Thursday, 29 December 2016

Walk at Dusk around Merrist Wood Golf Club, Surrey

Frost in Brockwell Park, South London

 Trees cast long shadows across the crisp grass on a frosty winter morning in Brockwell Park

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Ham Yard Hotel, Ham Yard, central London

One of the small chain of upmarket and distinctive Firmdale Hotels in London and New York,  the Ham Yard Hotel boasts 91 individually-designed bedrooms and suites, 24 apartments, 13 independent stores and a restaurant and bar with outdoor dining. There is also a drawing room and library, spa and gym, theatre  and a 1950s-style bowling alley.  Designed by Kit Kemp, the expansive interiors have a quirky and playful character.

Festive Afternoon Tea at the Ham Yard Hotel, Ham Yard, Soho, central London

Combining elegance and tradition with contemporary art and a vibrant atmosphere,  the Ham Yard hotel serves a fine festive afternoon tea. For about £30 a head, you get an array of sandwiches, cakes, macaroons, scones with jam and clotted cream, crumbly mince pies, and other morsels, washed down with mulled wine and tea, of course. If the hotel runs out of mulled wine, you may be offered some fizz instead. Your only complaint might be the food seems to favour the sweet-toothed, as the sandwiches can be a bit bland. 8/10