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Raison D'etre

#23 of 18,502 Restaurants in London
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South Kensington
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18 Bute Street, London SW7 3EX, England
+44 20 75845008
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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
Most recent review
You will be in the French Quarter

This area of South Kensington, near the Museums, is the French quarter. As you walk around you will see lots of buildings with French activities and you will hear lots of French spoken. If you like the French, as I do, it will make your walk to Raison D'etre interesting. It is what we Brits... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Hayling Island
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Hayling Island
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30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This area of South Kensington, near the Museums, is the French quarter. As you walk around you will see lots of buildings with French activities and you will hear lots of French spoken. If you like the French, as I do, it will make your walk to Raison D'etre interesting. It is what we Brits would call a cafe. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Perfect little spot for lunch, coffee, fresh bread and salads in your day out in South Ken. The staff were very friendly and talkative. The only down side that there is no toilet but I was told to go to the pub nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Cozy hidden place with lovely food. Before our NHM visit we decided to have lunch in the neigbourhood. This place has a huge variety of light lunch. Salmon salad was delicious and the focaccias were amazing, escpecially the ham & goat cheese.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My wife was looking for a place to satisfy her craving for a good salad after a lot of pub lunches heavy with potatoes, and this was just the thing. I had the Raison D'etre baguette and it was excellent. If you're looking for some place charming after touring the museums in Albertropolis (i.e. The Natural History Museum, the Science... More 

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Stamford Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We found this place on-line after looking for somewhere to eat near the natural history museum. We have three children and needed somewhere that had a good variety for picky eaters. They loved their food and we did too as we weren't limited to the bland stuff served in the cafés within the museums. The food was fresh and tasty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

Huge selection of bagguettes and great service. Very yummy and worth the price for Central london. Nom nom nom

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Good food, good people, but overpriced and prefer the Bonne Bouche in Front. Used to go there as a kid, and liked it. It has not changed since and the place looks a bit dated. Won't be going there soon, as I don't live in the area any more, but will reconsider review when I will. Would give it a... More 

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Guided by reviews we went for lunch. Two salads and two baguettes. They were fresh and very tasty. So 10 of us went Sunday morning for breakfast. Juices, coffee, bagels, waffles, pastries, eggs and bacon. All delicious, good value and served with flare. Lovely atmosphere and attention to service. Will definitely go there again.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I like the cappuccino strong and delicious .. the atmosphere is cosy .. next time I'll try the food as everybody here recommend it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

My friends and I look forward to our trip to this lovely little cafe after our visit to the V&A. The service and baguettes are the best we have had and a varied choice. The staff are so friendly. Matt is concerned that you are enjoying your food. Good coffee too. It is clean and has lovely atmosphere always busy.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 Bute Street, London SW7 3EX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighborhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 75845008

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Neighborhood Profile
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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