What We Love
- Free five-minute touch-ups in the Trish McEvoy makeup parlor
- Need something to wear tonight? Guest room phones have Net-a-Porter on speed-dial
- The full-size Cowshed products in the bathroom
What To Know
- No photos are allowed in members' areas
- Queues to check in can be long
- The fitness center has three Pilates studios and a boxing gym
Over-sized, over the top, and almost ludicrously overflowing with options—ten restaurants, a barber shop, six-stage hammam experiences—The Ned is not for the faint of heart. Housed in a former bank in the City, The Ned went from a Grade I-listed building to London’s most see-and-be-seen spot for hip crowds, City bankers, and anyone who appreciates spectacular architecture. Plenty of details from the bank remain, including wooden teller’s booths that have been turned into restaurant seating, and the décor nods to the past while keeping modern comfort a priority: old-school paisley prints cover headboards and rotary phones sit on bedside tables, but WiFi is free and there are cocktail-making supplies in the roll-top drink cabinets. Whether you need a steam, a massage, a manicure, a shave, or a makeover, there’s a venue to do it in at The Ned, and the sheer variety of restaurants, from Jewish deli to Parisian café to Venetian brasserie, means there’s something to please everyone. The jaw-droppingly beautiful spaces that house them are worth the price of admission alone.
In the Area
The City of London is an increasingly popular area in which to bed down, thanks, in part, to proximity to sights like St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Mithraeum (site of a Roman temple) but there are lots of good eating and drinking options within walking distance of the hotel. Pop over to Gordon Ramsay’s all-day Bread Street Kitchen for everything from hearty breakfasts to pre-dinner cocktails. It’s all too easy to while away an afternoon at The Oyster Shed, on the banks on the Thames, what with its has fab water views, local craft beer, and a menu heavy on fresh seafood. The heated rooftop garden at Coq d’Argent is another popular choice for a rendezvous over classic French food and a bottle or two of wine; it’s just across the street from the hotel. Exploring the rest of London is easy thanks to the Underground station just by the hotel.
How to Get There
The Ned was created when an old bank palace was turn over to become a hotel in the hart of the City, two minutes from The Bank. The restaurants, bars and reception are all located in what used to be the largest bank hall in Europe (I was told..). The decor and style is retro chic and has an air of the 1920 - 30's. Rooms are all individual and really comfortable. The main restaurant has a stage in the middle where music performances are common. A superb jazzband was playing when I stayed there. Exclusive fitness club and swimmingpool are just two additional features of this fantastic hotel.
What an excellent use for an old bank building. The interior is well worth spending time just looking around and enjoying. The are several bars and restaurants to choose from in the hotel.
The rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished and clean.
The staff are very good and helpful what you would expect for a quality hotel.
Me and my wife have just returned from a two night stay at The Ned and can’t talk highly enough of this place. Everything was superb from as soon as we entered til we left, staff your great, the service was great, rooms exceptionally clean and tidy. The rooftop restaurant and bar is a must and also the vault bar. Breakfast was also excellent. It’s obviously not the cheapest but you definitely get what you pay for here.
We will definitely be staying again.
We ate at the American deli restaurant. The surroundings were magnificent and I was looking forward to a lovely dining experience. The person showing us to our table barely acknowledged us, we waited ages before someone took our meal, two of the three meals were lukewarm on arrival, the third, a salad, was delivered after the other two dishes and was wrong! We were charged for this mistake. A poor performance from everyone. What a shame
The Ned is in the beautiful old Midland Bank Building (near Bank Tube Station) so the interior is stunning.
We went to “Ned’s Sunday feast” (£45 per person for as much food as you can eat plus a glass of prosecco on arrival; additional drinks charged separately). The amount of food was phenomenal; it was piled high and never seemed to get any less. All the food was fresh, plentiful and well cooked but I have to give a special mention to the pastry chef as the pastries on the dessert counter were beyond amazing.
There was a band singing in the centre of the restaurant and it’s well worth going downstairs to the washrooms as you get to see the old bank vault including all the old safe deposit boxes.
The service was impeccable - staff were attentive yet discreet.