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Launceston Place

#62 of 18,027 Restaurants in London
#66 of 19,547 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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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
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
Lovely evening with great food and polished service

Came with family last Saturday night to celebrate a family members' 80th Birthday. There were 6 of us in our group and we all had a fantastic night. As it was a Saturday night we all had the tasting menu. Invariably some people preferred one course over another but nothing was bad; just down to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Helen H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Came with family last Saturday night to celebrate a family members' 80th Birthday. There were 6 of us in our group and we all had a fantastic night. As it was a Saturday night we all had the tasting menu. Invariably some people preferred one course over another but nothing was bad; just down to personal tastes. The food was... More 

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1 Thank Helen H
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent meal, great service right from the start. Recommend the scallops as a starter and the venison as main exquisite. Cheese course to finish excellent and would recommend the wine flight to accompany the cheese, great choice of wine by the sommelier really knows his wines. Great wine list recommend the Chateau Le Boscq. All in all a great night... More 

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1 Thank Garry M
Leeds, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food was excellent, the wine list is fabulous. The sommelier was great and the waiting staff were well informed, attentive and just the right amount of friendly! Next time I suspect we will be tempted to opt for the taster menu with wine pairings. A truly delightful restaurant.

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1 Thank Ju1esW
London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been meaning to visit this restaurant for some tie we finally got round to it and wish we hadn't bothered.... for a michelin starred restaurant it was frankly unacceptable on many levels. My starter of longoustine with goats cheese and cucumber was tasteless mainly because the frozen cucumber obiliterated any taste, this may have been deliberate;apparentley the cucumber was... More 

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1 Thank TheClairevH
York, United Kingdom
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546 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 359 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Launceston Place has been on my bucket list for years & it didn't disappoint. It has been on the go forever & was famously a favourite of Princess Di back in the day. It has the feel of a venerable, long established operation that can confidently rely on well heeled local support without need to resort to fad or gimmickry.... More 

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Thank mrstraveller1
London
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Launceston Place on a wet January night for my birthday. It wasn't overly busy post Christmas, but the service and attentiveness of staff was fantastic - bringing out loads of bread as well as being overly generous with their fantastic cheese board. Visiting on a Saturday night, you're restricted to the tasting menu of 7 courses but if... More 

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Thank Richard B
Stafford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is very fine, but…... We visited on a Saturday night when only the 7 course tasting menu is available. I'd prefer an a la carte choice, but it is how it is. The cooking is of a very high standard (mainly - although I felt one of the courses was just so cold it was near tasteless and... More 

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Thank Captain C
surrey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great experience. Attentive without intrusive service. Beautifully cooked and presented food. Wine selection is fantastic too although not as comprehensive as the one at Marcus. Relaxed atmosphere and nicely laid out. The six of us were roaring with laughter most of the evening without drawing any attention.

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Thank SurreyMartin
Gorleston-on-Sea
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would hardly call ourselves "foodies" but we have been around a few restauramts locally to us. My partner loves her food programmes and was hinting for a while about going to a michellin starred restaurant so I treated her to a trip to London and a meal at Launceston place and couldnt reccomend it highly enough, worth every penny, great... More 

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Thank Carl L
Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to celebrate my wife's birthday as a group of 6 and it was a real treat, high-quality ingredients perfectly cooked and presented. The food was outstanding, service and atmosphere first class only point to watch is the wine list which is very pricey but the sommelier helped out with some more reasonable suggestions.

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Thank William L
StefanoPip_LP, Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Hi William L, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review regarding your recent visit to Launceston Place. On behalf of the team, I am glad to hear you had a wonderful time celebrating your wife's birthday. I will certainly be sure to pass your feedback and kind words regarding the food and service to our... 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 36 - 95
  • Cuisine: French, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, 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 - 3:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Neighborhood Profile
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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