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Launceston Place

4.7
2408 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Launceston Place is a hidden gem in the heart of Kensington. Head Chef Ben Murphy is passionate about using the best produce in his constantly-changing menus. The restaurant has received 2 AA Rosettes in 2017, while the wine list has won Tatler's Best Wine List Award, the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine and Notable Wine List 2015 by the AA Guide.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European, British
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Hours of Operation

Wednesday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm

Sunday: 12pm - 3.30pm

Tuesday - Saturday: 6pm - 10pm

Sunday: 6.30pm- 9:00pm
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Phone number
020 7937 6912
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Ben Murphy
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Public Transit

Gloucester Road or South Kensington tube stations.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Voted one of the best dining rooms in London, our unique “Chef’s Office” offers a truly exclusive gastronomic experience. The private room is located directly adjacent to the kitchen, giving guests an insight into one of most talked about kitchens via a large plasma TV screen.

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Special Offers

Saturday Lunch Menu

Four-courses £35 with a spring cocktail

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 18 April 2018

Ends: 15 June 2018

Availability: Sat 12:00-14:30

Sunday Lunch: 3 courses and a glass of bubbles at £35

From a set menu. Credit card details required for tables over 6. Offer is subject to availability, not available on blackout dates. Price excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with any offer.
Please note the table might be required back after 2 hours from the booking time.

Terms and Conditions: Includes Vat, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 18 April 2018

Ends: 18 October 2018

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:30

Lunch Menu: 2/3 courses at £23/28

Choose from a set menu, 2 courses at £23.00 and 3 courses £28.00. Credit card details required for bookings of tables above 6 people.

Terms and Conditions: Includes Vat, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 18 April 2018

Ends: 18 October 2018

Availability: Wed-Sat 12:00-14:30

Pre/Post Theatre Menu: 3 courses at £30

From a set menu. 3 courses at £30 per person. Credit card details required for for tables of 6 people or more.

Terms and Conditions: Includes Vat, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 January 2018

Ends: 18 October 2018

Availability: Sun 18:30-21:00
Tue-Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu-Fri 18:00-19:00

What 2408 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

The Easter set menu was unbelievable value for money at just £30 including a glass of Rose Champagne. Food was exquisite, beautifully presented and service was excellent. Really highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Excellent food matched with attentive and timely service. Really liked the idea of having a reduced tasting menu for lunch and the choice of wines was amazing. Looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Great evening spent for a birthday dinner. Service was fantastic, staff were attentive without being intrusive. Menu is simple and straightforward. Each dish just has listed the main ingredient, plus a few accompanying ones, but when it is presented to you, wow. The food is very special indeed. Perfect for a special occasion or to take someone to impress them.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

We came for my boyfriends birthday and had the tasting menu with paired wine. Everything was totally delicious. The food was inventive and the staff attentive. The ambience is cosy yet crisp (all white very airy). It was really fab.

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Amazing. Pre theatre menu was superb and great value for money. Will definitely return

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

This is a great little restaurant in Kensington, great neighbourhood and the food was even better.
Very inventive from the off, with canapés served on stones to the candyfloss tissues right through the the pork with flavours and textures of carrot. We went for the option of the cheese board which was thoroughly enjoyable before delving into the chocolate globe desert with its assortment of hidden accompaniments.
We ordered white and red from the superb wine selection and finished the meal with coffee and petits four, which again brought a smile to our faces.
Would definitely recommend to others, Ben and his team are doing a sterling job!

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Really attentive lovely team. The food was amazing and tasting menu with wine pairing was very reasonable for what it was.

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5.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Found this gem on a trip to London. It is near the Albert and Victoria / Natural History museums. Amazing food beautifully presented. You receive lots of amazing extra courses. The service was top notch.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

It was a fabulous meal and service. Add to your list of restaurants to visit when in London.

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Family in town

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4.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Very good food, but not enough on the plate. Left hungry.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

It was excellent dinning. The wine list is exceptional!

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Excellente découverte. Excellent cuisinier, très fin et original. Très bon service et bonne carte des vins, un peu cher. Cadre agréable, tables bien espacées.
Nous y reviendrons!

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4.0Dined on 27 February 2018

A very nice evening with friends. Ambiance was quiet and perfect for catching up. Food was excellent and creative. Service was very good, efficient and discreet.
I recommend this restaurant.
I will definitely go back (maybe to try lunch...)!

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5.0Dined on 20 February 2018

Simply fantastic experimental food, displayed creatively with excellent service. We had a wonderful 10 year anniversary there, and we will surely return very soon. A little gem on a quiet street. Can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Had a really fabulous lunch here. The food was outstanding - innovative without being silly about it, and delicious. Staff were attentive and kind. They noticed that one of us had a birthday and brought a special plate with "Happy Birthday" written on it. All in all, an exceptional experience.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Great experience for Valentines Day. 7 course tasting menu, all served and explained in turn. Available with or without paired wines. Not cheap but well worth it.
The only downside is that car parking in this part of Kensington is residents only, all day until 10.00pm! Other travel options are available.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Unbelievably good food - they are clearly on their way back to that Michelin star and the new chef is something. Deserts however are woeful. Shame as they leave you with a last impression and the rest was wow! The current pre theatre menu is insane value for money. But either way, eat there now!

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4.0Dined on 11 February 2018

I think its our third visit but first under the new chief and it didn't fail to impress, decor is a little lighter than before and portions were not too big. Wine list was good but could have improved with more by the glass. My partner thought that the food in the main course could have been a little hotter. The menu is very seasonal and we're looking forward to trying it again in the summer. Location is great and if you want a romantic bolthole for a few hours this is a place to do it. Thanks, great lunch.

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5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

It was such a lovely experience, the food was amazing, though some dishes were little salty to my taste but generally in a superior standard. Staff were absolutely stars, explained every dish well and the occasion manager even printed us a personalised menu with our names on it. Will definitely recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Not just a meal but an experience. Exceptional food served by attentive knowledgeable staff.

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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Took my wife here for dinner. Even though we stuck to the Evening Standard menu, the food was extremely good. Service excellent and we nabbed a great table too. Coupled with two bottles of very good but reasonably priced Argentinian Red, we both said it was an experience to treasure. We enjoy at least one trip to Launceston Place every year. Based on this visit we won't be leaving it so long next time. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

We wanted somewhere to drop in on a visit to Cirque. The staff are friendly and the attention to the customers is superb. Obviously being in Chelsea means you well find a number of people with very deep pockets frequenting, however the average person isn’t left feeling left out

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5.0Dined on 8 February 2018

Loved the food, atmosphere and experience. I know tja

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4.0Dined on 8 February 2018

Food was interesting and very different; the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on 8 February 2018

London’s hidden gem, Michelin style dining in what feels like someone’s front room. Delicious appetisers, creative plating and a great wine selection. The £25 South African 2014 pinotage is a steal. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Highly recommend if you looking to impress your friends, special occasions or for a foodie night out

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3.0Dined on 8 February 2018

I’ve been a regular at and praised Launceston Place often before. I was underwhelmed this time. A good number of fads (a curious bread course, serving receptacles of every size and material, pointlessly, but not a plate to be seen), plenty of spumes, foams and gels but more or less all the food short on taste. And the one word per course menu, eg ‘Mushroom’, ‘Cod’, is all very well but you end up making your decision off a verbal description of the dishes at table (or the one word) so none of that enjoyable savouring of ingredient combos as you think about your choices. And the service is tending towards over-attentive and even a bit stuffy. This place’s charm has been its friendly, relaxed neighbourhood restaurant feel plus a judicious dose of under-stated smartness but without all the pretence of many upscale central London restaurants. And for goodness sake, stop intervening every five minutes and trying to empty the water bottle! Leave it alone! It surely annoys most people.

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5.0Dined on 6 February 2018

Best dinner we have had while in London. I highly recommend it. Simple but effective set taster menu , modern and classic ideas made fun visually . Worth booking if you are looking for something different

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Top-notch sophisticated food, impeccable service.The tasting menu was absolutely
fantastic!

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Had a wonderful lunch for my Aunt’s birthday, warm attentive staff, and such tasty and creative food, worth a visit

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5.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Excellent young cook
Inventive and fabulous food

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4.0Dined on 2 February 2018

This was our first visit to this restaurant. The service was very good from the moment we entered the restaurant, tables were well spaced and the food was outstanding. We really enjoyed the whole experience and will be back - a great find.

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5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

I’ ve been at Launceston place with my wife 3 years ago for the first time, when Tim Allen was the chef, and we immediately fell in love with the place! Romantic and delicious atmosphere, perfect and friendly service , amazing food!!! And now after a short time, in my opinion the new team is ready to receive at least the same rewards from the previous team!

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4.0Dined on 28 January 2018

We had a lovely lunch here and all the food we chose was excellent. I had the cod and it was cooked perfectly. Service couldn't be faulted and although this isn't the cheapest of restaurants I would highly recommend it for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Excellent food and service. A very well drilled, presentable and helpful team. Food was full of surprises, accurate and well accomplished cooking; will return!

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5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Our first visit left us surprised beyond our expectations by the quality of the food, particularly its freshness and creative, and the perfect service -- there when needed invisible at all other times. We wanted to return, but were worried it would not live up to our expectations after the first visit. Gladly, it surpassed them.
On both occasions we opted for the tasting menu with the wine pairing and truly, this is for lovers of food and wine, a "marriage made in heaven and consumated on your palatte." The freshness and flavours were perfectly complemented by the wine and both enhanced the other. We tend to be conservative in our wine choice, opting for French reds from Bordeaux/Burgandy/Rhone and usually shun white wines or reds from other regions. The wines opened our eyes and taste buds to not only white, but shock horror non-French wines, that were not just drinkable but wishing you could have more.
The staff on both occasions were brilliant -- friendly and attentive, but not fawning over you and interupting your conversation or meal every second asking if 'everything is fine' -- a plague of many restaurants these day it seems. The sommelier's knowledge of wines left us on both occasions leaving with a lot more insight not just into the wines we drunk, but wines in general.
The whole experience from decor to staff to food is worth every penny of the menu price and offers very good value for money, especially when compared with some similar priced establishments.

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4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

The food was delicious but menu very difficult to navigate
I felt as though something special and comfortable that had been a feature of Launceston Place has gone. Though the food brave and different and very tasty it was not quite what I had in mind when I booked .
Lovely staff and all about the food.

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5.0Dined on 23 January 2018

Launceston Place was always good, but seems to have taken a step up. We went for a set menu and it was possibly the best meal I have had: a competition between three michelin star chefs at the Louvre with Krug in magnums probably beat it, but that was a reception, not a meal.
Really outstanding tastes and textures in every course; well balanced and not too fussy.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

This is the 4th time we’ve been and it is always a great eve, the food has always been fantastic and the service is outstanding, this place never disappoints, we absolutely love it. Thank you

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Outstanding food and service
The wine pairing was completely on point and sommelier was very informative and friendly, he really made our night.
Thanks again for a brilliant night.

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