AD | PR Visit We visited The Ned London when it first opened in 2017 and were recently invited back to see how this gorgeous hotel has found its place in the heart of London.
With its impressive formal white façade, there’s no forgetting that The Ned London was once the Midland Bank’s headquarters. Having been empty for years, the building was bought in 2012 by Soho House founder Nick Jones and lovingly turned into a 250-room hotel inspired by 1930s ocean liners and with all the feel of a beautiful old, well-established hotel.
Welcomed by a gentleman in formal attire, including a dapper bowler hat, we entered the hotel and took in the stunning interior – black and white tiled floor and striking green columns. Contemporary touches sit aside period elements perfectly, with button-back sofas and leather armchairs just waiting to be sunk into.
There is so much to take in at The Ned London. With a stage high up to host nightly live entertainment, it also has seven restaurants and three bars in its 3000 square metres former banking hall. From classic British, Italian and Asian-Pacific restaurants to an American diner, each spot has a menu refreshed weekly. From your table at any restaurant, you can enjoy the live music, and there was such a buzz as we made our way through the lobby to our room.
Our suite at The Ned London
Most of the rooms used to be bankers’ offices, with the larger meeting and wedding rooms having once been boardrooms and the vault downstairs transformed into a bar and lounge – a fabulous late-night club space. Our suite was so stylish and just beautiful. The bathroom, especially, was gorgeous.
The attention to detail was stunning, with black and white tiled floor and Cowshed products you can purchase to take home with you. Everything has been carefully thought through, from hair straighteners to various device chargers, with every amenity you could desire. A sweet little desk, stool and lamp made for a glamourous dressing table, and all the details are so beautiful, with an old-style radio just waiting to be used on the bedside table on one side and an old-style telephone on the other.
Each window has a tapestry as a shade, and Ned’s china is available to enjoy a delicious cup of tea. The room was beautiful, modern, warm and inviting, with a lovely rug adorning the floor and the walls hosting old drawings – a perfect place to relax and unwind.
Ned’s Club Spa
Ned’s Club Spa is a tranquil dream. Located in the basement, it is impressive with its pillars, gorgeous wallpaper and lighting, creating a perfectly peaceful atmosphere. The spa offers a range of treatments, manicures and hairdressing services and a traditional Moroccan hammam. We stayed a while to swim and relax on the beautiful loungers; it would be such a lovely place to come and draw breath just before your wedding or to enjoy after the big day is over.
Dining at The Ned London
Back to our room to dress for dinner, then off to Cecconi’s – the Italian restaurant, and the buzz of the ground floor banking hall. There was such a lovely atmosphere, and we were so well cared for by Alessandro and Andras.
The restaurant got busier, but we couldn’t have looked after better. Pre-dinner cocktails came highly recommended, with a new seasonal Pear Drop cocktail enjoyed before a stunning charcuterie board, followed by courgette frites and a beautiful dipping sauce. Burrata and tomatoes start with a delicious lobster linguine and steak, then tiramisu and baba to finish. Expert wine recommendations were enjoyed with the meal, and there was such a party atmosphere we didn’t want to head straight back to our room.
We wandered around the hall, breathing in the fun vibes, and finally went to bed. Turn down was lovely, with those tapestry curtains completely visible now, and we slept soundly before another day in London.
Ned’s Club and Breakfast
Before breakfast, we snuck up to the rooftop members-only pool and were allowed to have a dip. With views to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and other iconic London landmarks, this is one special club to be part of, and we loved having just a taste. A quick shower and it was down to Electric Bar & Diner for a proper American breakfast.
With red leather booths, American diner uniforms and neon signs, the coffee flowed freely, and we also had to try an Oreo milkshake. An American breakfast for my husband and a tasty omelette for me was the perfect way to start the day, and we then checked out the wedding facilities.
Weddings at The Ned London
With a package including a full range of services, it really couldn’t be easier to plan a wedding at The Ned. You can hire out the historic sixth floor, with a range of rooms to choose from for your ceremony.
Each has period features, vintage chandeliers, wood panelling, and plenty of natural light. Smaller rooms can host more intimate weddings, and larger rooms can accommodate up to 200 guests.
And then, before we knew it, it was time to leave. The Ned London really has hit its stride. We were stunned and thrilled with the incredible design, wonderful service and delicious food. We hope it’s not too long until we’re back again!
My five 5 Star highlights:
The Pear Drop cocktail – is just divine.
Lobster linguine at Cecconi’s – delicious authentic Italian food.
Spa and hammam – so relaxing, you forget you’re in the centre of London!