Launceston Place

“Exciting modern cooking in genteel Kensington” - AA Inspector



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Our Inspector's View

There’s no obvious clue that the well-groomed Georgian townhouse on the corner of a leafy little residential Kensington street is anything more than just another smart-neighbourhood eatery, but gastronomes know that this is a destination worth seeking out. The interior design is certainly in keeping with the postcode, with the series of spaces done out in shades of grey with splashes of colour coming from the modern artworks on the walls. Light, modern cooking, courtesy of the talented young chef, Ben Murphy, delivers clever combinations of texture and bold flavour, all deftly engineered with invention and flair and dressed-to-thrill presentation. Roast celeriac stars in an impressive opener alongside a gutsy vegetable ragout ramped up with truffle, mint oil and emulsion, and parmesan. Next up, superlative halibut shines in the company of grelot onion, potato terrine and a potent jus. To finish, pear in various forms is matched with maple mousse and crunchy pecan feuilletine.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Launceston Place
1a Launceston Place, LONDON, W8 5RL


  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Days Closed: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 15
  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

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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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