The Ampersand Hotel
What We Love
- Top location close to some of London’s best museums, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
- Lovely toiletries from London perfumer Miller Harris
- On-site game room for a pre-dinner bout of ping-pong
What To Know
- A two-minute walk from South Kensington Tube station
- WiFi is free
- Rooms are on the small side but are flooded with light
- There’s no on-site spa, but in-room massages can be arranged
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
It might seem strange finding this eclectic boutique in the heart of South Kensington, one of London’s most established (and hyper posh) neighborhoods, but it fits like a glove. The charm lies in its tasteful mismatch of eclectic patterns and motifs (which reference astronomy, music, botany, and geometry), which draw inspiration from nearby landmarks including the Natural History Museum and the V&A. While the Edwardian townhouse, which dates back to 1888, retains many of its original features—the high ceilings, a handsome staircase—we are most taken by those less-expected details, including colorful prints of herons, flora-covered pillowcases, and various objets d’art. Velvet tufted headboards and silk curtains keep the luxury in check in the 111 guest rooms, while the ground-floor Drawing Room, a hybrid tea parlor and patisserie, injects a bit of France into this quintessentially British sleep.
In the Area
Minutes from the South Kensington Tube, this hotel might just have one of the most stylish—and cultural—addresses in Londontown. Just down the road, you’ll find one of the city’s most high-end shopping strips, featuring star attractions like Harrods (don’t miss the opulent food hall), Harvey Nicols, and Stella McCartney. Three of London’s most iconic museums are also on your doorstep: start off at the Victoria and Albert Museum, then head to the impressive Natural History Museum. As for evening entertainment, it doesn’t get more posh than taking in a performance at the nearby Royal Albert Hall. Built in 1871 for Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, the grand concert venue features an iconic domed roof, tiered seating, and fantastic acoustics.
How to Get There
Very nice stay in comfortable room with excellent service. Location in Kensington is convenient to tubes, restaurants and museums. Staff very attentive to assisting with transportation tickets and recommendations. Rooms nicely appointed and comfortable (deluxe).
We stayed at The Ampersand for one night during the Easter holidays. It was our first trip to London with our daughter and we wanted it to be extra special and The Ampersand delivered!
I'd booked a Deluxe Room (but had noted to the hotel it was our first trip so anything they could do to make our daughters trip a memorable one would be great) direct with the hotel.
On arrival our room wasn't quite ready due to a late check out. I'd asked if there was another room available as it was 2pm, unfortunately not as we had a suite! It was definitely worth the 30 mins wait whilst we ate our sandwiches in the rest area (:-)).
The Manager on duty also gave us complimentary Continental breakfast (£16ea) which as an apology. The Breakfast was tasty and had a variety on offer. You could also order off the menu.
We were shown to our room by the Concierge who was very friendly and helped recommend a nearby Pizza place. He also came up later with a treat for our daughter a few Petite Fours and a selection of sweet treats.
The room was great, extremely clean, lots of toiletries, spacious (even with the big bed), coffee machine, kettle, microwave, three TVs (one in the bathroom), big bath with double basin and a balcony.
This hotel is also a great base to explore Kensington and it's only a few tube stops from Buckingham Palace.
We had an amazing stay and would love to come back on our next trip to London!
We loved our stay at the Ampersand Hotel. It's in a fantastic location - very central but at the same time quiet. Beds are extremely comfortable. Staff were fantastic. Drinks and dinner at Apero were also great.
Great hotel with friendly staff, in a great location.Bedroom was very comfortable and clean and was very well appointed and the design clearly thought out.Not your average hotel bedroom.We shall definitely re book in the near future.
We visited the hotel earlier this month We visited the hotel earlier this month to enjoy their science tea, and we were not disappointed. We loved the whole experience- the kids had their own rocket cake stand and loved the extra effects. Can definitely recommend this as one for all the family. Too full to eat anything again that day!