Last Friday Monsieur and I had something of a "mini staycation" at the Ampersand Hotel in Kensington. Yes, Kensington is in London and we live in this city, but as it often goes in big cities, Kensington is worlds apart from the London we live in. For a start, Harrods is a ten minute walk away from the hotel, so you can imagine that inhabitants of this particular part of the city are just a tad wealthier than us. You know, just a bit... It's also home to the V&A, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and frequented by many, many tourists from all over the world. It's a part of London that I don't mind spending a bit of time in, but even if I could afford it, I don't think I'd actually like to live there (though some of the houses do seem rather nice). For me, it lacks a little in a spontaneous, artistic and bohemian vibe. It's just a little too flashy for my liking. Having said all that, a night at a lovely hotel with a fabulous bathroom, now that's not something I'd say no to!
So, when we were invited by the lovely people of C.P. Hart to spend the night at the Ampersand, to indulge in some pampering and a relaxing soak in the bath tub, I didn't think twice. Now, I need to mention that in our home, we don't actually have a bath tub, only a shower. It is therefore that I will grab any opportunity that presents itself to have a long soak in a bath tub. And yes, I had a long and relaxing soak. I had checked into my room in the afternoon and as Monsieur was still at work, I had time for the more unsightly things like a thick face mask.
I was of course as curious about the bathroom as I was about the room and I wasn't disappointed. C.P Hart worked on all the bathrooms at the Ampersand Hotel and they've really considered all the details. Small, but perfectly laid out and decorated in black and white, it was in equal parts cool as well as cosy. And of course those tiles! Black subway tiles, the nice, bevelled ones, just what I'd want in my future forever home! It had more than enough shelving for all the essentials I might have needed if I'd stayed for longer than one night (I do sometimes struggle to find space to put all my bits and bobs in hotel bathrooms) and a large mirror that magically didn't steam up.
I had my bath whilst my face mask did its work (just a little less magic than the mirror!) and then got ready for the evening. We went out for drinks, dinner and a nice chat. One of the great things was that we didn't have to think about taking the Tube to get home (we'd given the chauffeur the evening off...along with the butler...), we simply walked the five minutes back to the hotel and had a cocktail before settling for the night. Fabulous.
The next morning I tried out the shower. I know, I have a shower and, really, how different can it be, right? Well, turns out very. There's a huge difference between my shower and this one! This one was sheer bliss rather than just utilitarian! The enormous shower head provided something like warm summer rain with a soft and steady stream of water. What a wonderful way to start the day! This bathroom has certainly given me ideas for my future home. From tiles to shower heads, the list of must-haves is steadily growing.