Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Birthday Tea at The Ham Yard Hotel

Autumn last year The Ham Yard Hotel in the midst of Soho started getting a name for itself as the "it" hotel of the season. It's fair to say the that this hotel was soon added to my "London Loves List".
Nestled in a courtyard, this hotel alongside, bars and outdoor dining create the Ham yard village. It's hard to believe that you are a stone's throw away from Piccadilly Circus and the heart of Mayfair as the courtyard space creates a complete urban village feel.
The courtyard consists of a tree filled garden, with a stunning bronze sculpture as its centrepiece. The hotel itself blends itself into the surrounding features in a cacophony of glass and steel, inside the hotel you are greeted with a rainbow of colours, textures and styles. The Ham Yard features many unique experiences including a very funky bar, a fabulous 50's retro bowling alley, theatre/cinema along with a spa, roof terrace and gym.
I had afternoon tea booked and was escorted through the bar and restaurant into the drawing room space and was seated alongside the conservatory. The space is beautifully lit from the natural skylights of the conservatory and was a gorgeous space to just relax and unwind.
The Ham Yard's tea package is really good value and allows you the option to add signature plates to the menu as you wish. I opted for the standard tea (menu changes weekly) which is a selection of afternoon savouries, cakes & scones with clotted cream & jam. All were presented on a beautiful glass cake stand which complemented the tea set perfectly.
Service and food were great, attentive when required but discreet enough to truly relax and enjoy both the environment and food.
As with Claridges I was surprised with a birthday plate complete with cute cupcake, candle and strawberries, the lovely diners surrounding me all stopped and sung happy birthday which was equally as embarrassing as it was lovely.
Alongside where I was sitting I watched the team set up the room for a private afternoon tea party, the room looked stunning when finished, The tea table looked stunning along with a beautiful fruit/flower decorated naked cake, perfect for the baby shower which was later hosted in the room.

There was so many areas of The Ham Yard that I loved, however think my absolute favourite area was the beautiful library lounge… 

I could easily have lost myself in this space for a couple of hours. Kit Kemp has done an amazing job on the interior of this hotel which sits under the Firmdale Hotels umbrella and hope to visit again later this year. The New York equivalent has been added to my "New York Musts List" It has firmly been added to me London Loves list and one that I look forward to re-visiting.

2 comments:

Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

I've lucky to go to the Ham Yard Hotel quite a lot for blog events, it's such a lovely place tucked away from all the bustling tourists.

Victoria x
FlorenceandMary.com

Leanne Fraser said...

The Ham Yard has been pretty high on my list for a while and your pics from the library just make me want to go even more now! x

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Birthday Tea at The Ham Yard Hotel

Autumn last year The Ham Yard Hotel in the midst of Soho started getting a name for itself as the "it" hotel of the season. It's fair to say the that this hotel was soon added to my "London Loves List".
Nestled in a courtyard, this hotel alongside, bars and outdoor dining create the Ham yard village. It's hard to believe that you are a stone's throw away from Piccadilly Circus and the heart of Mayfair as the courtyard space creates a complete urban village feel.
The courtyard consists of a tree filled garden, with a stunning bronze sculpture as its centrepiece. The hotel itself blends itself into the surrounding features in a cacophony of glass and steel, inside the hotel you are greeted with a rainbow of colours, textures and styles. The Ham Yard features many unique experiences including a very funky bar, a fabulous 50's retro bowling alley, theatre/cinema along with a spa, roof terrace and gym.
I had afternoon tea booked and was escorted through the bar and restaurant into the drawing room space and was seated alongside the conservatory. The space is beautifully lit from the natural skylights of the conservatory and was a gorgeous space to just relax and unwind.
The Ham Yard's tea package is really good value and allows you the option to add signature plates to the menu as you wish. I opted for the standard tea (menu changes weekly) which is a selection of afternoon savouries, cakes & scones with clotted cream & jam. All were presented on a beautiful glass cake stand which complemented the tea set perfectly.
Service and food were great, attentive when required but discreet enough to truly relax and enjoy both the environment and food.
As with Claridges I was surprised with a birthday plate complete with cute cupcake, candle and strawberries, the lovely diners surrounding me all stopped and sung happy birthday which was equally as embarrassing as it was lovely.
Alongside where I was sitting I watched the team set up the room for a private afternoon tea party, the room looked stunning when finished, The tea table looked stunning along with a beautiful fruit/flower decorated naked cake, perfect for the baby shower which was later hosted in the room.

There was so many areas of The Ham Yard that I loved, however think my absolute favourite area was the beautiful library lounge… 

I could easily have lost myself in this space for a couple of hours. Kit Kemp has done an amazing job on the interior of this hotel which sits under the Firmdale Hotels umbrella and hope to visit again later this year. The New York equivalent has been added to my "New York Musts List" It has firmly been added to me London Loves list and one that I look forward to re-visiting.

2 comments:

Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

I've lucky to go to the Ham Yard Hotel quite a lot for blog events, it's such a lovely place tucked away from all the bustling tourists.

Victoria x
FlorenceandMary.com

Leanne Fraser said...

The Ham Yard has been pretty high on my list for a while and your pics from the library just make me want to go even more now! x