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Raison D'etre

#173 of 17,223 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
South Kensington
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18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
+44 20 75845008
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Cirencester, Gloucestershire
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just missed breakfast which finishes at 1130. This is a great little place. I had the best tasting toasted panini ever! Great service also.

1 Thank ThomasNo1
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is brilliant! We had fantastic lunch of sandwiches and fresh juice, very reasonably priced and friendly staff. The pesto in the sandwiches is delicious, worth it on its own. Good location for trips to the museums. Support the independent chains and make a visit here.

1 Thank Sandra C
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a great brunch here. Freshly made juices, smoothies, sandwiches, egg etc. and truly french croissants and bread. The owner is really friendly, the atmosphere in the restaurant great with many regulars stopping by. We were here on a Saturday morning with a food market in the street outside. Strongly reconmend this place for an informal brunch. Thanks!

1 Thank Kim S
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Called in here on the way to The Natural History Museum, amazing value, service and food. Avocado on sour dough with za'atar was a revelation! Highly recommended!

1 Thank Jackrabbits_Pottery
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic food and friendly staff. Great French baguettes, coffee and leave tea all so fresh. Will definitely come back while visiting this area

1 Thank Mateusz K
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Often when a place has a very high rating on TripAdvisor I get a little disappointed (or very) as the expectations are so high. Not so with this place. We had breakfast here and the area is riddled with tourist rip-offs, so the pleasure was double great to find such a perfect place. The service is first class with attentive,... More 

1 Thank Ylajali
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and the family were having a very busy day in London. On route to the NHM we stumbled upon this little French inspired restaurant. The owner Matt was extremely friendly to my children and engaged them with the food available. Great panini and baguette for me and my wife. For London the prices were extremely reasonable. Would visit again... More 

Thank Justin M
victoria b.c.
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A courteous hello, or bonjour ,as you arrive is the beginning of an experience that will have your senses believe you are in a small bit of France. Steamed coffees perfectly made, unique hand pressed juices, baguettes, paninies and focaccia stuffed with various cured meats, cheeses and hand selected vegetables. If your in Kensington you MUST go here. It's on... More 

1 Thank Jo D
Victoria, B.C.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked in early in the morning to find an extensive menu with tons of fresh, delicious ingredients. A very warm welcome and fantastic service. I had the bruschetta and my husband had "le Joseph." Both were amazing and a perfect start to a long day. Highly recommended.

2 Thank mrs_jothebartender
Fennville, Michigan
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80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Found this small cafe after searching TA for places near our hotel in SoKen. My wife and I enjoyed lunch our first day, sharing the premises with a number of students from the nearby French school. Our sandwiches were most fresh and tasty, and the staff most friendly. I returned the next morning for a nice breakfast of yogurt and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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