The Ned has been the talk of the town since it opened with an elaborate party a couple of weeks ago.
Comprising a hotel with 252 bedrooms, 9 restaurants, several bars, a members’ club with rooftop pool, basement bars, indoor pool, full service gym with boxing ring, hair salon, nail spa, men’s grooming salon…
…you could spend a weekend here without ever needing to leave.
House in the former Midland Bank building right by Bank tube station, The Ned was designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924 and is now in the hands of the Soho House Group in partnership with the Sydell Group (who are behind The Nomad hotel in New York, among others).
The sheer scale of the venue is immense, bordering on insane! How can so many restaurants occupy the same floor space without ending up like Harrods food hall?
Somehow it works and it works really well.
The ground floor space has been configured such that when you’re dining in one of the restaurants, you might never realise that there are several hundred other diners spread out nearby.
The main restaurant is a City-outpost of one of Mayfair’s best Italian restaurants, Cecconi’s.
Other restaurants include Malibu Kitchen, a healthy Californian-inspired restaurants that’s great for lunch; Millie’s which offers classic British and American dishes and will eventually be open 24 hours-a-day; and Zobler’s, a Jewish-style deli.
Dinner at The Ned is set to a backdrop of live music performances where the former reception desk has been transformed into a stage.
The 252 bedrooms range in size, in classic Soho House style, from small Crash Pads to ‘cosy’ and ‘small’ rooms that are, well, rather small to decently-sized ‘Medium’ rooms and ‘Large’ rooms that offer ample space with large bathrooms and some with bath tubs in the bedrooms.
I would recommend booking the large rooms to ensure sufficient space.
Rooms are described as ‘classic 1920s’ – think mahogany four-poster beds in dark wood, antique furniture, velvet seats and cushions, elaborate chandeliers, vintage mirrors and tassel lamps.
One of the big selling points of staying at The Ned is that you get access to the fantastic members’ club with its rooftop terrace and pool overlooking St Paul’s, the Gherkin and The Shard.
The views are spectacular – this is a picture I posted on my own Instagram account.
Once it gets too cold on the roof, head to the basement Vault cocktail bar, housed in the bank’s original vaults.
While the rooftop pool, the Vault and gym are only available to members, hotel guests have access throughout their stay. All ground floor bars and restaurants and some parts of the spa are open to the public.
The project is massive in size, vision and scope, but they really have pulled it off. The Ned offers something we haven’t seen in London before, and it really is a fantastic addition to the city.
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