Few hotel openings have been so hotly anticipated as The Ned, which has finally thrown open its doors in London.
The venture brings together two of the industry’s transatlantic heavy-weights, London’s Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group, who have turned the landmark building – once the largest clearing house bank in the world – into a hotel and private member’s club.
The Ned takes over the former Midland Bank building, designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924, and is divided into public and private areas which include nine restaurants and 252 bedrooms…
But the outpost’s most dramatic offerings have been saved exclusively for The Ned’s members.
We peek at the best spaces hidden inside the colossal 11-storey building.
The Vault Lounge
A remnant of The Ned’s days as a clearing house bank, the old vault has been turned into a private lounge that’s tucked behind a 2-metre wide door. Said to have inspired a scene in James Bond spy-thriller Goldfinger, the 20-tonne door now leads to a 1920s-style cocktail bar that’s been furnished with period furniture. Meanwhile some 3,800 safety deposit boxes line its walls.
Once the director’s room at the Midland Bank, The Saloon is one of six Grade I-listed event spaces inside The Ned. At the grander end of the scale, it features an 18th-century chandelier which originally came from London’s Devonshire House, demolished in the 1920s. Carved plasterwork and restored parquet flooring complete the look.
Ned’s Upstairs Club
Guests can enjoy views of the City of London to St Paul’s Cathedral from Ned’s Upstairs Club atop the roof. Two converted domes hold dining and drinking terraces, while its Roof Bar has a retractable ceiling. Did we mention the pool? It’s a signature of the Soho House Group’s club, and The Ned is not to be outdone: its heated rooftop pool has spectacular views and can be used by members and hotel guests.
Each of the hotel’s 252 bedrooms channel a late 1920s and early 1930s vibe, but its heritage suites are particularly glamorous. This 50 sq m offering features French-polished walnut panelling, vintage brass and mahogany furniture, and a 1920s marble fireplace.
Ned’s Club Relax
It might not have views of St Paul’s, but this 20-metre swimming pool is part of Ned’s Club Relax in the belly of the building. The only ‘sweat’ guests will work up here will be in the steam room and hammam. Cardio bunnies can head over to Ned’s Club Active, which has state-of-the-art gym equipment, a spinning, yoga and pilates studio, and a boxing gym.
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