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Raison D'etre

#158 of 17,128 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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Fennville, Michigan
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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Brisbane, Australia
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So happy we came across this little place. We've been in London for 7 days, and I think we visited raison d'etre on 6 of those days! The food is delicious and so is the coffee. Matt was very friendly and made the effort to remember our orders (and names). I will miss our daily walk to this cafe, and... More 

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1 Thank Jessica M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best coffee out of the few places we tried while over here. Matthieu is very polite and remembered our names which is always appreciated. Great to also see the local French community going there. Our favourite place to go to start the day before exploring. Shame about the card limit though, as travellers we don't have much cash on us... More 

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1 Thank Patrick G
Cranston, Rhode Island
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are staying at the Kensington and saw the great reviews for this restaurant. The food was fresh and delicious. The owner was so warm and inviting. We highly recommend this. YUM!!!!!

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was staying at the Kensington Hotel and I wish I had found this place earlier in my trip. On top of perfect cappuccinos and delicious croissants the service is awesome. The owner, Matthieu, is incredibly nice. He went out of his way to learn my name and remembered my order. I saw him greet every single person who came... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A trip to London isn't complete without at least one sandwich here! It's always my first stop when I arrive from the airport. The service is really friendly and quick! They make the best sandwiches (on fresh bread, too)! It's not far from the museums in South Kensington, so it's a great place to go for an affordable, delicious, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited today based on Tripadvisor reviews after going to the museums. The person who owns it is French, as are most of the people who work there. Everyone is super friendly and inviting. The owner was really nice and made us feel so welcome. The food was ace, a lot of pastries had already sold out when we got... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We go often there for a breakfast on a week end and this is very good The viennoiserie are great. Service is good and the guys are very nice Go there for a breakfast or a quick lunc This is worth it

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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

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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London, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

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

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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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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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