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Balans - Kensington

#1,965 of 18,005 Restaurants in London
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187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
Tube - Kensington High Street Buses - 49, 27, 9, 10, 328, 28, C1
+44 20 7376 0115
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Balans Soho Society brings its bohemian spirit to Kensington High Street...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great breakfast!

We both ordered a full english breakfast, and I ordered fresh orange juice and he ordered banana and strawberry smoothie. It tasted absolutely delicious!!! Will come back :-)

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Sara J
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Breakfast / Brunch. I had eggs Benedict to die for, fab hollandaise sauce and perfectly poached eggs. My guest had the English breakfast, great spicy sausage, and a proper field mushroom and the

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Came here for breakfast with a friend and I ordered the pancakes with bananas and toasted pecans. They were awesome! Not exactly a wholesome breakfast but as far as pancakes go, I would rate them one of the best in London. I have been to this Balans on a number of occasions and always find the food, service and ambience... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My wife and I have been coming to this High Street Ken restaurant for many years. The food is good and varied. I'm not crazy about the new seating changes but that's a minor detail. HOWEVER, after reading a previous review about staff rudeness I felt I must comment. Today, as always, the Balans staff and manager were charming, funny... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We both ordered a full english breakfast, and I ordered fresh orange juice and he ordered banana and strawberry smoothie. It tasted absolutely delicious!!! Will come back :-)

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Hertfordshire
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A good find for a quick and healthy lunch, fairly good service and cleanliness. It was a busy Saturday lunchtime and staff were rushed, but still managed to get our food to us pretty quickly A downside was our glasses of wine were not chilled enough and another one was that the loo was ok but a wet floor and... More 

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Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Very disappointed in the change in Balans, I don't feel most of the time I've been served by professional waiters, yet one blonde female and female manager serve you with a hostile and cold presence, they expect their tips yet ignore you when you call them over and then continue to serve you with a half baked smile and a... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We had risotto, red curry and french toast, all were excellent and of very nice size. Excellent and friendly service.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We had a cocktail and starter each and shared a pud. The place feels brown and has an Eighties vibe - emphasised by the offers of pepper from large pepper grinders and Madonna singing on the musak. I had the quesedilla with avocado - very tasty - and the shared pudding was a sort of coconut coverup of an almost... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I was seated promptly and the food was quick. I had the cream-cheese stuffed pain perdue, and it was wonderful. I also tried my friend's berry pancakes and they were some of the best pancakes I've had at a restaurant. There wasn't much food for what you pay; that was the only caveat. Thanks for a great breakfast.

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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Me and my boyfriend tend to go here for brunch as often as we can, and we have yet to be disappointed! Nice atmosphere, menu is really good and they serve breakfast until 5pm. Last time we went we had the omelette and Steak & eggs, both really well cooked and arrived within no time at all. We were served... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 32
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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