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The health and well being of our guests and team members is our priority and we have implemented the necessary measures to ensure your experience is as safe as possible. Join us on a journey of discovery, where physics, chemistry and gastronomy meet in a curious alchemy to create an out-of-this-world dining experience. Enjoy the Ampersand's exclusive Science Museum Tour in South Kensington followed by the hotel's award winning Science Afternoon Tea.

Join this tour through the elite streets of West London, the home of billionaire emigres, financiers, and aristocracy. Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing trip of London in the quintessentially British black cab, with running commentary from an expert guide. Capital to the worlds largest empire, thriving centre of international trade and finance - London has long attracted spies.

This full-day tour is the perfect way to see London's iconic sites and experience a ride on the London Eye, as well as a Thames cruise. At The Ampersand, we have organised a range of family-oriented services to make your time with us as simple and stress-free as possible.
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read more › The Ampersand Hotel's unique concept is inspired by the capital's world-famous museum district and the iconic ampersand symbol, which illustrates the hotel's role in connecting its guests to the best of South Kensington. From the interior design to the collections and curiosities, The Ampersand Hotel unites guests with the local surrounding area through the five themes of botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy. The hotel, which opened in its modern incarnation in summer 2012, was originally built as a boutique hotel, called The Norfolk Hotel, with only 80 rooms, each of which had different fittings and furniture.

read more › Intimate but stylish, our Single and Small Doubles are inspired by astronomy. All have double beds and an en suite bathroom with walk-in shower or bath/shower combination. Our music-inspired Superior Rooms, with enormous velvet headboards and a playful design, have double beds or twins on request, plus modern en suite bathrooms. Our Deluxe Rooms feature ornithologically-inspired interiors with double or king-size beds and plump armchairs to relax in. Our Deluxe Studios, complete with comfy sofas and writing desks, are brimming with botanical references, from the colourful cushions to the elegant floral wallpaper.

read more › Our Single and Small Double Rooms might be the smallest in our collection but they still come with all the luxury touches you get from our larger rooms. Our Single and Small Double Rooms are inspired by astronomy, with intricate wallpaper and enormous velvet headboards. All rooms have small double beds decked in pillowy duvets and plump cushions. Intimate yet luxurious, these rooms are a good choice for a night or two in London, providing a comfortable space to retreat to after a busy day exploring.

read more › Our Superior Double Rooms, inspired by the wonders of music, are generously proportioned for a comfortable stay in South Kensington. Our Superior Double Rooms are a great choice for a weekend stay in London. They are at once spacious and intimate, providing maximum comfort for evenings spent lounging in the room, as well as a desk to work from for those here on business. The luxury finishes - music-inspired wallpaper, cappuccino-coloured velvet headboards, cushion-like duvets - mean time spent in the room is always relaxing, especially with the complimentary mini-bar.

read more › Our light-filled Deluxe Rooms feature ornithologically-inspired interiors, with deep purple headboards and comfy double or king-size beds. In our striking Deluxe Rooms, it's the little details that stand out: the feather wallpapers, the delicately plumped pillows, the ornithologically-inspired reading book. These rooms are designed for maximum comfort - a chaise longue lines the end of the bed, while an opulent armchair stands in the corner. Pillowy beds are supported by oversized velvet headboards, ensuring nights spent in the room restore you for days spent exploring.

read more › Our Deluxe Studios, complete with comfy sofas and writing desks, are brimming with botanical references, from the colourful cushions to the elegant floral wallpaper. The Deluxe Studios are designed with longer-stay guests in mind: comfortable king-size beds to sink into, a spacious sitting area to entertain friends, a writing desk to spread out work documents. The centrepiece of the room is the enormous royal blue velvet headboard, backed by floral wallpaper and highlighted by colourful scatter cushions.

read more › Our fourth and fifth floor suites - the largest rooms at The Ampersand - have interiors inspired by geometry and views of the London skyline. Each of these comfortable luxury suites reflect The Ampersand's British sense of whimsy, with quirky geometry wallpapers and colourful plump velvet cushions. You have 'Mary Poppins' views across London's skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony among the eaves. There's also a kitchenette with a microwave oven. Space is plenty: There's a bedroom with a king-size bed, a separate sitting room, a freestanding bath and walk-in shower, or a bath/shower combination.

read more › Apero, tucked beneath the Victorian cellar arches of The Ampersand Hotel, brings a shot of fresh Mediterranean style to the heart of South Kensington. In Italy, Sunday lunch with your family is an immovable date and something never to be missed. We bring that same sense of tradition to The Ampersand, with a flavourful, authentic brunch menu that'll have you imagining you've just stepped off a side street in Tuscany. Dine in this semi-private space as you sit at our Chef's Table just outside the kitchen, watching our chef's hard at work.

read more › Apero, tucked beneath the Victorian cellar arches of The Ampersand Hotel, brings a shot of fresh Mediterranean style to the heart of South Kensington. An intimate and laidback restaurant where you can catch up over a shared plate of something deliciously simple and modern. The space is softly lit, with cool white metro tiles and exposed brick walls. Menus inspired by the Mediterranean's best ingredients and the region's most enduring flavours are popular with both locals and hotel guests, who gather here from breakfast to late evening.

read more › Apero, our stylish restaurant located beneath the Victorian cellar arches of the Ampersand Hotel, brings a flash of Mediterranean style to South Kensington. We have now launched an Italian-style weekend brunch - 'Pranzo della Nonna', or Grandmother's Lunch. In Italy, Sunday lunch with your family is an immovable date and something never to be missed. We bring that same sense of tradition to The Ampersand, with a flavourful, authentic brunch menu that'll have you imagining you've just stepped off a side street in Italy.

read more › Part English drawing room, part 'salon de th', this is the place to enjoy pretty pastries, exceptional teas and freshly pressed coffees in South Kensington. It is here that we serve our one-of-a-kind Science Afternoon Tea, completely unique to The Ampersand. Having won Best Themed Afternoon Tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018, it is gaining huge popularity in London now. You can expect a mix of exciting and curious dishes, from jellies served in petri dishes, to chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits.

read more › Join us on a journey of discovery, where physics, chemistry and gastronomy meet in a curious alchemy to create an out-of-this-world dining experience. Our inspiration came from our South Kensington neighbour, the Science Museum. Here, they experiment with sounds and visuals, making each experience interactive. We wanted to do the same with our food. Expect a mix of exciting and curious dishes, from jams served in petri dishes, to chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits. This one-of-a-kind experience, unique to The Ampersand, won Best Themed Afternoon Tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018.

read more › Our Kids' Sci-Fi Tea is designed to suit all the fussy eaters out there, while still pushing the boundaries of culinary ingenuity. You can sample jellies served in petri dishes, bite the heads off chocolate spacemen and crunch through not-so-ancient edible fossils. Food is served on a rocket-shaped stand, with dry ice shooting out the bottom. Your children will leave feeling one step closer to the stars, and as full as a T-rex after a dinner of Triceratops. Our Kids' Sci-Fi Tea can be booked as part of a Kids' Science Birthday Party, which includes room hire, food and drink, and hands-on interactive science entertainment.

read more › This grown-up twist on The Ampersand Hotel's famous Science Afternoon Tea includes playful treats and fruity cocktails for an exciting dining experience. Our menu is inspired by the neighbouring Natural History and Science Museums. Enjoy a cocktail flight including Darwin's Draught, a refreshing mix of Lalani & Co Earl Grey infused Chase vodka with cucumber, apple and ginger; and Marie Cure-All, a mix of Lalani & Co Premium Genmaicha infused rum with Aperol, Antica Formula & Amer Picon. These will be served alongside perennial afternoon tea favourites.

read more › The quirky Games Room is a whimsical private event space for up to 32 seated or 50 standing. Our colourful library, with a specially-curated collection of books, is an eclectic event space for up to 17 seated and 35 standing. This decadent private room, with a large oak banquet table and wine cellar, seats up to 10 people for intimate dinners or meetings. Our unique Science Afternoon Tea, considered one of the best afternoon teas in London, is ideal for private celebrations and special occasions.

read more › The intimate library is perfect for a low-key meeting, press day, private meal or small cocktail reception, with a capacity for 17 seated and up to 35 standing. The Library is home to The Ampersand's specially-curated collection of books, lining the walls to create a distinctive design that inspires conversation and creative thought. This light-filled space is a unique choice for intimate lunches or friendly business meetings, with plump armchairs, eye-catching artwork and a bold colour scheme.

read more › This colourful room, lined with bookshelves full of quirks and curiosities, is the largest of our meeting spaces, ideal for birthday celebrations, cocktail receptions or large meetings for up to 32 seated or 50 standing. We are following government guidelines closely - so we wanted to make clear that we can still accommodate private business meeting & weddings celebrations up to 15 people in our Games Room. The Games Room is a continuation of The Ampersand's playful, quirky style. Kingfisher blue bookshelves are full of curiosities, games and books to wile away afternoons.

read more › This elegant space, with an imposing oak banqueting table, is ideal for private sit-down dinners or intimate boardroom-style meetings for up to 10 people. The Wine Room is a decedent, regal space with a polished basalt floor. Set into the walls behind glass cabinets are almost 100 bottles of wine from around the world for you to choose from. Colourful wine glasses decorate the shelves, with quirky statement lighting hanging in the centre of the room. Dominating this space is our beautiful oak banquet table and 10 comfortable leather-back chairs, creating a sophisticated environment for private dinners, meetings or wine tastings late into the night.

read more › If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion, our Private Science Afternoon Tea is an original and fun choice. This one-of-a-kind experience, unique to The Ampersand, was inspired by the Science Museum. You can expect a mix of exciting and curious dishes, from jams served in petri dishes, to chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits. Each treat is expertly prepared by our chefs, and served with tea, coffee and - if you like - Champagne. Our Science Afternoon Tea won Best Themed Afternoon Tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018 and is gaining huge popularity in London.

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