Once a deserted site, the Ham Yard Hotel now revolves around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture centrepiece by Tony Cragg leading you there with twinkling lights in the prettiest courtyard.
To match the incredibly stylish exterior, the interiors at the Ham Yard Hotel are designed by Kit Kemp in her award-winning modern British style.
It’s no surprise then, that celebrities such as Taylor Swift are a huge fan of this trendy and sleek hotel that is moments from theatreland and the luxury stores of Regent Street and Bond Street.
On a cold winter’s day, Aysh and I were in a perfect position to enjoy this luxuriant decor, for an afternoon tea with a festive twist.
Vegan Afternoon Tea
I’m so thankful for the rise in Vegan Afternoon Teas and having just been awarded “Best Afternoon Tea” at the Harden’s London Restaurant Awards, I was excited to see what the Ham Yard could offer!
I’m sure for any of you reading this with a food allergy, or who are vegan, know only too well that finding a great place for afternoon tea is not always easy. However at the Ham Yard Hotel, not only is the choice of a vegan afternoon tea available, there is also a sugar-free and gluten-free option.
Whilst nowadays most restaurants and hotels will cater for individual dietary needs, not all will bake something extra special so that you don’t miss out on all the delectable treats your friends are tucking into.
At the Ham Yard Hotel, the boutique chain offers a menu that changes weekly. Moreover, the talented chefs are renowned for their use of the freshest, seasonal ingredients and a passion for the best of British produce.
The staff at the Ham Yard hotel could not have made us feel more welcome and my dietary needs were understood with extreme care.
To start, both Aysh and I, being the whimsical souls we are, couldn’t resist the ‘Mythical Creatures’ tea by Kit Kemp.
Promised to ‘let your imagination wander to a land of mythical creatures’ this soothing blend weaves oolong, sunflower blossoms, cornflower blossoms and a touch of ripe green mango for a truly irresistible taste for all the senses.
And then our array of edible treats arrived that all looked so pretty presented in a three-tier cake stand piled high with savouries, homemade sweet bakes with freshly baked warm scones and vegan clotted cream.
Because the menu changes so frequently, I would be hesitant to reel off my exact menu in case it changes. However, on this day, I indulged in delicate finger sandwiches with cucumber, and avocado as examples. For sweets, a delicate banana and cream parfait could be found amongst indulgent chocolate cake. To finish, the warm scones with vegan clotted cream and jam were the perfect finishing touch.
Festive Standard Afternoon Tea
Aysh had the traditional Ham Yard Hotel afternoon tea, where the classics were spruced up with some festive sparkle!
The classic tea-time savouries featured special Christmas twists, such as turkey, cranberry and stuffing on cranberry bread and the Ham Yard sausage roll with mulled wine jam.
For the sweet layer, you are able to luxuriate with traditional scones with clotted cream and jam, and festive treats including spiced apple and chai latte macarons. How adorable are the festive decorations on these English classics?!
Served in both the contemporary restaurant and the chic drawing-room, the Ham Yard Hotel is a stylish and glamorous place to have Afternoon Tea. Prices are up to £42.50 with the option of adding an indulgent glass of fizz on top.
How many of you love afternoon tea as much as me? Do I have anyone reading this with a dairy allergy or who is vegan?
If you enjoyed this review of the Ham Yard Hotel afternoon tea you can find more afternoon tea reviews on the Eateries tab. You can also see what Aysh and I thought of the Dukes Hotel Afternoon Tea right here.
Please do let me know if you have any vegan afternoon teas you’d recommend- both in the UK and elsewhere!
Address: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho, London, W1D 7DT
T: +44 (0)20 3642 2000
Nearest tube: Piccadilly