Balans Soho No.60


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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cosy, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Late night dining
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Dates, Group dining [8+]
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Balans No. 60 was the second Balans site to open in 1993, and it continues the trademarks of the Balans brand to this day - easy going all-day food and drink, and late night, post-party revelry. This Soho site is much larger than the original Balans No. 34 up the road, and it's legendary as a late night drinking establishment, serving cocktails until 5am from Wednesday to Saturday. 

Inside, Balans is Soho chic but also cosy and comforting - well-worn tables and floors are a welcome reminder that many great meals and drinks have taken place here over the last three decades, whilst miniature booths provide a small amount of privacy for four. There's some comfy banquette seating along one side too, or you can grab a table on the pavement outside and watch Soho life go by. 

The menu kicks off with Balans famous (and ever-popular) all-day brunch, which includes anything from pancakes and coffee to porridge, toast, a full English, steak and eggs, or a lobster Benedict. All these are available until 5pm, along with lots of lunch options, from sandwiches and burgers to large mains, and small plates like Parmesan churros, grilled bavette flatbread, chargrilled squid with chorizo and piquillo peppers, and beef ragu mac and cheese. 

The dinner menu retains a few of these lunch dishes, alongside a larger dinner menu that includes dishes like pan-fried cod with mussel and saffron sauce, Keralan curry, squid ink linguine with preserved lemon, and marinated spatchcock poussin with miso noodles. Balans also offers dedicated vegetarian and vegan menus, both during the day and in the evening, with dishes like roasted artichoke and saffron tortellini, and roasted cauliflower with crispy capers and burnt baby leeks. 

The drinks list includes classic and signature house cocktails, as well as a well-priced wine list. 


Does Balans Soho 60 have vegetarian options?

Yes, they have a full separate menu with vegetarian and vegan options.

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Are children allowed at Balans Soho 60?


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What other Balans locations are there?

There is this location, the smaller Soho location (Balans No.34 at 34 Old Compton Street), Shepherd's Bush, Stratford, and Kensington.

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60-62 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4UG

020 7439 2183 020 7439 2183


Opening Times

All day
Mon 10:00-23:00
Tue 10:00-23:00
Wed 10:00-05:00
Thu 10:00-05:00
Fri 10:00-06:00
Sat 10:00-06:00
Sun 10:00-01:00


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4 Reviews 


01 September 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Brilliant gind

The best. We didnt expect the quality and quantity of food at 11pm in soho. Great atmosphere great staff, squid linguine was to die for an my wife had the sri lankan curry which was so flavoursome!

Philippa M

05 May 2017  
Always great food and service and wonderful atmosphere and good value for money.

Andre A

03 January 2016  
Food & Drink 3
Service 4
Atmosphere 1
Value 3
A (lost?) stalwart of gay London
Balans is where London's gays go for a quick bite or a late drink. The food is always ok, the sesame tuna when on is great, sometimes bad but there is always the Thai Curry. The waiters were flirtatious and the drinks flew liberally. Unfortunately they decided to renovate. No more sexy red and mirrors, it now looks like any suburban shabby chic restaurant opened in the last ten years. I just don't know why they thought they had to renovate unless they wanted to take all the gayness out. Oh Balans, we used to have so much fun.

Helen A

10 October 2013  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Balans; worth a visit
Had a pleasant, okayish meal in Balans yesterday after a visit to the theatre. The set meal was good value, albeit not exceptional and the service was friendly and efficient. The cocktails were the highlight of the evening as they were first class. Not the best place in Soho, but worth a visit.
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