The Ampersand Hotel

kensington & chelsea, london
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Perks for the Parents

A family-friendly boutique hotel in the heart of South Kensington, just moments from the city’s best museums. The largest room sleeps 2 + 1. Pay a visit to the hotel’s vintage-inspired Mediterranean restaurant and cocktail bar, sample some wines in the hotel’s wine room, or take afternoon tea in the eclectic, French-style drawing room. The kids can come along too: the hotel offers kids-themed afternoon teas, a children’s menu in the restaurant, and all children aged 4 and under receive a complimentary continental buffet breakfast. When you’re ready to explore, take a stroll to family-friendly Hyde Park where you’ll find playgrounds, open water swimming, landscaped gardens, a bird sanctuary and horse-riding.

Why Kids Love it

This is a great location for exploring London’s kid-friendly attractions, from the local museums in South Kensington to the playgrounds of Hyde Park (less than 15 minutes’ walk). The Royal Albert Hall also runs seasonal workshops and performances for children (10 minutes’ walk). All Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Studios and Suites can accommodate an additional cot OR fold-away bed (for children up to the age of 12) free of charge, and many rooms can interconnect. In all Deluxe Studio’s and Suites, they offer complimentary extra beds for up to one child. Suites are complete with small kitchenettes, fitted with microwaves, kettles, toasters and fridges for easy snack times. All rooms come with (on request) child-size bathrobes and slippers, children’s toiletries and activity packs, as well as complimentary soft drinks.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 1 night. Check in: 2pm. Check out: 12pm. Rooms start from £326 (room only). All rooms feature flatscreen TVs, WiFi, L’Occitane toiletries, soft drinks, and tea and coffee. The hotel front desk can arrange room service, restaurant reservations, family-friendly activities or babysitting services. For parents who like to work out, there's a 24-hour gym downstairs, or you can ask the front desk for running maps and other outdoor fitness options such as horse-riding, personal training sessions and roller-blading. When it’s not in use for meetings, families can play table tennis in the games room, too.

About the Location

The hotel is located 2 minutes’ walk from South Kensington station. The area is filled with boutique stores, independent restaurants and delicious bakeries. It’s a 5-minute walk from the city’s most famous museums - the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. The famous Kings Road is just 15 minutes away on foot, where you’ll find The Saatchi Gallery, world-famous restaurants and fashion stores. It’s 10 minutes or less by tube to Victoria, St James’s Park and Charing Cross. Heathrow airport is around 1 hour away by car or train.

Accommodation Details

Single & Double Rooms: Small but stylish, all rooms have double beds and ensuite bathrooms with a walk-in shower or shower-over-bath. Sleeps 2.
Superior Rooms: All rooms have double beds, a work desk and ensuite bathrooms with a walk-in shower or shower-over-bath. Sleeps 2.
Deluxe Rooms: All rooms have double beds and the option of a crib, as well as a chaise lounge, an armchair, plus an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower or shower-over-bath. Sleeps 2 + 1.
Suite: Located on the 4th or 5th floor, the suites boast beautiful views across the city from floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony. There’s also a kitchenette with a microwave oven. There’s 1 kingsize bedroom, a separate living room and a bathroom with either a freestanding bath or a bath/shower combination (as well as built-in TVs above the bath). Two suites can be interconnected to Deluxe Rooms. Sleeps 2 + 1.
Deluxe Studio: Complete with sofas, a writing desk and a separate living area, they also have a kingsize bedroom and a bathroom with either a freestanding bath or a bath/shower combination (as well as built-in TVs above the bath). Sleeps 2 + 1.

Style Notes

Built in 1889, this polished boutique hotel draws inspiration from the neighborhood museums to create individual decor for each room. Whether the design is based on astronomy, music, ornithology, geometry or botany, the end result is elegant and timeless, with a relaxed, eclectic feel. Plump armchairs and velvet textures add an eccentric, British touch while the contemporary restaurant has a more industrial, contemporary edge. We love the feather-print wallpaper, the cushioned oversized headboards and the quirky striped furnishings in the drawing room.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 twin / single
Zoe C.
Member since January 17, 2023

Kensington & Chelsea, London

Hyde Park, Harrods and Her Majesty

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has a certain cachet. It’s where you’ll find Buckingham Palace, Sloane Square, the King’s Road, Harrods and many of the most upmarket stores and areas of the city. For kids, Hyde Park is a must-do, whether you go boating on the Serpentine on summer or enjoy the kid-friendly cafés around it. It’s a central area very well connected with the rest of the city by bus and Tube.