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
- 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
We had a couple of adjoining rooms for our family of 4. We only stayed one night so didn’t get to use the facilities or eat here but the staff were very helpful and friendly and the rooms immaculate and very comfortable. We had mentioned it was a birthday treat and they had even left a cake in the room to welcome us- such a lovely touch.
The location was perfect for us as we were going to see something at the Royal Albert Hall and it’s easy walking distance. The tube is also really close. We would definitely come back again.
My family had a wonderful stay here. The rooms were cozy, but it was comfortable for my family of three. Stylish decor and very helpful staff. It was a great value. Location by the metro stop was terrific.
We were particularly pleased with the location. The tube station was right across the road so could access all areas of central London within minutes. Some really nice, stylish coffee shops and restaurants beside the hotel.
We stayed in a studio suite with our son and it was ideal. It’s hard to get a good quality room with an extra bed without paying crazy prices but this was very good value. We will most definitely be returning in the future!
A stellar hotel experience at a favorable price. Rooms are nicely appointed with all modern amenities. Hotel staff is excellent. Restaurants were average but there are many fine dining options nearby. Strongly and enthusiastically recommend!
Perfect location less than a block from South Kensington underground station. Room was comfortable and good size for London. Many dining options in the neighborhood. Bumpkin was very good. We highly recommend The Ampersand!