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Discreetly tucked-away behind its chic black Victorian townhouse exterior near South Kensington, Blakes, which can boast being the world's first boutique hotel, is a true hidden gem. Opened in 1978 by ex-bond girl turned super-star designer, Anoushka Hempel, the hotel is an eccentric hedonistic temple of luxury and style. Designed by Hempel to take guests on a design tour of the globe, Blakes has been inspired by China, Cambodia, Thailand, Egypt and Italy but manages to remain intrinsically British. No hotel in London manages to so successfully evoke the age of Empire while still feeling firmly in the present.

The new Blakes Restaurant opened in June 2016 and evokes the travelling spirit to which the hotel was styled on. The bar is colonial-chic think porter trunks, safari hats, bird feather fans and black and white photographs. The rooms are simply exquisite magnificent four-poster beds hang with floor-to-ceiling muslin drapes, walls are lined with everything from neo-classical architectural floor plans to exotic flora and fauna and furniture is truly one of a kind. All are completely different and reflect a creative blend of geographies, eras and design schools from the sexy yet scholarly Library Suite to the honeymoon-perfect white and cream extravaganza, the Corfu Suite. For something more private check-out the Mews House.

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Client Testimonials

So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
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- Mr David Wallace, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
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- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka

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