Ham Yard Bar

Bars and pubs , Cocktail bars Soho
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The latest hotel from the Firmdale group (who also run Covent Garden Hotel, Soho Hotel, Haymarket Hotel, and Charlotte Street Hotel) is their flagship – bigger and even more centrally located than the others, about two minutes’ walk into Soho from Piccadilly Circus. Part of their courtyard has tables for outdoor dining, but a few are reserved for bar customers on a first-come basis. Inside, waves of flunkies are there to greet you, guide you to a seat, and collect the 12.5% service added to bar bills. The drinks list is vertiginously priced, with most cocktails on the wrong side of a tenner; but with a  long pewter bar stacked with premium spirits and bar staff who are underworked enough to take time and care making the drinks, it’s just about worth it. The large, comfortable bar area segues into the restaurant; both areas are decorated in an eclectic mix of modern and ethnic artefacts: tribal-lite. There is also bar near the basement bowling alley, but it’s only open to guests.

Venue name: Ham Yard Bar
Address: 1 Ham Yard
Opening hours: 7am-12.30am Mon-Sat; 7am-midnight Sun.
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square
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Love this bar! The bartenders here are very friendly and they make a pretty darn good Espresso Martini.. Just standing outside in their patio in the nice weather is a relaxing break from the chaos of piccadilly..

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I'm a big fan of the firm dale hotel group and their hotel bars. On first impressions Ham Yard looked like a great new addition when it opened however I felt it didn't quite have the same vibe as the others. It's still a lovely hotel and bar but Soho and Charlotte St have the edge.

Tara P

We had a very enjoyable afternoon tea at the Ham Yard hotel.

The décor is pleasing - very well-designed. I particularly appreciated the "quilt art" that separated one side of the dining hall from the other, as it gave you more personal space whilst also adding to the overall eclectic theme of the room. The style overall was excellent, from the beautiful crockery to the adorable box to take your cakes home, it felt like everything could have been in a magazine.

We were slightly concerned at the noise when we walked in, as we had hit prime time for early Friday drinks in the bar. However, a quick turn of the corner and we were in a much quieter and more refined dining area. There were some people eating afternoon tea in the bar area, but if you prefer the quiet then be aware that there is another option!

The service was very friendly and overall the tea was good value at £19.50 per head. However, the cost did rack up (mainly due to our indulgence) as the drinks and cocktails were fairly pricey. It is to be expected in a central London hotel, but as for once I hadn't booked on a "free drink" offer I was very aware of the cost.

We didn't ask for extra sandwiches or cakes, but neither were we offered any as is common in other hotels (I believe you may have to pay extra). On the whole, the food was yummy, with the small (and abundant) fresh scones and pea and mint sandwiches being particular favourites.

If I had one criticism about the food, it would be that the cakes were a little on the heavy side: lots of thick pastry and cake. Something a little lighter to balance it out would have been a bonus. It was a yummy afternoon, but it fell short of some other options for a London tea.

Samantha H

Recently hosted a large afternoon tea here and it was fantastic.  The staff went above and beyond to make sure that we had an enjoyable time and were very flexible with our requests!  The decor is lovely and it is clearly one of the top hotels in the area.  A mini oasis in the heart of soho! 


This is a hotel with many bars all decorated interestingly. It has a bowling alley and a cinema. The areas are all very nice. The furniture is quirky and the wall decorations, pictures and posters are all very enjoyable. It is a great funky place to go and have a drink. It does good cocktails has a nice wine list and the service is great. Recommended.


Dan C

I have enjoyed lovely breakfasts at the Ham Yard Hotel.  This is the most beautiful hotel set behind Regent St and a short stroll from Piccadilly.  I love the design and I love the food.  A great place for breakfast meetings  I also believe it has a bowling alley, perfect for corporate parties and a cinema too.  If you haven't found it check it out!


Ham Yard Hotel is a high design haven on the edge of Soho - an ideal spot for brunch, afternoon tea, drinks or private parties.  High tea is only £19.50 which is incredibly reasonable for such decadence in the beautiful setting.