Bala Baya


Coming from Southwark's Old Union arches is Bala Baya, bringing the finest food from Tel Aviv.

Bala Baya is split between a more relaxed daytime menu of pittas, with the option to take away, and a more formal dining experience in the evening. The pittas are filled with a number of stuffings, including stews and slow-cooked meats, such as braised lamb with quince, pecorino and salad. Each pitta can be spiced up with a number of homemade sauces and salads.

At night, Bala Baya shows off its heritage, with dishes such as tea-smoked aubergine with harissa and date glaze with a spicy nut crumb, or salt-baked blackened salmon with tahini. Their cocktail menu is crafted by an award-winning bartender and uses inventive ingredients for some amazing concoctions, like a tomato and cucumber negroni with a feta garnish. For soft drinks, the bar will become London's first-ever Gazoz bar; a traditional sparkling drink infused with flavours such as plum with fig and lemon thyme.


  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Wheelchair Access
  • None
  • 18


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 12:00 23:30
Tuesday 12:00 23:30
Wednesday 12:00 23:30
Thursday 12:00 23:30
Friday 12:00 23:30
Saturday 11:00 23:30
Sunday 11:00 21:00



Bala Baya, Arch 25, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR



Nearest Station

Southwark (Tube)


  • Cuisine

    This venue serves Middle Eastern food.

  • A word from the chef:

    Bala Baya serves a range of delicious, home-cooked pittas by day. By night, the focus shifts to more traditional Israeli dishes

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Mezzanine Private Room 60 80 - £4,000 to £6,000 £8,000 (Fri & Sat), £3,000 (Sun)

Our stunning Mezzanine floor is a stylish open space that can accommodate small, intimate gatherings and large scale parties alike; perfectly made for private dining in London. With the capacity to hold 60 seated diners and 100 standing guests, the Mezzanine is an ideal place to hold your private soirée, celebration or corporate event. For an unforgettable experience in a beautiful private dining room in London, Bala Baya is always an outstanding choice.

For drinks we have a terrific selection of wines and beers as well as sparkling cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. For a real taste of Tel-Aviv, why not try our gazoz, a refreshing beverage made with our own small batch syrups, fresh, seasonal fruit, herbs, spices and flowers. Our gazoz is a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds. This amazing drink is naturally non-alcoholic, but of course we also do a ‘naughty’ version by including Prosecco, vodka, gin, or Arak. Give it a try – you’ll be glad you did.

Full Venue Venue Hire 100 150 - £6,000 to £10,000 £12,000 (Fri & Sat), £8,000 (Sun)

We love to brag about our limitless feasting escapades, so come eat your body weight in hummus, guzzle gazoz and dance the night away with all your friends – that’s right… We can host up to 160 people across our indoor and outdoor spaces!

For the full Bala Baya experience, full hire for up to 160 people includes exclusive use of our ground floor restaurant, terrace and mezzanine.

With an undeniable sexy vibe, Bala Baya combines low-lit ambience with a party energy. Our Tel-Aviv inspired menu brings a taste of Israel to London with fresh, vibrant dishes designed for sharing, great cocktails (including our signature Gazoz!) and a party atmosphere from midday to midnight.

Inspired by Bauhaus architecture, Bala Baya has created a unique space that allows you to experience the sun-kissed youthfulness of Tel Aviv from the heart of Southwark.


* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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