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
I went with my family to try the afternoon tea and I was really surprised! When art and taste meet everything can only be perfect. Any sweet or dessert were well presented and delicious. Staff is helpful and polite explaining and suggesting different options for you. Absolutely recommended!
What a gorgeous hotel situated in beautiful South Kensington. However, we were surprised that the air conditioner in our room did not work. Our room temperature ranged from 24 to 29 degrees. We enquired about this 3 times, and nothing was done (other than a service technician recommending that he bring us a fan). For a hotel with a 5 star rating, this is totally unacceptable. We also had opened snacks and beverages in our refrigerator on the first evening. Very disappointing overall. We really wanted to love The Ampersand.
We cannot praise this hotel enough!
I rarely note a review but this has been a pleasure.
Our stay has been first class !
The hotel, rooms, cleanliness, FRIENDLINESS, science ???? afternoon tea, location, breakfast, - everything was perfect. Nothing was too much trouble and the kindness to our two excited boys was lovely. There was even a family/ table tennis ???? room and library .
We would love to return to london soon and this is the hotel we would choose - right by - the museums , taxi rank, Hyde Park and Harrods .