Afternoon tea is an ultimate favourite activity of mine, if you like cream teas, beautiful cakes and tiny sandwiches then I have loads of places that you should check out, and one place I’ve wanted to go and try since it opened had to be the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, London. So I was so pleased when the uber talented and super sweet Olivia Rubin invited some of her favourite peeps to see her new Atelier collection while having a spot of afternoon tea.
The Ham Yard Hotel is the latest ‘it’ hotel in London, the one everyone wants to do events, have breakfast and lunch meetings, as well as stay. There’s something about it, maybe it’s the location it is right in the heart of Soho so super close to the shops on Regent Street, maybe it’s the eccentric décor, I love how every corner has something different there is so much to see, or maybe it is the fabulous staff or the fact that it has a bowling alley from Texas. I have to be honest I think it is all those reasons, I just think everyone who spends time at this hotel loves the eccentric vibe, it is just cool without even trying.
The afternoon tea using specially designed Wedgwood china by Kit Kemp, who is also the co-owner of the hotel group and who designed the Ham Yard’s interior, is simply divine, beautiful setting, delicious menus, and one of the best selections of teas I’ve seen in a while the Russian blend was a particular favourite of mine.
Situated in The Orangey, the light really is beautiful, and the setting really makes this one of the prettiest spots in London for afternoon tea. The menu, which changes fortnightly, has a creative, traditional, no-gimmick vibe, just great sandwich fillings, such as smoked salmon, roast beef, and hummus, with warm, yummy scones served with delicious clotted cream and jam, and an assortment of exquisitely executed pastries and cakes.
On my visit one of the highlights had to be the scones, I love that they were still warm, and the clotted cream was just perfection. I also fell hard for the lemon drizzle loaf, so yummy, the orange blossom macaroon, can’t be a blogger review without a macaroon, and for the savouries, I couldn’t get enough of the hummus, tomato and baby spinach on rye. Seriously the menu here is amazing and so filling.
Now we’ve discussed food, which is very important, let’s get back to Olivia Rubin and the prettiness of her Atelier line. Long-standing readers will know about my love affair with Olivia, I’m a sucker for a her cute prints and feminine silhouettes, especially the brick print, and I bought up her entire collaboration with Dorothy Perkins, her pink floral peplum is still a favourite piece during the summer, and I’m so excited that the designer is back after having her first child with her Atelier line.
The Atelier collection has a more sophisticated aesthetic, focusing on luxury pieces, from feminine dresses to tailored trousers, and beautiful separates. What I love about Olivia is her commitment to prints, she always designs such beautiful and original prints that really bring her clothes alive, and I’m loving her floral print, which is all hand-drawn. I’m already saving my pennies for the duster coat, which looks great over the silk georgette dress, as well as just paired with jeans.