HAM YARD HOTEL
The fact owners Tim and Kit Kemp installed a four-lane 1950s Texan bowling alley in their latest project says it all: this is not your average hotel. Ham Yard Hotel is full of these sorts of surprises. There’s also a 190-seat theatre, an orangery, a spacious rooftop terrace and a hypoxic chamber for altitude training. Naturally. Sat on a quiet (for London) pedestrianised square in stylish Soho, it’s remarkable how tranquil this place is given Piccadilly Circus is just two minutes’ walk away. Rooms feature Kit Kemp’s distinctive interior design, so brace yourself for strong colours, bold prints and whimsical touches – polkadot seamstress mannequins and wall-mounted fairytale scenes, anyone? Love it or loathe it (we’re of the former), it’s far from dull.
FROM TOP: THE BOWLING ALLEY IN LONDON’S HAM YARD HOTEL; DESERT PALMS IN DUBAI; A SUITE AT BERLIN’S THE MICHELBERGER.