What happens when London-based Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group join forces? The Ned. The Ned is what happens and it’s going to be big. Not just big but humungous.
Anywhere that is going to house nine restaurants, 252 bedrooms, a club, rooftop pool, gym, spa, hamam and late night bar needs to be rather roomy, which is why it’ll be opening in the iconic former Midland Bank building – designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924.
If you’re a member, then you’ll want to head to the roof as Ned’s Club Upstairs will give you unparalleled views across our fair city. That said we’d probably be making the most out of the rooftop pool, when you want to eat there’ll be the Canopy Bar & Restaurant and for a more intimate drink you’ll want the Princes Street or Poultry Domes.
With its twenty tonne, two metre-wide door and 3,000 stainless steel deposit boxes you might think Ned’s Club Downstairs is like something out of a James Bond film and you wouldn’t be wrong; housed in the original vault, it inspired the design of Fort Know in the 1964 film Goldfinger. You won’t find Bond, but you will find classic cocktails and that goes someway to making up for the lack of sartorial spies. Beyond drinks you’ll find Ned’s Club Active home to cardio, strength and training equipment, a boxing gym, Pilates and yoga studio and spinning at House Ride. Or if you’d rather sweat another way then head to the sauna and steam room at Ned’s Club Relax which also features a swimming pool and hamam.
For those who aren’t members you still have a choice of seven restaurants, which should keep you busy for a while. You’ve got American café, The Penny; a mix of British and American classics at Millie’s Lounge, Cecconi’s City of London (sister to the Mayfair site) serving up Italian dishes; a New York style Jewish deli in the form of Zobler’s, Café Sou London will be a Parisian café and finally you have The Grill Room, a British hotel grill. See, plenty for you to work through.
As well as six private hire rooms and two terraces, there’ll be 252 bedrooms each channelling the 1920s and 1930s and ranging from Small, (think floral wallpaper, wicker bedside tables and 1920s brass beds) to Large – with high ceilings, walnut panelling and grand four-poster beds hung with ornate fabrics. For those going for Medium you can expect Art Deco furniture and Edwardian tastes. We’ll of course be vying for one of the suites, well, wouldn’t you? It does have its own private bar and direct access to the roof. Luxe.
The Ned: Opens 2nd May 2017, 27 Poultry, Bank, EC2R 8AJ, www.thened.com
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