Launceston Place

4.8
2478 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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

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: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 9 December 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Sun 18:30-21:00

New Year's Eve menu 8 courses for £110

New Year's Eve 8-course set menu for £110

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 31 December 2018

Ends: 31 December 2018

Availability: Mon 18:00-22:00

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 £38

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: 19 November 2018

Ends: 3 January 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:30

Weekday Lunch Menu: 2/3 courses at £25/29

Choose from a set menu, 2 courses at £25.00 and 3 courses £29.00. Credit card details required for bookings of tables above 6 people.

Terms and Conditions: Includes Vat, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 19 November 2018

Ends: 3 January 2019

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

What 2478 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite. Friendly and attentive service, lovely setting, and exceptional food.

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic - thoughtfully and creatively presented, delicious food, excellent service.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This might just be my new fave restaurant in London! From flavour of the dishes to the service, everything was just phenomenal! I’ll be back to sample the degustation soon.

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c
London
13 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

mérite une ou 2 étoiles ! tout est
parfait. Délicieux surprenant et excellent rapport qualité prix

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PB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After our first visit to Launceston Place, we all decided we wanted to come back as soon as we had the opportunity. The food is amazing; beautifully presented and delicious. The team there are warm and welcoming. It's an excellent find and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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SL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal at Launceston Place for our wedding anniversary. We had the tasting menu and the food was outstanding, every course outdoing the last. I don’t eat gluten and had a first where I thought my gluten free dessert outshone the regular dessert - my husband was very jealous! Service is impeccable and very friendly.

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OT
London
40 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a fantastic evening enjoying their tasting menu, I returned for lunch and was not disappointed. This restaurant serves delicious food with whimsical touches. The set lunch is great value. Looking forward to returning.

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PB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the initial welcome to all subsequent staff interaction this restaurant delivers in this important aspect. The (thankfully) intended minimalist description of the food in the menu was easily supplemented by the wait staff if necessary. And the food itself? Beautifully prepared and cooked with a true understanding of flavour matches and textures. Our first visit to this highly regarded restaurant and it’s fully deserving of patronage when something out of the ordinary is required. And in saying that the cost is very much within reason for such quality

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SR
London
13 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch at Launceston Place! The fixed price set lunch menu was good value and the food was amazing! Love the new lighter and more contemporary decor and the service is always great

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AM
Angus
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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H
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Launceston Place has just reached No.1 on my favourite restaurant list, overtaking Petrus and RGR.
The food is superb and beautifully presented, combined with great, friendly staff who maintain a level of professionalism whilst making it feel like they are pleased you've come along.
Admittedly this is not a cheap night out, but from around £100 for a set lunch for 2 through to £300+ for a spectacular "occassion" dinner, this place can't be bettered.

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

Superb food and presentation. Excellent service. A bit pricey but worth it!

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience, Service, Food all were wonderful. The food presentation was worthy of a photo; it looked beautiful and tasted wonderful. Not enough words of praise to say about this outstanding restaurant.

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RT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing find. attentive service, wonderful cuisine.

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OT
London
24 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
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 on 19 September 2018
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 on 18 September 2018
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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DL
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worthy of a Michelin star

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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
19 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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M
London
33 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant which has become one of my favourites in the area and a nice lunch place on weekends for us since it's quite close. Their set menu lunch is absolutely divine. Their wine list is great. The service is slightly too precious at times but well done. I would say if you're into more haute cuisine then you would like this place but if you like casual dining, this place wouldn't be the place for you. We've come here to celebrate quite a few occasions and look forward to coming here for additional special/non-special occasions.

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k
London
2 reviews
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
4 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
3 reviews
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
5 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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