“Refined modern cooking in the heart of Kensington” - AA Inspector
LONDON W8, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
An elegant Georgian townhouse on the corner of a leafy residential Kensington street, Launceston Place has a wonderfully relaxed and contemporary feel. Bespoke artwork from notable artists adorns the French grey walls and the blue-vein dark wood floors and a comfortable banquet seating is in keeping with the style of the restaurant’s W8 postcode. Head chef Ben Murphy trained under the legendary Pierre Koffmann and it shows in the way he handles raw materials, whether humble or luxury. He uses the finest seasonal ingredients in creative dishes with bold, assertive flavours but it’s all delivered with a lightness of touch. A precisely cooked BBQ lamb belly with cucumber and yoghurt is a well balanced starter and is followed by a first-rate dish of cod, watermelon, tomato and coriander with serious depth of flavour. To finish, yuzu, dill and white chocolate is a zesty dessert with subtle textural contrasts.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 50
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Days Closed: Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 10
- Wines under £30: 4
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 15
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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