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Balans Soho Society

#1,152 of 18,436 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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 103
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Good food, great atmosphere, will return

Arriving in Kensington tired and hungry we lucked out finding this place. Great waiters, funny and helpful and didn't tire of my many questions. Great decor. I chose olive mashed potatoes topped w halumi and drizzled w lemon-honey dressing. Surrounded w cherry tomatoes. So delicious. My son chose... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Lincolnshire, UK
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were visiting Olympia for an exhibition which opened at 10 on a Sunday, we deliberately arrived early in the car and made the 10 min stroll down to here for breakfast. A very warm welcome greeted us and we were offered a choice of seating. The menu offered the usual breakfast options plus a few specials. I chose the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A little bit hidden but nicely decorated, Balans offer an awesome menu for almost any taste. The main treat here is the room cheese that of course need to be tied to an excellent cava. A brief explanation of the variety of cheese they handle by a very friendly staff makes this a unique experience. Great for a date, but... More 

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Thank Diana H
Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are not in London very often but this time we should pop in to some really random place to have something to it and the winner is Balans Soho Society!! Great meal, atmosphere and staff very friendly as well. Definitely recommend!!

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Thank Kris J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arriving in Kensington tired and hungry we lucked out finding this place. Great waiters, funny and helpful and didn't tire of my many questions. Great decor. I chose olive mashed potatoes topped w halumi and drizzled w lemon-honey dressing. Surrounded w cherry tomatoes. So delicious. My son chose fish and chips which were flavourful but less crispy than he would... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service was wonderful - the atmosphere was so warming & interesting - great food portion sizes and all together delicious! I would definitely recommend and will be returning!

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Thank mbrodg
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've found Balans to always be a reliable choice for dinner. They have a diverse menu, excellent cocktails as well as a great choice of other drinks. Staff were attentive and helpful and service was quick. I love the little match books on the tables too!

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1 Thank Caitlin W
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Always have a great time here, staff are brilliant, food is good and there is a nice buzz about the place. Love that it is open until the small hours too.

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1 Thank Jessica W
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43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Delicious breakfast, professional and friendly service with great decor and atmosphere, will defiantly come again!

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Thank Yoni K
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Great Service and decently large portions of food. We were stuffed! Also very impressed with a cocktail which used the 80s fruit drink Lilt!

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Thank Pamela L
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

I booked a table this morning for 3.30pm today. I was running five minutes late and called them to inform them and apologise. The call was answered after three minutes and the voice at the other end was cold and unreceptive. We arrived and entered to be sat at the entrance to the toilets In an EMPTY restaurant! I asked... 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 - 30
  • 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?