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Balans Soho Society

#1,884 of 17,533 Restaurants in London
#2,028 of 18,458 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: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
friendly restaurant with good, honest food

This is a nice small restaurant, with a great atmosphere, The food is good, simple and honest at a decent price and the staff are very friendly and helpfull.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
aylesburyduck96
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Roskilde, Denmark
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English first
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

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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Roskilde, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is a nice small restaurant, with a great atmosphere, The food is good, simple and honest at a decent price and the staff are very friendly and helpfull.

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is our second visit. We enjoy the atmosphere which is relaxed and as advertised - breakfast and brunch location. Friendly reception, efficient service and waiters receptive to our needs to be left alone too. Meal very good - recommend kedgeree and the breakfast omelette and Balans potatoes. Excellent wine and a great mix of clientele. My wife reported the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Really good food and generous portions, kitchen open until quite late. Atmosphere fun and friendly, beer list very restricted, cider list non-existent.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We loved this place. We went for breakfast one morning before visiting Kensington Palace and the food was delicious. We both had a full English and some tea. The service was good and the decor was clean and relaxing. I would love to go back again one day!

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We had a late lunch and sampled a few cocktails too. Really nice food and staff. Certainly will come back when next in town.

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Additional Information about Balans Soho Society

Address: 187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7376 0115
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
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
Average Prices: USD 12 - 33
Cuisine: British

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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 - 33
  • 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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