Launceston Place

4.8
2462 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • 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 2462 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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OT
London
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A short review..... THE BEST restaurant we have ever been to... venue, staff, food.... Perfect

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DB
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, as usual. Very creative cuisine, served in a perfect way.

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M
London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations!

Had the pre-theatre menu, which was of high quality, beautifully presented and with so much complex flavour. The staff were attentive, without being intrusive. Melvyn even had a piece of birthday cake with a candle. What more could we have asked for!

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BD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place, Sunday brunch amazing value. This used to be just a traditional sunday lunch type of place but now it is so much better!

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SD
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A good restaurant with nice and creative food selection; very attentive and caring individuals. Really enjoyed the food and will suggest others to visit.

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LL
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Never ceases to perform!!! The food of course is Michelin. The service however is beyond. Bravo!

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Good food but no real vegetarian option
bad service - took themselves overly important and constantly interrupted conversations
totally over prized - £68 for two mini vegetarian plates and a portion of cheese.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we’ve tried in London.

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SD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LauncestonPlace is that hard to achieve combination of impeccable service yet friendly approachability. I started with a mojito mixed over lots of shaved ice on a hot day. The 3 course Prix fixé lunch menu includes a glass of (admittedly not my favourite) bubbly - but it’s great value at £20! . The food however is astonishing. The sparsely set tables and terse menu give no hint of the amazing array of flavours, textures and superb presentation. The three superb amuse bouches and my entree of the rabbit terrine with horseradish icecream were the highlights. The aged duck with apricot needed a little more acidity to balance while the cherry dessert was a delicious work of art in itself. A big thumbs up from me thank you chef and wait staff. Loved my lunch!!!!

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RL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent a lovely evening bring spoiledvand fed with delicious, unusual exquisitely presente good.. Quite elegante attentiveness from the servers.

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NY
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of the best meals I've had all year! The staff were warm (no off-putting stuffiness despite the formal-looking room), the atmosphere largely peaceful, and the food was just... soul refreshing!

Ben Murphy, you and your coworkers gave us a delightful experience, and I am already planning my next trip to London, rather significantly inspired by the prospect of another meal at Launceston Place.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate the special offer lunch time menu. The presentation of the food was excellent, the service was impeccable and the quality of the dishes was outstanding. You'll struggle to find better value.

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HB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic celebratory Sunday lunch
Menu good value and delicious
Very interesting wine list
Accommodating and knowledgeable staff

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

Amazing food and excellent service. Extremely impressed and will definitely be coming back.

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FR
Hampshire
21 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used to go to Launceston Place as a special treat when we lived in London. It was lovely to go again.

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Only criticism is the new layout of the menu with its emoji style symbols - it really doesn't fit with the style of the venue or the excellence of the food!

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T
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and exceptional service here , very friendly staff , Michelin Star quality

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AM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good fun - the meal made us smile it was fun inventive full of surprises and flavours

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MT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food in a lovely atmosphere. Eaten here before but first time under new chef. Just superb. Intense flavours and subtle nuanced hints going on too. A treat for the senses.

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d
London
22 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed good set supper menu with excellent service at a comfortable table. A noisy group and rather loud and inappropriate music for an elegant venue detracted somewhat from the ambience. The music was turned down when we asked but the volume crept up during the evening.

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

Lovely greeting on arrival. Lunch was delicious! Will again.

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

We are always pleased and surprised with what appears on the plate. Very impressive and detail art of work. We will be back soon again for sure.

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E
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't be put off by the weird Emoji style menu. We assumed that Launceston Place had slipped its final slump in its demise following Tim Allen's departure some years ago. When the food arrived the exact opposite transpired.

Launceston Place is back! The food was exciting, tasty and well designed. It looked great and was innovative. The decor has had some minor tweaks which make all the difference, including the new (but still small) drinks area.

This restaurant should keep doing everything it is doing, as its truly excellent. Oh, but do get rid of those Emojis. They are terrible.

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing and attentive service!
The food is on another level. I’m definitely coming back

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MP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the evening standard set menu at £35 which included a glass of cava. We were treated to lots of pre starters and petit fours on top of the 4 courses. Really recommend

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HU
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful little low key restaurant with amazing food and an undercover location. The lunch special is a must. Very civilised!

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n
London
24 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply an amazing meal. Chef is creative yet accessible.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
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 on 14 July 2018
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 on 13 July 2018
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
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
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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K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an amazing dinner there for father's Day. The food from the early dinner menu was incredibly good and service very attentive. And our 2yo son even got to have all his own amuse bouches at no extra cost!

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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
3 reviews
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
56 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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