It’s no secret that the English are avid tea devotees. Step into any given café or restaurant in the country and you’re bound to be tempted by an exceptional selection of teas, coffeepot resting tiredly on the backburner. At London’s Ampersand Hotel they might be English, but fortunately they understand that Earl Grey isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Fancy stepping into a walk-in cloud of breathable G&T? How about rafting across four tonnes of alcoholic punch, taking tipples as you please? Or if you’re feeling adventurous, how does conquering the world’s first chocolate-based scratch n sniff climbing wall sound? Experience all this and more in the weird and wonderful world of the latest White Line Hotels collaborator, Bompas & Parr.
It turns out we’re not the only ones praising the virtues of London’s acclaimed Ampersand Hotel. Up against tough international competition, The Ampersand has taken out the International Design & Architecture Award 2012 in the 50 – 200 bed category. Housed in a stately 1888 façade with meticulous bespoke interiors and an air of unsurpassed grandeur, it’s easy to see why it’s a cut above the rest.
If you’re floating about London from 11th-14th October, or in need of a last-minute art-fuelled adventure, why not team up a visit to the tenth annual Frieze Art Fair with a stay at The Ampersand Hotel in London’s celebrated museum district? Rubbing shoulders with imperial icons such as the V&A, Royal Albert Hall and the stunning Natural History Museum, The Ampersand Hotel is ideally located for your cultural fix.
London’s South Kensington hotel landscape is about to be joined by the luxurious Ampersand Hotel at number 10 Harrington Road in SW7. As the scaffolding comes down, we took a few photos.