Escape from the busy city to a relaxed village with an urban feel..
Words by Cristiana Frunza
The buzz of the city never stops and that keeps us going, but sometimes it can be tiring. Situated right in the heart of Soho, only minutes’ walk from Piccadilly, Regent Street and Mayfair, Ham Yard Hotel offers an oasis of peace and vitality.
Tim and Kit Kemp’s largest, and most daring, design project to date has 91 bedrooms and suites and 24 residential apartments ready to host Londoners who need a breather. The hotel also offers indoor and alfresco dining, two large bars, a four-lane bowling alley and 190 seat theatre, as well as a gym and a spa, a rooftop terrace and garden and its own private library.
Needless to say it has everything you can dream of when you go on holiday and it’s now only a few tube stops away.
The interiors have been beautifully designed to feel unique and luxurious. Unique ribbed glass, alabaster chandeliers custom made in India and bespoke rugs by Christina van der Hurd are only a few of the one-of-a-kind items which mark the hotel out as something special.
The bedrooms are designed as the most luxe home-away-from-home. Crisp white linen, large elegant headboards in exciting prints and fabric-covered walls to create another layer of warmth and tactility. Make sure to opt for one of the rooms which draw in the green from the oak trees outside.
Moment of pamper:
The Ham Yard restaurant takes pride in using the best of British produce to create a menu focused around simple dishes with fresh, clean flavour. After a delightful lunch and before a signature cocktail make sure to visit the Soholistic Spa. The shell-mirrors are a true attraction, however the new Nail Bar might just get the spotlight…
Those with a little more time can choose to be treated to expert exfoliation, illuminating hand and foot masks and a relaxing massage, leaving hands and feet feeling revitalised. The prices range from £35-£45 for an express manicure or pedicure and to £70 for a luxury manicure.
Ham Yard Hotels has its own bowling alley which has been given a suitably rock’n’roll kick with neon signs, including vintage paintings and a collection of retro bowling shoes. Extraordinary details catch the eye at every turn so make sure not to miss the centrepiece, a specially commissioned large scale bronze sculpture by Sir Tony Cragg.