Ham Yard Hotel, London
London is a city that debunks all of those stories about British people incessantly complaining about the bad weather. In any case, it is hard to imagine a more effective form of positive shock therapy than a night’s stay at the Ham Yard Hotel. The bohemian lotusland of colours and textures in Ham Yard Hotel will immediately draw you into a hallucinogenic dream that is impossible to describe in words, but that can be enjoyed to the max with the hope that at least some of your stay’s most colourful vignettes will remain in memory.
Imagine this – the walls of your room are covered with greenish grey striped fabric, the pillows on your bed are bluish white, while the sofa is grey on one side and blue on the other. The table top consists of three robust boardsof different lengths, while the floor lamp’s decoratively carved column casts a surreal pattern onto the window curtain in the evening light, providing an added dimension to the room. Even after her experiences in Wonderland and her adventures behind the Looking Glass, Alice’s head would be left spinning from a stay at the Ham Yard Hotel.
The Ham Yard Hotel belongs to the well-known British Firmdale Hotels chain, providing an urban village feel and housing a fashion microcosm complete with designer stores, a cinema, a bowling alley, a restaurant and a spa. The small courtyard that houses the Ham Yard Hotel is only a couple of hundred yards from Piccadilly Circus and is said to have gotten its name from a lively pub that operated there during the 18th century.
Each of the hotel’s 91 bedrooms and suites has been individually designed, and it seems that objects from every part of the world have been brought there. The cinema on the basement floor is decked in bright orange chairs, fuchsia pink curtains and electric-blue fabric covered walls, while the bowling alley displays 1950s-style elements.