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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 #23 of 17,314 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Neighborhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
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
  • Any
English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My wife and I ate her twice while in London. The week before we were in France and had a craving for French baguette sandwiches. The staff was friendly and the owner was very nice. We each had sandwiches and the owner gave us (for free) extra chicken on the side for our 2 yr old. Great place to go... More

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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Many new cafés and restaurants have opened at South Kensington station since they pedestrianised the area. This café is just a couple of minutes away. I haven't visited for years. I am glad I have returned. Still staffed by French people. Not as trendy as the cafés at South Kensington station but comparable in quality. A large selection of fillings... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This little French owned cafe is great. The baguettes are wonderful and crusty and all the ingredients are high quality and fresh. A great place for breakfast and lunch.

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Seattle, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We just spent three days in Paris and did not get a better lunch! We went to Raison D’Etre, a casual lunch shop in South Kensington, just a block or two from our hotel. We wouldn’t have found this place without all the wonderful Trip Advisor reviews. It was so delicious, we are trying to figure out how we can... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I had this place on my list to visit based on TripAdvisor reviews and finally on the last day I managed to squeeze in a late lunch. My husband and I both enjoyed our lunch selections. The menu has lots of choices so it was tough to make a decision. It was busy even late on a Saturday afternoon. The... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We were truly disappointed by our breakfast. Runny egg sandwich, with cardboard like bread that wasn’t put together. After reading the reviews we thought it would be really good but everything we had was below average.

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Milngavie, Scotland
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Wow! What a fantastic shop! Sandwich was delicious and reasonably priced, and we were able to conduct the whole transaction in French, which, being good linguists, we enjoyed. However I'm sure the staff spoke English too. A first- class sandwich and a shop we will definitely go back to!

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Brushy Creek, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great breakfast selections, very good prices, fast service, and a very friendly and helpful owner make Raison D'etre a cut above similar cafes in the area. It was so good we came here twice even though our lodgings included complementary hot English breakfast.

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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Easily the best baguette I have had in London. The service is very friendly and the prices are brilliant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Best Coffee and Sandwich place in London. Great menu and very friendly staff. I recommend the new yorker, raison d'etre and Joseph baguettes. They are absolutely tasty and you won't find anything similar in town!

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