In the centre of Soho, London, sits the amazing Ham Yard Hotel. Literally a minutes walk from Piccadilly tube station, it’s neatly tucked away in a courtyard just off Great Windmill Street. It wasn’t on my radar up until the awards ceremony for the Amara Interior Blog Awards, but it made such an impression I couldn’t wait to go back.
Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long, as the Amara team kindly invited myself and five other bloggers to an afternoon tea last week to celebrate our win. Featuring a restaurant, a 188 seat theatre. a 50’s inspired bowling alley, a spa and 91 amazing bedrooms and suites – plus 24 apartments for those staying in the city for a little longer – this has to be one of my favourite spaces in London. And it’s pretty much down to the interior, designed by hotelier Kit Kemp.
As you can see from these pictures, Kemp – who co-owns parent company Firmdale Hotels – isn’t afraid of print and colour. Which is exactly why I love her. It’s hard to even know where to begin with this space as every room has a different style – but I do have my favourite – the seating area above, which is opposite a beautiful orangery.
If you’re wondering about the afternoon tea, it was unbelievably tasty. I have a peanut allergy so I was given my own special cake stand filled with goodies, including a duck slider (yum), sultana scones with clotted cream (yum) and a creamy coffee mouse tart (yyyuuummm). All washed down with a glass of champagne and a steaming, frothy hot chocolate afterwards.
Not only were the surroundings beautiful, but it was nice to be able to sit and talk shop with other bloggers. It was lovely to see Lucy of Lucy Loves Ya and Gabby of Flat 15 again, but I also got to meet Phillip of English Buildings, Hollie from MiaFleur and Teri of The Lovely Drawer – plus Karen and Emily from the Amara team. Overall, a great day down in the capital.
I’m looking at booking a stay at the Ham Yard Hotel, and although it’s certainly pricey (£350 per night for a double room), I’d definitely do it for a special occasion. If you keep scrolling down, you’d get an idea of just how fabulous this hotel really is.
Images courtesy of the Ham Yard Hotel