One of London's original Victorian boutique hotels is set to reopen in July following a multimillion-pound refurbishment.
The 111-bedroom Ampersand hotel will open with interior designs by Dexter Moren Associates inspired by the surrounding culture of South Kensington. References to botany, ornithology, astronomy, geometry and music from the nearby museums will be highlighted in the furnishings and artwork of the public areas and bedrooms.
Originally launched in 1888, the hotel will feature two food and beverage offerings - the Drawing Room, which will serve as a pâtisserie during the day and a Champagne bar at night, and the Apero all-day restaurant serving a Mediterranean menu.
General manger is Roberto Pajares, who has previously worked at the Great Eastern and Trafalgar hotels.
By Janet Harmer
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