Steps away from the V&A and the Natural History Museum among other cultural hotspots, The Ampersand Hotel’s décor has been inspired by five individual concepts: music, botany, geometry, astronomy and ornithology – how kooky. Fortunately, each element has been woven subtly into a refined central theme with an unmistakably cool finish.
In the bedrooms, neutral walls are juxtaposed by lively prints, sleek units are paired with regency chairs and white linen is laid beneath bold pintuck headboards; it all comes together brilliantly. The well-placed plug sockets are a godsend and the monochrome bathrooms are spot on.
The subterranean restaurant and bar, Apero is well worth a visit. All exposed brickwork, leather seating and industrial light fittings, the New York influence is clear to see. The menu on the other hand has a Mediterranean focus – small plates of burrata, gnocchi with rainbow chard and saffron croquetas mingle alongside a creative drinks list. Frescobaldi, anyone?
Best room: The fifth floor geometry-centred suites are the slickest of the bunch thanks to the views across London’s skyline and no fuss style.
Dress code: Things are fairly laid back here though a statement clutch or colour pop pocket square wouldn’t go amiss.