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Ham Yard, London

A colorful island in the depths of the bustling London’s Soho

Behind the name of Ham Yard there is a history starts from the 18th Century. From the very beginning there was a tavern in the building, its name was modified several times but never lost its radical. Once it was amalgamated with  the Lyric Tavern which exists at the corner of the Ham Yard and Great Windmill Street up to now. Most of the time there were clubs in the building. And in 1960s the legendary The Scene opened where The Rolling Stones, The Who and other legendary bands played their gigs. The place was always full of painters, photographers, musicians, filmmakers and art community.

Tim and Kit Kemp, the owners of the Firmdale Hotels (9 hotels in London and New York), declare that hotels must be breathing but not lifeless. It is Kit Kemp award-winning designer who vivifies them. The mix of colors, patterns, textures and pieces of art is Kit’s style.

Ham Yard is filled and surrounded by art. Starting from five big oaks which were set in the courtyard and a bronze sculpture made by Tony Cragg. Further above the reception there is the silk thread installation by Hermione Skye O’Hea. in the library there is a painting by Joanna Carrington over the fireplace, in the drawing room framed painted ceramic plates by Robina Jack, Breon O’Casey rugs. Extraordinary details catch the eye at every turn.

Ham Yard Hotel has 91 custom and beautifully designed rooms. Large, elegant headboards, full-lenght thick curtains, fabric covered walls, wide range of furniture and attention to details makes each room pleasure to stay in. Many of fabrics were created in collaboration with Christopher Farr, designed with Chelsea Textiles.

At guests’ disposal they have restaurant and bar (with floor to ceiling doors opening up the restaurant onto the hotel’s terrace), Soholistic Spa and gym, library (curated by literary expert Philip Blackwell), drawing room, 190 seat state-of-the art theatre with its own bar, several spacious dining and event rooms, an original Bowling Alley with four lanes (imported straight from Texas) complete with bar, lounge and dance floor. Finally, on the 4th  floor roof there is a leafy garden with a fountain and trees, flowers and a small vegetable garden. With sweeping views across the London skyline.

Kit emphasize on her ultimate aim when designing a room: “It should feel as if it’s completely there for everybody to enjoy, and it should bring the child out in everyone, peaking their curiosity so that it makes them want to slide on all the floors and go exploring.”



1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT 

T: +44 (0)20 3642 2000

Rates from £310 per room, per night

Published in: England