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Ham Yard Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Soho
3 out of 5 stars
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Ham Yard Bar

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.



Address: 1 Ham Yard
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square
Opening hours: 7am-12.30am Mon-Sat; 7am-midnight Sun.
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Users say (13)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:9
  • 3 star:1
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“Let’s go for one drink” 4.5 hours later my partner and I are several beers, gins and cocktails in enjoying the eclectic clientele that enter the bar. Ham Yard is a slick and stylish social spot. With a broad selection of drinks and snacks, the experience is only heightened by the attentive wait staff who, unlike most places in the soho area, have a pleasant open door policy for London’s diversity. From the footballers wives, to the theatre goers just grabbing a quick tipple before a show, it is what makes this spot accessible and pleasant for a Saturday evening.


I visited the Ham Yard restaurant for a bit of an informal business dinner and this was the perfect spot for this kind of event. Five of us were meeting and I was looking for a posh type of place.
We started off with cocktails and then ordered a roast. The beef was delicious but the gravy and vegetables were slightly disappointing. The deserts definitely came to uplifts the meal (the cheesecake is fantastic). 

I was really hoping for a good service and I must say the staff was lovely and very professional.
One more thing about the Ham Yard restaurant, if you like espresso martinis, they make some amazing ones!


We just popped in for a pre-dinner cocktail on a Tuesday evening and the place was ram jammed! We did managed to get a seat but it was busy. Service was good (but you do pay for it), and my manzanilla cocktail literally tasted of apple juice and was delicious. Pretty pricey, but they also have a nice outside area and you are in the middle of Soho.


This is my favourite place in London to go for a chilled out drink at any time of the day. Although it's fairly expensive they have a large selection of cocktails which are all delicious. It has a New York kind of vibe going on with quirky decor. It gets quite busy so can be difficult to find a seat if you go in the evening. The service is very good although you do pay for it.

The courtyard of the hotel is also a good escape from the craziness of Picadilly Circus!


Love this place for after work drinks but also great for weekend brunch and cocktails. I think they do some of the best espresso martinis I have tasted in London and I've tasted a few! Staff and service is very friendly and attentive. There is live music some nights which adds to the relaxing atmosphere and provides something different from the busy hustle and bustle of soho.


Went for afterwork drinks on a friday and we were lucky enough to get seated with some nibbles. Waiter was attentive and we didn't wait long for service or drinks. I've been on a mission to find this best margaritas in London and I have to say this place is definitely in the running. I also recommend the fish tacos too.

I have also eaten dinner here for a friends birthday earlier in the year but I felt the food could be improved.

Either way I might make this a regular spot for after work drinks in the bar area, but will have to get there early to get seated.


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.


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.


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.


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.  

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