URBAN GARDENS The Pièce de Résistance

Celebrating urban horticulture with green terraces that have luxuriantly landscaped gardens adorned with modern art and vegetable patches, wild meadows and natural beehives, Ham Yard Hotel and Number Sixteen, members of Design Hotels resonate with tranquillity, providing relief from the hustle and bustle of London.

The 91-room Ham Yard Hotel forms part of a mid-Victorian white-stucco terrace in the heart of South Kensington and is accessed by a private elevator. The terrace opens into a lounge area with an informal seating with Whitman benches, upholstered chairs and bar that overlooks a wild meadow and kitchen garden. Two ancient olive trees stand on guard, surrounded with a living fence of apple, pear trees and all-year blooms. Resident guests can partake in a natural organic food fiesta with fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on the terrace. Two beehives introduced to the garden in early 2015 are tended to by an in-house beekeeper. The first batch of honey harvested in August 2015 is used as a sweetener for many of the dishes that will gently land on your table.

Number Sixteen forms part of a mid-Victorian white-stucco terrace in the heart of South Kensington, beckoning with its secluded, tree-lined garden, provides guests a unique outdoor living space since its opening in 2000. A chic wooden gazebo sits amidst lush greenery, an ornamental lily pond and arresting slate sculpture. Scattered wicker furniture and metal bistro tables are perfectly placed for cozy dinners and tête-à-têtes. Guests can mingle in the hotel’s handsomely vibrant drawing rooms, with some rooms having private courtyards overlooking the hotel’s stunning English garden. This might have guests wondering whether this isn’t a gracious private home after all. Both hotels provide the perfect respite to weary city denizens and are a lesson in urban chic.

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