Ham Yard Hotel is my new go-to destination for, well, just about every occasion! It’s located in Ham Yard Village, in southern Soho and close to Shaftesbury Avenue and Archer Street – as soon as you step into this leafy urban village, the pace of life slows and the serenity levels soar. A large bronze sculpture (by Tony Cragg) stands in front of the hotel – the first sign that art and design are key features here.
Warning: This post is very heavy on the pictures – when it looks this good, how could I resist!?
I spent an afternoon last week in the hotel’s Drawing Room enjoying a delicious and amazingly good value afternoon tea with colleagues. £19.50 for the traditional high tea gets you a delicious selection of sandwiches and savoury bites, warm scones (3 per person!! With proper clotted cream and jams), an array of cute cakes and sweets, and a pot of tea – all served on Kit Kemp for Wedgwood china.
Obviously you can upgrade to include some bubbles, or an extra £2.50 gets you a delicious infusion from My Cup Of Tea, the modern tea makers located opposite the hotel in Ham Yard Village.
Starting at the lobby…
By this point, I was starting to realise just how polished and perfected the interior design at Ham Yard is. Tim and Kit Kemp are the owners of the hotel (and all the other Firmdale hotels), and Kit’s award-winning luxurious, modern British style is showcased to the max.
Ham Yard is the Kemp’s largest and most daring design project yet – “Everything is on a much larger scale,” says Kit Kemp, talking of the number of rooms and also the multiple public spaces – which I came to discover next.
The eclectic environment continues – stepping into the Library you experience another side of Kit’s design, this time more traditional, and complemented by a huge hand-picked collection of books and huge Chesterfield sofas on which to curl up and read them.
I didn’t get to experience the bedrooms, but know them to be individually designed, no two the same, with a hand-crafted, custom-made feel to all the interiors. Many of the rooms also feature fabrics and wallpapers designed by Kit herself. Comfort is always key, with headboards, plush furniture, rugs, full-length curtains and a myriad of decadent finishing touches.
See – I told you that Ham Yard Hotel had it all covered! Whether you want to eat or drink, bowl or read, plan a party or be pampered, this is your place – certainly an unforgettable and visually amazing venue, always at a very reasonable price.
If you find yourself across the pond, check out the Crosby Street Hotel in New York for a similar-but-different high design venue.
Ham Yard Hotel
1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT