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
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!
Loved everything about this hotel. Location, friendly staff, lovely rooms, sound proof walls, fantastic science afternoon tea. 10 of 10. Would recommend to anyone visiting Londons museums and culture!
A great hotel from start to finish, everything was so easy they couldn't do enough for us. The beds were so comfortable, the pillows amazing even the bathroom floor was heated for when we arrived. would definitely recommend this hotel.
- comfortable hotel
- across the road from south Kensington tube station, providing easy access to the Piccadilly (including London Heathrow airport), District and Circle lines.
- characterful, quirky room decor
- Pleasant residential area, more relaxed than many more central parts of London.
- 10 minutes walk to Kensington Gardens
- friendly helpful front desk staff
- free soft drinks and water from minibar
- Limited storage space in room
- Fitness room relatively small with limited equipment (dumbbells, cable machine, a few cardio machines)
- can’t comment on breakfast etc as ate at the many cafes in the area (Le Pain Quotidien, Muriel’s kitchen, Squirrel etc)