Get the lowdown on London’s one-stop shop for laidback luxury
Soho House, a group of uber-glam private members clubs, has come together with US bout3ique hotel group, Sydell, to create a luxurious one-stop shop for a weekend in London. The former London’s Midland Bank building is named in tribute to its designer, Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens. A grand marble lobby, original architectural features, and British Art Deco-inspired décor make The Ned elegantly cool, and with 252 rooms, 9 restaurants, 2 pools, and its own membership club, The Ned really does have it all.
We know Soho House do members’ clubs like no one else, but pulling off a multi-million-pound transformation of an incredible building that stood empty for nearly eight years is a tall order by anyone’s standards. The A-Mag team went to see if Soho House has risen to this epic challenge.
Everything! The whole concept of The Ned is that with everything on offer, there’s really no need to leave – and we certainly didn’t want to. From slick gentleman’s eateries like Lutyen’s Grill, to the beautiful Roof Bar, and hearty British comfort foods at Millie’s, The Ned has something to satisfy everyone.
Where to Eat
Kaia is the place for you if you’re after sociable evening dining. We recommend ordering the lamb cutlets and a gorgeous cocktail like the Yuzu Splash to add a tropical touch to an evening with friends.
Eat: Millie’s Lounge
Serving up comforting, British dishes, breakfast at Millie’s is a must. Warming porridges, hearty breakfast baps, and eggs any way you like, are some of our favourites from the Millie’s menu.
Eat: Lutyens Grill
Only for members and hotel guests, this steakhouse is set in the former Bank Manager’s office. Wood-panelling and traditional trolley service give an old-school club feel to the grill. When there, make sure to ask for the pastry of the day.
A great place to shake off the stresses of the week is the Cowshed Spa. Using organic ingredients and produced in England, the Cowshed products make for a really indulgent spa experience. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, head to the skin rejuvenation bar to have your winter complexion revived.
Do: The Roof Bar
No stay at The Ned is complete without a visit to The Roof Bar. Home to an infinity pool, this stylish drinking spot is only open to members and hotel guests. Enjoy your G&Ts with incredible views of London that even the winter weather can’t put a damper on thanks to a retractable roof and heaters.
Do: The Vault
One of London’s best-hidden secrets, this subterranean all-hours bar and lounge is the perfect place for a night cap…if you can get in that is – The Vault is members only and lies behind a 20-tonne circular door. Sip your drink quite literally surrounded by the building’s banking heritage as the walls are embedded with 3,800 original safety deposit boxes.
No longer just a business hub, the Financial District is very much alive and kicking thanks to The Ned. Whether you’re travelling to the city for business or are weekend visitors looking for a quick dose of London luxury, The Ned is a must-visit. Soho House’s founder, Nick Jones, has done the UK proud for creating his global luxury British brand, and now, one of the most innovative hotels that London has seen in a very long time.