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Launceston Place

#47 of 17,750 Restaurants in London
#51 of 18,675 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
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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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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, Late Night, 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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    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 9
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  • 5
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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
Friendly atmosphere - high quality kitchen

We had ordered a table for two in advance from our home country, no problem. When arriving we brought with us two friends who wanted to join us, it was a sudden impulse. The reception from the staff in this case was taken from the book: A more kind and exemplary reaction to our unexpected wish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
NilsMS
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Bergen, Norway
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Bergen, Norway
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had ordered a table for two in advance from our home country, no problem. When arriving we brought with us two friends who wanted to join us, it was a sudden impulse. The reception from the staff in this case was taken from the book: A more kind and exemplary reaction to our unexpected wish for a table for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Launceston Place does not disappoint at any level. The dining room is superb with beautiful artwork and tables attractively and sensibly laid out. Service is immaculate and knowledgeable. Food is beautifully presented and tastes even better. The sommelier is always on hand to advise or assist. Staff are charming and attentive without being overbearing. I can't recommend Launceston Place highly... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The guests are well cared for from the first step inside, - I cannot remember to have had such attentive staff as we did at this restaurant. The decor is modern and very elegant! The Food is excellent in taste and every dish looks like a piece of art! It is a Perfect Place for the big occasions! We thought... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Very efficient and friendly service le charme discret in a quintessential town house ambiance. Great wine selection especially the Ribera del Duero (Alion) that was so excellently complementary as to be a gastronomic delight.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The food is truly excellent. I visited the for the set lunch a second time recently -- my first time was two years ago. Astonishingly, for this part of London especially, it remains excellent value and there are some reasonably priced wines by the glass.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Quite a few great meals here. Once as a a pair of couples and also as a family: my wife, daughter and me. Fabulous food and good fun with the wine. Will return whar I can afford it,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We had a fabulous family lunch at Launceston Place. There were five in the group. We started with a drink in the bar and then had the three course set lunch menu. Each dish was beautifully presented and the flavours balanced excellently - certainly at Michelin standard, without doubt. The service was impeccable. I would highly recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Launceston Place is one of my favourite restaurants to bring friends to. The well decorated dining room gives it homely feel, and the tasting menu consisted of creative seasonal dishes, which were well presented and tasteful. The warm welcome and efficient service make this a restaurant that I keep on coming back to. The wine list is diverse, and covers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This is the second time we have visited and the food and staff are very good I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to friends

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Kent, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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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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 38 - 99
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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