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Balans Soho Society

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60 Old Compton St., London W1D 4UG, England
+44 20 7439 2183
07:30 - 06:00
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Sun 07:30 - 03:30
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 06:00
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely friendly service, good menu choices for breakfast, fast service and good tea. Massive pancakes!

Thank mumvboys
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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465 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dropped in for a lite bite to eat and a spot of people watching. Seated outside in the sun, was nice to kill a few hours and soak up the atmosphere. The food was reasonable although the service was a little slow on this occasion. Notwithstanding, I've always enjoyed and will be back next time I am in London.

Thank Joe B
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158 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They've had a revamp and moved tables around so not so many booths but the service and atmosphere still buzzing from early. This time we enjoyed porridge and the breakfast burrito, as well as good strong coffee and service with a smile. We always seem to spend more money than expected so still an occasional treat.

Thank Angelique-Andrew
Sao Paulo, SP
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111 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very pleasant bistro, nice place to before you start your London night, cosy atmosphere, very good dishes (recommend the tartar) and good drinks

Thank efalmeida
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101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an after event celebration and on recommendation of one of our friends we landed at Balans ( we had already made reservations ) on the first sight the place looks a little overcrowded and a bit worn out. I was a bit apprehensive , we were escorted to our table which had a setting which one would expect... More 

Thank Gourmetboss
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here about a million times. Just for drinks, for some nibbles, for dinner and for breakfast after a rough night out. My review is going to be sweet and sharp. I loved it every single time.

Thank aleksandra775
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with a friend for breakfast. Food is amazing and staff very nice. Highly recommend this place. Eggs benedict and pancakes are delicious.

Thank Julien P
Pontresina, Switzerland
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Felt hungry and popped in for a quick fix. Friendly staff, super professional treatment of my dietary needs. Great Meinl coffee from Austria ! Will be back to test lunch on my next trip.

Thank DeliTrotter
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks for the amazing hospitality Lele (taken). So professional and fun, I look forward to visiting very soon!

Thank Jaz G
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72 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely light dinner at the Kensington restaurant the other night. Excellent martini to start, nice selection of wines by the glass too. My partner ordered the curry and I ordered a melange of the side vegetable plates along with a plate of rice. No fuss about my unorthodox meal ensemble. Service was cheerful and superb. I noticed... More 

Thank Astilbe_Arendsii

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 38
American, British, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:30 - 03:30
07:30 - 06:00
07:30 - 06:00
07:30 - 06:00
07:30 - 06:00
07:30 - 06:00
07:30 - 06:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Old Compton St., London W1D 4UG, England
  • Public Transportation: Only a short walking distance from Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road Underground Station.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7439 2183
Not for the fainthearted, Balans Soho Society is a place to indulge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dark activities in the company of fellow bon vivants. It's a café, a restaurant, a bar, a member's establishment and definitely a place where rules are made to be broken. 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. We are Balans Soho Society and we live by the philosophy that too much of a good thing is a GOOD THING, the best plan is NO PLAN and that the pursuit of pleasure is a noble one. Even if the pleasure itself might not be. Let us banish the jobsworth, the wet blanket, the killjoy. Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often. LET CURTAINS TWITCH. All hail the rogue, the rascal and the reprobate. We have a way of dealing with outsiders: INVITE THEM IN for a drink.

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Staying in Soho

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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 most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighbourhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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