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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
“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 2 weeks ago via mobile

with family nice and a reasonable price but be aware its a very busy place .. so u can't stick with extra time

Thank kalisbra
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wish I hadn't read the hyperbole. If passing by and want a panini pop in , otherwise I wouldn't make a journey of it

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little cafe in South Kensington is one of the places that you're happy to stumble upon. The host/owner is friendly to customers and charismatic. The menu is pretty simple with options for everyone. I was there for lunch, but I thought the breakfast section...More

1  Thank Alexis B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic lunch! The bread was amazing. The fresh juices were delicious. A fantastic value.... fresh quality food!

1  Thank Robin D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called in for a breakfast lovely friendly greeting great atmosphere a lot of French talking and accents going around which added to the feel of the place lovely food had scrambled eggs and salmon great coffee realy nice cheerful staff.

1  Thank Steve P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with 7 for a late brunch, food was absolutely delicious (definitely splooge for the focaccia)! There was some extremely loud building work going on next door which the manager was extremely apologetic for, unprompted he asked them to stop to give us a...More

1  Thank Tim B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The prices were good, the people there friendly and the presentation pleasing, I suppose that counted for something. As for the salmon salad I ordered, I'm afraid it was nothing like the cured salmon I had in France. All I could taste was the saltiness!...More

Thank mptraveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The people are really professional and gentle, I enjoyed the food and the coffee, I felt like home they were very friendly with us, it was long time that I din't find such a lovely place with nice music as background!!

1  Thank nataliagiac
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been coming here for years and have always had a good experience. Great food and excellent friendly staff. If you're looking for a tasty lunch or breakfast in South Ken then this is the place - they also have a good selection of beers and...More

1  Thank James R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to try this place but as we walked in the man behind the sandwich counter wiped the tea-towel, he uses to dry his hands, across his mouth/nose....nice. We walked out. Try keeping the towel for your hands and you might keep your customers!

2  Thank 18cristiano
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
2 January 2017|
Response from SWLONDON23 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, beer, wine and champagne! Have fun there it's really good!
Jo D
27 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, Kids, Local cuisine
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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