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Raison D'etre

18 Bute Street, London SW7 3EX, England (Kensington and Hyde Park)
+44 20 75845008
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Ranked #30 of 16,502 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is a great spot to get a bite to eat. I was visiting friends who live in South Kensington and who eat here often. We were relaxing in their park and got take away from here. I had a chicken escalope sandwich that was delicious. The bread was fantastic and the quality of the chicken great. Very tasty and... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I think la brochette baguette which I've just had may be the nicest baguette I've ever eaten, perfect quantity of delicious crunchy bread and such a tasty filling too

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Delicious sandwiches and coffee at reasonable prices for the area. Staff are very friendly and music is great. I especially like the little quotes written on the walls.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is definitely somewhere we will return to again and again! The sandwiches are freshly prepared in front of you from fresh ingredients. Great value for money. We recommend the Mexican panini and the le 'Joseph' baguette. Highly recommended!

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

What a gem of a place! We came for lunch three days in a row as the sandwiches, salads, cappuccino and hot chocolate were all delicious. Great atmosphere and we enjoyed having our meal there. The owner Matt was very welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend this place and will definitely return on our next visit to London.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Small, casual french style cafe in South Kensington. Lots of french speaking loyal fans frequent this establishment for coffee, sandwiches, etc. Even though I was staying at a very upscale hotel nearby, the breakfast at Raison d'être was the best and very reasonably priced. Owner and staff were very friendly and accommodating. Check it out.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Excellent lunch and tea just before a visit to the museums. A little gem, although it might be difficult to find a seat.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I went today for the lunchtime meal deal - a cookie, baguette of your choice and a drink. I go most days and I love this restaurant it is superb. Friendly staff and cheap! Definitely recommend if ever around South Kensington.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Great friendly cafe with loads of choice, all freshly prepared and delivered with a friendly smile. Very veggie friendly. Visited with 3 friends and were not rushed out even though they were busy. Coffee excellent. Will definitely visit again. Unlike chains, it delivers a very personal friendly place and you can practice your French too!

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

I've just moved to London from Charleston, SC and Rasion D'etre was recommended to check out. Delicious food, friendly atmosphere, and the owner Matthieu is incredibly nice. A must-stop in South Kensington.

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