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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.
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