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Raison D'etre

18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
+44 20 7584 5008
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sandwiches” (60 reviews)
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French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful breakfast! Great friendly staff, high quality produce and reasonably priced. I'd go again. Well done.

1  Thank lilmisslovely
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is a nice French spot. You can have nice sandwiches and salad. Food is delicious and the environment is young and alive. It was a great choice!!!

1  Thank Daniella N
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Breakfast scrambled eggs with avacodo served with light toasted thin baguette. Quite nice not fantastic. Mid price range once you add coffee and OJ £11.50. Probably not worth walking 1 mike plus in this cold climate. But tried it out as it was rated highly....More

1  Thank samirs64
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was taking my wife to the Natural History Museum for a birthday treat so came to Raison D'etre for brunch beforehand. There was a free table inside so we sat down and were promptly given menus and asked to order at the counter. The...More

1  Thank Chris W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little cafe. Friendly,chic, great food from breakfasts,snacks,lunch.hot and cold food. Fresh quality ingredients. Delightful cafe- Parisian looks and standards which are very high !

1  Thank Paulsmithcasty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter found this restaurant on trip advisor, we had a lovely breakfast there. Yoghurt granola was lovely, as was scrambled egg and sausage. Great food and great service. Recommended.

Thank JMRS33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came for a bit and ended up eating more.. everything is delicious a nd the staff was lovely and friendly.

Thank אסף ב
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Warm welcome and authentic French food. A relaxed vibe and lots of tasty choice and very personal service. Quick service. Scrambled eggs and salmon cooked to perfection. Ordered the yoghurt, granola and blueberry and it was huge 😋

Thank wanderingmidlander
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staying near Gloucester station for a week, I had researched the area for breakfast locations. We visited this gem our first morning based on Trip Advisor recommendations. We are an unusual family size in London (7 of us) but the owner was sure to accommodate...More

1  Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am very glad that I found this place on the tripadvisor. We travel a lot, but have never got to such a great one. Very tasty sandwiches and just an super friendly atmosphere! This is the best choice of a place for breakfast, which...More

1  Thank Анэд К
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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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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