Lon­don’s best beds

ELLE (Malaysia) - - TRAVEL FEATURE -

The Ned opened ear­lier this year in the for­mer Mid­land Bank, a Grade 1 listed, mar­ble­filled mono­lith in Lon­don’s fi­nan­cial district, just a short jour­ney from East Lon­don’s bars and gal­leries, and cen­tral Lon­don tourist at­trac­tions such as The Tower of Lon­don and West­min­ster. There’s a lot of space to fill, and care­fully, given its listed sta­tus, but not an inch has been wasted. Mul­ti­ple bars and restau­rants, a state-of-the-art gym com­plete with box­ing ring, sev­eral swim­ming pools, a bar­ber, beauty sa­lon and Soho House’s fa­mous Cow­shed spa of­fer ev­ery­thing you need for a deca­dent week­end within four walls.

Soho House ex­cels in cre­at­ing a very Bri­tish room. For their first part­ner­ship with Amer­i­can hote­liers the Sy­dell Group they’ve re­tained that aes­thetic but played up the clubby vibes and added a touch of 1920s glam­our in a nod to the bank’s found­ing date. Lush tex­tiles, rich jewel tones and a suite of Cow­shed prod­ucts in the bath­room add up to 252 don’t-want-to-leave-them rooms and suites.

In a word, hot. The Ned is the open­ing of the year, in terms of both square me­tres and col­umn inches. From break­fast meet­ings to power lunches to steamy night­caps, it is the place to be in Lon­don right now. There’s live mu­sic ev­ery night on the ground floor, but as a guest you’ll also have ac­cess to Ned Club priv­i­leges such as the cock­tail lounge in the base­ment’s bank vaults and the rooftop pool and ter­races over­look­ing St Paul’s Cathe­dral.

You won’t go hun­gry, or thirsty for that mat­ter. The nine restau­rants and bars in­clude a clas­sic Bri­tish grill, a Vene­tian brasserie, a Cali­in­spired salad stop, a Parisian café, a Hawaiian poke bowl place and a New York-style deli.

The Ned, 27 Poul­try, EC2R 8AJ, +44 (0)20 3828 2000, thened.com. Cosy rooms from £250 (ap­prox. RM1,375) per night.

The four-poster bed of your dreams

The rooms, while all in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed, have a clubby-meetscosy feel The un­der­ground pool

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