Ever fancied yourself as a character in your very own fairytale? Well, now the dream can come true. Sleep like royalty this month with a Princess and the Pea-themed stay The Ampersand in South Kensington…
The Ampersand prides itself in its proximity to the nearby museum district. It boasts a unique concept with five central themes – botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy – initially evident in the illustrations and murals adorning the walls.
The hotel also has a literary side, and has its very own library with titles handpicked by local bookseller Philip Blackwell. There you’ll find a collection to entertain, educate and inspire. You can peruse books of adventure and travel, stylish picks exploring the arts, and tomes of history and science, as well as children’s stories. On your bedside table, you may find such works as The Lost and Left Behind: Stories from The Age of Extinctions by Terry Glavin.
Search beneath the sumptuous sheets, plush pillows and magnificent mattresses of your room and you may be lucky enough to discover a secret prize
Now, the hotel is taking this enchanting quirk a step further with a fabulously indulgent Princess and the Pea-themed stay, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson. Search beneath the sumptuous sheets, plush pillows and magnificent mattresses of your room, and you may be lucky enough to discover a secret card detailing prizes ranging from a delicious Garden Pea cocktail in the Apero bar and tapas restaurant downstairs, or a complimentary science-themed afternoon tea in The Drawing Rooms, tickets to Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace, or even another overnight stay.
It’s the icing on the cake at a hotel that ticks all the boxes for a luxurious cultural stay in London. It’s a place where classic English heritage meets a contemporary interior, with restored Victorian features visible in everything from the high ceilings to the haunting gargoyles.
We were particularly impressed not only by the garden-fresh, unusual Garden Pea cocktail, but also by the exemplary cocktails and the peaceful, neighbourhood feel of Apero, where you can order delectable Mediterranean sharing plates. After an evening tucked away underneath the Victorian cellar arches, you’re sure to live happily ever after.