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
We came for the afternoon tea after a morning at the science museum and WOW! From the minute we were welcomed in and shown to our seats we had the most amazing service. We ordered the science afternoon tea for the adults and the sci fi afternoon tea for our daughter-the theming was brilliant, so quirky and everything tasted fabulous. I have a night booked here in October for my daughters 5th birthday and after our afternoon tea experience, I am so looking forward to our stay here. Can highly recommend!
This is a wonderful boutique hotel. Light bright and beautifully presented. The staff are kind and nothing is too much trouble for them. The rooms have everything you could need. Fabulous! Will use this hotel for all our visits from now on.
Beautiful hotel with great friendly staff in a fantastic location for sight seeing, dining and shopping. Recommend to anyone looking for an upmarket boutique feel with extremely tasteful decor and artwork.