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Raison D'etre

#277 of 18,030 Restaurants in London
#287 of 19,552 Places to Eat in London
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South Kensington
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18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
+44 20 75845008
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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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
The only place to get fresh sandwiches!!

I have been going for years to Raison d'etre and it is the only place where a sandwich is actually tasty and fresh. They do everything to order and the ingredients are always top quality. I highly recommend the bruschetta baguette or the favori focaccia. If you're in the area, do stop by, you won't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

I have been going for years to Raison d'etre and it is the only place where a sandwich is actually tasty and fresh. They do everything to order and the ingredients are always top quality. I highly recommend the bruschetta baguette or the favori focaccia. If you're in the area, do stop by, you won't regret it!!!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Had a delicious and authentic French sandwich - good value and delicious!! Would recommend this for a quick bite and a taste of Paris.

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1 Thank Ross A
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

When planning a recent visit to London my wife and myself searched the web for a restaurant which served breakfast and fourtunately found the Raison D'Etre. The restaurant was conveniently located for us close to our hotel and South Kensington tube station. We called in around 9am for breakfast on each day of our stay and on each occasion we... More 

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Bordeaux
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Raison D'Etre is exactly what I would look for in a place to stop for lunch: great food, reasonable prices and a warm welcome, all based in the buzzing Bute Street, close to the museums. Matt recommended the salads and they were, as well as the baguettes all delicious. I contacted Matt by email before our visit to see if... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

It's a small cafe nothing lavish . Simple. You choose your sandwich and filling so it's nice easy quick and tasty. But there are schools around the area so it can get verrrrrrrry busy and you wait to order and to find a place . Either be patient or go at different hours than usual lunch time . 👍

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1 Thank MrsAFK
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Found this place looking for a late breakfast/early brunch at 1030am. Its situated in the "Little Paris" are of South Kensington, there's several French book shops & other French eateries near by & just round the corner from the French Embassy. All the staff were French, the counter displays a large menu of baguette, Panini & Focaccia, there website has... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Raison D'Etre has become our regular weekend lunch spot for our family. The food is delicious, fresh and reasonably priced. The coffees are outstanding, and the staff is attentive. After stopping in for lunch, the owner, Matthieu, quickly learned our children's names and now greets them before they walk in the door. Highly recommend their fresh baguettes to take away... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Good choice of food and nice place to relax with either food or drink. Nice people and service and does take out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Visited this place for late lunch after reading reviews by trip advisor and was really glad we went! This is located near Natural History Museum so it's good to pop by if you're touring around the area. The staff was very helpful with food recommendations and the salad is really fresh and delicious. Overall a very satisfying meal.

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1 Thank JoyceLim08
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

amazing coffees and great details, always a touch of Lemon, garlic oil or various Herbs that make your sandwich more than a piece of bread! you won't be disappointed...

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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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