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Balans Soho Society

#668 of 17,953 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
+44 20 7376 0115
08:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unfortunately, if your baby is too young to sit in a high chair, you are not able to go to Balans, as they don´t allow baby prams. They asked us to fold our prams or leave, I explained them the baby was 4 months old (at that age a baby can´t sit in a high chair) and I needed him... More 

Thank R5530FEbeatriz
Brighton, United Kingdom
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323 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed a lunch at Balans Soho Society. Smashed avo on toast with pesto, tomatoes and halloumi is excellent, and blood orange tart for dessert fantastic flavour too. The standout though was the service, from all the waiting staff but in particular our main waiter who was hilarious, super witty, made us feel very welcome and turned our meal into... More 

Thank Paul B
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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444 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just wanted a pre dinner drink close to Ken High St tube after work and stumbled across this branch of Balans which had tables and chairs outside with exterior heaters above so we had aperol sprintzers in mini glass tankards and tasty olives which was perfect but as it was getting chilly we decided to go for dinner sooner than... More 

Thank Nick L
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I happened to be in the area so went for a drink, Mango Mule 😋. The staff were friendly, the Deri mks were great and the atmosphere was wonderful. I think it's a good first date place, a place to catch up and socialise or just grab a coffee when you need to get out the house. The staff were... More 

1 Thank stass19
Dallas, Texas
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111 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the full English and the wife had avocado on toast with halloumi and quinoa. Both were cooked to perfection and the bread was unreal! Highly recommend! Oh, and the service was excellent as well.

2 Thank Robert D
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today (Saturday) for lunch with my partner. The restaurant was spotless and we were greatly quickly with a smile. Nice table and great service. The food was lovely and it was a really relaxed experience. We will visit again in the near future!

Thank PhilipPG417
Hastings, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across this place while in Kensington. We sat outside with our dog and the staff promptly put the outside heater on and brought out some water. The burger and the Thai curry we had were excellent. We will be back if in area.

1 Thank FirstAscentK2
Burnham, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in here on the of chance and was very pleased we did. My wife had an omlette which was good , I had the full english breakfast which was very good espicaly the bacon , the only place I have had better bacon was at the coach in marlow. Service was very good ( they charge 12.5% ) and... More 

1 Thank Normthefisherman
Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We selected this restaurant purely due to TA reviews and location and it didn't disappoint. It is a funky boho room with a warm atmosphere. We arrived late in the afternoon and were one of only a few tables...but the vibe was still inviting. Our server was fantastic and welcoming and made great suggestions as far as cocktails and meals.... More 

1 Thank CowgirlmomYYC
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Background music isn't too loud so oh can chat, service very good, staff lovely. Good delicious and portion sizes are good. Loved their cocktails. No happy hour unfortunately. Recommend to warm doughnuts!!! Will visit again soon

Thank Blanka H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$27
British, European, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
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?