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Balans Soho Society Cafe

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₹₹ - ₹₹₹, 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” (19 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (13 reviews)
“potatoes” (7 reviews)
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Contemporary, British, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Brought my sister here for drinks and dinner. Service is pleasant and efficient. We had the crab linguine (£15) which was nice although too high cost for what you get, and pornstar martinis which are delicious but £11 each. Nice spot to watch the world...More

Thank august01
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I eat at Balans Cafe often as there Full English Breakfast is on point. It's a great place for eating alone or catching up with friends for some light lunch. I would recommend this place to anyone! Service is always warm and you lam always...More

Thank alanpwalker
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here after a show Food brilliant didn’t think it would be as a chain but I would recommend this place Service excellent Food really good Wine good And the pornstar martini the best I’ve ever had and I’ve had quite a few 😳 Definitely...More

Thank Loscaps1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly staff, good service. Delicious and hearty dishes. The seared scallops were very yummy. Perfect for a late lunch.

Thank yara_globetrotter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If I lived nearby this would be my ‘go to’ spot. Lovely casual and relaxed ambiance and no sense of rushing or bustle, just a quietly efficient delivery of food and drink from charming staff... Skimmed milk available = a big plus. Marmalade also available!...More

Thank AlisonRyde
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 11 September 2017 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 9 September 2017 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 4 September 2017

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 September 2017 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
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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