In the heart of Soho, a garden square and polished windows serve as the backdrop for this luxury hotel and sophisticated design that welcomes families. With a rooftop garden, 1950s themed bowling alley, and special attention to our kids, Ham Yard Hotel instills a little magic into your London escape.
Here we almost forget the bustle and crowds that animate London’s Soho (especially during the weekend) in the sanction of this hotel halfway between Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. Trees are lit up at dusk to illuminate the square and choice stores line the terrace of Ham Yard (Once Milano, Bloomsbury Flowers, Caramel Baby & Child, Brummels of London).
A huge bronze sculpture by Tony Cragg welcomes you from the outside, setting the tone for what awaits you inside: creativity and elegance are hallmarks here and we gladly visit for tea time or an aperitif. The cozy rooms on the ground floor, like in the other rooms, are decorated with a mixture of colors, materials, and prints which are an ultra-modern take on traditional British design – a daring composition. An absolute must: the Soholistic Spa in the hotel, for a tonic facial or a “Power Breakfast” of oatmeal and fruit, a last minute wax, or indulge with the special Mum to Be massage.
Cribs, a childrens menu, welcome gifts, and DVD selection: Ham Yard Hotel bends over backwards to satisfy the little ones, including little bath robes and a glass of milk and cookies before bed. Kids over twelve extend the evening with their parents at the bowling alley in the basement, a vintage room which reproduces the atmosphere of the fifties.
We Love …
… to take a snack break in the rattan armchairs in the Jardin d’Hiver and enjoy homemade scones served with clotted cream.
… to get an impromptu manicure at the spa.
- On the same street, Caramel Baby & Child, is a store of a small brand of poetic prints and high-quality materials. For children 0-12 years old. (4 Denman Place, London W1D 7AH)
- Enthrall the kids with a trip to the Rainforest Cafe, a veritable jungle of stuffed animals where a crocodile and a life-sized boa constrictor sit round a tree and tell stories. In the basement, a cafeteria awaits with mini-burgers, nuggets, and popcorn in the company of Tuki the baby elephant and Bamba the gentle gorilla. (20 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EU)
- Do not forget to pay a visit to the huge, famous store Liberty, in the Tudor style, and see the long and warm hallways, a selection of brands for trendy clothes, decor and cosmetics. (Regent Street, London W1B 5AH)
- Jamie’s Italian, for lunch or dinner just steps from the hotel. The kids eat mini-burgers or spaghetti bolognaise in their breaks between coloring. (17-19 Denman Street, London W1D 7HW)
Ham Yard Hôtel
1 Ham Yard
WID 7DT London
Metro : Piccadilly Circus
Checklist: high-chairs, extra beds, cribs, games, books, DVDs, children menus for all ages, appropriate silverware, adjoining rooms, and a babysitting service.
Prices & Reservations
From 430£ per night
+44 (0) 20 3642 2000