The Ampersand Hotel

London, United Kingdom

The Ampersand is an elegant boutique hotel in South Kensington. This beautifully restored Victorian treasure is a small luxury hotel near the V&A, Natural History Museum and many of London’s most popular museums. It is also well located for Harrods and shopping in Knightsbridge, Hyde Park, Chelsea and the Kings Road. With South Kensington tube station just across the street, all of London is within easy reach.

The Ampersand’s interior contains five themes; botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy which are derived from museums, venues, gardens and streets that surround the hotel such as Kensington Gardens, Science Museum, Albert Hall & Natural History.

The Hotel opened in summer 2012 and was originally called The Norfolk. It was built in 1888 and you were able to stay for two-and-six or 60 cents for US visitors!

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Things to know

  • The hotel has 111 eclectic designed bedrooms
  • The Walls reflect the location of the property – a mixture of V&A, Science Museum & Natural history custom-made prints
  • Apero is the hotel’s relaxed dining space which appeals to guest and locals alike with a strong Mediterranean food offering and a superb must taste cocktail list.
  • The Drawing room serves all day coffee, with a superb fresh daily display of pastries with a light bite menu.
  • Health hunters can either take themselves to Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park or the hotel’s gym equipped with the latest ‘Technogym’
  • For the less adventurous there is table tennis & Xbox in the Games room.

Meetings & events

The Ampersand has three event spaces with natural daylight which can be hired individually or all together.

The Games Room

Can accommodate up to 32 seated or up to 50 standing. The shelves are lined with books and curiosities as well as a full-sized table tennis table and bar.

The Library

Can accommodate up to 16 seated or up to 35 standing and is ideal for a low-key meeting, press day or private lunch.

The Wine Room

An elegant space for private dining for up to 12 people, with statement lighting, a polished basalt floor and an imposing oak banqueting table.

Things to do

  • Some of London’s most famous districts, from Knightsbridge and Mayfair to Hyde Park and Chelsea are within walking distance from the hotel
  • Watch the English Premiership League football of Chelsea and Fulham
  • Visit the Chelsea Flower Show and Masterpiece London Art Fair
  • Wimbledon and Queens Club Tennis
  • Take a trip to the Olympia exhibition centre

Food & beverage

Apero

The hotel’s relaxed dining space appeals to guest and locals alike with a strong Mediterranean food offering and a superb must-taste cocktail list. Tucked beneath the Victorian cellar arches of The Ampersand Hotel, bringing a shot of fresh Mediterranean style to the heart of South Kensington. The restaurant is an intimate, laidback space where you can catch up over a shared plate of something deliciously simple and modern. The buzzy bar, tended by staff with a real passion for what they serve, is an understated but elegant place to get into the ‘aperitivo’ spirit with a signature cocktail or glass of wine before dinner

The Drawing Rooms for afternoon tea par excellence

Part English drawing room, part ‘salon de thé’, this is the place to enjoy pretty pastries, exceptional teas and freshly pressed coffees in South Kensington. Here you will find one-of-a-kind Science Afternoon Tea, unique to The Ampersand. Winners of the Best Themed Afternoon Tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018, expect a mix of exciting and curious dishes, from jellies, served in petri dishes, to chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits. Alongside Afternoon Tea, all-day light bites are popular for anyone who wants a meeting in a quiet corner of the hotel’s discrete London address. The feeling is both intimate and buzzing, with sunshine pouring in through the large Victorian windows.

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