There is a little haven of tranquility tucked away behind Piccadilly Circus in the very heart of London. I think the courtyard is referred to as Ham Yard Village and here nestled amongest trees and an impressive bronze sculpture centrepiece by Tony Cragg is this Firmdale establishment which I love.
There is an urban feel as you approach the hotel through the courtyard which is full of original and interesting boutiques and once you pass through the doors you leave the hustle and bustle behind you. There is always a warm welcome which only adds to the pleasure of a visit to the Hamyard. This is one of the Firmdale Hotels and the interiors are all designed by Kit Kemp in her distinctive style which I so love.
It is such a clever concept as there are a multitude of different arrangements and the use of space creates areas which provide an atmosphere and facility for whatever you are planning. I tend to dine here with friends and often at lunchtime. There is always a buzz of excitement and the food and wine are always delicious. Last time we tasted a recommended delicious pink sparkling pinot grigio and I confess I was a little bit dubious but decided to be brave and turned out it was so good I ordered a case when I got home! My sister and I frequently have a naughty lunch at the Hamyard with no real excuse other than it is an oasis of calm and such a treat !
The dining area is cleverly designed to cater for a large amount of diners and the innovative use of pillars and panels (many of these using interesting artefacts) somehow creates very private corners so you never feel as though you are in a crowd. Kit Kemp uses wonderful textiles and has a remarkable collection of interesting artefacts many of which are used in an architectural way to create privacy. I love the fact that you can see the kitchen at work, a hive of activity and adds such vibrancy. Even the hallways and powder rooms are worthy of photographing. The detailing is exceptional and even the fine china is designed by Kit Kemp.
The hotel also has a series of private rooms which are all very versatile and so beautiful decorated in such a way you could almost be in a private home. On the lower floor there is a private cinema which also has weekend screenings with a fantastic bar. There is a bowling alley which again you can rent out for private functions. This is one of my favourite spots in London and well worth a visit. The Hamyard Hotel