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“La mejor cafetería de Londres by far!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Raison D'etre

Raison D'etre
Ranked #161 of 20,907 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: South Kensington
San Luis de Sabinillas, Andalucia, Spain
1 review
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“La mejor cafetería de Londres by far!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

What can i start with?
Raison d'etre was just one of my best experiencies i've had, and trust me my life is very peculiar.
I used to work for Mcdonalds, what wasn't very valued and i was wondering to leave London.
Then is when Raison d'etre appeared in my life, one day i went for a interview and i met Matt, the owner of the shop and a very good friend who i will always be greatful.
From then on everything improved a lot, we did a big things speaking about a humble coffee shop.
We became the fifth best restaurant in whole London, just that, next to Michelin restaurants.
The secret was just our amazing food what was homemade and daily, our passion and teamwork, and we just simply tried to make a nice stay for our costumers. We also have a very good ambient made mostly by the owner and the background music ;)
Raison d'etre is a place where you can taste amazing coffees, enjoy the warm foccacias and paninis or have one of the best salads i've tasted.
Ir your are around there dont doubt about make a visit, for sure you'll have a great time.
I just hope my recommendation helps somebody to meet this fabulous place.
Now sadly im not there, but i will always remember this moments and i'll be back for sure.
Dearly, un pequeño cabeza!

  • Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of the Best Cafes Ever-S. Kensington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Stayed at the Regency Hotel, just across from the Kensington Hotel. This little cafe is just a couple of blocks away. I've been on a lifelong quest for the perfect pastry, and found it here. Great coffees too, and superb sandwiches with fresh made baguettes. Stop by in the morning for a pastry and coffee, and have proprietor Matthieu (really nice guy) make you sandwiches before you head out on the trains to Brighton, Bath, Edinburgh, or any of the other wonderful day trips accessible from London. Nice little neighborhood farmer's market on Saturdays. I think he's closed on Sunday.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank MixterLA
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“A real gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We visited this cafe based on the recommendations of previous tripadvisor reviews and we were not disappointed. While Matthieu the owner explained the various menu options to us, we watched as freshly-baked baguettes came out of the oven. The food was delicious and very reasonably-priced, and the service was friendly, welcoming and efficient. We will not hesitate to return during our next trip to London.

  • Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Friendly and welcoming!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I happened to stumble across this place whilst galavanting around West London on a friend's Hen's Party...these guys made it an amazingly memorable and fun day! Matthieu the owner was a complete gentleman and they really made our day! They have great service, great food and are a fantastic place to stop in at. Really personable staff in a chilled environment! Loved it!!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Hannah J
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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“Great sandwiches, great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

I was studying London across the street and after finding Raison D'etre I started going there for lunch every day. Delicious bread and a great assortment of fresh meats and french cheeses. Incredibly friendly atmosphere, the owner will gladly talk to you about the different sandwiches and make recommendations. Perfect spot for a great sandwich and great coffee.

  • Visited May 2013
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3 Thank Jared K
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