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Raison D'etre

#76 of 17,733 Restaurants in London
#83 of 18,658 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Personable and delicious

So delighted we didn't enter one of the usual, enormous chains in this area and stumbled across this little gem. This is a real locals establishment - the 'Cheers' of cafes. We stopped for lunch and had a baguette and a salad with coffees and a smoothie. Freshly made to order and great value... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
JaneyandJeff
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I was walking by looking for a place to have breakfast. Then, I saw the sign of Raison D'etre and I remembered that I had read great reviews in trip advisor. The place really lives to this reputation. I did have a nice food and good smoothie. It filled me up and it made me skip lunch. The chicken baguette... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

So delighted we didn't enter one of the usual, enormous chains in this area and stumbled across this little gem. This is a real locals establishment - the 'Cheers' of cafes. We stopped for lunch and had a baguette and a salad with coffees and a smoothie. Freshly made to order and great value. Yummy. The friendly staff also took... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is the perfect neighborhood cafe. The food is delicious and the latte was amazing! We enjoyed the ham and cheese croissant sandwich and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Try the blueberry tart on Saturdays during the farmers market, it's divine! The owner and staff are very accommodating. Highly recommended!!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Recently revisited this once Number 1 rated place in London (no wonder they say young Londoners are so smart!) I had hoped that by going there while school was out I could avoid the young crowd. No such luck. The menu seems ok but nothing really attracted me so I settled for a barely edible hot dog. Surely this place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We went late morning, great breakfast, salad and crepe. They gave our 9 year old the Nutella spoon to lick. Great service, fresh food and really friendly. We will defiantly go back.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Excellent food. Friendly staff. Its always a great experience coming here. They are child friendly and my son love it. They offer a range of sandwiches, salads, fresh juices and hot drinks.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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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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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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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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, 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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