Opened in June this year, Firmdale's latest London hotel has 24 residential apartments, 91 hotel rooms, a restaurant, three bars, a gym and 13 shops. But that's not all. Guests can retreat to an impressive rooftop garden terrace; relax in the orangery, drawing room or private library; and unwind in the hotel's private theatre or spa. There's even an original 1950's Texan bowling alley.
Ham Yard hotel
Ham Yard hotel
The only white you'll find in Ham Yard's bedrooms is the bed linen. Elsewhere, large, bold headboards are teamed with an ecletetic mix of colours and patterns in the form of full-length curtains, sofas, chairs and rugs.
The sunken orangery is designed in more neutral hues creating a relaxed feel. But lampshades, accessoriesand oversized plants provide striking pops of colour.
No two bedrooms are the same. As well as offering unique style, creating practical spaces to work and relax was key. Kemp says: "I want people to feel good when they stay with us.”
Two bowling lanes use Fifties bowling equipment imported from Texas. It forms part of a private events area which also houses a lounge, bar and dance floor. Look out for the three-metre long driftwood crocodiles that scour the wall at the back of the dance floor (giving 'The Croc Bowling Alley' its name).
A wall of illuminated pots by Martha Freud lights up Ham Yard's restaurant.
There is nothing dive-like about The Dive Bar, which features oversized Rick Rack wallpaper handpainted by de Gournay (degournay.com) and a specially commissioned 30ft tall orange squeezer.
The library contains a collection of specially curated books and a honesty bar. Look up to see the unique ribbed glass and alabaster chandeliers.
Rooms are lit by as much natural light as possible, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Triple-glazed Crittall glass keeps the noise at bay and modesty blinds can be pulled down for privacy.
Hidden design gem
The hands of an incredible135-dial digital clock are synchronised to display the time and beautiful geometric shapes. You'll find it on the wall opposite the lifts next to the reception.
When staying, request breakfast on the hidden rooftop terrace - this leafy, sky-high garden has sweeping views across London.