When we heard that Soho House are opening a new eleven floor venue called The Ned, we got excited. Complete with 252 bedrooms, 6 event spaces, 8 restaurants, gym, rooftop pool and a dedicated grooming floor. We got even more excited. This was going to be the venue launch of the year and possibly London’s coolest new hotel.
In the heart of the city at Bank, we thought, ‘where is there a space that big we haven’t noticed before?’. Our second thought was ‘wow’. Our third was ‘The city, Soho House, interesting‘. So without further adue we booked ourselves in for a visit to experience The Ned.
Welcome to The Ned
Designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924, the Grade-I listed building is the former Midland Bank. The original features are seriously impressive. That’s before you even factor in the added Soho Home cool. The ground floor is dominated by 92 green verdict pillars in the former Grand Banking Hall. These naturally section the room up into eight restaurants including Millie’s Lounge (British), Malibu Kitchen (Californian), Cecconi’s (Italian) and Café Sou (French). We dined in Millie’s Lounge.
First things first. We headed straight to the grooming floor. Think nails, hair, beard trimming, massages. Basically subterranean spa heaven. With the original features kept in tact throughout, there are beautiful old security boxes and sumptuous wood panelled booths to hide in.
The centrepiece, seen and heard from most of the restaurants is the former reception desk. Once upon a time manned by bank staff, it has been transformed into a stage for daily live music performances.
The Golden Age
Fancy a workout? The Ned gym has all the kit you could ever need and the swimming pool in the old vault looked inviting. Go upstairs and find the most gorgeous bedrooms converted from old staff offices. With 12 types of room to choose from starting at £200 going up to £2,000 a night, you will surely find the perfect stay. Ranging from the golden age of travel, to the Twenties and Thirties, each room features Soho Home’s own pieces. Great news as you’ll probably want to buy all of it to recreate your stay at home. Aptly named The Crash Pad – this is the smallest room available. Followed by Cosy rooms, Medium rooms and Large rooms. It’s all in the name. The largest, The Chairman’s Suite comes complete with its own private lift. Yes please!
Looking to host an event? The entire sixth floor has space for you to do so. From small boardrooms up to the impressive Tapestry Room which can host up to 150 of your nearest and dearest for dinner. They are all unique and plentiful.
London Looking Good
The real wow of The Ned has to be the roof terrace. For members and hotel guests only, the views of London are something else. With an Italian marble lined infinity pool to enjoy these views from, need we say anymore? Pick a balmy evening in the City with clear skies and you’re onto a real winner.
Now For Dinner
If all the above hasn’t encourage you enough to race over to Bank, perhaps the food will. At Millie’s we feasted on typical British cuisine. Starting with asparagus, crab, salmon. Followed by fish and chips, steak and chicken. It was all utterly delicious though I don’t feel like people go to The Ned of its food. It’s just a small part of the bigger experience. Soaking up all the atmosphere, decor and people are what you really go for. It’s not your typical Soho House property (e saw a group of city boys checking their stocks and shares, gasp!) but it has all the right ingredients for a fine stay.
In conclusion, we say go. Try all the restaurants, marvel at the scale and stay the night. Most of all – really enjoy this new gem in the heart of London. How lucky we are!
Membership (application only) is £3000 a year plus £1000 joining fee. With a 3000 strong waiting list already, if you’re interested then get your application form filled out pronto!
Take It From Us
- REVIEW IN ONE WORD: Go!
- BEST TABLE: All the spaces downstairs really are gorgeous. We loved our pale pink booth but it's all great really. Try and befriend a member and head to the roof terrace.
- AVERAGE PRICE PER PERSON (including 2 course, half a bottle of wine) : Approx. £60 per person
- UNIQUE SELLING POINT: 9 floors, 8 restaurants, 6 event spaces, all in Bank. Impressive.
- WHAT TO WEAR: The Soho House usual although a city vibe won't get you thrown out here
- WE LOVED: The decor and ambience as well as the all out wow of what they've achieved with such a grand, huge and inspiring project
- WE DIDN'T LOVE: Not a huge fan of the wines at Millie's Lounge but we only sampled 3.
- HOW TO GET THERE: Bank station, it's literally 5 seconds from the exit.
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