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The Metro | 19 February 2014

The limited-edition Science High Tea has a cute and clever science theme – tuck into mango mousse volcanoes, chocolate dinosaurs and more, topped off with a glass of bubbly.

 

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The Sunday Times | 16 February 2014

We looked for a catch, but couldn't find one: the location's fantastic, the bedrooms are sleek and stylish, with more flamboyant décor in the drawing rooms; and the staff are young and willing. An added bonus is the basement bistro, which has a real neighbourhood buzz, and a Mediterranean tapas-style menu created by the head chef, Chris Golding.

 

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Olive | 10 February 2014

Apero is a chic bar and restaurant in London's The Amperand Hotel and head chef Chris Golding creates imaginative, unpretentious food that makes the most of British seasonal produce.

 

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Lastminute.com | 07 February 2014

The Ampersand Hotel, in the London district of Kensington, has been named by TripAdvisor as the second-best new hotel in Europe, based on user reviews, and eighth most-highly rated in the world.

 

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Kensington & Chelsea Today | 01 February 2014

The food here really deserves its accolades, head chef Chris Golding and the highly competent front of house team is putting out well presented, consistently good and very well priced dishes that fully deserve to have a queue of people banging on the door demanding to be let in.

 

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Britain | 27 January 2014

This is a hotel for those with a love for quirky interiors and an eye for detail. It manages to straddle sophistication and wit, as well as remaining quintessentially British.

 

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Adelto | 22 January 2014

If you're looking for the wow-factor you should book a deluxe studio; complete with king size bed, a grand free-standing bath and impressive views of London.

 

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The Resident | 01 January 2014

A year after opening, the Ampersand's subterranean bar and restaurant, Apero continues to be packed to the rafters with astute refugees from South Kensington's cultural venues, ready to soak up the cool, chic atmosphere and the equally inspiring drinks.

 

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Livingetc | 01 January 2014

A witty treasure trove set close to the best cultural institutions in town. A stone's throw from Exhibition Road, The Ampersand is in a prime location for exploring South Kensington's finest. The restaurant and bar, called Apero, serves delicious sharing dishes as well as its own elaborate cocktails among the exposed brick walls and copper pipes of the arched Victorian cellar.

 

The Independent | 01 November 2013

The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington will be hosting book clubs throughout November in its well-stocked reading room. A roster of authors has been invited to come and read from their books, and to ease the evening on its way, there'll also be cocktails and sweet and savoury canapés inspired by the writer's novels.

 

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World's most popular new hotels named | 15 October 2013

The Ampersand Hotel, in the London district of Kensington, has been named by TripAdvisor as the second-best new hotel in Europe, based on user reviews, and eighth most-highly rated in the world.

 

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Ultimate 100 British Hotels: London | 29 September 2013

Just across the road from South Ken Tube, the Ampersand has a vibrant atmosphere and bright, up-to-the-minute bedrooms: statement wallpaper, velvet headboards, retro tiling in the bathroom. The drawing rooms […] are great for people-watching, and the basement bar is a lovely space to hand out in.

 

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British Airways Highlife Magazine | 01 July 2013

The Ampersand Hotel in Kensington is the perfect place to rest museum weary feet. Its charms include a pretty tea salon, basement restaurant with clever cocktails and blissfully comfy beds.

 

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TNT Magazine | 24 June 2013

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. Its design has been 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 5 themes are intricately incorporated throughout The Ampersand Hotel.

 

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The London Evening Standard | 12 June 2013

London's best posh picnics […] Savoury tartines, scones, chocolate brownies, Victoria sponge cake, homemade iced tea and champagne and a Hyde Park riding lesson.

 

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The Arbuturian | 11 June 2013

Through the 19th century façade and a grand entranceway adorned with vases of snow white orchards, lies a winding staircase that beckons you upwards with the promise of comfort and down to spaces offering fun, fitness and food, respectively. Whether you arrive, slightly frazzled from navigating the busy weekend traffic of one of London's busiest tourist districts to get there, as we did, or take the much more sensible three-minute stroll from South Kensington tube station, it's a welcome sight indeed.

 

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MSN Travel | 29 May 2013

The Ampersand hotel is one of the most conveniently placed hotels for sightseeing, with Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and some big shots of the museum world just a few steps away. It is quintessentially English, but rather than having chintz curtains and knobs on everything, it draws inspiration from the more eccentric aspects – a mixture of Victorian curio shop-meets-upper-class Kensington boutique.

 

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Country & Town House | 01 June 2013

A new crash pad, stylish and witty, just a minute's walk from South Ken Tube station. Quirky interiors run along various London themes; astronomy, botany, music, geometry and ornithology. Charming pictures of birds and butterflies adorn the walls along with eye-catching surrealist paintings where hippos pop their heads out of giant teacups.

 

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Food and Travel Magazine | 01 May 2013

Front of house, the drawing room is among the most attractive small lounges in the capital. It works equally well as a champagne bar and salon de the.

 

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The Independent | 20 April 2013
The 50 Best British Hotels

This boutique hotel opened late 2012 in South Kensington and is handy for culture vultures visiting the V&A, Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. It has 111 rooms and suites, a gym and two informal dining rooms serving modern Mediterranean food and afternoon tea.

 

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Conde Nast Traveller Online - 17 April 2013
Hot List: The Best New Hotels of 2013

The witty decor's botanic, ornithologic, astronomic, geometric, and musical motifs—played out in the public areas on elegant wallpaper, in whimsical paintings of birds and beasts popping out of teacups, on armchairs covered with prancing herons—pay tribute to South Kensington's neighboring institutions. Rooms are beguilingly tranquil and cozy with high ceilings, dove-gray walls, luxurious tall velvet headboards, and ceiling-to-floor silk curtains in subtle hues. The welcoming and efficient staff take pains to ensure a perfect stay, whether fielding an early-check-in request at short notice, photocopying and mailing an urgent document, or bringing you coffee in bed.

 

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The TODAY Show - 17 April 2013
Conde Nast Traveler USA editor Lisa Gill announces the Hot List on the TODAY Show:
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"One of the best [London hotels] and most adorable is The Ampersand Hotel…the décor is quirky, witty and quintessentially British."
See the video: http://www.today.com/video/today/51569031

 

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The Daily Telegraph - 02 March 2013
The façade of the Ampersand Hotel may look traditional – the building previously housed the Grosvenor Kensington Hotel – but this is a modern space. 
Complimentary Wi-Fi and soft drinks from the minibar extend the good impression. I could have lingered but instead ventured out. In South Kensington, the hotel is minutes from the V&A and Natural History Museums – and perhaps a bit too close to Harrods. 

 

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The Sydney Morning Herald - 23 February 2013
Another day, another top-end hotel opens. Following the Olympics, royal wedding and Jubilee, London is brimming with confidence and basking in international attention and a high level of investment.
Proximity to the Natural History Museum inspired a bird theme at the 111-room Ampersand in Kensington, which opened last year and is decorated with framed feathers and botanical sketches. The underground cocktail bar and Mediterranean restaurant are a social whirl.

 

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Homes & Gardens - 01 February 2013
One of the gleaming gems of the capital’s museum district in South Kensington has been polished up to create a stylish new bolt hole. Inspired by the cultural riches of the neighbourhood, including the botanics of the Natural History Museum and the music of the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music, the interior features playful florals, bold stripes and retro graphics. Every corner of this Victorian curiosity is hard to resist. 

 

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Conde Nast Traveller - 01 February 2013
Planning a trip to London? The Ampersand Hotel has launched in South Kensington and along with its individually styled bedrooms and balconied suites, the underground vault has been transformed into one of London’s coolest cocktail bars.

 

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Candis - 18 January 2013
Built in 1888, this is one of the capital’s original Victorian boutique hotels, right on the doorstep of Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. If you want to push the boat out, the 4th and 5th floor rooms boast fabulous views of the London skyline from their floor-to-ceiling windows. 

 

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Britain Magazine - 01 December 2012
Built in 1888, The Ampersand Hotel is one of London’s original Victorian boutique hotels. It re-opened in its new incarnation during the busy 2012 summer season and takes its inspiration from its South Kensington location – The Natural History, Science and V&A Museums are all close by, as well as the Royal Albert Hall and Chelsea Physic Garden, and all are reflected in five main themes that run throughout the hotel. 

 

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London Evening Standard – 27 November 2012
The eclectic but homely Drawing Room serves excellent afternoon pastries, while basement bar and restaurant Apero is a hidden gem worth seeking out. Head chef Chris Golding and pastry chef Ji Sun Shin, both ex-Nobu, are a culinary powerhouse, creating a delicious mix of Mediterranean and North African fusion dishes.

 

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Sleeper – 16 November 2012
The 111 guestrooms are set over seven floors. Oversized bed heads provide proportion to the high ceiling and complement the detailed cornicing and dado rails. Again, the Victorian themes bring the rooms to life.’

 

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Lussorian – 14 November 2012
This new boutique hotel in London delivers exactly what I imagine it had to set out to do – oodles of class, contemporary design and a little bit of fun. And, cleverly this boutique hotel in Kensington does all this modern cool whilst retaining a ‘homely’ atmosphere.

 

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Red Online – 30 October 2012
The contemporary décor, combined with plenty of natural light, bright prints and eye catching art installations give the hotel a feel that’s modern and fresh.  What makes The Ampersand stand out are its enviable location, striking interiors and, not least, the supremely comfortable beds.

 

 

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Adelto – 29 October 2012
With some of the most stylish hotel rooms in Kensington, The Ampersand is a one-off, privately owned hotel that combines contemporary excellence in design, service, food and technology in a Victorian building at London’s heart. The luxury London hotel has been inspired by those great Victorian values of discovery and wonder – and given them a modern, whimsical twist.

 

 

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TNT – 08 October 2012
Hidden in the basement of luxury boutique bolt hole The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington, new launch Apero is a real find. It’s trendy without being try hard, cool while remaining casual. Service is the friendliest we’ve encountered in this city.

 

 

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