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Balans Soho Society

#1,971 of 17,329 Restaurants in London
#2,116 of 18,251 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, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • 54
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
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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
Soho Full English Breakfast

While visiting London we stayed at the Best Western Kensington. On the morning walk to the tube, this had good reviews and gave us a good breakfast to start off the day. We visited on a Monday morning and honestly the place was pretty empty - only one other table for breakfast. We were greeted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
Christa P
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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This was the first place we ate after touching down and what a perfect little spot- our servers were spectacular and the food was spot on!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

While visiting London we stayed at the Best Western Kensington. On the morning walk to the tube, this had good reviews and gave us a good breakfast to start off the day. We visited on a Monday morning and honestly the place was pretty empty - only one other table for breakfast. We were greeted nicely right away and given... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Visited whilst staying in London for weekend. Our waiter was very attentive but not overly intrusive. we had the half pint of prawns to start, main courses of lamb cutlets and the seafood and chicken with noodles which was a special that day. We had room for dessert, lemon tart and strawberry cheesecake. All reasonably priced and very tasty, good... More 

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marosvasarhely
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

our waiter was so hospitable and genuine!even if we stoped by for a quick dinner he made our evening!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Great decor, the revamp looks wonderful - fantastic & honest food, well priced decent portions - Very happy to recommend Oh and the service is some of the best I have received - top marks

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We had supper here late on a Friday evening, the staff were very polite and attentive and really made us feel special. We had calamaris which when brought to the table was crisp and very hot, fantastic this was followed by crab linguine which was very taste with just that hint of chili and fully of flavor. We always try... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I had the pasta with crab and chilli. It was pretty bland and this should be an easy dish for a competent chef. My colleague had the burger which i think was more of a hit. I had a lovely cocktail instead of a dessert called an Ode to Madame Jo Jos, its really good but more like an ice... More 

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Gloucestershire, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 325 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We were open to ideas when looking for somewhere different to eat on Kensington High Street the other night and lured in by the menu posted outside, we made our choice. Sadly, none of our dishes lived up to expectations and we left feeling disappointed.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Yesterday visited with 2 American friends for lunch and they were impressed how friendly the staff were and enjoyed the fish and triple fried chips, I had the house burger excellent value, my friends laughed as I struggled to get through a serious size burger. The restaurant serves good quality wines and a few beers, we shared a pudding which... More 

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Barnoldswick
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Went to this restaurant recently and had a very good meal served by friendly staff. When we got the bill it included a service charge but clearly stated on the bottom "Gratuity is optional!" When I paid the bill in cash the waitress returned to say that I needed to pay more money. I explained the service charge was optional... More 

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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 13 - 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 13 - 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?