We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Launceston Place

#54 of 17,939 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
South Kensington
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
1A Launceston Place, London W8 5RL, England
+44 20 7937 6912
Website
Today
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 15:30
18:30 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

733 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 650: English reviews
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went for lunch with a friend who booked it for us. It's an elegant restaurant without being presumptuous. The service staff were very attentive and started us off with an amuse-bouche. We opted for the 3-course set menu for lunch (£30.00), which came with a glass of Chapel Down sparkling wine (nice to see English wines getting some love -... More 

Helpful?
Thank AdeCarvalho
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit and enjoyed pre theatre menu that is great value. Good selection for cheese board and a wide range of wine. Professional and friendly staff. Comfortable with spacious dining room. Much better than expected.

Helpful?
Thank Tochelin
AmyAnd1, General Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Dear Tochelin, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It is great to hear you enjoyed our pre-thetre menu and all the other aspects of your dining experience, our cheese board and wine list are indeed great features and we are very proud of them. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, The Team... More 

London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the tasting menu and paired wine and it was out of this world. Beautiful flavours and brilliantly paired wine. First class service too, even a tour of the kitchen and introduction to the chef. Loved it.

Helpful?
Thank Loubs75
AmyAnd1, Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Dear Loubs75, Thank you so much for such a lovely review. We are extremely pleased to learn you enjoyed your dining experience with us so much and Ben was very happy to have you in the kitchen and show you around. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, The Team at Launceston Place More 

London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Launceston Place on a Saturday night. We had wanted to try it for a while and I was quite surprised that I could get a table on both Friday and Saturday night at such short notice (24 hours). The restaurant was quite busy when we arrived. Entirely my fault but when I booked I didn't realise that only... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank London20142014
AmyAnd1, Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Dear London20142014, Thank you for taking the time to share you feedback. It is very disappointing to learn that your dining experience didn't live up to your expectations and may we first and foremost apologize if you didn't fully enjoy our Tasting Menu - please rest assured we have shared your comments with our Head Chef Ben. As you can... More 

Surrey
Level Contributor
78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We originally had an alternative booking elsewhere but ended up leaving and were at a loss on where to go. This came up as a suggestion and I called to see if we could dine in such short notice. They were so accommodating! The service was top notch and the food was incredible. The staff were really knowledgeable and made... More 

Helpful?
Thank bazza1977
AmyAnd1, Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Dear bazza1997, It is so nice to hear that you've enjoyed so much your last-minute dinner with us and that we managed to leave such a great impression. Our team always strives to provide the best possible dining experience to our guests and we are extremely pleased you enjoyed our food and felt so well looked after We hope we... More 

Level Contributor
22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A restaurant worthy to visit for its well made dishes and incredible service. Intimate dinning rooms with decent wine list. Having a lunch at the Launceston Place helps to make things moving forward.

Helpful?
Thank Thomas G
AmyAnd1, Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Dear Thomas G, Thank you for for taking the time to share such kind words. We are extremely pleased you enjoyed our food and service so much, as well as our cozy and intimate dining room. We hope we'll have the pleasure to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, The Team at Launceston Place More 

Norway
Level Contributor
120 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I found a PEARL in Kensington, Well it is located in Kensington, however, it is a PEARL worldwide. They have their 1 Michelin star. My experience of a restaurant is roughly divided in three; food, wine and the atmosphere. The Food; of cource the quality, but also the presentation (aesthetic). The wine; selection (wine list) and pricing. The atmosphere; service... More 

Helpful?
Thank einar e
AmyAnd1, Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Dear einar e, Thanks for sharing such a lovely review on TripAdvisor. It is great to hear that your dining experience left you with such great memories and comments such yours make us really proud of the food we offer and service we provide. We hope we'll have the pleasure to welcome you again soon on your next trip to... More 

London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
136 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing service - staff very friendly and courteous and knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Wine list is very expansive whereas the food menu concentrates on seasonal items. We enjoyed every little bit of it but my favourite was the cheese trolley at the end - the selection was amazing and the presentation even more.

Helpful?
Thank Marcolette A
AmyAnd1, Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Dear redshoe82, Thank you very much for your review. We are naturally very glad to hear you've enjoyed you experience with us and loved every aspect of your dining experience. Our cheese trolley is a great feature and definitely a great addition to Ben's food offering, it's great to hear you've enjoyed it so much. We look forward to welcoming... More 

London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
65 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Location: Close from Gloucester tube station, but a bit out of the city centre. Service: impeccable comes to mind. Very attentive but not intrusive. A good balance of friendly service that is not matched by many restaurants in London. Food: I loved the food. Very creative and inventive. The pictures on the webpage come alive when you see the dishes... More 

Helpful?
Thank jenskoopmann
AmyAnd1, Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Dear jenskoopman, Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to share your feedback. It is great to hear you have enjoyed every aspect of your dining experience with us and comments such yours are the best motivation for our team. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kind regards, The Team at Launceston Place More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Had dinner here as a party of six last night, food was simply brilliant and the service was polite and personable. The Iberica pork with aubergine was an especially stand out course. The wines were paired very well. Only complaint was that the whole service took over 5 hours with quite long waits between courses. Otherwise would fully recommend a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Andrew B
AmyAnd1, Manager at Launceston Place, responded to this review

Dear Andrew B, Thank you so much for your review. It is great to learn that you've enjoyed our food so much and overall had a great meal with us - our Presa Iberica is indeed one of the favorites on our menu. We are sorry to hear that you felt your dining experience on our Tasting Menu took too... More 

Travellers who viewed Launceston Place also viewed

 

Been to Launceston Place? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$32 - US$90
Cuisine
French, European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 15:30
18:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
Thursday
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
Friday
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
Saturday
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1A Launceston Place, London W8 5RL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighbourhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7937 6912
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 Raphael Francois and his team create a menu using simple and luxury ingredients alike. The restaurant has received 2 AA Rosettes in 2017, 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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Launceston Place and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Coventry, United Kingdom
over a year ago
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Launceston Place staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in South Kensington

Neighbourhood 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.
Explore this neighbourhood