The Soho House empire have hit the jackpot again by successfully nailing one of the best London transformations to date. Previously home to the Midland Bank Headquarters, the building has been completely restored into an outstanding development which houses a 252-bedrom hotel, a spa, a rooftop bar, nine restaurants and two swimming pools.
Arriving at the location on a crisp Friday night at approximately 10pm, we strutted into The Ned extremely excited to see what the venue had in store. I honestly turned to my friend and gasped with approval. Literally pausing to take it in the impressively large 3000 square foot lobby, which was currently swarming with people laughing, dining, conversing and dancing, I immediately knew that The Ned had already made it in into one of my favourite spots in London.
As soon as we found a comfortable spot to perch, we settled on a fine bottle of Sauvignon Blanc at The Nickel Bar, somewhat away from the buzz but still close enough to enjoy the live Jazz performances which were taking place in what I can only call the craziest centre stage within the middle of the lobby.
The grade I building reportedly cost a staggering £200 million to renovate. Oozing 1920’s and 1930’s glamour, the attention to detail is truly outstanding. Whether it’s the huge towering columns surrounding you, or the luxurious marble flooring, there will always be something that will capture your attention.
Looking back on the evening, I felt like there is so much more to explore in this development, perhaps a dining experience is due. I’m highly convinced that I will be visiting The Ned, sooner rather than later.