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Raison D'etre

#53 of 17,568 Restaurants in London
#58 of 18,492 Places to Eat in London
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South Kensington
French, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
+44 20 75845008
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent sandwich bar

Found this little gem on our 3 day's stay in London. An excellent experience with friendly staff and yummy sandwiches as well as good coffee!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Karin H
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Found this little gem on our 3 day's stay in London. An excellent experience with friendly staff and yummy sandwiches as well as good coffee!

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Small place with great sandwiches and friendly staff Worth to try more than one suggestions from the menu

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Delicious baguette, prepared with care and attention at a good price. Would recommend. Lots of choice

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Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

How did I spend three previous Wimbledons in the neighborhood and not find/try Raison Detre?? Ate breakfast there four times this Wimbledon fortnight. Charming little place with outside seating on quiet street a couple blocks from the South Kensington tube, I enjoyed the yogurt, the porridge, pastries and even the "Mr Green" juice -- apple, spinach, lime and Mint...Mint is... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We had breakfast here before heading to the museums. The food was great and so was the service. Great place to eat while visiting the museums.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It's a trendy little cafe in the heart of south ken Nice enough, not quite to my taste but the food is of a reasonable standard The decor in the place could be better and it's on what I would call a side street so the view isn't brilliant but ok overall

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We visited with our three teenagers and really enjoyed our food here over several visits. The food is freshly prepared and the owner is there making sure everything goes well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

We found Raison D'etre on TA while looking for a lunch spot near the Naural History and Science Museums. Perfect 10! The place is charming, on a quiet street, with just the right music and atmosphere. The sandwiches, like others have stated, are on great baguettes and have plenty of options for veggie- and meat-lovers alike. We finished our meal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Recommended by a local. We had a quick couple of salads for lunch. Delicious and good value. 'We're independent. Spread the word!', said the manager when I thanked him. Pleased to :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I'll keep this short. Go here for breakfast, lunch, tea ... Just go there. You'll never get to try everything on the chalkboards - although you really should make an effort to. Delicious baguettes, amazing focaccia and hands down the best little green devil of a juice I've ever tried. Great music, great service, greater stache. And just plain'ole greatness... More 

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Address: 18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
Phone Number: +44 20 75845008
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
Cuisine: French, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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  • Address: 18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighborhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 75845008

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  • Cuisine: French, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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