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18 Bute Street, London SW7 3EX, England (Kensington and Hyde Park)
+44 20 75845008
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Ranked #14 of 18,113 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Neighborhood:
South Kensington
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

great breakfast w/ coffee - the owner, Matt, loves running his cafe on Bute St - he truly appreciates his customers - the food and service are outstanding - highly recommend Raison D'etre

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England
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

With lots of eateries in Bute Street, we were so glad that we chose this one for breakfast! The food was very tasty, reasonably priced and well presented!! The staff were particularly friendly and made us feel very welcome...we will DEFINITELY be returning for a bite to eat and a friendly chat with the staff :)

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

The meal was excellent as was the service. We could not have asked for a better venue for the occasion. It was our third visit and certainly will not be our last. Thank you for making our night so special.

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Napier, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We went for a late lunch after visiting the museums. A little out of the way but well worth it. Salads and paninis were excellent and made in front of us. Hot chocolate was also excellent. Very friendly and helpful service by the french owner. Strongly recommended.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

Croissants are absolutely addictive, better than those I've had in Paris! Warm and welcoming service by its staff, kuddos to the owner! Thanks Matt for making us feel at home! A must try, 5 stars all round.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Nipped in for a sandwich and a coffee, simply... Yet perfect in every way... Probably the best Expresso I have ever had and the bruschetta was fresh and full of flavour...

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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Had the Le Carnivore and Caesar salad. A little heavy on the parmesan cheese for my liking. But overall a tasty meal. Very good hot chocolate with marshmallows. Recommended place to visit.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Matt the owner is awesome and makes you feel right at home with a nice experience here. You have to have a "Not so Naughty" hot chocolate. Amazing

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

OK. You have to go here and get the hot chocolate. Then the Joseph. There are a million places in London to eat and this one is my fave so far.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We found this little gem in late October a short walk from where we were staying in Chelsea. The first day we went we got there just a few minutes before they were pulling out the next fresh batch of croissant and pain au cocolat. So i had to wait a little extra time for my breakfast, but when fresh,... More 

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Address: 18 Bute Street, London SW7 3EX, England
Phone Number: +44 20 75845008
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Kensington and Hyde Park

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