The Balcon

Sofitel St James 8 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5NG
French, British, Afternoon Tea

Top offer

Star Deal - 3 courses & a glass of wine £32 per person

Available lunch & dinner Mon-Sun until 16 February 2019, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu & subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.



Main course: £23
Food spend: £35

Opening hours

Sunday to Friday : 12:00 - 18:00
Saturday : 12:00 - 17:00

Restaurant description

Pure dining splendour is showcased with effortless chic at The Balcon. Combining traditional elegance with contemporary flair, this blend of London and Parisian grand brasserie boasts a champagne balcony and restaurant.

Fabulous blends of styles complement one another beautifully at The Balcon London. Dual spiral staircases make up the striking champagne balcony, which offers a select range of bottles that include Dom Perignon. Sweeping arches and crisp whites are set off by dark stained wood and leather furnishings.

The Balcon menu is a diverse blend of the finest traditional dishes given premium contemporary additions.

Also featuring an accomplished wine list and selection of spirits, The Balcon in St James's is just a 5-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.

Customer reviews for The Balcon
(based on 264 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • breakfast (27)
  • al fresco (4)
  • romantic (78)
  • value (56)
  • views (15)
  • entertainment (8)
  • lunch (115)
  • afternoon tea (100)
  • business (53)
  • trendy (23)
  • dinner (146)
  • luxury (106)
  • private dining (31)
  • child friendly (10)
  • large parties (21)
  • By Greeney D from London
    29 December 2018

    Great food but yet again the service let's it down. Too many people swanning around not doing anything helpful. My friend had soup and when it arrived the waiter said 'enjoy' but there was no spoon! For fine dining one would expect better.... just one of many niggly issues. It has put me off dining there again as remembered the same issues from last time.

  • By Daphne P from London
    12 December 2018

    Excellent food and charming service.

  • By Julie P from London
    14 November 2018

    Second visit here. Excellent location, staff very friendly and professional.

  • By Grace M from london
    3 November 2018

    this is not my first visit to the Balcon and it wont be my last ! Always great service, great food and what and ambiance!

  • By Ann A from London
    28 October 2018

    My daughter and I enjoyed a delicious 3 course lunch as part of the London Food Festival week. The service was impeccable in a beautiful setting.

  • By Debbie K from London
    25 October 2018

    Great ambience. Food tasty, service excellent ... and definitely worth having their cognac baba!

  • By Stephen S from Toronto Canada
    21 October 2018

    The quality remains constant. We hsve been dining here since the original restaurant opened.

  • By Emma H from London
    20 October 2018

    The staff at the Balcon really were what made our whole experience so amazing. They were attentive, and friendly. Even though we came towards the end of breakfast, we didn’t feel rushed. They made us feel welcome, (even when we asked to move to another table) and went above & beyond to make the whole experience so enjoyable.. even bringing us a personalised surprise when they realised it was a special occasion. Couldn’t have asked for more! In particular, our waitress Nestle gave us helpful information about the local area & took the time to chat to us- she was amazing. Would visit again just because of her! Food was incredible, cooked to perfection & came quickly after we ordered. Expected small portions, but quite the opposite.. I couldn’t finish the pancakes, they were huge! Great selection of pastries/breads, all in all couldn’t find fault. Would definitely visit again, we loved it.

  • By Peter H from Glastonbury
    10 October 2018

    Very enjoyable. Excellent location.

  • By Colin B from London
    28 September 2018

    Great food, although the table for two allocated was far too close to other diners which stifled our business-related conversation.

Restaurant Location Map
The Balcon
Sofitel St James 8 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5NG

Available offers

  • Star Deal - 3 courses & a glass of wine £32 per person
  • 2-course brunch & free-flowing prosecco £45 per person
  • Valentines Menu, 4 courses at £99 per person

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