulous. Real buzz about the place from when you walk in, service was impeccable (attentive but not too much), drinks excellent especially the Bloody Mary (though filter coffee be good alternative to the very strong Americano) and the food was stunning - had the Eggs from Hell which were heavenly!! Definitely recommended.

Thank scoobs11
Bristol, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had brunch here during a 2 day visit to Kensington. Lovely decor and very attentive and helpful, would recommend you visit at any time of day. Food was excellent and well presented .. The monkfish scampi was delicious. Will definitely visit again.

Thank John35_13
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An evening with amazing friends - the aim being to help my mother as we have just lost my father... Once again the lovely David looked after us ... what a great asset to the restaurant.... made us all feel SO welcome and special... If only all restaurants could capture the spirit of this place..

Thank Richard T
London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First of all it's pricy for what is it. Secondly I don't expect my fish and chips to be cold and my fish raw. I sent it back and the waitress (sweet girl) came back to confirm that the chef admitted that he hadn't cooked it properly. Instead of being offered a free meal for the mistake they made which... More 

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spectacular food with highly attentive service! Our visit couldn't have been better, with sour bread to start, and succulent pork belly and perfectly cooked tuna steak for main! Our waiter made us feel so special, and we would not hesitate to return! The decor is beautiful as well!

1 Thank Jess G
London, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went here before the theatre and it was great. It was decorated for Halloween and some staff dressed up and looked great. Service was friendly and helpful and always checked if you needed anything. Food was really good as were the cocktails

1 Thank 4422Traveller4422
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, good food, good presentation. Excellent flat white. Only negative very small table plus large plates proved a bit of a logistical struggle. Would return.

1 Thank Oliver K
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Jeez what happened to you Balans? I want camp and glitz....not a gastro style pub restaurant!! Lol and jeez now you're serving bread on wooden chopping boards? Once I got over the middle of the road change, you really can't fault Balans for anything else. (We descended there for dessert and drinks after being disappointed with a previous restaurant we... More 

Thank Agent_Love
Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

My 2nd time to the chain of Balans and both times, different location never fail to live up to the standard. The food is great and the staff friendly and warmth.. The place can get busy with lots of request but the service staff is always smiling and more than willing to serve. Keep it up guys, you are all... More 

Thank Ktbh15

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 27
British, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
  • Public Transportation: Tube - Kensington High Street Buses - 49, 27, 9, 10, 328, 28, C1
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7376 0115
Balans Soho Society brings its bohemian spirit to Kensington High Street, creating a cafe, restaurant, bar and member's establishment where normal rules don't apply. Reflecting the eccentric ethos of Soho, Balans Soho Society Kensington is a refuge for bon vivants, dreamers and anyone who embraces the indulgent side of life.
Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morale boosting cocktails, the menu reflects the restaurant's libertine outlook. Savour the pulled pork wrap with bourbon-flamed barbecue sauce and triple-cooked chips, Cornish crab linguine with chilli, or the Infamous Balans Burger, packed with Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle and red onion.
The quirky interior at Balans Soho Society Kensington provides the perfect spot to sample the eclectic cocktail list. Balans Soho Society at Kensington offers a welcoming sanctuary from the busy High Street where you can escape the hectic shopping pace and indulge in a relaxed environment.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?