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Launceston Place

#52 of 17,173 Restaurants in London
#57 of 18,055 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, Late Night, 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
  • 28
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  • 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
Good restaurant

....but expected more. Great ambiance, attentive service as expected for that price range, good food but not exceptional. Had the tasting menu.....food was probably a little "too busy" for our liking. Although pleased we went wouldn't rush back in a hurry. Lots of better places when spending... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
walpolepark11
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

First of all, yes, this restaurant is beautiful. Located in a great area of South Kensington; quite place. Staff was polite but service was not the best. We went on a Saturday, so we had a fixed menu. Food was good, but not the best. Some dishes were complex (flavor wise) and had beautiful combinations. But some were disappointing. Food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

....but expected more. Great ambiance, attentive service as expected for that price range, good food but not exceptional. Had the tasting menu.....food was probably a little "too busy" for our liking. Although pleased we went wouldn't rush back in a hurry. Lots of better places when spending that type of money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I simply love this place and have recommended it to so many friends and family. It is tucked away from the noise of a lot of London restaurants and feels like you've come upon a little secret. The staff were all very welcoming and professional. The service was exemplary and the food was incredible. It's such a relaxed atmosphere that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Launceston Place is, as always, a guarantee for a fine dinner in London. An excellent service, always attentive to customer needs, but above all an exceptionally sweet. The place demands a refined dress; price is quite high but worth them all. if I have to find fault, I admit that wines are valid but perhaps overly expensive.

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Taster's menu was a delight to the eyes and a feast to appreciate! Flavors robust and textures diverse. Great attention to detail. By the end of the fine dinner with exquisite service, I found the complete menu to be slightly on the heavy side with roasted duck leg followed by veal head sausage. A very fine restaurant tucked away in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Textbook example of how to get a restaurant right. Feels intimate and special whilst being welcoming and non-stuffy. Rare, in that it broaches both a neighbourhood feel with 'destination restaurant' quality... Knowledgeable, charming and impeccable staff. Tim Allen's cooking is executed with panache and immense skill,devoid of pretension and delicious to boot! It's easy to become cynical in London's top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Celebrated our wedding anniversary here and it was a truly memorable experience. We decided to indulge the 7 course tasting menu and could not have asked for more. Every course was a sensational mouthwatering extravaganza with a couple of courses amongst the best we've ever had. Indulge yourself and visit , it will exceed your expectations.

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This is a ONE Michelin star restaurant that located in pretty nice neighborhood (10 minutes walking from South Kensington tube stations). We ordered 3 course menu with one glass of cocktail (40 pounds). First course started with Duck egg with foie gras, pea puree, bacon and crispy duck leg. Egg was cooked very well liked poached egg. Combination with crispy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This place was outrageous. It's rare that every bite of a 2 hour meal is great, but this place pulled it off. I've never had pasta literally melt in my mouth before. Crazy. And, they were kind, right on the money for service. I'm coming back (when I save up some more money).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This restaurant is located in a very pretty neighbourhood away from the main road. It is modern in concept and yet traditional in its food. Service are exceptionally good. The sommelier, March, its very good in pairing the wine with the food. He took the time to explain the rationale for the wine that were paired with each course. Highly... 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: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, 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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