Ampersand Hotel London, The Drawing Rooms and Apero Restaurant

Last weekend I went to London for a blogger conference called “Meet The Blogger London”, I went to see some of my bloggerettes again and to meet new people…oh yes and because it took place in LONDON!!!

My friend Louise from 30s Magazine, who is a PR Manager and marketing genius arranged for us to stay at the most amazing places in London. First up was the Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. It takes about 30 minutes to get there from Heathrow Airport using public transportation (it takes a lot longer if you chose to get off the tube that takes you straight there and get on a different line that takes you to the other end of town…not that we did that *cough*).

Light Sculpture Street View

The Ampersand Hotel is a 5 star Boutique Hotel, so it had to be beautiful from the inside and the outside – and it was. All of us (Bridgee, Louise and I) were especially impressed by the abundance of small details that were to be found throughout the hotel, from wall paper art to flowers to decorative nic nacs. An interior stylist’s (really any girl’s) dream.

Boutique Hotel Detail Elements

We invaded the place in true blogger fashion instagramming, tweeting and taking pictures (simultaneously of course ;) ) of all the pretty things we found. And there were many pretty things. Just look at the lobby area! Here, the friendly concierges helped us with our luggage, helped us not get on the wrong train (again) and were extremely polite and nice (they didn’t even giggle when Bridgee slit across the whole lobby on her wet ballerinas, almost face planting into the elevator – which cannot be said about me).

Lobby Ampersand

I was sold when we stumbled into The Drawing Rooms, an elegant tearoom to have sweet treats and champagne in.

The Drawing Room London

They had the most stunning Dessert Table. I was wondering in secret if I could just sleep on a cot in there :)

Dessert Table at the Drawing Room

The coffee maker was insane. I think you need a degree to operate it. I had a lot of respect for that machine!

Coffee Maker The Drawing Room

Now, this was all fine and dandy, but because I’m a foodie (the polite word for food obsessed glutton :) ) my day was made when we met the Chef of the Apero Restaurant Chris Golding who took us behind the scenes of the restaurant’s kitchen and then…wait for it…made lunch for us!

Apero Typography

Apero Kitchen Behind the Scenes

You can see Chris up here showing us a box of spring tomatoes, which are the first tomatoes of the season from warm areas like Italy, they are crisp, sweet and full of flavor. You can also see the godmother of all stand mixer with a whisk attachment the size of my head. We got to meet the pastry Chef Ji Sun Chin. Ji Sun gave us a small box with treats from The Drawing Rooms and made us a British classic, fresh scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam (homemade, of course). Let me tell you, it is a very very good thing they don’t sell clotted cream in Germany. I’d be 200 pounds. It’s like butter and cream had a baby – a chubby and sweet baby :)

Pastry Chef Apero

In true Dani fashion I’m talking about dessert first. Sorry, back to lunch, I want to tell you what we got to try.

Lunch at the Apero

  • baked goat cheese with honey truffles (I though goat cheese tastes like wet sheep, but good Lord, it doesn’t, it is amazing!)
  • baked scallops (bottom left picture)
  • mixed greens salad with spring tomatoes
  • pappardelle pasta with truffle butter (right picture)
  • garlic leaves with scamorza (smoked mozzarella)
  • red beet risotto with grilled stone bass (The risotto was out of this world! left top picture)

We got to interview Chef Chris as well and I will post that in a separate article.

People who know me well, know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me. So here is the breakfast buffet at the Ampersand Hotel. You get presented with a diverse selection of healthy foods and sweet pastries. I dare you to guess the ratio on my plate ;)

Breakfast Ambiente Ampersand Hotel

Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Food

You can also order dishes a la carte like the fluffy pancakes Chef Chris and his team made for us (sorry no picture, they were inhaled before anyone got a chance ;) ). It really was a great start for a a great day ahead of us in London!

So if you are traveling to London and want to treat yourself to something special for all senses, this is your place to stay!

Hugs!

Dani

 

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Comments

  1. Dani you are a star! What a great and personal review! It’s like being back at the Ampersand all over again. I feel pressured now, you are setting the bar high for us :-) And thank you for mentioning me. Better get started now…..

    • No Thank YOU!! It took me forever to sift through the photos and chose the perfect ones for the blog :) And forget about the bar, if it doesn’t serve drinks let’s not mention in ;)

  2. Dani what a fabulous review! Oh my goodness that coffee machine is like something from Dr Who, it is insane! It all looks divine, and what a special treat for you all to meet the chef. The food looks incredible as does the rest of the hotel. Love reading your blog Dani, it’s like we’re sitting down having a cup of tea and flicking through the photos together. So fab to see you this weekend, look forward to seeing you again soon. Louisa x

    • Thank you girlfriend :) This weekend was so much fun and hanging out with you is always a blast! Can’t wait to share the next “Dark and Steamy” with you ;)

  3. WOW, what a great hotel!! As a huge London lover I just pinned it also on my London Pinterest Board.

    And btw you should really think about to take part with your photos in this month “On locaction – photography challenge” from Simone at Junglefrog-Cooking! (http://junglefrog-cooking.com/on-location-photography-challenge-2/) :)

    • Thank you Eva, I have a few more in the pipeline :) It is so funny you say I should participate in Simone’s challenge this month, because Louise said the same thing, so I’ll part take :)

  4. Beautiful photos, Dani! I wish I had been able to join you girls, from what I see in your post it was one pure eye and taste buds candy! Next time I make sure I’ll be there. The tea room looks so cozy and desserts – yummy yummy.

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