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Raison D'etre

18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
+44 20 7584 5008
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“baguette” (84 reviews)
“sandwiches” (64 reviews)
“focaccias” (6 reviews)
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CUISINES
French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
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1 - 10 of 446 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved the sausages and eggs and the goat cheese/avocado sandwich. The best part however was the shop owner. He was so warm and kind and took the little extra time to make us feel very welcome. Definitely worth going back to for more.

Thank Matthew F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I followed trip advisor reviews to have lunch here. It was everything others had promised, lovely fresh lovingly prepared food at a brilliant price. My wife had a cease salad and I had a bruchetta baguette. Lush!

Thank Louie H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We used TripAdvisor to plot a route to a place that looked right; wanting something fairly light to eat with a glass of wine (our raison d'etre). Located in a French quarter, we were delighted to be advised of their new wine selection and settled...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I followed tripadvisors advice after a visit to he nNatural History Museum . It is virtually only 2 minutes walk from the NHM , but somehow all the tourist evapourate before they can get to this gem. Great staff, the french pour all the love...More

Thank mberlin2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant-cafe is excellent in every aspect. The menu includes options for various diets and the food is delicious. The staff is efficient and friendly, led by the very charismatic cafe owner. The atmosphere is uniquely welcoming and pleasant! Definitely worth checking out!! P.S. The...More

Thank Dana W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a find!!! Absolutely beautiful food, such friendly staff they couldn’t do enough for us. I went with the reviews on here and made a reservation to meet up at this gorgeous cafe with some Aussie relatives. I’m so pleased I did delighted with this...More

Thank Katie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really lovely deli with lots of little gems in terms of childhood snacks from France and Italy. Sandwiches made to order and with only the finest quality ingredients. Perfect for a quick lunch and if the sun is shining, the seats outside hit the spot...More

Thank Oona B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was fresh and delicious. The breakfast and smoothies were terrific. However, the friendly welcoming atmosphere made it truly special. I highly recommend Raison D’etre.

Thank Jill A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just wanted to grab a bite and go between two museums. We did not expect too much but I was so surprised to see the bread and scrabble egg was so small. It’s listed together with another dish we ordered.

2  Thank Min C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here after spending time at the museums. Food was delicious and good value for money considering how close you are to tourist attractions. Wasn't too busy when we went and service was lovely. Would recommend here if you are looking for lunch or a...More

1  Thank Tara S
Nearby
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
...More
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Mirba E
27 May 2018|
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Response from Helena P | Reviewed this property |
I would think so, it's a popular tourist area near the museums. But I not the owner...
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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.
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Miranda W
2 January 2017|
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Response from SWLONDON23 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, beer, wine and champagne! Have fun there it's really good!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 17:00
Thursday
07:30 - 17:00
Friday
07:30 - 17:00
Saturday
08:00 - 16:00
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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