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A rooftop pool with 360-degree views of London, a hotel, members’ club, nine restaurants, a spa, hamam and speakeasy – is this the City’s coolest new hangout?
Introducing The Ned, the brainchild of Soho House & Co and the Sydell Group, and by far one of the most exciting openings for 2017. Set in the former Midland Bank building – which has been empty for a whopping ten years – the Grade-I-listed behemoth of a building has been transformed into a sophisticated mecca catering to the good life. And boy, is it going to be good.
Named after its designer, Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens, most of the ground-floor Grand Banking Hall is open to the public, with the nine restaurants spanning the globe, including the Parisian Café Sou; New York-style Jewish deli Zobler’s; British brasserie Millie’s; Malibu Kitchen which will serve LA-style health food; Kaia and it’s Hawaiian-style poke bowls; all-American diner The Nickel Bar; and, of course, a new branch of Cecconi’s – which we’ve always said serves the best pasta outside Italy. But that’s not all. With a 24-hour bar to boot, this is the place to have up your sleeve and casually suggest to friends when the pubs and clubs start closing. You’ll be the most popular person in your gang.
The Grill Room restaurant is reserved for hotel guests and members only, but our favourite part of The Ned is what lurks below. Set in the bank’s original vault is The Ned’s members club, a clandestine labyrinth of velvet-upholstered rooms and dark lacquer wood, inspired by the design of Fort Knox in the James Bond film Goldfinger. With over 3,000 stainless steel safety deposit boxes and a twenty tonne, two-metre-wide door, it really does feel like you’re on a film set.
As for the hotel, 252 bedrooms range in size from small and snug up to expansive suites, all channelling a classic 1920s vibe, decked out with handpicked vintage pieces such as knotted rugs, sparkling chandeliers, vintage mirrors, pastel-coloured tassel lamps, grand four-poster beds and antique drinks cabinets overflowing with interesting tonics.
Head up to the rooftop for spectacular views across London, where in the summer months you can splash around in the pool (come winter, head to the indoor one in the basement) before having lunch at the Canopy Bar & Restaurant. Members also have access to Ned’s Club Active, with facilities including strength and training equipment, a boxing gym, pilates, a yoga studio and ‘house ride’ (spinning).
For those who just want to chill out, head to Ned’s Club Relax where there’s a swimming pool, hamam, sauna and steam room, while the Cowshed spa, beauty salon and grooming station are open to the public.
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