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Balans Soho Society

#724 of 17,006 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
+44 20 7376 0115
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After a night out at Opera Holland Park just down the road we came out looking for somewhere offering a late bite to eat and a drink. This restaurant on Kensington High Street and not far from the underground station was open until midnight and they had no problem welcoming our group at 11pm. Inside its a nice and cosy... More 

Thank marktheshark
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food & drink for hangover sat/sunday. English breakfast and bloody marys are great. Try the pancake too

Thank Olivier B
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209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I came here for breakfast. The head waiter is very much an "in your face guy". On arrival he listed off everything from the breakfast menu .. I did not understand a word he said , it was rapid fire. I ordered the baked granola. It was inedible .. A mix of berries .. yoghurt ..granola ..smothered in and built... More 

Thank MrGalway
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have spent two hrs walking Kensington's streets we were in search of a quick but tasty lunch. Stumbled across Balans Soho Society and weren't disappointed. Excellent service polite and efficient. Food wise, fish and chips beautifully crispy batter and kale with ginger and chilli as a side also excellent. The Famous Balans burger was top class gherkin, cheese and bacon... More 

Thank Andrew P
London, United Kingdom
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my brother & cousin to eat, i had informed them the food is good etc, for i visited the one in Soho. I was disappointed when the menu came, there wasn't much to go by. We just ended up having pancakes and went somewhere else to eat. They were short staffed, even though it wasn't busy. Pancakes took... More 

Thank QueenB992
Solihull, United Kingdom
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled on this rustic cafe after an amazing night at the Hammersmith Apollo. Arrived at 11.15 and was still served a lovely main dish of crab linguini. The food was light and fresh. Just what was required. The staff were polite and accommodating. Well worth a visit.

Thank Neil M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Balans Soho Society is a rustic cafe on High Street Kensington. I popped in just now for a mid morning breakfast after a brisk walk around the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in glorious weather. Balans defines itself as "Restaurant, Bar, Haven for the Convivial" and has a manifesto to boot..... I decided on their full English Breakfast which is... More 

Thank AshleyAzavedo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was in quite a lot of places to eat but from this one...I expected more...😞 I was in there for a lunch...I paid £45 for 2 aperitifs, 1 main course and 2 beer's. And now I wonder wy....??? I could say lot of things about the food but as one of the waiters answered to me wen I asked... More 

Thank adrian-remus M
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst a day out we decided to have lunch in Balans which I didn't know had had a rebrand! I love the new look which I think gives it more character. Our food was tasty, the customer service was very good. Our waiter 'Anthony' I thought was very good considering he was on his second day of training,lovely young man.

Thank LondonSnob
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been few times just because it's close by and therefore I've given this place a chance. Food is pretty bland hover cocktails are good and they do a happy hour

Thank Karina P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $27
British, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?