Launceston Place
Launceston Place

Launceston Place

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02079376912x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Wednesday - Sunday: 12pm - 2:30pm

    Tuesday - Saturday: 6pm - 10pm

    Sunday: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, British
  • Executive Chef: Tim Allen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Gloucester Road or South Kensington tube stations.
  • Parking: No
A word from Launceston Place
Nestled in the quaint residential streets of Kensington, Michelin star-winning Launceston Place is a hidden gem. Passionate about using the best of Great British produce and with a constantly changing seasonal menu using simple ingredients, the restaurant has received 4 AA Rosettes, while the wine list has won Tatler Best Wine List Award, the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine and Notable Wine List 2013 by the AA guide.
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Launceston Place reviews from OpenTable diners
379 reviews since 3 June 2014
Average Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambience4.5
    Value4.1
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (268)fit for foodies (212)romance (197)business meals (114)sunday lunch (69)outstanding value (47)pre/post theatre (41)good vegetarian options (17)group bookings (14)brunch (11)disabled access (8)afternoon tea (7)child friendly (6)outdoor eating (3)Show More
  • Highly recommended!
    RodrigoVIP
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    I've been to this restaurant twice and it keeps getting better! Once again, I highly recommend it!
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    romance
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  • Hidden gem
    NorthviewVIP
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Although not on the cheap side, Launceston Place is well worth a visit. Located off the beaten path, in a nice residential area of Kensington, it is worth making the slight detour if you are after a tasting menu (6 course) that incorporates flavour a bit out of the ordinary. Wine list is excellent and contains everything from extremely pricey bottles from world-famous producers to nicely-priced wines from lesser-known producers that still has a lot to offer. Service was excellent and the surroundings quiet and delicate.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Another incredible evening
    Charlie76
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    The tasting menu was such a wonderful treat - every course prompted oohs and ahhs with clever little extras to make the meal feel like a really special experience. One of the most memorable menus we've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very pleasant experience
    LauncDining
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    We went for Saturday lunch. Service was impeccable and food delicious-although main dish of Salmon was not unique in terms of flavour from sauces. Will certain;ly go again ASAP.
    Special Features:
    business meals, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • very good value set lunch menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    given the exceptional quality of food, the set lunch menu was of very good value. the location is within a residential area, which gives this restaurant a slightly different character than other commercial reataurants.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Eyesbblue
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    My partner and I celebrated a special occasion here. We are from Virginia, USA and thought the reviews of this restaurant would make our event special and we were not disappointed. Every aspect of the meal was perfect. I'll not waste your time describing it in detail but if you are looking for some place special, this is it.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Pildiner
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    Superb, and given location, surprisingly good value for money. Sunday lunch, if you're careful with the drinks, is a bargain for Central London
    Special Features:
    business meals, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top class as always
    AliceB
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    We have dined here a few times before and as always the service was excellent. We chose to dine off both the market and sunday lunch menu and all dishes were cooked to perfection with perfect portion sizes. The scallop starter is highly recommended and never fails to please! we will keep going back for more!
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delight!
    ruub
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Great food, lovely ambience, overall a delightful experience.
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  • Fabulous
    FabOrchid
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Launceston Place is a beautiful restaurant in a quiet location. I took my husband and our friend for a Saturday lunch. It was not too busy, the service was wonderful, the ambience was great too. Very good value for the set lunches (£30 for 3 courses). All dishes we chose were good and delicious, love the presentations. There are two galleries nearby its nice to explore.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Perfect
    db67
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Celebrated an 10th anniversary there. Elegant surroundings, attentive service, excellent food. Great place for any (special) occasion
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Fantastic lunch
    Londondiner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went for lunch with my wife as we were looking for somewhere near the Albert Hall. Could not have been nicer, lovely restaurant, great ambiance great service and £30 for three delicious courses lunch menu - which in turn means there is more in the pot to be able to drink very well. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • 5* Food & Service
    TastyTraveller
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    A birthday celebration and table for two at this hidden gem. From the opening gin and tonic, with ice infused with juniper, thyme and lime, to the raspberry delice and caramelised white chocolate - every mouthful was as good as the last. Launceston Place does not feel like many other michelin starred restaurants, which can often be stuffy and snooty. The attentive and understated staff and homely ambience made us feel instatly welcome, comfortable and valued. We went for the tasting menu which was fabulous and they also let each of us change out a course without even a question. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a fantastic meal in a perfect setting. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Assured
    DDDD
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Launceston Place continues it impress - consistently assured performance from the food through to the service and environment. All well judged without looking like it's trying too hard - a neat trick. Set lunch good value, particularly when deals available, and doesn't short change on quality.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good place
    TrevigianoVIP
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    It's a good Restaurant, a little bit too expensive respect others at the same level and location.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Food & Atmosphere were Spectacular
    DrQuiz
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    We went for dinner over the weekend when the restaurant only serves it's tasting menu. We had the tasting menu and wine pairing... It was spectacular! The wines were perfectly matched to the food, the service could not have been better! The meal was a bit pricy, but, we expected that. All in all we loved it!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Such amazing food. With menu adjusting to the seasons. Magic tastes. The service is the best, with very friendly and professional staff. Classy but not stuffy.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Launceston place
    DanJ
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Deserving of its michelin star. Food was excellent, had the tasting menu; quail and lamb dishes in particular were great. Varied wine list, with some fair prices and an outstanding Gin and Tonic to start us off. Service was good, although fairly quiet in the restaurant as we dined at 2pm on a Saturday. Overall a lovely romantic meal which was enjoyed by us, but not amazing value for money (£250 for 2), although I suppose you get what you pay for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • English gem
    Thewhitlam
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Hadnt been to LP for twenty years but we remembered it as marvellous. The place is airy and chic, we had a window table and cocktails were nice. It took a little while to get our orders in but that is the only criticism. The starters of quail in smoked hay and duck egg with legs and greens, were astonishing and quite hearty! My main was veal , succulent and rare, while my friends grouse was superb , tangy and rare. ( we like rare). We shared a cheese , served by a very well versed waiter from Durham , nice guy, and we shared a fabulous apricot soufflé and each had a £17!glass of Barsac! It felt nice n naughty sharing a soufflé in a posh place. Our wines were a £51 Chablis 1 Cru and a £50+ bottle of Mercurey. I paid £347 altogether - special
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    hjjwe
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Launceston Place is a little gem, tucked away in Kensington. The wine list is little intimidating, but friendly expert help is hand. The cheeseboard is wonderful, and comes with expert guidance on the selection and trying of new tastes. All the food was of a very high quality and well-presented without being fussy and processed looking. The staff were friendly and not over bearing, attentive without being pushy or snobby. The prices considering the quality are modest, and the whole experience made you feel pampered and experience enhanced. This not fast food, so make this the highlight of your evening or after a time scheduled event.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent, will be back
    Braccoon
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    I was very impressed with the quality of the food and service. The attention to details was particularly amazing.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    • Ambience
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  • Great food, good value
    JJ89
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We went for the 3 course Sunday lunch menu, which was great value for the quality of food. The duck egg starter was particularly good, but all of the food was exceptional and well thought out. Good wine list with a nice range. Really nice interior and ambiance (though the music was a little elevator-y!) and the staff were very polite and attentive. I'd definitely visit again and would recommend.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Outstanding
    MarkS
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    We visited this restaurant during a recent trip to London and it was excellent. The food was simply outstanding and the service was faultless. Staff were friendly, attentive and extremely knowledgeable.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Delightful cuisine ans service
    GaelleTony
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Looking for fine cuisine with british touch we end up at Launceston place. Dishes are made of fine ingredients and serve for some like a painter (salt marsh lamb). Service is just what it need to be : attentive but not intrusive. Add a skillful sommelier and you will leave with a good remember of this restaurant. Preferred dishes were Wild salmon and Raspberry delice.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BrianE
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    A super restaurant with excellent food and service. We have yet to be disappointed when we dine here.
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    special occasions
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  • Extraordinary restaurant
    Shpl
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    This lovely restaurant on a quiet corner off Gloucester Road was spectacular. All the dishes were both complex yet simple, the service extraordinary, and the general atmosphere elegant yet understated. The amuse bouchée was fantastic, the quail appetizer (with quail legs served under small domes smoked on a bed of hay) was wonderful, and the veal entree was terrific. Everything was beautifully prepared, and indeed would have been precious but for the fact that It was all delicious. The the evening was the cheese trolley. The cheese waiter was so knowledgeable and fun. This lovely neighborhood restaurant is proof that London dining is as strong as any city's. It's a pretty pricey experience, yet worth it to me.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great experience
    Crapino
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    A perfect experience from every point of view: food, wine and service. We enjoyed the "Taste" menu, great and built with great skill. A special mention for the service and the exceptional Cortesa, friendliness and professionalism of the Manager, Matteo.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ckc1234
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Great food, but although service was good, the pacing was very slow and variable. There were times when the wait between courses were very long and varied through the night. The food is excellent though with seasonal ingredients.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Amazing everything
    Massivefoodie
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Second time and Launceston place and was even more impressed then our first visit (if that is possible). Was there for a special occasion and it was definitiy the best place if your celebrating your waiters take care of you 100% and arnt stuffy and stuck up just open and friendly can't do enough for you. If doing tasting menu go early as seven courses does take a long while to get through.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would like to try again.
    chukVIP
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    This was my first time trying this restaurant. Service was very good, food was done well. I would like to try again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience
    gastrohammer
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Have been meaning to visit Launceston Place for a while now, and finally went on Sunday to celebrate my wife's birthday. We chose the taster menu with wine accompaniment. The food was of outstanding and consistent quality, from the fantastic duck egg through to the delightful raspberry desert. The paired wines, some well out of our normal comfort zone complemented the food brilliantly. We really enjoyed the efficient, friendly and unobtrusive service from all the staff. Overall a great experience which compared favourably with many of the 2 or 3 Michelin starred restaurants we have visited . A minor niggle, the layout of the tables, where we sat, in the front window alcove, was a bit cramped with maybe one table too many in the vicinity?
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Exceptionally good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great meal and fabulous service. My only comment would be that the wine list was extensive however there were few reasonably priced wines by the glass - champagne at £15 is excessive and I have eaten at many 1 and 2 Michelin restaurants !
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant Taster Menu
    KK67
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Absolutely loved the Taster Menu with the matching wines. Fantastic staff made it a very relaxed atmosphere
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible fine dining experience
    foodiekittyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went for my birthday on a Friday night, Launceston Place is tucked away in Kensington but it definitely is a gem worth seeking out. We had the 6 course tasting menu, which is what is stipulated on Friday and Saturdays and the food was impeccable. From the canapes, bread, amuse bouche, the incredible duck egg starter with pea cappuccino, hand-dived scallops, salmon, tender lamb, lemon pre-dessert (that was a little too creamy for me) and the raspberry mousse with white chocolate aero and delice. It was fantastic quality and beautiful presentation. The service was attentive and very helpful. I highly recommend them for a special occasion if you want a memorable experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The right Place
    squirt
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Excellent food, cooked to perfection. A great choice of menus. Superb wine list. Service was spot on. Fautless
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent
    SindyB
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    This is a dining experience for those who are serious about food and drink. The attention to detail was wonderful and every course was a delight. The staff were friendly, knowledgable and extremely attentive from start to finish. If you can, go.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Private in a large dining room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    This was the second time I'd eaten at Launceston Place and I love how their dining room can be incredibly busy but they'll still find a way to make your experience feel private and personalised. The service was great, everyone was highly skilled and very attentive to us. The only let down was a small leak in the ceiling which dripped beside my Aunt throughout our meal.
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  • Was my favourite...
    jardaok
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    Well, Launceston Place was for years my favourite restaurant, both for business lunch and (especially) for romantic relaxed evenings. However my last stay was a bit disappointing - the new chef's creations are simply not my cup of tea and also the service seems to be too self-confident and proud for the Michelin star that its no more so friendly as it was before (nevertheless I wish to stress that (probably) the head waiter was friendly and having a free of charge smile for us... To sum up - we were looking forward to the end of the evening. I am so sorry but this venue has disappeared from my focus.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent
    LarryB
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    A fabulous experience. The location and ambience are beautiful, the food perfect and the wine pairings were wonderful. We felt the sommellier did an exceptional job telling us aqbout each wine in great detail with many interesting facts. The service was superb and everyone was very friendly and seemed very happy to have us there.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Fine dining
    jonnychaz
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    A gem of a restaurant that is impressive without being overwhelming. It is comfortable and elegant. The Set menu at £30, which also delivers some amuses bouches is a real treat - just watch out for the accumulating cost of the wine (the list is excellent but the price really adds up!)
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.