Apero Bar and Restaurant – 12 days until opening

The Apero Bar and Restaurant will open in London’s South Kensington in less than two weeks. We’ve included a preview showing the latest photos from site.

The countdown begins…

Headboards are going up and the scaffolding is coming down with less than a month to go until the opening of The Ampersand Hotel. We’ve included a few of the latest images from site.  

V&A Inspired Flooring

A tessellated floor is currently being installed in the double volume entrance to the Apero bar and restaurant. The black and white design is hand finished to exacting standards with over five thousand ceramic tiles being cut and fitted in situ. Offering an intriguing geometric formation, the design takes its cue from the fabulous mosaic floor in the nearby … Continue reading

Sneak Peak: Ideas are brought to life

It’s always exciting to see our design concepts realised. In this post we share a few of the latest images from site.

Staircase Design

As part of the extensive re-plan and refurbishment of The Ampersand Hotel two new staircases will be installed to open up and enable  improved access to the lower ground bar and restaurant. The central hotel staircase will be extended providing guests direct access whilst a second external street level staircase will create an independent entrance … Continue reading


Hospitality procurement experts F2E have been working alongside Dexter Moren Associate’s interior team from the project’s outset. Co-ordinating all aspects of the FF&E and OS&E, the team have been responsible for purchasing, keeping budgets up-to-date and managing logistics.

If walls could talk

Wallpaper records the signs of another life, which when revealed reflect fashions throughout the decades and often a narrative of the building’s history. Whilst stripping the walls of The Ampersand Hotel, multiple layers of wallpaper were unearthed, providing a valuable archaeological record of change and development within the building, highlighting previous trends such as Renaissance … Continue reading

Recreating balustrade mouldings

Several of the traditional Victorian balustrades were damaged prior to the renovation process, requiring them to be recreated using detailed mouldings. This involved a high level of attention to detail to ensure a synonymous finish with the original design.

Anticipation builds for the opening of The Ampersand Hotel

The Ampersand Hotel was recently featured in The Guardian article, “London Hotels: new kips on the block” which discusses the best new hotel offerings planned to open ahead of the London Olympics. Click here to read the full article.

Preserving Original Victorian Features

Unlike most new construction projects, historic renovations often present surprises that a traditional survey does not illustrate. We were delighted to recently discover that the original marble window sills were in a good condition. Restoring them enables some of the Victorian features to be retained, maintaining the integrity of the building whilst contrasting with the … Continue reading

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