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The boutique Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington has created a special Halloween tea that is so good it's scary. This exclusive experience for Lime&Tonic members welcomes you to the hotel's Drawing Rooms, which form the luxurious heart of the hotel, with deep, comfortable sofas and armchairs, scarlet velvets, and kingfisher blues. It is a uniquely stylish setting to match the fantastic drinks and pastries you'll be enjoying to celebrate the Halloween season.
The Ampersand Hotel uses only the finest ingredients and offers the best quality coffees and teas. The coffee selection includes a Honduras organic blend, which contains notes of wine gums, rose petals and caramel. The tea selection is equally impressive and includes the best organic green and black teas, as well as fantastic herbal infusions, like whole chamomile flowers, for a brew that is both delicious and calming. And of course, the French champagne speaks for itself! But the drinks are only half of this Afternoon Tea experience, as you'll also be enjoying pastries and scones from the renowned Pastry Chef Ji Sun Sin, who crafts unbelievable savouries and desserts for the hotel daily.
All of the delicious treats you enjoy will be presented in a special Halloween style. You'll have some amazing Tartines to taste, including Gloucester old spot ham, with sauce gribiche; Seven & Wye smoked salmon, with dill & cream cheese; and Coronation chicken with Cheese & fruit chutney. There will also be a selection of home-made scones with jam & clotted cream. Then there are the delectable pastries. Here the seasonal flavours will really shine. You'll enjoy Halloween pumpkin cake, green apple jelly skull, vanilla eyeball mousse, and bloodied chocolate tonka cupcake. But that's not all! You'll also have white chocolate and plain scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
After spending the first half of the day learning about the origin of the species at the Natural History Museum, studying art and design at the V&A, or finding out about the mechanics of flight at the Science Museum, there's no better way to relax than enjoying the cream of South Ken afternoon teas at the Ampersand hotel!learn more
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The building that is today known as the Ampersand Hotel has a unique and interesting history that stretches back to the late 19th century, when The Norfolk Hotel was opened there.
With only 80 rooms, The Norfolk Hotel was unique for the time not only for its size, but also for its luxury. Each of the rooms had different fittings and furniture, a lack of uniformity that was thought to give the establishment character. Most importantly, however, The Norfolk was known as a comfortable place to stay in Kensington, and was a very popular destination in the world-famous museum district of London.
The Ampersand Hotel keeps much of its heritage alive even today, with design inspiration coming directly from the many museums in the surrounding neighbourhoods. In addition, the hotel boasts an interesting collection of curiosities, and each of the rooms, have been designed according to five themes: botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy. Truly, the Ampersand Hotel combines history and style for a unique experience in the heart of Kensington!
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