Breakfast at the Ampersand...

Several weeks back (yes, time seems to just run away from me) Monsieur and I spent a night at the Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. I've already blogged about the fab bathroom here, because that was the main reason for my stay, but there's something else I really wanted to share: the breakfast room. You see, beyond the things I was meant to photograph, when we finally made our way downstairs (you can tell we weren't amongst the early risers by the way the buffet had already been raided) for some coffee and food, it just struck me how much I liked the interior and the whole setup. 

Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room

What was the bar in the evenings where we enjoyed a cocktail, doubles as the breakfast area in the mornings. Down in the basement of the hotel, with brick walls which were partially tiled, fabulous tiled floors and dark bistro furniture, it felt in equal measures inviting, fresh and cosy. As you'd expect in a basement, it wasn't exactly bright and sunny (yes, my tripod would have been useful, but I didn't fancy tripping up staff carrying trays of hot coffee) which isn't a bad thing in my book. In a way it felt like something you would find in France which might explain why I was furiously snapping away whilst continuously apologising to staff for getting in the way. This post is all about the images, the interiors, the details. I had to share this because it made me feel strangely at home. Not that I actually feel at home in South Kensington, far from it, but it was the room itself and the materials, the patterns and the overall feel of it.

Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room

Looking at these pictures, I also realise how much I miss travelling at the moment. It's not really that much of a mental jump from hotel interiors to travel, right? I'm yearning to get away, jump on a train or a plane to the South of France, revisit childhood memories in Portugal, explore more of Morocco than I managed the first time around. I so badly want to soak up some sunshine in the Med, taste some simple food from markets and wander around small alleys lined with crumbling buildings. I have this deep desire to get away for a little while, immerse myself in a different culture, speak French or "gesticulate in Portuguese", just change scenery for a little while. I don't need a big holiday, a few days here and there would suffice. Maybe soon... 

Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room
Ampersand Hotel Breakfast Room

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