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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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“sandwich” (47 reviews)
“paninis” (14 reviews)
“focaccia” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Charming staff and excellent baguette. Sandwich fillings were fresh and delicious. We enjoyed our meal and conversation with the owner. A little French gem in the London museum district.

1  Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was, as every Saturday, doing the Bute Street Market when my baby daughter needed to go to the toilet. Went in and when asked if I could use the toilet for my daughter, a waiter asked me if I was consuming as customer. When...More

Thank rema R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had planned to have breakfast here early Sunday morning when we arrived, but sadly it was closed. We made up for this with a couple of visits later in the week for a light lunch and coffee. Loved it ! This is the first...More

1  Thank Phreys
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With a welcoming set of sidewalk tables and a friendly staff, this place has everything one needs to get started in the morning. Excellent espresso paired with an egg scramble and you'll be right for the day ahead!

1  Thank defnotpaul
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yesterday, had another tasty snack (Panini californien) and black coffee in this French-run cafe, close to the Institut Francais in South Kensigton. Got there before the usual lunchtime "invasion" of students from the neighbouring Lycée Charles de Gaulle. Welcomed and served by the friendly young...More

Thank frabern2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went in with a party of 5 for brunch whilst on a short holiday to London. Breakfast menu was good - food was delicious and a reasonable cost. Earl Grey tea was particularly good. The other members of my group were also happy with their...More

3  Thank lparti
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for a quick bite to eat while I wait for my friend to finish work! The coffee presentation was to a high standard. And the panini was possibly the best panini in London. The server Matt was very helpful, polite and recommend some...More

2  Thank Jeremy P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for an early breakfast before taking the tube to Heathrow. Genuinely friendly owners and service. Food was quick and very tasty. Much better than any of the chains around the corner / closer to the tube!

2  Thank Tdot90
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really really great service always checking on the satisfaction levels of customers, the baguettes and focaccias are superb. Beers were cold. Nice atmosphere and really enjoyed the place :)

1  Thank Sam D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant enough but no great shakes. Coffee and croissants were reasonable. Staff members efficient. Toilet clean.

Thank Ellis N
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, Kids, Child-friendly
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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