Launceston Place

4.7
2434 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Early/Late Dinner Menu: 3-courses £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: 28 May 2018

Ends: 31 October 2018

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

Saturday Lunch Menu: 4 courses £35 with bubbles

Four-courses £35 with a glass of bubbles

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 18 April 2018

Ends: 30 November 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

Weekday 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 2434 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service, will be back again. I think it would be even better to have some classical or piano music rather than pop songs.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, attentive and informative service, good recommendations on the wines

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SC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nourriture superbe !

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JB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would give this restaurant six stars if I could. Our dinner last night was the most flawless dining experience I've had in years. All those who worked there were attentive, considerate, sophisticated, professional and warm. The food was exquisite (Michelin Star quality), plentiful yet delicate, very well priced for the wonderful treats that at our table throughout the night. The wine was wonderful, the music lovely, the venue chic yet tucked away on a beautiful suburban street as if you've discovered a truly secret local treasure. This restaurant is perfect for a romantic or special occasion. Thank you to all those who gave us such a beautiful experience.

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PE
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent set menu - the duck was divine, the cheese trolley is out of this world!

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we’d been to LP. Made very welcome, even though our guest was a little late. Food was amazing, we all had different courses and all really enjoyed everything. The only slight disappointment was the extra cheese course we chose, a little mean and a little ripe for our liking. overall excellent!

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SL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat. Each dish was a visual and taste experience. Every aspect of the restaurant is of superior quality. This was our second visit and did not disappoint. Every bit as good as our first.

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OT
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time.
Can’t wait to go back!

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F
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again Launceston Place excelled itself. We chose the set menu, which was exceptional value. The wine is a little naughty price-wise, but that is to be expected in a high-end restaurant in the Kensington area. However, there are affordable wines on the list.

Launceston Place is one of my favourite restaurants and would have no hesitation in recommending. The staff are charming, helpful and knowledgeable about the food and wine. The young waiter who served us on Friday was charming and helpful.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, modern and bright.
Food was delicious and staff very friendly and attentive.
We had a lovely Sunday lunch.

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KA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all fronts. Wonderful experience, staff were attentive and we were extremely impressed.

We had a dietary requirement which the staff and chef paid close attention to. They even surprised us with a birthday dessert
In recognition of the special occasion.

We would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for excellent service, beautiful food, exceptional wine list and a stunning atmosphere.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Food was imaginative and beautifully presented. The staff were attentive without being overwhelming. They met our need to be out in 1 hour with no fuss or rush. The 2 courses were good value particularly combined with the 2 amuse bouche and sweet selection with the bill.

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R
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this based on reviews here and were not disappointed. Beautiful quiet location, that is nonetheless close to a tube station and the SW corner of Kensington Gardens. Simple yet refined decor. Small portions but we were no nonetheless satisfied. A substantial wine list. The cheeseboard was worth the visit itself, with > 25 selections (limit 5 per diner).

My two constructive criticisms: 45 minutes between arrival and arrival of first course. Then 5 between first and second. Should be evened out. And more important, please put some vegetables on the plates or a salad course.

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EF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Excellent service. Very good food but I was not “blown away” for the price. Excellent and different wine list although you will pay dearly for the special bottles. Would go again but for a special occasion since the total experience was memorable and worthwhile.

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Denver
23 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, fun food, exceptional service. Stands out from the low standards that prevail these days.

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BL
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Un excellent restaurant qui mérite largement 1 étoile Michelin. Créatif, subtil et beaucoup de saveur. Cadre agréable dans un quartier tranquille de Londres. Bonne carte des vins.
Bon service, mais manquant un peu de chaleur.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked this for a last-minute lunch when some friends were visiting me in London and didn't really know what to expect - but wow!

Lovely, light and airy space with white tablecloths and nice tableware made a great first impression.

Staff were all very friendly, professional, presentable and always on-point. They timed everything perfectly, remembered everyone's orders, and always had a smile on their face. And unlike so many of the nicer places in London, they had absolutely no pretentiousness about them; they were just genuinely nice.

The food was absolutely fantastic as well - beautifully and originally presented, with wonderful combinations of interesting flavors. We also got a complementary amuse bouche, bread course, and a few sweets at the end - just as much care went into these as the 'real' courses. The food was so good - and we had so many additional courses - that we could not believe it was actually just £28 for three courses in London (thankfully it was!).

I can't wait to take more of my guests here when they come to London, it couldn't have been a more pleasant lunch. Thank you to the chef and all the lovely staff!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice welcome. Staff amazingly attentive. Looking forward to my next visit.

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OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first booking a Launceston Place and as a good surprise we had excellent food. The atmosphere is nice, the staff attentive and the the menu superb. We went for the 3 course lunch menu. Although the portions looked small we were all filled at the end and left as happy diners. Some people might expect a larger portion size, however. I have only 2 minor points to state: I found the Espresso with ~5 GBP a little overprized (but it is still in the range of similar restaurants) and the dessert was a little too sweet for me, but this is just my personal taste.

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s
London
31 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the gluten free bread and menu! A delight to the senses.

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m
London
22 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful set lunch. Always reliable never boring. A great place for a lazy Sunday lunch and the cheese was so good. Love the soufflé too

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Launceston place offers hands down the most relaxing and classy dining experience in London. The food is exceptional and the service is outstanding. It does cost, but it is not overpriced and we always leave feeling happy, full, and relaxed. Launceston place is truly a gem to be discovered, if you have not already.

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IC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Really good atmosphere, good music, service. Food was delicious. Great night

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food and service. We had to push our reservation back 90 mins because we were delayed and the restaurant was very accomodating. The food and service were outstanding and the they catered for a gluten/dairy free friend and a younger child with great care and attention. For the quality of the food the price was very good value. Highly recommended.

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BG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I knew nothing about this restaurant, but booked it on a whim on a Saturday evening. We were at first disappointed by the immediate call we received: only the tasting menu was available, and, alas, the soufflé was not included. We pondered whether to trust a restaurant that would actively decide to eliminate the soufflé option on a weekend, but decided to head out nonetheless.

The result was one of the most delicious meals we had had in some time. Launceston Place has a superb tasting menu, with highlights such as the 'egg and soldiers' with surprise foie gras inside, presented in a white eggshell aptly balanced on a duck-leg egg cup.

The sommelier recommended orange wine, which we tried here for the first time. It strikes an interesting balance between red and white wine - worth a taste, although it takes some time to get used to (perhaps less if you chase it with Launceston Place's cotton candy amuse bouche).

Highly recommended!

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j
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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FF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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OF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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b
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Family in town

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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YS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent dinning. The wine list is exceptional!

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BL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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v
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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