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Launceston Place

#54 of 17,533 Restaurants in London
#59 of 18,458 Places to Eat in London
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South Kensington
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1a Launceston Pl., London W8 5RL, England
+44 20 7937 6912
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Nestled in the quaint residential streets of Kensington, Launceston Place...
Nestled in the quaint residential streets of Kensington, Launceston Place is an award winning hidden gem. Passionate about using the best seasonal produce chef patron Tim Allen and his team create a menu using simple and luxury ingredients alike. The restaurant has received 1 Michelin star, 4 AA Rosettes, while the wine list has won Tatler Best Wine List Award, the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine and Notable Wine List 2013 and 2014 by the AA guide. Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday and dinner all week (except Monday) Launceston Place attracts a loyal local following, as well as being a fantastic destination for visitors to this charming London neighbourhood.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Elegant and traditional dining room with comtemporary food and excellent service.

We were recommended to Launceston Place by a food critic friend-of-a-friend and visited on a Friday night in July - the first time for both of us. The restaurant looks nothing special from the outside but the inside is smart and traditional with good sized tables that are mostly reasonably... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
PennyPurples
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Kent, UK
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Kent, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We were recommended to Launceston Place by a food critic friend-of-a-friend and visited on a Friday night in July - the first time for both of us. The restaurant looks nothing special from the outside but the inside is smart and traditional with good sized tables that are mostly reasonably spaced. Service throughout the meal was absolutely top notch, particularly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We were a party of eight and had the taster menu with the premium wine pairing. I can't find words to describe how amazing each course was, each one was unbelievably good and we wasn't quite sure how the next one could be as good as the last. The whole atmosphere was great and the staff were fantastic too the... More 

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Killinchy, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is in my top 5 of restaurants. Had the tasting menu with wine. Wonderful South African sommelier. Food matched by eclectic wines. Lovely ambience. Like being in someone's front room

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We've visited London three years in a row, and we ate well both previous trips, but among all those successful meals we've chosen to return only to Launceston Place this year. Excellent decision! Everything was fabulous. The food hits that sweet spot between modern and traditional -- slightly lightened (i.e. few cream sauces but still loaded with flavor) and interesting... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Visited this restaurant as a Birthday treat the last time we were in London. The service was excellent, wine and champagne list was extensive and the food was just amazing. Not the kind of place I would go every weekend but for a special occasion it really lived up to expectation. Thank you

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Booked Friday lunch as a treat whilst visiting London. From the outside it looked more like a gastro pub than a Michelin restaurant but lovely friendly greeting from the staff proved we were in the right place! Food was really tasty, and lunch menu is very reasonably priced. Left stuffed after having all 3 courses as well as complementary amuse... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Lovely surroundings in a leafy area away from any hustle and bustle. Good greeting and seating. Variety of lunch options including tasting menu with flight or wines, which I went for. All of the dishes looked beautiful, were very fresh, summery and well cooked. But there were none of them quite that gave the wow that justifies a Michelin star... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We stumbled across Launceston Place as we were strolling around the neighbourhood from our hotel. We had dinner on the spur of the moment. On this trip to London (from Melbourne, Australia) we had previously eaten the Savoy Grill and the Ledbury. Both were a disappointment. Launceston Place exceeded them both. The ambience was warm, comfortable - perhaps even constrained... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Well trained staff and a lovely room. Food always beautiful but wish the set lunch menu were changed a bit more often. Everything was just perfect again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Food = A flavour tsunami! Wine = Matched the food perfectly! Friendly service What else is there to say? Hidden gem!!!!!!!!!!

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Additional Information about Launceston Place

Address: 1a Launceston Pl., London W8 5RL, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7937 6912
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 39 - 101
Cuisine: British

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1a Launceston Pl., London W8 5RL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighborhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7937 6912

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 101
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions

Description

Nestled in the quaint residential streets of Kensington, Launceston Place is an award winning hidden gem. Passionate about using the best seasonal produce chef patron Tim Allen and his team create a menu using simple and luxury ingredients alike. The restaurant has received 1 Michelin star, 4 AA Rosettes, while the wine list has won Tatler Best Wine List Award, the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine and Notable Wine List 2013 and 2014 by the AA guide. Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday and dinner all week (except Monday) Launceston Place attracts a loyal local following, as well as being a fantastic destination for visitors to this charming London neighbourhood.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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