The Ham Yard Hotel, Soho: reviews | London | Trip
Renowned interior designer Kit Kemp and her husband have created a unique luxury brand that combines cutting edge freshness with supreme comfort. Their designer hotels are undeniably opulent, but also warm and intimidating, famous for their eclectic decor and contemporary art.
The Ham Yard Hotel in Soho is the duo’s London flagship, tucked away on a quiet street in Piccadilly. Surprisingly, the sprawling three-acre space was empty after WWII, until the Kemps turned it into an “urban village,” with an array of independent shops, including quality Anabela Chan jewelry and household items. in resin handcrafted by Dinosaur Designs.
Rooms & decor
Kemp’s Kit interiors mix globetrotting references with a typically English fantasy. Each of its hotels is a textured and visual feast, playfully filled with objects from the world, bespoke fabrics and contemporary sculptures. Highlights of the Ham Yard include vibrant silkscreens by Sandra Blow in the lobby, hung next door A million times, a hypnotic installation by the Stockholm studio Humans Since 1982, composed of 288 moving analog clocks.
Spacious bedrooms continue to reflect Kemp’s penchant for layering contrasting patterns and textiles, with flamboyant headboards, custom wallpaper, and vibrant upholstery in tart hues. Marble bathrooms are generously stocked with beautifully scented Rik Rak toiletries, created by Kemp, while triple-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows let you sleep peacefully through the clamor of Soho.
There are also 17 serviced apartments with minimum three month rentals (you’ll never want to leave).
The hotel’s dimly lit bar and restaurant fill most evenings with its sultry ambiance, extensive cocktail menu, and modern European dishes that incorporate fresh ingredients grown on the rooftop vegetable garden. And, of course, there’s the decor – think of the oversized hanging lanterns, yellow willow walls, and artwork, including the illuminated pots by London ceramicist Martha Freud. People watch from a hard-hitting red leather bar stool or retreat to a cozy, cushion-strewn enclave for a more intimate affair.
The restaurant spans the tree-lined open-air courtyard, anchored by an imposing bronze sculpture by Tony Cragg. Considering its proximity to the London theater, it is also surprisingly serene; ergo, the perfect place to spend an afternoon in rosé wine with seared tuna, sizzling steaks and a creamy burrata.
The facilities at the Ham Yard Hotel are extensive, ranging from a soholistic spa to an expansive library of no less than 5,000 books, where guests are encouraged to linger over coffee table tomes. There’s also an on-site retro bowling alley shipped from Texas, a 190-seat boutique theater, and one of the best in London. rooftop bars, completed by sculptures, lanterns, an antique Provencal fountain and two beehives.
The Ham Yard is one of those rare hotels in London that is as popular with hip locals as it is with foreign visitors, as well as a regular handful of celebrities. Whether you’re booking for afternoon tea, a patio lunch, or a city break, get lost among the vibrant textiles and world-class art of Kit Kemp.
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