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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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“panini” (33 reviews)
“sandwiches” (59 reviews)
“focaccias” (6 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 yesterday

Have been in several AirBNBs in the neighborhood and this is my go-to place for coffee and light meals. You'll see why if you go. Mathieu the owner is super nice and will make your visit well worth your time.

1  Thank dfoote13
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Feel free to pop in. Mathieu will make your experience worth it. So friendly that you would not believe it.

1  Thank caloemmi
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On my first visit I really enjoyed their cappuccino. On my second visit the lovely owner remembered how I like my cappuccino . I had a pesto salad which was really tasty. Their croissants & pain au chocolate are really tasty too. Nice vibe, great...More

Thank Tiphanitsa
Reviewed 6 days ago

This little gem is just a short stroll from the Natural History Museum and Kensington Tube Station. They serve great sandwiches with a lot of nice toppings (they have Raclette cheese which made me very happy). The cafe has a nice ambiance, is clean and...More

Thank Mareike H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In the middle of the Parisian area of London you can sit outside, enjoy very good sandwiches and coffee and feel like you are in Paris. Recommended.

Thank Guy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really nice cafe, a little hidden gem in South Kensington. We had the panini, coffee and smoothie which was all really tasty. The owner was really nice and friendly and we had a great chat about his business and the history of...More

Thank Leo T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Were planning to get an eclair with coffee but the place we found before hand didn't have any seatings so we decided to walk around and get a sandwich instead. This cafe was definitely the best find of the day. It felt like we were...More

Thank Rinatsu C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great sandwiches and very lovely service. The raisin d’etre sandwich was particularly tasty! The staff were very friendly and accommodating

1  Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this little gem of a place while wandering around South Kensington. I thought I'd give it a try and wasn't disappointed in the least. Freshly prepared, fresh ingredients, nicely presented, and just an all around lovely experience. Coffee was rich, the sandwich was perfection...More

1  Thank noDAKjack
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely cafe in South Kensington, with great food and atmosphere! Great for coffee and if you want to stay in and work or read your book, I definitely would recommend you to go and have a try. The staff and owner are lovely and great...More

1  Thank Alexandre R
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
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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