Take the kids to the Science Museum in South Kensington at half-term then head to the nearby Ampersand Hotel for its themed afternoon tea which allows them to dust for mini dinosaur biscuit ‘fossils’ beneath chocolate soil.
The Times | October 2018
This quirky hotel has fun interiors with velvet and ornithological wallpapers, a High Tea inspired by the nearby Science Museum and a restaurant set in a completely renovated 19th century vault. May the Ampersand mark the beginning of your new love affair with London.
British Airways | September 2018
Set in the gorgeous light-filled (and velvet armchair-scattered) Drawing Rooms at The Ampersand hotel, the hotel’s new take on the famous Science Tea is…a grown-up twist on the Science Museum-inspired menu.
Country & Town House | August 2018
Situated a temptingly close walk from some of the capital’s finest designer boutiques, the Ampersand hotel in South Kensington is the perfect location for the keen shopper.
Sphere | August 2018
If school science had been as great as the Science Afternoon Tea at the Ampersand we would have got way better grades.
easyJet Traveller | June 2018
Inspired by homespun and nostalgic dining experience, The Ampersand Hotel’s Italian restaurant Apero ha launched a new weekend brunch menu that is the epitome of family feasting.
Luxury Lifestyle | April 2018
Inspired by its South Kensington neighbour, the Science Museum, afternoon tea at luxury hotel The Ampersand may come served on a classic three-tier stand, but the rest is anything but traditional. The Ampersand’s swish interiors and perfectly toasted scones will keep even the most sophisticated tea-drinker happy.
Time Out | March 2018
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.
The Telegraph | February 2018
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 Handbook | October 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.
The Independent | September 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).
Wonderland | July 2016
Its arty décor is inspired by the nearby museums, it has a pretty tea salon plus a Mediterranean-themed restaurant.
The Times | October 2018
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.
The Sunday Telegraph | September 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.
The Guardian Online | 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.
Condè Nast Traveller | March 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.
The Sunday Times | February 2014