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Raison D'etre

#240 of 17,092 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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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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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Raison d'Etre is one of these places people used to rave about and I would not get why from looking outside the window. A few month ago the place went through a complete refurb, so it now looks at good as it tastes. Cool décor - but not pretentious-, great coffee, fresh food with excellent sandwiches and made-to-order juices. Plus,... More 

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Thank oumanota
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Delicious salads! Have been there many times usually for take away. Staff very pleasant and helpful.

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Thank Denisa V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

So if apero is closed or whatever. Then just walk right on to Raison D'etre. Apple somethings are a great hit and the croissants are marvelous. Coffee is very unfrench, that is because it actually is drinkable. Good place to do your breakfast business!

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1 Thank Alex B
Chesterfield
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282 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

What a great little place. Food fab, staff friendly, informative and very helpful in narrowing down your choices from the extensive range on offer and to cap it all excellent value for money in the french quarter of London. Outside was the hustle and bustle of the a food market and the banter of families out and about on busy,... More 

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2 Thank Michael F
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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139 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

It's a small place but the quality of food is just amazing. We had the best panini's of our life here. Staff are courteous and polite.

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2 Thank Sudhindra N
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Love the warm welcome and the fast service. Great food choices My daughters didn't want to go anywhere else for breakfast.

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3 Thank Diana M
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130 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Wandering down Bute Street in South Kensington I came across a little coffee bar/restaurant. I just wanted green tea & a good salad- I received both! The salad consisted of a base of rocket, avocado, cream cheese and smoked salmon- with a side of Balsamic dressing and served with crispy bread. Service was friendly and efficient.

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2 Thank Richagadir
London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

My partner and I randomly stumbled upon this place after having a walk around the area. Great atmosphere with the most delicious focaccia bread. The owner Matt was very welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit there. Highly recommended!

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2 Thank Kai C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

My husband and I ate here after finding the reviews on trip advisor. The restaurant is on a side street and was a little difficult to find. It was a short walk from the Natural History Museum. I had a hot ham and cheese panini which I enjoyed. My husband was not fond of his sandwich as he didn't feel... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

After a long morning/afternoon of shopping, we popped in here for a late lunch. It was no accident, as I had picked this place out before traveling to London due to the great reviews. It took us a little bit to find it, but once we did, it was well worth it. Our baguettes were out of this world delicious!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
French, Cafe, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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

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Staying in South Kensington

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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