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Balans Soho Society Cafe

) #1,994 of 18,119 Restaurants in London $$ - $$$ , Cafe, British
34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
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  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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Contemporary, Cafe, British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Don't order the steak. The place as a lovely atmosphere although this was very much lost when my meal came having ordered a medium steak I was presented with a well done steak. The waitress asked how was the steak I advised about the state...More

Thank S B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good friendly atmosphere, service was prompt and polite....they arranged for us to wait for a window seat, no worries. Vegan options, nice serves of good quality food and a much enjoyed Saturday evening meal. Would recommend for a great Soho experience.

Thank Dennis G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a lovely time at Balans on a Thursday night! Place was very hard to find a seat outside, but the lovely and funny brazilian waitress found us a chair and gave us the best service! Small plates and drinks recommended by her left me...More

1  Thank markbono901
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went there few times, service was good, my experience this time was just bad, waiter just dropped my food on the table, even didn't care to check if it was ok when I ask for the bill, the "manager" didn't care he was more busy...More

Thank vincent P
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Friendly staff and delicious food in a great location to watch the spectacle that is Soho. Everyone is so friendly here.

Thank Vince P
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Great place, great concept. Quality food until early hours of the morning. Selection to choose from.

Thank Chloe_foodlover
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Balans Soho located on Old Compton Street is a local institution renowned for two things. Firstly the food, modern British featuring a wide ranging menu that includes small dishes, large dishes and sides featuring fish, salads, steak, breakfast options and pasta. The food served is...More

Thank alain p
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Good menu and food quality, fairly priced, top staff and management who goes all the way to make you enjoy your stay after a night out or lunchtime

Thank Jack C
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

What can be better on a sunny day than sitting outside in Soho and watching the world go by! Friendly, efficient staff. Pedro who served us was fantastic. Good tasty food and large portions. Certainly not expensive. House wine £20. A perfect lunch.

Thank LondonToots
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

I'm a regular customer at balans and this is for a reason. Upon each return I am made to feel welcome by all of the waiters and managers. Ovidiu was the first night waiter to serve me with a friend. Immediately he broke the ice...More

Thank Khaled A
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho
hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a
compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars,
and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red
Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene –
and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping
enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's
greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the
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Hi, do you offer gluten-free options for breakfast? Thanks!
13 December 2016|
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Response from Beavington | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. Checkout the menu on there website
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 15
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
00:00 - 00:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: 44207439330
  • E-mail
Originating from the heart of Soho (the colony for the unconventional and the kingdom of the one handed clock), Balans Soho Society reignites the same café still stands where it originally began almost three decades ago. Open around the clock the café has always been a busy hang-out by day and a refuge at 4am for those in need. It boldly asks 'How does one constitute a late breakfast 2pm or 2am? Not for the fainthearted, Balans Soho Society Café is a place to indulge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dark activities in the company of fellow bon vivants. It remains a café at heart, while serving up delicious dishes it also serves sandwiches and café style nosh. And it's all done in the spirit of Soho - the iconic corner of London that has always acted as a refuge for outsiders: minorities, eccentrics, bohemians, dreamers...people drawn together by a shared conviction that normal rules don't apply to them. A place to go when you feel like doing things you probably shouldn't.
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