London-based Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group joined forces to create The Ned: a hotel with a collection of restaurants, members’ club and spa in the City of London.
Set in the former Midland Bank building, The Ned was designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. The hotel hosts 252 bedrooms channeling 1920s and 1930s design, a range of men’s and women’s grooming services, six Grade I-listed meeting rooms and two outdoor terraces available to hire on the fully-restored sixth floor and ‘Ned’s Club’, a social and fitness club, where members have access to a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hammam and late-night lounge bar in the bank’s original vault.
Nine restaurants sit in the space, from modern Italian dishes at the Cecconi’s City of London; British brasserie Millie’s Lounge to Malibu Kitchen, which serves up lighter Californian food.
Within the spa offering you’ll find Cheeky, a fast, no-nonsense service for nails, good for those short on time or on a lunch break; Cowshed, a one-stop shop for head-to-toe maintenance; Miguel Perez, the hairdressing salon; Ned’s Barbershop, a classic, speakeasy-style barbershop for the modern gentleman, and make up parlour Trish McEvoy Beauty at The Ned.
The 252 bedrooms range in size from intimate to large-scale suites – all with a nod to 1920s glamour. The 252 bedrooms range in size from intimate to large-scale suites – all with a nod to 1920s glamour. Every bedroom at The Ned has been designed to give guests a relaxed yet memorable stay.
Each 17-19 square metre room comes with a queen-size bed and linen-velvet blackout blinds to ensure a good night’s rest. Inspired by the colours and fabrications of the 1920s, these rooms feature bespoke floral wallpaper, charming rattan bedside tables, and plenty of texture and pattern. Marble mosaic bathrooms contain a walk-in rainforest shower, along with a range of full-size Cowshed products.
Starting from 23 square metres, each room comes with either a queen or king-size low-level bed, with assistance alarm and linen-velvet blackout blinds to ensure a good night’s rest. Inspired by the colour palette of the 1920s and 30s, some rooms feature bespoke floral wallpaper and plenty of texture and pattern. Marble mosaic bathrooms contain either a rainforest shower or low-level bath tub, both with accessible bathroom furniture and fittings, along with a range of full-size Cowshed products to use throughout your stay.
Each feature a queen-size bed, and period touches such as a leather-top drum table, a pair of carved oak chairs and a dressing table. The rooms’ Edwardian feel is enhanced by hand-finished details including silk tassel Victorian lamp shades and bespoke floral wallpaper based on an original 1920s design.
At 25-35 square metres, the Medium rooms are full of Art Deco touches in keeping with the era of the building. A heritage walnut king-size bed, tasselled chaise, richly patterned curtains and floral glass chandelier are complemented by the Jazz Age wall tones, a mirrored cocktail cabinet and velvet club chairs.
Generous 35-45 square metre spaces, ideal for extended stays, the hotel’s Large rooms showcase super king-size beds. In the lounge, there’s a glass palm chandelier, a pair of leather wingback chairs and a vintage bar cabinet. There’s also a mahogany-enclosed bathtub in the bedroom, inspired by Lord Bute’s tub at Cardiff Castle.
Located on the Grade-I listed fifth floor and packed with period features, the Heritage rooms offer a taste of the building’s 1920s heydey. Each of the Heritage rooms boasts original features designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, including French-polished walnut wall panelling and marble fireplaces. Super king-size, canopy or four-poster beds, velvet furniture and antique Art Deco dressing tables nod to the era’s grand transatlantic ocean liners.
Located on the Grade-I listed fifth floor, hallmarks of architect Sir Edwin Lutyens’ signature style have been carefully preserved in each of the unique Grand Heritage rooms. Each room’s original floor-to-ceiling French-polished walnut wall panelling and marble fireplace complement the elegant velvet furniture and a super king-size canopy or four-poster bed. The living area features a vintage silk-covered ottoman, a palm leaf crystal chandelier and a pair of leather wingback chairs.
With an additional living area and generous proportions, Family Rooms are ideal for parents travelling with children. Sleeping up to four people, they include a king-size bed and a separate vintage-style pull-out bed. In the lounge, tassel armchairs and a velvet sofa sit beside a dining table and chairs – perfect for hosting friends or meetings.
Nine restaurants sit amidst The Ned’s historic former banking hall, serving food from around the world. Each of the restaurants has their own distinct space within the banking hall, separated by 92 verdite columns and rows of Grade I-listed walnut banking counters.
A British restaurant and bar, Millie’s Lounge serves classic dishes alongside a selection of English sparkling wines, craft ales and seasonal cocktails.
THE NICKEL BAR
The Nickel Bar serves a menu of time-honoured American staples and classic cocktails from morning until the early hours. The Nickel stage, alongside, has a daily line-up of live performances – from jazz trios to New Music Mondays’ emerging acts.
A traditional New York-style deli serving a selection of favourites to eat in or to go. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; choose your bagel or over-stuffed sandwich fillings, mains and desserts from the menu and order at the counter.
Malibu Kitchen brings Californian food to the City with a healthy menu of superfood salads, cured fish and meat, served from breakfast through to dinner.
An Asian-Pacific-inspired restaurant specialising in healthy food, Kaia is open for lunch and dinner with poke bowls and mains from the grill served over the counter from the kitchen. Kaia-to-go offers to take away coffee, breakfast bites and poke during the day and tropical cocktails in the evening.
A Parisian-style cafe serving coffee, breakfast, lunch and evening charcuterie boards alongside a selection of French wines. Classics include baguettes, rillettes, salads and patisseries available throughout the day. Eat-in for a relaxed meal any time of day or pick up something to-go from the counter.
Situated in a private wood-panelled dining room on the ground floor – once used as the former Bank Manager’s office – Lutyens Grill is a steakhouse serving lunch and dinner for members and hotel guests.
A calming space away from the busy City streets, in which to relax and rejuvenate. The beauty and grooming spaces at The Ned bring together a range of men’s and women’s services in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere.
Cowshed offers a complete range of treatments, including signature massages, facials, manicures and pedicures using The Ned’s own brand of natural products.
Born in an old cowshed at Babington House in Somerset, Cowshed products are proudly made in England using organic plant extracts and essential oils to nourish mind and body while remaining honest and natural.
There’s also a skin rejuvenation bar, offering express and specialist anti-ageing, skin-correcting and express LED light facials, as well as a waxing and grooming parlour.
A fast service for nails, good for those short on time, or on a lunch break. Serious about beauty but relaxed in its approach, Cheeky Nails offers express treatments from a simple file and paint to the Shellac CND Manicure or Pedicure.
There are ten nail stations all with comfy shell cushioned chairs and over 50 Cheeky nail paint colours to choose from as well as Nail Art and French manicure options. You can choose a light bite, House Press juice or protein shake from The Mint Bar or even a glass of fizz.
Offering haircuts, facials, manicures and traditional wet shaves, this is a classic, speakeasy-style barbershop for the modern gentleman. All services, from a haircut to a traditional wet shave or facial use hotel’s own range of styling and skincare products.
With wood-panelled walls and cold beers, it’s perfect for an hour of escape (including a shoe shine) before a big event or a quick spruce-up.
TRISH MCEVOY BEAUTY
Stop by for a ten-minute touch-up or book a makeover or makeup lesson. Quick stop services for face, brows and lips are perfect for taking you from day to dinner.
MIGUEL PEREZ HAIR
In his first stand-alone location, Miguel Perez and his team offer signature cuts, colours, blow-dries and up-dos. There’s also a range of refreshments available from The Mint Bar. You can choose a light bite, House Press juice or something from the wine and cocktail menu.
NED’S CLUB UPSTAIRS
A panoramic rooftop space for members and hotel guests with views of St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond.
Ned’s Club Upstairs has a heated pool overlooking the London skyline and two converted domes with outdoor terraces for eating and drinking. The Roof Bar features a retractable roof and heaters, so you can make the most of the view all year round. (ADULT ONLY)
NED’S CLUB DOWNSTAIRS
Dominating the belly of the building, behind the 20-tonne, two-metre-wide vault door, is the original Midland Bank strongroom, home to The Vault bar & lounge. Reserved for members only, this all-hours cocktail lounge is lined with more than 3,000 original safety deposit boxes. The ideal spot for a nightcap, the bar serves drinks as well as a late-night Italian menu, with DJs, live music and member events.
Built around a 20-metre indoor pool, Ned’s Club Relax is a space in which to unwind – for members and spa guests only.
Complete with a sauna, steam room, traditional Moroccan hammam and eight treatments rooms, there are marble-clad male and female changing areas, and a library-style Club Room where you can enjoy a post-treatment tea or juice from The Mint Bar.