Home / Hotels / The Ham Yard Hotel in London

The Ham Yard Hotel in London

The Ham Yard Hotel Soho, is an arty boutique hotel with colourful soul. Stylish interiors fashioned by
its designer Kit Kemp, a very buzzy bar and restaurant, bowling alley, spa, cinema and snug rooftop
big terrace with its own kitchen garden, welcome you in from the surrounding bustle of Soho. Every of its
corner brims with character, art and texture.
In a small courtyard behind the bright lights of Piccadilly, this cluster of unassuming buildings feels
separate yet part of the city throng. You’re right in the heart of Soho, near myriad theatres, shops,
bars, restaurants and galleries and a hop to Mayfair. Piccadilly Circus & Underground is three minutes’
walk away, famous leicester Square is five minutes, and it’s about 10 minutes’ walk to Covent Garden.
Its speciality is Putting aside the great location, the facilities are impressive. In the lower levels
of the hotel lies the Croc Bowling Alley, a private event space housing an original 1950s alley imported
from Texas, with private bar; and a cinema. There’s a spa, gym and beautiful guests-only terrace on its
fourth floor that also has a kitchen garden (no bar, but service can be ordered from the phone just
inside the door).
Here’s a restaurant, bar, and orangerie, plus two residents-only lounges: the Drawing Room and the Library,
where guests can help themselves to drinks and snacks. Service was seamless during my visit; staff members
were polite and professional.
Here all 91 rooms and suites (plus 24 apartments) are individually & specifically designed to a different tune,
with several sensual flourishes – from fabric wallpapers and those signature Firmdale headboards, down to the
eucalyptus and lavender scent by Kit Kemp’s Rik Rak range. Huge warehouse-style floor-to-ceiling windows yield
& all amazing views over Smith’s Court (quieter) or the streets of Soho.
All superior rooms have queen-sized beds while higher categories (the highest being the Terrace Suite) all have
king-sized. Bathrooms glisten in granite or marble and oak, with spacious power of showers and tubs that have
their own television screens. Here most of the categories have both; specify when booking. Amenities are by
Rik Rak and in-room facilities include the usual irons/boards, minibars and laundry services. For central
London, these rooms are a very decent size indeed.
Here all restaurant and bar epitomises Kit Kemp’s style. Yellow willow-weave walls are offset with a wall of
glowing porcelain pots by Martha Freud, and the colours used in the banquet seating and chairs match the
pattern framing the Opera de Paris costume artworks. It’s an airy and light space, teeming with atmosphere
as people chatter over languorous lunches, dinner and a very reasonably priced afternoon tea (£22).
Food across the modern-European menu was excellent when I visited, particularly the seared tuna on avocado puree
drizzled with sesame oil, the duck breast with fondant potato and pungent carrot and aniseed puree, and the
devilishly decadent chocolate orange dessert with fig-shaped globs of mousse, spiced brioche and cocoa-dusted
dollops of swiss meringue. There is also a vegan menu. Breakfast dishes include bubble and squeak, French toast,
kippers and eggs any way, and there’s a small buffet of pastries and continental offerings.

Check Also

Park Lane Sheraton Grand Hotel in London

The world famous Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Piccadilly is freshly exfoliated five-star celebration of …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.