“Perfectly placed for South Kensington's shops and museums, The Ampersand Hotel combines elegance with fun from its sleek bedrooms and glamorous afternoon teas to its basement games room. There's a small library and table tennis in the games room. An unstuffy South Kensington oasis.
The 111 bedrooms, spread over six floors including the ground, are a mix of modern elegance and fun, with throne-like velvet bedheads, dove-grey carpets and feature wallpapers boldly covered with musical, botanical, ornithological or astronomical motifs. Bathrooms are shiny in black and white. The entry-level doubles can be small so choose the top-floor to get the most light - and lovely views to the Natural History Museum's towers. However, it's also worth the upgrade to Superiors and Deluxes; some have balconies, others have romantic baths tucked in large bay windows.
In the heart of museum-land - The V&A, Natural History and Science museums are within 5 to 10 minutes' walk - The Ampersand Hotel reflects the museums’ riches in bold and playful ways: wallpapers with scientific drawings, books on astronomy, paintings of birds in teacups. Above all, it is South Kensington-elegant from its grey and white neo-classical exterior to its fresh flowers and flirty drawing room; the latter all kingfisher-blue chairs and silver-framed mirrors, the perfect setting for its French-fancy afternoon teas.
Apero, the basement restaurant, is a relaxed affair with white-painted brick and plaster walls, stripped-wood floors and vintage knick-knacks. Its menu is suitably informal, serving Mediterranean-influenced sharing platters such as squid ink and artichoke risotto, and red mullet and citrus quinoa. Breakfast is a feast of sweet, savoury and healthy treats.”
Written by Helen Pickles