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The Handbook | October 2016

Afternoon tea conjured ideas of civilised enjoyment and relaxation. Science on the other hand generates visions of the periodic table, inconceivable equations and black holes; in essence things that are difficult to get your head around. Combine the two and you get a science-themed afternoon tea complete with a mint and chocolate planet shaped mousse with spacemen and almond short-bread dinosaur and fossil chocolate box.

The Independent | September 2016

The mahogany seating in Apero, white tiled cellar walls, and bare brick nooks make for a simple but elegant brunch stop before exploring the areas museums.

Olive | August 2016

The room you 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 

Luxuria Lifestyle | August 2016

With The Ampersand Hotel's fantastic location, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are just a short distance away, so if you fancied a bit of outdoor jogging, the hotel supplies you with local running maps and advises on activities such as horse-riding and roller-blading 

Wonderland | July 2016

The rooms are worth a visit in themselves. Individually styled (with suites possessing their own private balcony, perfect for watching the sun set over the London skyline from), the design aesthetic emanates from the surrounding area of London – particularly the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum – with all 111 rooms having designs revolving around botany, music, geometry and ornithology (ours focused on astronomy).


The Telegraph | June 2016

This boutique hotel, which is perfectly placed for exploring London's Museum Mile, is quiet and intimate but also laid back and unintimidating – which makes it an ideal choice for families.


Stylist | 09 February 2016

This elegantly refurbished Victorian hotel will provide much needed respite after a busy day exploring the local museums. For an extra-special stay, the Deluxe Studio, which features a king size bed with a luxurious velvet headboard, a freestanding bath and stunning views of London, provides the perfect patch for romance.



The Times | 29 August 2015

Its arty décor is inspired by the nearby museums, it has a pretty tea salon plus a Mediterranean-themed restaurant.



The Independent | 22 April 2015

Located just next to South Kensington tube, this vibrant and stylish boutique hotel has been named by TripAdvisor as the second-best new hotel in Europe and the eighth most-highly rated in the world. It is fresh, quirky, welcoming and fun – no stuffiness or formality at all.



Timeout | 11 May 2015

Behind a Victorian stucco property, Ampersand zings with splashes of bold colour against its dove grey and duck-egg blue decor. The colour extends to the lounge, where afternoon tea is served at comfy colourful sofas and armchairs in scarlet velvets. Botanical drawings reference the nearby South Kensington museums.



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.



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