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18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
+44 20 7584 5008
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“baguette” (94 reviews)
“sandwiches” (73 reviews)
“focaccias” (6 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hours
French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have been in South Kensington many times before and I can not understand how I missed the gem. Excellent breakfast. Many many choices (also for kids). Great fresh juices. Fresh bread. Super friendly service. Will definitely be back!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Quintin24
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely delicious food. I took my friends there to have lunch in ordered a panini. My friends ordered a salad. They were so happy With my choice Also the coffees as I normally order latte was perfect just the way I like it Definitely will...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Sightsee05295974920
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was recommended by a friend after I asked if he know a local coffee shop what was worth trying as I have tried most of the ones in the neighbourhood and found each one was not the complete package. He assured me that here...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank DrK128
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Very kind and fresh and delicious sandwiches.They speak spanish, french and english. Perhaps small tables

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank MarisaG1739
Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

We kind of stumbled upon this place while looking for breakfast and went back twice over the following days. It has really affordable simple sandwiches, salads, and breakfast. And a good cup of coffee too! The owner is there all the time and is very...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Spencer B
Reviewed December 1, 2018

Myself,family and friends came here for the first time for a meetup before Christmas. We were not disappointed and the excellent experience we had set us up for the rest of the day. The food was delicious, piping hot coffee and the staff could not...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Chummy147
Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Such a great find. The staff were super friendly with great choices for breakfast. Food was all fresh and tasted so good - Avocado with salmon on sour dough and scrambled egg, vine tomatoes with ham were winners!

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank gillcraw
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

Great selection of delicious sandwiches ,good coffe and very friendly staff. The owner made the effort to come to our table and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. It is a shame that we have not found out about this place before. Deflnitely will...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank 770cemg
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

Stopped off here before a trip to the museum. Not a lot of room, but the kind owner made a reserved table available for us. Food was delicious - particularly the sausages. Drinks were lovely and everything was reasonably priced. Will be back again!

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Wigguru
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

Great little find cozy & quick, cool vibe and delicious food. Come hungry and the Parisian focaccia you won’t be disappointed !

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 585staceyr
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
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Questions & Answers
May 27, 2018|
Response from Helena P | Reviewed this property |
I would think so, it's a popular tourist area near the museums. But I not the owner...
Judah K
December 2, 2017|
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Response from frabern2016 | Reviewed this property |
Best to arrive a little before midday. Remember this is only a small cafe.
Miranda W
January 2, 2017|
Response from SWLONDON23 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, beer, wine and champagne! Have fun there it's really good!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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 7584 5008
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