Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination

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.
Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
So what makes Ham Yard Hotel such a need-to-know venue?
Warning: This post is very heavy on the pictures – when it looks this good, how could I resist!?
Drawing Room @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
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.
Afternoon tea @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
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.
Afternoon tea @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Once thoroughly stuffed with scones, I set out exploring the rest of the hotel.
Starting at the lobby
Lobby @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Working my way through the restaurant and bar…
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.
Restaurant @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Restaurant @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Unusual and innovative, with an exciting mix of colour, pattern, texture and art – her signature style is world-renowned and quite extraordinary.
Bar @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
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.
Orangery @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Orangery @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
The Orangery is just off the restaurant, and is bright and Meditteranean.  You can take afternoon tea here too, if you fancy it.
Orangery @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Afternoon tea in the Orangery @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
There’s a Soholistic Spa and Nailbar offering massages and excellent nail treatments (the Luxury Manicure is seriously spoiling!).
Soholistic Nailbar @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
There are several spaces that can be hired out for events and parties – like this awesome Dive Bar, completely with floor-to-ceiling orange juicer!
Dive Bar @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Or The Croc bowling alley – a seriously stylish and rather retro space – I loved the flashes of neon around the place.
The Croc bowling alley @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
The Croc bowling alley @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
From the basement to the rooftop – Ham Yard’s roof terrace is a stunner amongst the West End rooftops.
Roof Terrace @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Roof Terrace @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
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.
Library @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Library @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Library @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
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.
Rooms & suites @ Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
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.
Ham Yard Hotel: Afternoon tea & all-round go-to destination in southern Soho, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
If you find yourself across the pond, check out the Crosby Street Hotel in New York for a similar-but-different high design venue.
Crosby Street Hotel, New York | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London recommendations site
Ham Yard Hotel
1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT
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