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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 #17 of 17,944 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
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English first
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Contributor
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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Great place for a quick sandwich and coffee. Good quality and reasonably priced. The chicken, bacon and avocado baguette is amazing.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Raison D'être puts all other sandwich vendors in South Kensington to shame. Generous portions and excellent bread. Classics done faultlessly, as well some bold gutsy flavor combinations that are a triumph. If you prefer a sandwich made by people that genuinely care about the quality of their food, make the effort to find this place rather than buying a generic... More 

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St Helens, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Found this little cafe by accident when we were looking for somewhere to have lunch not too far from the museum area of South Kensington. By walking a short distance away from the eateries on the main road we were pleased to find this little place serving made to order baguettes, focaccia, paninis etc. All 3 of us had something... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This is a great cafe we stumbled up on London. The owner is very attentive, and has compiled an awesome sandwich list. The coffee was great, and the place was clean. We came here after a week in Paris, and frankly the food and bread was better than any we had in France !

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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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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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