The Ampersand Hotel, London


Offering the elegance of authentic traditions, The Ampersand Hotel connects you to the best of South Kensington. This boutique hotel offers 111 destination bedrooms on Harrington Road, just seconds away from South Kensington tube station. The hotel opened on August 29th 2012 after an extensive renovation and is one of London’s original Victorian boutique hotels, having originally opened in 1888.

Set in the heart of South Kensington, The Ampersand Hotel is on the doorstep of Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, with easy access to the best that London has to offer. Neighbourhood shops run from indie boutiques and Stella McCartney to Harrods; and major cultural attractions include the Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and many other popular museums. At this hotel classic English heritage meets a contemporary interior with restored original Victorian features visible in all areas from the impressive high ceilings to the hauntingly beautiful gargoyles. The Ampersand Hotel’s unique concept is inspired by both the capital’s world-famous cultural district and the iconic ampersand symbol, to illustrate the hotel’s role in connecting its guests to the best of South Kensington.

Photo courtesy of The Ampersand Hotel, London

Relax in rich, rare interiors:
Bedrooms, Suites & Guest Areas
Guests enter a kaleidoscopic world with a design aesthetic inspired by the surrounding world – famous museums of Natural History, Science and Victoria & Albert, as well as the Royal Albert Hall, all devoted to botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy. These five themes are intricately incorporated throughout The Ampersand Hotel, from the 20- foot staircase installation accented with goose feather wings to the bespoke upholstery featuring flowers and ferns. Individually designed guest rooms and public spaces, spread over seven floors, include five suites, all of which have their own balcony offering views of London’s iconic skyline.


Lounge in luxury:
The Drawing Rooms & Apero
Set on the ground floor of the hotel, The Drawing Rooms reflects Albertopolis, the cultural quarter of South Kensington, boasting a beautiful patisserie lounge where both hotel guests and local residents can enjoy artisanal, premium coffee complimented by sweet and savoury pastries to be enjoyed in the beautiful setting of over-sized armchairs and hand woven rugs. Alternatively they can embrace the glamour of South Kensington and enjoy dinner, chosen from a carefully selected menu. The Apero is located in a vault below the luxurious décor of the hotel – Apero boasts industrial light fittings, polished tiles, exposed brick, dark leather seating and wooden tables.


The dining concept is more Mediterranean and offers an assortment of small delectable plates and drinks inspired by the tradition of the aperitivo hour.


This article was published in the April 2016 issue of Inspire Living Magazine. Download it here!