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Taking orders – The Balcon

by Hannah Sherwood

What is it?

It’s a gorgeous French brasserie that’s connected to the Sofitel London St James hotel. It has recently launched a fabulous new brunch offering that merges French cuisine with British influences. Inside, the decor is grand, with dark brass colours and beautiful chandeliers.


Where is it?

Situated on Pall Mall, The Balcon is perfect for a spot of indulgent dining before hitting the shops. For £49, you can enjoy a bottomless Champagne brunch.

Who would love it?

It’s the sort of place girlfriends would meet up for a giggle over a bubbly-fuelled meal, or you’d go for afternoon tea with your mum. Brunch is served from 12-4pm on Saturdays and 12.30-4.30pm on Sundays, so it really embodies the lazy Londoner’s weekend vibe.

What's on the menu?

The menu is split into Main, Grill, Eggs & co, Fruit & seeds, Side, and Sweet. To start, we had a crisp, cold glass of Champagne – delicious. From the main section, I ordered the beef burger, which was topped with a rich duck confit and truffle mayonnaise and came with rosemary fries. It was very good.


My friend had the croque madam, which was served with a gorgeous duck egg.


We also dived into the fun Bloody Mary bar, where you could mix your own cocktails. There were different types of tomato juice, vodka – one was made from potatoes – and spices.


From the sweet section, we ordered the pistachio waffle with strawberry salad and Sauternes cream, which was lighter than it looked.


The brioche French toast with mixed berry compote and lemon curd was scrumptious! Both dishes were delicious, but we were so full that we couldn’t possibly finish them.


The dish we would order again

The brioche French toast was an indulgent treat I’d love to have again.

Next time we would order...

Poached lobster and avocado eggs Benedict.

Love is in the air...

The Balcon is a romantic spot to take your loved one. Why not treat them to its four-course Valentine’s Day menu, available on 14 February? Find out more at

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