Launceston Place

Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Launceston Place

Silver Award

Launceston Place has a long-standing tradition of employing chefs whose stars are on the rise, so it’s no surprise that readers deem it “the perfect canvas for new incumbent Ben Murphy’s exquisite cooking”. The tastefully refreshed, muted grey dining rooms of this 1830s townhouse provide a suitable backdrop for the chef’s generous carte and tasting menus, which are more than a match for the setting – witness the humble carrot wondrously transformed with lovage and caraway, pristine brill with verjus and turnips, rosy ibérico presa alongside crisp confit potato and steamed aubergine or an intricate chocolate sphere pointed up with yuzu and sesame. Elsewhere, a luxe reinvention of ‘egg and soldiers’ and an irresistible celeriac ‘carbonara’ draped in silky lardo both tip a witty hat to the classics – yes, this is tasteful flavour-first stuff and a “treat for any gourmand”. A bargain set lunch makes the whole experience affordable, the cheese trolley is a show-stopper, and the broadly chosen but inclusively priced wine list suggests a real passion for the subject – note the “exceptionally daring” pairings. 


Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Launceston Place

Launceston Place's ability to turn out stunning creations with apt pairings has gathered the modern European restaurant numerous awards, including Best Wine List in the Tatler restaurant awards. Chef patron Ben Murphy has himself garnered many impressive accolades himself, including Chef to Watch and Breakthrough Chef of the Year in the Good Food Guide and Food & Travel Awards respectively. Murphy joined Launceston Place from Woodford, having previously worked at multiple two and three Michelin-starred venues. His style has been described as distinctive and playful. 

The menus at Launceston place only show the core ingredients, leaving guests to wonder how they will be combined until the dishes arrive. Expect unusual combinations to excite the senses, such as celeriac with mint and pecorino, turbot with courgette, thyme and Vin Jaune or venison with shiitake mushroom, quince and pine. 

Visitors can choose to go a la carte or hand the reins over by opting for the tasting menu, which offers seven courses with optional wine pairings. Keeping with the times, Launceston Place also offers a vegetarian tasting menu, It would be a dishonour to describe Launceston Place without mentioning the truly artistic plating. Every single dish is arrives sculpted into a different form, from apple and mint housed in a delicate chocolate cage to an arrangement of venison, chocolate and beetroot reminiscent of Stonehenge. 

The award-winning 18-page wine list is truly something to behold. Grape enthusiasts will be transported all over the world, with the option to choose for themselves or have pairings carefully selected by the sommelier. Classic cocktails are on offer here, from Martinis to Old Fashioneds, as well as a cocktail of the month such as the Botanist High Street Sunset made with Botanist gin, Cointreau, peach juice and batak pepper. There is also a wide range of spirits  and liqueurs.

Special offers for Launceston Place

1000 Points

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £40 on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

15 points for every £1 spent

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £120.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

500 Points for lunchtime diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £25, lunchtimes only.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

100 Points

For all diners any day, every time

Offers cannot be combined. You will be awarded the offer that gives you the most reward points.

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Location for Launceston Place

1a Launceston Place, Kensington, London, W8 5RL

020 7937 6912


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-15:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun 18:00-21:00

Reviews of Launceston Place

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30 Reviews 

Nicola T

06 March 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Fine dining delight at Launceston Place

Launceston Place never fails to delivery on both the food and service.  It's a joy to dine there, everything is always spot on and I'm a fussy diner!  I would  highly recommend dining at Launceston to anyone, as a bonus it is also excellent value for money.

Gary M

27 November 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Taste sensations and excellent service

Took a client who was terribly delayed. Had to phone twice to explain and finally pitched up well over an hour late. Was half expecting to get the cold shoulder from maitre d and staff but they were brilliant and really looked after us - including rustling up an odd "off menu" desert request from our client!

Food was fantastically tasty, including the mid-meal teasers - arguably more edible art than dinner! Precise menu that prevents too much dithering (I can recommend the duck with coffee sauce) with all dishes lovingly explained upon arrival.

Wine list (sorry, I mean wine encyclopaedia!) was extraordinary. Definitley something for all tastes and pockets.

Chiara P

08 July 2019  
Fabulous, playful and great value for money if you get the set lunch menu. Don't be fooled by the terse menu descroptions, the food is much more elaborate than the 3 word descriptions imply and you get the bells and whistles of amuse bouches, pre desserts and petit fours even on the cheaper menus.

Jason P

08 July 2019  
Bright, airy designed restaurant, with smooth reservations, warm greetings on arrival, attentive service throughout. Superb culinary creations and food art on a plate created by Chef Ben Murphy and his team; they give you extras between courses too that are nice little surpises. Perfect for special occassions, one of our favourite restaurants in the world, & also in our top 5 places in London we would go back to in a heartbeat!!!

Siobhan C

10 July 2018  
Ben Murphy excels with his incredibly innovative cuisine. Pure delight and a fabulous culinary experience. Service, staff and ambiance all spot on.

Chiara P

20 March 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
The best meal I've had in a long time
This is tucked away down a pretty side street, not sure if you would stumble across it if you didn't know it was here. We have been here before when it was quite dark and corporate but now they have added a skylight and the whole places is much lighter and brighter. I will say that our meal was a stunner from start to finish, from the inventive amuse bouches of steamed mushroom buns dusted with matcha powder to the playful petit fours of "lollipops" of arctic roll. The service was the right level of attentive without being intrusive. I especially like the fact that although the menu descriptions are terse, what actually arrives are complete plates of food (my pet hate is getting a piece of meat/ fish and then being forced to order sides). My perfectly cooked duck was accompanied by unheralded (on the menu) fabulously crispy millefeuille potatoes, exactly what that sounds like, potatoes cut into thin sheaves to get super crispy but somehow miraculously holding together. In the immortal words of Mr Schwarzenegger I will be back #SMDinerReview

Shamila W

23 July 2017  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Mr Murphy "in da house"
Launceston Place appears to be the perfect canvas for Ben Murphy's exquisite cooking. Showing style, flair and invention, the dishes at Launceston Place are a treat for any gourmand. The tasting menu showed the aptitude of a Michelin starred chef and I am sure that the restaurant is well on its way to reclaim the star that it lost from the 2017 Michelin guide. The "regular" wine pairing had some exceptionally daring choices that made us think that we would love to come back again after the menu has changed and try the premium pairing. Already looking forward to my next visit.

Kevin S

15 June 2017  
Still my favourite restaurant in London. It was one of Princess Diana's. A woman of great elegance and taste. I've been going to Launceston Place for 23 years and it still delights me every time. The food is sublime, the service unobtrusive, the room friendly and relaxed. I'm always very happy at LP.

Laura B

04 May 2017  
Fantastic food, atmosphere and service.

David H

21 March 2015  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5
Prewtty much everything a one-start restaurant should be
Our first visit today at a reasonably busy lunchtime. Its very pleasantly situated in perhaps the most "villagey" part of Kensington and the pleasant walk from Ken High Street or from Gloucester Road will raise you expectations. And indeed everything we ate today was nicely cooked, carefully presented, and the variety of tastes and textures from individual ingredients was clearly perceptible. So good quality cooking here, and if the food doesn't quite have the sheer intensity of what I might expect at Gordon Ramsay's flagship, or Marcus Wareing, or Pollen Street Social, well maybe its appropriate to recall that It isn't rated or priced quite so highly either. And you get good bread ( very good actually), a tasty canapé, an interesting Amuse Bouche, and a few petits fours with the coffee. We chose from the lunch menu, as many around us seemed to do . Pleasingly we got food that I'm sure represented what this restaurant was capable of, and sadly that isn't always the case in London's restaurant at the moment where there sometimes seems to be a touch of "made down to a price" about the lunch menu that din't seem to happen so much a few years ago. But as I say not here and we left after three decent courses each ( and the bits) quite unable to consider even a coffee for the next couple of hours. A word about the service though- we were booked in for 1pm, and though we were a minute or two early it still seemed to be a half hour before we got menus. In fact we'd ordered and started our bottle of wine before we'd seen a menu. We found this odd. Unless of course the front of house's job is to give the kitchen an easy life by controlling the pace of orders hitting the kitchen? If so I think that's bizarre, and a kitchen working to give each diner an appropriately paced experience seems more the right way round to me. That aside the service from all the fairly numerous people who came to our table was pleasant and very competent.. We were there for 21/4 hours for three courses and coffee which is longer than I'd expect though it caused no problems. Our bill for 3 course set lunches, coffee, a bottle of a pleasant Languedoc which was certainly, at £30 , from the lower end of their list, and coffee/service came to a fraction under £130. I had intended to comment on this though my wife reminds me that we more usually eat two courses for lunch. She's quite right, and of course we have the numerous "extras" , so I'm ending up with a view that value seems about right. Will we go again? Well maybe albeit that this is quite a well-populated segment , with some good quality from Murano, Chez Bruce, Kitchen W8, Chiswick's La Trompette and so on that will give Launceston Place a run for its money on flavours and value.
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