Press & Media


Olive Magazine | 3 February 2015

The room we take tea in is part English drawing room, part French tea salon, and comes adorned with comfortable sofas. As for the food, everything is obviously made in-house-there's a meticulously decorated raspberry cake planet with a white chocolate planetary ring, and moreish hazelnut and chocolate dinosaurs and a citrus cocktail served in a laboratory beaker, to add the Dr Jekyll experience. The portions are generous too, very welcome after a morning spent museum-hopping …



delicious. | 1 January 2015

With so much choice when planning to stay in London, it's good to note that the Ampersand Hotel ticks all the right boxes: modern, well appointed, well run, and handily close to South Kensington tube station.



The Times | 01 December 2014

Order either from the set lunch special, which changes daily, or the sharing menu… A cosy, casual little restaurant in the basement of The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington, with its own entrance on the street.



The Sunday Telegraph | 21 September 2014

Fresh, welcoming and carefully considered, the interior defies Kensington stereotypes by being fun and exuberant rather than formal and old-fashioned. The restaurant, Apero, is worth a visit in its own right.



Tatler Restaurant Guide | 01 June 2014

At teatime in the Ampersand’s Fornasetti-style drawing rooms, head chef Chris Golding and pastry chef Ji Sun Shin enter from the kitchen. They arrive bearing pretty plates of sandwiches, warm scones, the lightest meringues, pavlovas, macaroons, tea cakes and pastries, setting them out on the big table in the tea salon. It’s an elegant and civilized affair, the height of urban chic.



Evening Standard | 10 April 2014

Chef Ji Sun Shin already attracts a hungry crowd to her pastry parlour at Kensington's Ampersand Hotel. The bright, flower-filled Drawing Rooms feel more homely and welcoming than some of London's stuffier, formal tea rooms – and the price of tea is also far less daunting.



The Guardian Online | 28 March 2014

Is that not the most amazing looking tea? An incredible-looking and tasting tea, featuring such delights as white chocolate scones, hazelnut walnut and chocolate cake with a chocolate dinosaur (yes, a dinosaur) and a raspberry cake planet. It's tea from another dimension.



Conde Nast Traveller | 12 March 2014

Guests can visit Apero, the hotel's modern Mediterranean restaurant, or perhaps while away the night in the 'wine room', sampling some of the fine wines stored in the hotel's cellar. There are 111 rooms, including a wide selection of studios and suites – a perfect base for those staying in the city.



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.


logo | 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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