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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
“baguette” (92 reviews)
“sandwiches” (73 reviews)
“focaccias” (6 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Hours
French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very kind and fresh and delicious sandwiches.They speak spanish, french and english. Perhaps small tables

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank MarisaG1739
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We kind of stumbled upon this place while looking for breakfast and went back twice over the following days. It has really affordable simple sandwiches, salads, and breakfast. And a good cup of coffee too! The owner is there all the time and is very...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Spencer B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself,family and friends came here for the first time for a meetup before Christmas. We were not disappointed and the excellent experience we had set us up for the rest of the day. The food was delicious, piping hot coffee and the staff could not...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Chummy147
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a great find. The staff were super friendly with great choices for breakfast. Food was all fresh and tasted so good - Avocado with salmon on sour dough and scrambled egg, vine tomatoes with ham were winners!

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank gillcraw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great selection of delicious sandwiches ,good coffe and very friendly staff. The owner made the effort to come to our table and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. It is a shame that we have not found out about this place before. Deflnitely will...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Cem G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped off here before a trip to the museum. Not a lot of room, but the kind owner made a reserved table available for us. Food was delicious - particularly the sausages. Drinks were lovely and everything was reasonably priced. Will be back again!

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Wigguru
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little find cozy & quick, cool vibe and delicious food. Come hungry and the Parisian focaccia you won’t be disappointed !

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 585staceyr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very reasonably priced given the location! The ingredients are fresh, and the taste is lovely! The service is also very prompt!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank annalekk2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice small French cafe owned by a dedicated charmer Matthieu who spent some time in Russia and other places and now runs this cafe. Fresh ingredients, great choice of freshly prepared sandwiches in white and granary baguettes, fresh croissants. Great people watching on Saturday...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Aleksmot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had breakfast there twice while on business, super food/coffee/fresh squeezed juice, and some got great guidance for a local dinner venue from the owner. If you're in the neighborhood, a must.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank JS_628
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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Questions & Answers
27 May 2018|
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...
Judah K
3 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.
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!
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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
Open Hours
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 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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