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Balans Soho Society - Kensington

187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
+44 20 7376 0115
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (27 reviews)
“red curry” (8 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (14 reviews)
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British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Don't expect any Christmas in your Christmas Lunch. We travelled here because the 'Sunday Lunch' reviews were so good, and the online Christmas Menu looked very tempting. We arrived last Sunday afternoon to a mostly empty dining room and were handed the plain lunch menu....More

Thank ridgwaypl
Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped in on a cold wet wintry evening and received a warm welcome. The waitress, however, made us feel rushed, and our starters and main courses arrived almost simultaneously. The pasta with crab was nice but not stunning, and the desserts were good. All...More

Thank Nightflight
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered a salmon starter and the roast turkey meal. The salmon was poor, came with some weird bread that was NOT fresh and a side order of gherkins for some unknown reason. The turkey main course (from their christmas menu) was not good quality. The...More

Thank James A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant provided us quite nice service, dinning environment is absolutely amazing, suitable for families or dating couple.:))) We ordered the following shown in pictures. Cheese cake dessert is highly recommended, BBQ chicken wings as appetizer probably are too spicy for not Asian people haha....

Thank 196yinyinc
Reviewed 30 October 2017

...as the slogan says we had no plan, but had already tried two nearby places for Sunday brunch and we were turned away. This one made room and made us very welcome to boot! The staff were friendly, attentive and seemed to be enjoying what...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Went here with some friends having been numerous times, and always been impressed. Sadly on this occasion this wasn’t the case. The food came relatively promptly, but my full English breakfast, as well my friends breakfast (also full English) were both stone cold. We were...More

Thank ForzaDan
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Fab find. We had haddock and burger and chips. The enormous fat chips were excellent. Burger so so. I asked for brioche bun to be changed to anything other. Which they did. No fuss. Haddock was huge and tasty Cocktails from £9:50. Great Selection. La...More

Thank ageunknown
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Just home from a fantastic meal in this restaurant. Fantastic service from the staff and couldn’t do enough for us. I had the Red Curry which was absolutely delicious. Chips were crispy and water on refill all night. Cocktails were amazing too. Don’t miss this...More

Thank Marc M
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

A quaint restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. We were greeted warmly and instantly when we arrived. Service was excellent! Food was delicious, prawns red curry. We stayed and had cocktails which there is a wide variety of. It was also reasonably priced.

Thank Gemma M
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

the food was good and so was the cocktails we had a great time here the only this is we was waiting for more than half an hour for our food the waitress was extremely polite and courteous and got us everything we needed would...More

Thank matteus21
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 28
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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
  • E-mail
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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