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Balans Soho Society - Kensington

187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
+44 20 7376 0115
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (42 reviews)
“red curry” (10 reviews)
“burger” (38 reviews)
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British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Balans Soho Society - Kensington
1. Fabulous Location
"A hidden gem right by High Street Kensington tube station."
Atul M
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2. Lovely Lunches
"It was a perfect lunch"
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3. Great Atmosphere
"Chilled vibes, plush decor, delectable dishes and excellent service"
Charlotte P
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1 - 10 of 411 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found myself around Kensington and I thought to give this place a go. It was my first visit in this restaurant chain even though there is one near my area. I went for the Red Curry with shrimps and noodles which was amazing! Fresh...More

Thank Niko S
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

I found this restaurant on Kensington High Street because the breakfast at my hotel was awful. Upon walking in I was greeted by a very cheerful girl. When I sat down I noticed everyone that worked there seemed quite cheerful and happy. Great atmosphere straight...More

1  Thank PaintedNails
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

it's a very casual restaurant with a very good service and relaxing decor but the food is nothing exceptional even the signature burger dish is so mediocre!

1  Thank John K
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

The major assett of this lovely restaurant, along with the location on the famed Kensington High Street, is the service. You have to try it to believe it. Our glasses were never left empty and we didn’t order any drink, just free tap water. That...More

4  Thank dapper777
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Visited for breakfast and dinner at night. Great atmosphere and excellent food served by friendly and informed staff A special mention must go to Dave the waiter from RSA who made our evening memorable.

Thank thebuchans2018
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Came here for breakfast when staying in a nearby hotel where breakfast charges were exorbitant. Didn't look anything special from the outside but when we went in we were made very welcome and were looked after very well. It was a boiling hot day even...More

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

We wanted English food with flavor and a twist and were happy we found Balans Soho Soc. The atmosphere and wait staff made for a nice end to a long day around town.

Thank CristoRey
Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

Mid morning brunch to start off a wonderful wedding shopping trip with my daughters and friends. Fantastic food and cocktails - friendly and attentive staff

Thank Sue C
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

I stumbled upon this place while looking for an old English pub on the Kensington High street and glad I did. I had the high society Benedict with lobster and avocado and it was divine.

Thank Dave B
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Had a nice dinner on a Saturday night. Were able to get seated without a reservation. The wait staff was attentive, pleasant and professional. The food was great and the ambiance relaxing. I will return.

Thank nanrey
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $27
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
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
  • E-mail
Well-to-do west London respectability meets Soho’s louche debauchery in the heart of High Street Kensington. At Balans Soho Society there is nothing we take more seriously – the correct temperature of every drink and the warmth of every welcome, aside – than the quality of our food. Using only the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients from such suppliers of excellence as The Ginger Pig and H. Forman & Son, everything is prepared in-house. Cocktails are all freshly made by skilled mixologists. The wine list is skillfully chosen to carefully complement the eclectic, globally influenced menu. Bohemian, gregarious, sophisticated and perhaps just a touch eccentric - a place to abandon your plans - Balans is the quintessential Soho experience.
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