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Balans Soho Society

#2,067 of 17,142 Restaurants in London
#2,211 of 18,020 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, 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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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    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
Perfect for the occassion

I recently visited London and was lucky enough to stay at the Royal Palace Gardens. Given that breakfast wasn't included and check out time was very generous, we slept off the previous nights indulgences and decided on Balans for brunch. We booked but on a weekday mid morning there really was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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English first
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Group meal after a business meeting. Arrived early for a drink but not allowed to stand at the bar as would disturb another table. Left and went elsewhere and returned later for the meal. Meal average, presentation on plate poor. Had fish which was over cooked with batter hard. A smear of something called mushy peas and a few chips.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

It shows no plans of slowing down or slacking, so following years of not visiting (having moved East), it was good to drop by recently when I was back in the area. They do have one in Stratford, but the original is always the best. The day was sunny, the mood was hopeful and we wanted something light early afternoon.... More 

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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I recently visited London and was lucky enough to stay at the Royal Palace Gardens. Given that breakfast wasn't included and check out time was very generous, we slept off the previous nights indulgences and decided on Balans for brunch. We booked but on a weekday mid morning there really was no need. We were seated quickly and sat by... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The duck spring rolls were incredibly delicious. The portion size is quite large so if you're not starving, these and a side would do as a main course. I had the pulled pork wrap as a main and that was great too. Good selection of wines and great athmosphere.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A decent enough place with some good food. It would be good hangover cure food and is fine when with friends just catching up. No real complaints but also nothing to write home about. Decent enough.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Took my boyfriend here for a birthday treat, and we both loved it! Food was really good I can't pick anything I didn't enjoy about it! I had the ribs which were amazing you won't leave hungry that's for sure! Service was friendly and very quick! Would recommend to everyone, we went later in the evening so there was a... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We were looking for somewhere for an early evening meal (about 6pm) and stumbled upon this. Service very good, My wife had chicken with farro and figs which was a little under-seasoned, but otherwise good, and I had a pulled pork wrap which came with nice home-made chips - all very tasty. For London, the prices were reasonable. Our only... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Friends had arranged to meet us here on our stay in London. We had no idea what to expect never having been to this restaurant before, and I must say we were underwhelmed by the experience. I had pork ribs, and my partner and I shared the "half pint of shrimps" and fried calamari. All these were nothing to write... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Following a concert in the royal Albert hall I was a little apprehensive about finding somewhere good to eat later at night. I stumbled across Balans whilst searching for late night eats online and as it had some decent reviews we decided to give it a go. We arrived at around 22.45 and were seated immediately. The staff were very... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The food was very okay and the staff was friendly. We ate here twice due to the location. Prices were a bit on the high end but we were tired and this is London.

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