The Ampersand Hotel

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A decadent, five-star boutique hotel in South Kensington that’s a perfect fit for this posh part of town

If this little South Kensington-based hotel were a person, it’d probably be a smart, quirky and well-dressed gentleman that knows exactly how to charm your pants off and get you into bed. In this instance, we’re talking about a blissful, king-sized pool of comfiness with velvet headboards interior design lovers would die for. The plush and tastefully decorated rooms are pretty smooth alright, with even slicker amenities that range from L’Occitane toiletries to an excellent en suite bathroom. Plus, it was blissfully quiet at night: we couldn’t have asked for a better place to sleep.

Then there’s the bonus of The Ampersand being in arguably the best bit of west London. South Kensington tube station is across the street, literally. Brilliant restaurants, cafés and bars are a dime a dozen. As for culture, you’re minutes away from the ‘Museum Mile’ of the National History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A, as well as the Royal Albert Hall, which has inspired the hotel’s botanical, music and astronomy-themed interiors.

That said, you can do no wrong being cooped up indoors. The hotel staff are friendly and don’t mind you snooping around the stylish, refurbed nineteenth-century building, which happens to includes a library, a games room (which looked more like a library, but hey ho), the Drawing Rooms (which is actually a café), and a gym, which thankfully, is a gym.

If you don’t venture out for food, the on-site restaurant, Apero, is a sweet mix of casual fine dining that serves up beautiful Mediterranean dishes and excellent cocktails. You might be better off eating here for dinner than breakfast as we found it painfully slow for a Monday morning. Or just come a little later – you don’t have to check out until 12pm, which is a wonderful thing: especially for the chance to stay a little bit longer in a hotel that, for the most part, is pretty close to perfect.

Venue name: The Ampersand Hotel
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Address: 10 Harrington Road
London
SW7 3ER
Price: £192.00 to £330.00 per night
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Haven’t stayed at this hotel, but did have an absolutely lovely afternoon tea here! It’s not cheap (£39.50 per person with Champagne), but the quality of both the food and the service is extremely high. We were seated straight away in the beautifully bright Drawing Rooms and served chilled Moet immediately before a very impressive tower of delicate sandwiches, cakes, pastries and macarons arrived, along with a pot of tea. Everything was beautifully done and so delicious that we scoffed the lot! Not once did we feel rushed or that we were outstaying our welcome, which is just as well given that we were too full to move for a while… A really great alternative to the more well-known afternoon tea destinations in London and good value considering the quality.