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About Launceston Place
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.
London, W8 5RL
Modern European, British
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 6pm - 10pm
Sunday: 6.30pm- 9:00pm
£41 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
020 7937 6912
Gloucester Road or South Kensington tube stations.
Banquet, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
Launceston Place Ratings and Reviews
Booked Launceston Place for dinner to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. It was a fantastic choice. The food was delicious, the wines complimented the food perfectly, the service excellent and the ambience nicely romantic. We splashed out for the tasting menu with the wine pairing and think it was well worth the (not cheap) price.
I could fault absolutely nothing at all. The food was amongst the best I have eaten recently. The wine list looked excellent (although we were on a detox January). The service was exemplary. The only slight negative was that the mood music was rather loud, so having an intimate chat across the table meant having to raise one's voice. Aside from that, 5* from me. Will def come back...but please turn the "musak" down a touch.
I've been to Launceston Place before and the food has always been outstanding. On this occasion I took advantage of the January offer they are currently running and took a friend to experience the restaurant. I'm pleased to say the food and service lived up to my expectations. The service and presentation were flawless and the food amazing and memorable. Launceston Place is one of the very best restaurants I've dined at in London and I would recommend it unreservedly. If I have one criticism it is the cost of the wine, which does seem a little over-priced, although the selection cannot be faulted.
Everything about this experience was good- staff were attentive knowledgeable and just the right level of attention. Food- divine- attention to detail was amazing and th flavours sublime. This will be getting its star back soon and I can’t wait to come back and visit!
As usual our lunch at Launceston Place was a culinary and atmospheric delight. The surroundings are tasteful (in all senses!), there is no loud music playing and there is no din of too many people talking too loudly in too small a space. The ambience is utterly classy but never pretentious and the service is impeccable. Last but not least the food and drink: A glass of English champagne provided the perfect aeperitif. My lunching partner's main course of duck was perfection and my choice of cod with cauliflower and lime was a revelation to my tastebuds. I am looking forward to my next visit!
Launceston Place proved to be the perfect venue for a long late lunch last Sunday ahead of a show at The Royal Albert Hall.
The food was simply divine and the service was excellent. The set menu and glass of bubbles was absolutely amazing value.
We’re already looking forward to the next time we visit London for a show as it will be the perfect excuse to return!
Wow. Fantastic meal start to finish. My wife and I try love food and try and eat at tasting menu's as often as possible and we both thought this was one of the best we've had in years. We started with a nice cocktail at the bar before sitting where I had a negroni and she had a gin and tonic - both nice. We then both did the tasting menu and I had the wine pairing while my wife just ordered a glass of Cabernet Franc and we were both pleased with the outcome. As for the food, there were a few small plates before the amuse bouche and they were great. Then the actual dishes started coming and they were somehow each better than the last. For my wife, her favorite was the Celeriac and for me it was the Venison but honestly everything was pretty spectacular. Service was excellent as well and although it's obviously not cheap we felt the price was pretty good for such a high quality experience.
Where to begin? This has been the best dining experience I have enjoyed in six and a half years of London. I have travelled the world the last three years (well over thirty countries visited), and this has the best intimate dining experience I have had the pleasure of sharing with my girlfriend. To you this is still a stranger’s review of course, but it might help you to know that wherever I travel I always try to seek out the best local food and restaurants. I scrutinise food more than I probably should. And this place leaves nothing unthought of.
Visiting on a Saturday, we were served the tasting menu, which we ordered with the standard wine pairing. I read reviews online of people finding the dishes to be small. Which they are. Which is excellent. Because there are many. 16 individual dishes, including 3 hors d’œuvres.
If you are looking for a place that will deliver a vast range of textures, colours, techniques, exciting flavours and flavour combinations (Oh my god the strength of the umami flavours of the mushroom dish is off the charts), all done to impeccable standard, this is the place to go.
With the standard wine pairings the master sommelier succeeds in finding that fine balance of outstanding flavours that heighten those found on your plate with overpowering. It was like a ballet unfolded in my mouth when the cream sherry paired with the egg soldiers. The explanations that came with every pairing really added some depth to the enjoyment of the drinks and plates.
Service was excellent. All wait staff seemed to speak fluent French and English and are very acute in taking care of requests.
I mentioned the mushroom dish earlier, that was served to my girlfriend who doesn’t eat fish. And it blew my halibut straight out the door. Mentioning this to the manager he promptly brought out an identical plate for me to enjoy. It’s the dish that will bring me back to the restaurant.
Go here if you can. Before, and after Ben Murphy takes home all those stars.
We had a really enjoyable dinner and the restaurant exceeded almost all of our expectations. We would go back for a meal at the drop of a hat! The wine pairing with the prix fixe was outstanding and the sommelier spent a considerable amount of time going over the pairings. The reason for the four stars with service was because when the food was described, it was difficult to catch everything about the dish. If the staff slowed down when describing the food, I would up it to five stars for service.
My mother and I came for Sunday Lunch to celebrate her 70th Birthday. The food and service was exceptional. We chose the 3 course lunch which was delicious (Butternut Squash and Octopus to start with Cod and Chicken for main courses. Finishing with Souffle and the excellent Cheese selection). Even the "side" dishes between courses were lovely. Well worth a visit. I will splash out and try the taster menu next time. Excellent Restaurant.
Had a fabulous meal and evening on Saturday 2nd. Tasting menu and preceding tasters were all very good. We enjoyed every course, some of us liked different things about the same dishes but nobody disliked any part.
The service was extremely good, from arrival and aperitifs all the way through, all of the staff being friendly and engaging and ready to answer any queries.
Thoroughly recommend this to anyone.
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