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Balans Soho Society Cafe

#2,216 of 18,268 Restaurants in London}
$$ - $$$, British, Cafe
34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (13 reviews)
“burger” (17 reviews)
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Contemporary, British, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here late one Monday evening. No where else was open still serving food near us. We where warmly greeted in and taken to a table by the friendly staff. Quite a small restaurant but with a warm atmosphere. The menu was small but with...More

Thank RoRoSheen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Casual and relaxed atmosphere in the middle of Soho. Had the eggs benedict with smoked salmon. It's always been a favourite of mine and Balans do them well. The cafe isn't big so expect the tables to be quite close to each other. Surprisingly quick...More

Thank FeedMe79
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Normally pop to big brother Balan down the road but finally tried here. Staff delightful. Prosecco fab, espresso martini fab. Went with the daily special of pistachio chicken...good. Best thing ever tasted no. Could I cook it better, no. Did I eat everything, yes! Friends...More

Thank debsywalker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely meal here. Spaghetti meal balls for me and my wife had tagliatelle and both meals were gorgeous. After taking our order we were informed that there would be a bit of a wait as they only had one chef in. Not a problem for...More

Thank Mikemalo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visit Balans Cafe regular after a friend of mine use to work there and introduced me to the place. From the moment I arrive I always feel welcomed. The staff are great and what's good to us is the duty manager likes to get...More

Thank alanpwalker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Right from the start i tried to find a table that didn't wobble, but couldn't. Tables impossibly small and one is jammed up against other customers. The waiter looked at me as if i was something he'd just stepped in. When the food arrived, a...More

1  Thank redriff2
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Something unexpected happens sometimes. That very Sunday it was our having overslept a hotel breakfast. Feeling a bit upset we went outside to find any place just for coffee or maybe for full English breakfast in case of some luck. It was some sort of...More

Thank Alexander B
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I have visited this place about 10 times this last month. The drinks and food are simply the best!!!!! The service is always so lovely!!! Thank you for all <3

Thank theofme
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We love going here for brunch but food does not make up for the service and the price. We always have to end up walking up to the staff to ask for the bill or for more water after waiting for fifteen minutes for someone...More

Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I hvae been going to balans restaurant for over 12 years so it has been through many changes - the old cafe was smaller and then the cafe next door was brought and both were knocked in together - so it is much bigger. the...More

Thank jaylee1814
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$16
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Child-friendly
Open Hours
00:00 - 00:00
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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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