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The Ned

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The Ned
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This very cool-looking new five-star hotel comes from a collaboration between the Soho House Group and the Sydell Group (a US business behind The NoMad in New York). They've taken the Grade I-listed former Midland Bank building by Bank and turned it into what looks like a seriously swanky spot, with 252 bedrooms, nine restaurants, grooming centres and a members' area (open to guests, too) called Ned's Club, housing a rooftop pool, a gym, a spa, a hammam and a late night lounge bar. And if you're curious about the name? The building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, known to his friends as 'Ned'. 

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Venue name: The Ned
Address: Poultry 27
London
EC2R 8AJ
Price: £150.00 to £2,330.00 per night
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Tastemaker

The Ned is an absolutely stunning hotel/bar/restaurant/event space. 


Once a grand old bank, the Ned boasts more than 6 floors of opulence. On the ground floor, you’ll find more than six restaurants occupying the vast marbled space of the Ned with a stage for live music and cocktail bar below ground with vault door that would look the party in Ocean’s 11.


You don't need to taste the food to know that The Ned is the place to impress. Dates, business meetings, anniversaries, you name it, The Ned is where you need to be. 


It’s easy to be get lost in the stunning array of bars and restaurants inside the Ned that you forget it is also a hotel. If the pictures are anything to go by, you’re in for a good night sleep.


Its location couldn’t be better either smack bang in the heart of the City and with Bank station literally just outside.


Forget the grander postcodes in West London, the City can come up with some stunning bars and restaurants too and The Ned is one of those places you have to visit.

tastemaker

Wow. What a cool bar they have here... it was like stepping back in time.. the decor and live music reminded me of a very upscale swing lounge for those adorned in pearls and feathered dresses.

Yes they have live music which is a centrepiece in the foyer... honestly you wouldn't know this place existed by just the entrance outside. It's a regular small door and what lies within really does surprise!

Cocktail prices start at £11.50 from what I recall and they weren't bad haha. But hold on.... if and when you go do not forget to get those smoked almond bar snacks! Woah!! Everything in life seems better with those. The best I've ever had in my life... really good and worth just the trip there!!!

tastemaker

This place has a particular taste to it. I recently visited for afternoon at Millie's Lounge, thinking it was a reasonable price, around £35 for tea and a glass of champagne, how could you go wrong!?


Walking through the doors you enter the grand room, still retaining the look and feel of its old host bank. Of course it looks incredible. Marble pillars, tiled flooring, three story high ceiling, you can't stop your eyes widening and taking it in. 


The tea itself was very nice, traditional sandwiches, two scones, and a selection of cakes (all delicious). It's only downfall is the service, there wasn't much. There were also a few sneaky charges we were not impressed with. I personally am not a tea drinker so asked for a coffee, usually at afternoon tea it is not a problem to ask for extra sandwiches (unless it is outlined you can not of course), well this seamed an issue, eventually receiving another plate (with only 3 pieces) to then be charged £6. My coffee was also added to the bill along with a rather large service charge (for two people). 


When questioning the extra charges we were just stared at blankly with a 'whats your point' attitude. 


So whilst the decor and food may be beautiful the staff not so much!

tastemaker

There’s a new kid in town. He’s sexy, chic, cosmopolitan, classy and surprising. Try to resist but there’s little chance you won’t give into his charms. A converted old bank, with all the nostalgia and glamour of an age gone by, restaurants, bars, cafes and a rooftop swimming pool- the Ned has it all.


Go on, indulge in a lunch-break with a twist, a delicious cocktail paired with live piano or a weekend pampering session. 


What makes the Ned a unique addition to the City is its unpretentious charm which has something for everyone. The Ned is in essence a members’ club which has opened its doors also to those for whom the monthly price tag might be a deterrent. There are of course areas open to members only (sadly including the swimming pool), but most restaurants are free for any Londoner to explore, at prices comparable to those of other city venues.  


So what is there to see, do and eat at the Ned? Let’s dive in and focus on your tastebuds to begin with:


Step into the ground floor of this former imposing banking hall and you’ll be welcomed by nine restaurants catering to all tastes and dining quirks. You could discover Cafe Sou, a Parisian cafe, with cute rustic decor, great service, coffee, cakes and baguettes, as well as the house signature omelette with your filling of choice (try the comte fromage with blanc de poulet and a hint of basil). 


What makes Cafe Sou, as well as some of its other Ned neighbours (read on for the rest) special is that they offer tasty food in a relaxed environment, without the fuss of a proper sit down restaurant, where you may need to book in advance and expect lunch to take a good couple of hours. At the same time, lunch at these cafes feels very different to grabbing a quick bite from Pret or Pod. Entering the Ned, you step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get the sense of a genuine break, even if it only lasts half an hour. 


Not in the mood for French snacks? Carry on exploring. A few metres ahead, a New York state of mind awaits. Zobler’s delicatessen, a traditional New York style-deli, serves delicious bagels with fillings to your heart’s content, including the usual suspects (salmon, avocado, grilled cheese) as well as signature pairings like the tasty Broadway classic (eggs, pastrami, bacon, cheddar and pickled green tomato). 


For a warm summer’s day, when your mind feels like escaping the office and dreaming of holidays and sunny beaches, Malibu Ktichen is your friend. Bringing Californian food to the heart of London, this chique cafe will spoil you with a range of tasty, healthy super foods. Recipes are more refined than in Cafe Sou or Zobler’s and the pairings on the more unusual end of the spectrum. They include beetroot tartare with cucumber, pistachio, horseradish and almond aioli or kale with red pecan nuts, apple, radish, sprouts, ginger and miso. I really enjoyed the ceviche with octopus, shrimp, lime and plantain chips but I have to say I was also very jealous of my friend’s courgette and almond flat bread (see picture). Drinks are also more experimental but very tasty and include smoothies and cold-pressed juices like ‘Citrus’ (grapefruit, orange, lemon, turmeric and cayenne pepper.)


Another gem waiting to be discovered is Kaia, an Asian-pacific resto, with very instagrammable dishes. If you fancy a sweet breakfast, you can’t go wrong with any of their smoothie bowls. The idea is simple: the base is a smoothie combining berries, avocado and seeds with a nut milk; the bowl is partially filled with this tasty concoction, then topped with granola, coconut flakes, nut butter and strawberries (or variations thereof). Some of these bowls are too pretty to eat, buy you’ll have to overcome your guilt and dive into this delicious and healthy snack. If you happen to step into Kaia at lunchtime and fancy something savoury, you can go for an equally colourful poke bowl: a Hawaiian staple, combining rice with a range of delicious toppings, including tuna, avocado, papaya or mango.


Of course the Ned also has a nice Italian: Cecconi’s, an all day Venetian brasserie, a classic resto, particularly cozy (if a little noisy) in the evenings.


And the list goes on, but you’ll have to wander in yourself one of these days to discover the rest. 


The Ned is certainly not just a great lunch or brunch spot, but makes for a cozy and somewhat romantic venue for a drink or dinner in the city. The banking hall gets a complete makeover come sunset: think dim lights, the clinking of cocktail glasses and last but not least the live band perfuming all time classics every evening. 


Start your evening off at the Nickel bar, an old school American bar with comfy armchairs, surrounded by cozy bookcases. This bar is an irresistible invitation for laying back into the plush seats, taking a sip of a ‘Nedgroni’ (the Ned twist on the Negroni- bombay sapphire, kamm and sons, rubino, rose, grapefruit) and letting the day fade away. 


The mood is completely different in the evenings, showing how versatile the Ned can be.


The Ned does not just cater to your tastebuds however. If you have some time before dinner or fancy spending a weekend afternoon there, you can relax in one of the beauty places such as ‘Cheeky’, a well known beauty spot with a few London venues, which is bound to leave your fingers and toes feeling happy and colourful. 


And I  know I mentioned the swimming pool is for members only, but there is a way around that if you feel like spending a spa day at the Ned or a night out with a twist. Grab a special someone or a friend and take advantage of the intro rates for some of the Ned rooms. As a guest, you’ll get a sneak peak into some of the members’ areas, the pool including.


Overall, a great addition to the City, which has not yet become a victim of its own success. Let’s hope it stays that way.



tastemaker

What a gorgeous place to go! Whether you're spending a few nights in London, or you need a local bar for a night out or a date - The Ned is stunning. The Vault Bar has such an amazing atmosphere - with the authentic safe deposit boxes all up the walls... there isn't another place like it. Really friendly staff who can't do enough to help and make sure you enjoy your time there. We had a pizza and drinks and it was perfect. (And I thought the bill was going to end up being so much more expensive than it was! ha).

Definitely recommend!

Tastemaker

I visited the Ned last Saturday for drinks and it was just the right amount of busy where you can find a seat but the people around you create a buzz. 


Jazz musicians were placed in the centre on top of a podium and yes the hotel does have several bars and restaurants but what they fail to mention is that most are in the entrance hall of the hotel, and the rest are off limits. 


We started at the Nickel Bar; an american themed cocktail bar with leather stools and low lighting. The cocktails were amazing but service was slow, possibly because we were sat at the back of the bar but with the price of drinks you'd expect staff to be on the ball at all times.


After this we moved over to Millie's Bar; a more relaxed bar and restaurant area with pink sofas and velvet arm chairs. The attention from the waiters seemed to improve here and the menu had a lot more on offer drinks wise. Unfortunately we didn't have a chance to eat here but the food from their traditional British menu looked delicious.


I'll definitely be going back to visit some of their other bars and hopefully get into the illusive Vault one day!

tastemaker

Art Deco Interior heaven, this place is 1920's perfection, The Ned is a lively hotel in the heart of the city, expect live music and a happening atmosphere every night of the week. Part of The Soho House group this is all about beautiful surroundings, beautiful people and a 5 star experience. Unfortunately with so many restaurants and hype the service is lacking, we waited over 20 minutes to be seated at our table in Millies Lounge, and had to ask to order everything from our drinks to napkins. The interiors are delightful and the atmosphere is wildly exciting, here's hoping the teething problems subside and it really lives up to it's 5 star standard.  

tastemakerTastemaker

Okay, so I haven't been to stay in The Ned. But, I did spend a couple of days there in rehearsal for a performance I was part of during the opening week festivities, culminating in the big Wednesday night flash mob last week!


I have to say that the building is impeccably kept. The original design for the bank has been left untouched, save for where repairs needed to be sorted, and everything flows really well. In the main room, the old clerks' desk area in the middle has been transformed into a stage; there are a bunch of restaurants scattered around it in separate sections and yet somehow they do not compete for attention and everything just works.


The staff we met during our time there were so nice and attentive and they did anything they could to help us out, which we really appreciated. Bonus points for feeding us some delicious cheeses, meat and desserts before our performance!


I cannot wait to go back to this incredible place with its stunning rooftop views, cocktail list, and warm, welcoming staff. I look forward to staying there over my 30th birthday next year! (And someday I will get into that Vault bar...!)

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