To A Tea: The Drawing Rooms at The Ampersand Hotel

My friend Kelsey

invited me to tea

with some of her friends today

at the Ampersand Hotel.

Since I never say no to a chance

to sit around with baked goods

under tha guise of testing new tea rooms

and getting out of the house, 

I happily obliged.

To be honest, I'd never heard of this hotel before,

but I'm so glad that she had...

because, y'all, 

this place is cute...

The hotel is in a great location in South Kensington-

just feet away from the tube stop,

making it the perfect way to round off 

a day visiting the V&A 

or toodling around the halls of Harrods.

We had tea in the hotel's 

Drawing Room

s

.

And I have to say,

it might be one of my new favorite spots.

Here's why:

The scones were warm and delicious.

Not many tea rooms bake fresh scones

for each tea order...

most of the time, 

they are pre-cooked

and waiting to be served.

To have a hot one

makes it oh-so-much better.

{Editor's Note: This also applies to donuts & rolls.}

The place was cute,

but it wasn't pretentious.

It also wasn't a scene....

which I enjoyed for an easy afternoon out.

When I arrived at 2pm,

the place was fairly empty...

by the time I left,

there was a fun social buzz of chatter in the room.

Comfy, cozy chairs abound 

for lounging and chatting.

Baby Mama Friendly?

Indeed!

The staff was so sweet

and the room had plenty of space 

for our "push chair" brigade...

but the steps into the hotel are steep 

and tough to do by yourself!

It's not crazy expensive.

The afternoon tea 

-you know, with the pretty tied tray-

is £23 per person.

It has all the classics

like scones & sweets,

but offers yummy open sandwiches

that make the standard tiny triangles 

that most other places offer feel a bit dated.

I, being cheap, opted for the "Cream Tea" for £7-

but was perfectly pleased with it.

A Cream Tea gets you two warm scones

-complete with clotted cream & jam on the side-

plus a pot of tea of your choice.

Perfect, I dare say.

And look how cute the tea pots are?

{They remind me of

this Bodum teapot

which I have been wanting for ages.}

All in all?

Tea in The Drawing Rooms was a definite win!

Check out

The Ampersand

for your next trip to London

or it's

Drawing Rooms

for your next afternoon with the ladies.

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If this place doesn't look like your cup of tea,

check out some of my other favorite places to do tea in London

here

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Posted on June 11, 2013 and filed under hot tea.