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Balans Soho Society

#1,728 of 17,733 Restaurants in London
#1,857 of 18,658 Places to Eat 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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    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 food and service, super location and good value

Great restaurant, great mneu when you are in that neighbourhod. Service excellent and staff re interested and interactive. One distraction - a staff meeting (with some heated discussion) going on a the bar and I could overhear. I mentioned this to the manager. Otherwise this is a great place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Met up for a family(6 adults and 1 10 year old) weekend in London as we all live in various parts of UK. Hotel not too far away. We headed for Kensington High St .An early dinner planned so we thought a brunch would tide us over. We all decided Balans looked ideal which it was!! Full English ordered by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Having had a strole from the hotel, i came across this place. I buisness visit here is for two days and for both i came here. Lovely atmoshphere, beautiful food and very friendly staff. Recommend a visit from anyone

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

What a lovely restaurant to visit. The food is of a high standard and it has a brilliant atmosphere. The staff are really good, very friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

A regular haunt, superb food and service. The seafood is always spot on and the steak is just delicious.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great restaurant, great mneu when you are in that neighbourhod. Service excellent and staff re interested and interactive. One distraction - a staff meeting (with some heated discussion) going on a the bar and I could overhear. I mentioned this to the manager. Otherwise this is a great place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Great ambience in this little restaurant, great menu punching big flavours. The halloumi dish I ate was excellent. Would recommend, just wish had more time to stay, great work as usual from Balans group

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I had a fantastic time here with my partener and friends, being a chef myself i am some what picky when it comes to food and presentation, i have no problems here. I would definately recommend and would go back again, food was amazing, staff were so friendly and attentive and the cocktails were lush.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

great atmosphere, tasty and good portions. Staff friendly, but they have discontined their happy hour, big mistake

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I have been a very regular customer of Balans for nearly 20 years. It was never a palace for gourmands but the food was honest and the service was warm and friendly and personal. Not any more. Since the takeover by new owners a year or so ago things have gradually collapsed and now it is a shadow of its... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I have never eaten here before but I have enjoyed the food better than some foodie restaurants I have been to. The servers are attentive and on the ball. It makes a change not to have to wait around for a drink or to get a coffee. Highly recommended 😀

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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

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?