In between the recent work madness here , were a very special few hours, spent at Ham Yard Hotel, as I was invited by Karen and Emily from Amara to have afternoon tea with them and some of the other category winners of the Amara Interior Blog Awards.
This time around I felt slightly less stunned, as I’m sure did the others, so, we caught up and discussed blogging. It was really interesting as we all blog from slightly different perspectives but all with a mutual love of interiors. You must check out the blogs of Victoria of Apartment Number 4, Hollie who runs Miafleur with her family, Teri from The Lovely Drawer and Phillip of English Buildings. All a really good read.
Now, let me just tell you a bit about Ham Yard Hotel. As you may have read my post about the Awards Night, you will know it was held there and I loved it, but then to see it again in the day time, in all its colourful glory was something else !
The Hotel is situated in a type of courtyard, slightly tucked away from the hustle and bustle that Soho is so well known for. The building is a U shape that revolves around trees and a bronze sculpture – it’s hard to imagine how Tim and Kit Kemp ( the hoteliers and designers ) managed to create such an impressive place in what appears from the outside to be a modest size. For anyone seeking a little luxury in the centre of London, then it’s perfect. The restaurant decor is stunning as you can see from the pictures, there’s a drawing room, library – then there’s the retro bowling alley and the theatre downstairs – where the awards took place.
Upstairs … there are 91 bedrooms and also many apartments for a longer stay. The colours schemes are varying and run through the different bedrooms. From the roof terrace you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city.
I really would like to stay a night or two sometime because as well as all of the above, the staff are absolutely lovely and for me, that’s always the most important thing. It can make or break a visit somewhere.
Did you think I was going to leave out the food ? Not a chance. We ate a selection of savoury and sweet treats, including scones and, macarons and cakes, which were washed down with champagne for those who drink bubbles and I had a delicious Summer Mint Tea in a very delicate, vintage style cup and saucer.
A big thanks to Amara for a slice of calm and great chat before heading back to all the madness that was going on here. I loved it.
If you want to check out more details on Ham Yard Hotel, you can here.
Do you have a favourite place that you like to meet for tea, or to stay ? I’d love to hear about them. Recommendations are always the best way !
Have a good day.
All images copyright of Photographer Simon Brown 2015.