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THE AMPERSAND HOTEL

Contemporary opulence meets English heritage in this South Kensington retreat.

We get it: museums can be exhausting, particularly if you’re not really in the mood to get cultured but feel obliged to keep up a pseudo-intellectual facade amongst your art-grad friends. First world problems, eh? Fortunately, when sampling the cultural delights scattered around South Kensington, luxe shelter for weary museum goers is literally just around the corner. Enter The Ampersand Hotel, your new favourite pampering pit stop in the area, ensuring that you’ll get the R&R you deserve after traipsing around the V&A.

Dating back to 1888, The Ampersand Hotel is one of London’s original boutique hotels, boasting 111 recently refurbished bedrooms and balconied suites that will make you swoon. Inspired by the hotel’s neighbours, the rooms are individually styled to suit 5 different themes: botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy. Promising it’s guests a stay that is out of this world, the interior design of the hotel’s seven storeys is exemplary in its ability to feel both modern and in synergy with the building’s heritage all at once.

Naturally, we’re always on board with any venue that has a menu specifically designated for champagne, therefore The Drawing Rooms, located on the ground floor of this treasure trove of a hotel, has already won our hearts. Dishing up sweet and savoury pastries accompanied by artisanal coffee or a bubbly bev, this is where you should go directly after a grand day out in London’s cultural hub. Cosy up in snug, oversized armchairs while you reflect on that obscure exhibition you caught, we’re sure the show’s most perplexing themes will become more comprehensible after a drink or two.

In need of a more substantial booze and food options? The Ampersand Hotel’s lower ground floor offering, Apero, is the place to head. Serving cocktails designed to complement the Mediterranean small plates on the menu, this charming bar is the perfect place to kick back and ease into the classic glamour of your surroundings – you are in Kensington after all.

Words
Olive Pometsey
THE AMPERSAND HOTEL

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