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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%
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“panini” (32 reviews)
“sandwiches” (58 reviews)
“focaccias” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in here for breakfast one day when we were staying in Kensington. They staff was friendly, the food delicious, and we were the only native English speakers, leading me to believe that it is quite authentically French!

2  Thank Becky J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After eating terrible English food for the last few days it was great to find this little french cafe. Fantastic salad, sandwich, and the owner was incredibly nice. Highly recommend!

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the place to be! Greatest coffee and breakfast in Town! Friendly environment great hosts and customers. ..... it will give you Vava Voom!

2  Thank Robert G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly guys running this place mostly self serving, in modest room . Fast, efficient, busy and good value ...superb smoked salmon and eggs, decent coffee. Lots of options and great to see something outside the chain options.

1  Thank juniperdrinker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I chose this cafe from TripAdvisor reviews and it was absolutely fabulous. The food was great, the service excellent and the owner was kind enough to reserve us a table. Have no hesitation in recommending.

1  Thank Gill M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice team and delicious sandwiches, especially "New yorker panini", perfect break during museums sightseeing

2  Thank Marta M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This cheery French/British cafe was our breakfast stop for each of the four mornings we had in London. We were staying in a hotel 10 minutes walk from here, and preferred to walk past chain cafes to find a good independent cafe with a local...More

1  Thank girlwithacurl73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

French owner, French customers, French food - an excellent bit of Paris in the heart of London - oh, and the food is good as well. Enjoy.

1  Thank Guy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service, great price. Highly recommended. Will be back. Very convenient near to natural history museum

1  Thank Adrian A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food and amazing service, very nice people and food are awesome! I hope everyone will visit there in their vacation! ממליץ בחום!

3  Thank Matan F
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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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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