HAM YARD HO­TEL

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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.

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