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Ampersand's Spotlight on... London Theatre

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London is on fire at the moment. Not in a “London’s burning, London’s burning…” way, as goes the nursery rhyme that tells the story of the Great Fire in 1666. No. But it is now one of the most important creative hubs in the world...

Cotswolds cute with a dash of Kate Moss cool... The Wheatsheaf Inn

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We ask Ellie, Ampersand’s UK product manager, where to go for a girly spa weekend break with a pregnant friend, not too far from London? The Wheatsheaf Inn, and she was spot on... Read why this boutique bolthole provides the perfect January mini-break...

Six hot new London hotels for a cool winter escape

If you fancy hunkering down in a fabulous luxury London hotel this winter then rest assured we’ve done the hard work for you. From a Grand Dame city institution to a beautiful glittering landmark, here are our favourite hotels in the Capital to ensure you have a festive season as sparkling as the city lights. 1. Ham Yard Hotel Ham Yard has recently had a gorgeous renovation; what was once a fairly neglected part of London’s Soho is now a bustling and beautiful plaza. At the heart of Ham Yard…

Travelspinner Guest Post: Ampersand Travel's UK & Ireland

As featured by our friends at Travelspinner, Ampersand's UK specialist Ellie Boulstridge chats about the unique appeal of holidaying in the UK & Ireland A Green and Pleasant Land Brief CV – Ellie Boulstridge, UK & Ireland Product managerWith globe-trotting parents (a French mother and an English father), I took my first long-haul flight aged 3 months and spent my formative years living in a variety of far-flung places – from Sakhalin Island off Vladivostok in Russia, to Muscat in…

A staycation at the Shard? Ampersand’s MD, James Jayasundera reports back on his 1 night-long holiday in the sky

Last Friday I spent a night at the Shangri-La at The Shard in London. I loved it! Few things are less necessary than staying in a hotel in your own city therefore it felt like a deliciously indulgent way to celebrate a special anniversary. It took me 3 minutes to pack an overnight bag, 40 seconds to hail a cab and in less than 25 minutes we were in our room on the 45th floor. No queuing, security checks, cramped flights or passport control. I have always felt that being on holiday was a…

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in the UK

"Boutique hotel [noun] 1. Boutique hotel is a term to describe hotels which typically have between 10 and 100 rooms and often contain luxury facilities in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations" Here are Ampersand's top 10 favourites in the UK...1. Lime Wood, Hampshire. In terms of boutique hotels, Lime Wood is to the countryside what Blakes is to London – the real deal with just 30 odd rooms. It is located just outside a gorgeous Hampshire village and although it…

The perfect romantic gift? A surprise stay at Blakes, London – the world’s first boutique hotel

What to get a man for Christmas? It is the age old question and one especially pertinent when that man is your new boyfriend. I decided that I would go for an 'experience' rather than an 'object'. And so I turned to my sister Ellie Boulstridge, Ampersand Travel's UK specialist, who is something of an expert in all things luxurious in London and whose professional area of expertise is hotels. She suggested a couple of places, but top of her list was Blakes in South Kensington and after looking…