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Balans Soho Society Cafe

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34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
00:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had a lovely time at Balans on a Thursday night! Place was very hard to find a seat outside, but the lovely and funny brazilian waitress found us a chair and gave us the best service! Small plates and drinks recommended by her left me with a taste in my mouth. Definitely coming back this summer. Great place!

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there few times, service was good, my experience this time was just bad, waiter just dropped my food on the table, even didn't care to check if it was ok when I ask for the bill, the "manager" didn't care he was more busy looking at something else!!!! I work in hospitality and if any of my staff was... More 

Thank vincent P
London, United Kingdom
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Friendly staff and delicious food in a great location to watch the spectacle that is Soho. Everyone is so friendly here.

Thank Vince P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place, great concept. Quality food until early hours of the morning. Selection to choose from.

Thank Chloe_foodlover
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Balans Soho located on Old Compton Street is a local institution renowned for two things. Firstly the food, modern British featuring a wide ranging menu that includes small dishes, large dishes and sides featuring fish, salads, steak, breakfast options and pasta. The food served is truly tasty with the portion sizes slightly larger than normal. The "Eggs in Hell" -... More 

Thank alain p
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Good menu and food quality, fairly priced, top staff and management who goes all the way to make you enjoy your stay after a night out or lunchtime

Thank Jack C
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

What can be better on a sunny day than sitting outside in Soho and watching the world go by! Friendly, efficient staff. Pedro who served us was fantastic. Good tasty food and large portions. Certainly not expensive. House wine £20. A perfect lunch.

Thank LondonToots
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

I'm a regular customer at balans and this is for a reason. Upon each return I am made to feel welcome by all of the waiters and managers. Ovidiu was the first night waiter to serve me with a friend. Immediately he broke the ice by providing such a friendly and personal service. It was almost we had known each... More 

Thank Khaled A
Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is what the tiles on the floor say as you enter this classic London establishment....and its true. We were lucky enough to be given a cozy corner table overlooking the street. The menu had plenty of excellent choices including vegetarian and share plates. Cocktails were also delicious. Excellent tastes and presentation.

Thank Niobe B
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

Great trendy spot for a meal or a coffee. You are located in Soho, and you'll know it from the clientele, and that's fine. Food is good, well prepared, and they listen well to special instructions. Lovely place for a quiet read, or a tete a tete with a friend. Breakfast is terrific.

Thank AlisonRyde

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$16
Contemporary, Cafe, British, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: 44207439330
Originating from the heart of Soho (the colony for the unconventional and the kingdom of the one handed clock), Balans Soho Society reignites the same café still stands where it originally began almost three decades ago. Open around the clock the café has always been a busy hang-out by day and a refuge at 4am for those in need. It boldly asks 'How does one constitute a late breakfast 2pm or 2am? Not for the fainthearted, Balans Soho Society Café is a place to indulge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dark activities in the company of fellow bon vivants. It remains a café at heart, while serving up delicious dishes it also serves sandwiches and café style nosh. And it's all done in the spirit of Soho - the iconic corner of London that has always acted as a refuge for outsiders: minorities, eccentrics, bohemians, dreamers...people drawn together by a shared conviction that normal rules don't apply to them. A place to go when you feel like doing things you probably shouldn't.

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The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighbourhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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