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60 Old Compton St., London W1D 4UG, England
+44 20 7439 2183
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07:30 - 06:00
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Sun 07:30 - 03:30
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 06:00
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had lunch here last week with my Colleague. The staff are always attentive and cheerful and nothing is ever too much. The burgers are great and cooked to how you want them. Great wine and cocktails too. Menu is non fussy and varied with good prices. Always a joy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff here are incredible and very friendly and polite on arrival. The food is excellent and they offered a wide choice at lunchtime for a reasonable price. The scallops were particularly stand out.

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Thank Laura P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

i have been there 3 times so far with friends - a best place to turn up at 1, 2am when everything is closed in downtown London. Descent wine choice and finger food. Red curry was delicious

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunch with my baby daughter and a friend. Lovely staff, really smiley and helpful. Manager really funny and welcoming. Great food .

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62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had eggs Benedict, lattes and fruit juice for two on a lazy Sunday morning. It was cooked to perfection and the service was great. We paid £32 and wouldn't hesitate to go back. Recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I were looking for a burger one lunchtime. Rather than go to trusty Byron or Honest, we thought we would try somewhere different. The service was good, nice and relaxing and the burger was awesome! Glad we came

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Hove, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've come here on and off for the past 15+ years. It's undergone a number of renovations, but essentially retains that sense of the local gay restaurant to be seen in. This is a good thing. Many of the staff are gay, and enjoy a laugh with the punters. The food is good, as is the wine. Tables are a... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here many times over the years. Always a reliable spot for a good meal, nice drinks and a social atmosphere. Conveniently located in Soho, this is a great go-to location for dinner as well as brunch and breakfast. Dinner menu was new since I last had dinner there - great selection of appetizers and entrees. They made some tasty... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here with my sister for brunch. Used to visit a lot but have not been for quite a while. Staff were polite and friendly and I can't fault them at all, but the food did not impress. I had the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs (£9) which was nice, but the toast which came with it was not toasted... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a big fan of Balans and persuaded my friend to go for a late lunch on Saturday. My Bloody Mary was bland, had no Worcester sauce and the celery was limp. My friends G&T had so much draught tonic in it you couldn't taste the gin. We struggled to get the waiters attention so went ahead and drank them.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 37
Cuisine
American, British, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 03:30
Monday
07:30 - 06:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 06:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 06:00
Thursday
07:30 - 06:00
Friday
07:30 - 06:00
Saturday
07:30 - 06:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Old Compton St., London W1D 4UG, England
  • Public Transportation: Only a short walking distance from Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road Underground Station.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7439 2183
Description
Not for the fainthearted, Balans Soho Society is a place to indulge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dark activities in the company of fellow bon vivants. It's a café, a restaurant, a bar, a member's establishment and definitely a place where rules are made to be broken. 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. We are Balans Soho Society and we live by the philosophy that too much of a good thing is a GOOD THING, the best plan is NO PLAN and that the pursuit of pleasure is a noble one. Even if the pleasure itself might not be. Let us banish the jobsworth, the wet blanket, the killjoy. Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often. LET CURTAINS TWITCH. All hail the rogue, the rascal and the reprobate. We have a way of dealing with outsiders: INVITE THEM IN for a drink.

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Soho
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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