Live jazz, champagne coupes, rotary dial telephones and brass bathrooms… The making of the perfect movie set, right? Wrong. These are only a few of the spectacular components that complete the newly opened The Ned Hotel.
The Ned opened on 2nd May, after several soft launch evenings. Their opening party saw performances from Gary Barlow, Tinie Tempah and Paloma Faith amongst many others. The extravagance didn’t stop at the opening party – when I arrived, I definitely wasn’t prepared for what I was about to be greeted with. A gigantic grand lobby with the most spectacular green verdite columns, more restaurants than I could count on one hand and live music taking centre stage. My initial thought?… “How on earth am I going to cover everything in one blog post?!”. Here we go..
The Ned was formerly the headquarters of Midland Bank and was designed in 1924 by Sir Edwin “Ned” Lutyens. The heritage building has kept many of the original bank features, as well as channelling many aspects of the 1920’s and 1930’s designs. The hotel boasts nine restaurants, 252 bedrooms, a private members club, and a range of men’s and women’s grooming services.
We briskly checked in and headed to our Cosy Room on the 4th floor. Soho House & Co have spared no expense on the bedrooms and really have thought of every possible detail required. The bedroom was dressed in 1920’s wallpaper and complimented with wooden furniture and a brass bedframe.
The brass theme continued to the bathroom where it is combined with marble and monochrome tiling, Cowshed products and the fluffiest of towels.
We quickly dumped our suitcases and rushed to the rooftop terrace which can only be accessed if you are a private member or hotel guest. The rooftop is comprised of two dome indoor bars, several summer-inspired outdoor seating areas, a rooftop pool and a restaurant. St Pauls Cathedral, The Shard, The Gherkin and The London Eye are amongst just some of the famous landmarks that can be spied from this exclusive spot. I managed to squeeze a trip to the rooftop terrace for breakfast and ordered Eggs Royale and an iced latte. The eggs were so fresh and propped onto a spongy English muffin – one of my favourites!
That evening, we headed downstairs to the underground Vault Bar. Again, this is an area reserved exclusively for private members and hotel guests. The original bank vaults have been converted to a secret cocktail bar with live performing jazz in the middle of hundreds of original safety deposit boxes. Whilst on the lower floor, we were also given a tour of the luxury nail bar, hair salon, barber shop, gym, lower swimming pool and spa. Yes – it really must be seen to be believed.
The following morning, we paid a visit to Malibu Kitchen on the ground floor to sample some of their Californian-inspired eats. I ordered a coconut yoghurt bowl with seasonal compote, pistachio and fresh honeycomb. This was my first time sampling fresh honeycomb, and can safely say it won’t be my last! What a heavenly combination of some of my favourite flavours. My friend had the avocado toast – it was also a great choice and was served on a healthy-sized slice of sourdough toast.
To summarise, The Ned really is the place to be seen and is such a special experience to share with loved ones. Pop in, whether it is stepping back in time for a quick drink or an overnight stay – you won’t be disappointed with London’s latest hot-spot.
To find out more or book a visit – view here.
The Ned are currently running discounted room rates for individuals under 30 years old.