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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (10 reviews)
“panini” (35 reviews)
“sandwiches” (60 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 5:00 PMAll 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 yesterday via mobile

I found this Cafe via trip advisor and loved it. It's right near the natural history museum and boasts a great atmosphere, friendly staff, and, most importantly, the food was phenomenal. I got a La Tarinano (grilled pepper and artichoke) and highly recommend it.

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely toasted sandwiches "Le Californien" and the superb "New Yorker". Very friendly and obliging staff. Highly recommended!

Thank CJ4862
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Cosy cafe with excellent food! Very comforting breakfast and warm service from the staff. Value for money and definitely worth the visit!

Thank joelyn_lee
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was out with my friends visiting London, when we discover this amazing coffee place. The ambiance was lovely and the staff really friendly. The paninis were yummy delicious. Glad we found this gem.

1  Thank Steven H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this quirky cafe on Trip Advisor as we were looking for lunch after visiting the V&A. We were delighted by the service we received from Matthieu the owner. The goats cheese salads. were a visual work of art. Can’t wait to return!

2  Thank Valerie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yummy food but totally packed on arrival. Seated outside in Winter....not great. Food was worth the wait though....delicious, filling. Drink hot choc with all heavenly trimmings....WOW would go again!

1  Thank judylarbie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little place and appears popular. Nice selection of food and drinks, caters for all tastes in my opinion. The only negative I have is that their breakfast portions are small for the price , having said that, the baguettes are fairly priced. The owner...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cafe goes above and beyond. A hidden gem in South Ken, delicious breakfast, coffee, juices. The scrambled eggs and smoked salmon were divine, as well as the pain au chocolat twist. The owner is friendly, personable and has done a wonderful job with the...More

Thank IsabelleRuddy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I go nearly every single day! Great food, wonderful staff, an all round lovely dining experience.

1  Thank Mischa G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had order a cup of mocha and “le Joseph “. It was totally out of my expectation. I can felt the food had full of passion. Le Joseph taste so good that not just look like subway kind of sandwich. Moreover the restaurant owner...More

1  Thank Kelly S
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
Judah K
2 December 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
3 January 2017|
Response from SWLONDON23 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, beer, wine and champagne! Have fun there it's really good!
Jo D
28 December 2016|
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Response from Justin M | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can.
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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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 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
  • Neighbourhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7584 5008
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