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
11 of us went to celebrate with my parents. When we arrived it was very chaotic with people waiting everywhere. There was a queue for the check in desk and when it was our turn we were told to wait and someone went to see if our table was ready. Eventually it was .... so we sat down at 14.10 for a 14.00 booking so wasn’t too bad. We were sat in a wood panelled room which was lovely and the waiters were very very good.
However the main problem is the time limit. You are given only 2 hours which when there’s 11 of you is simply not enough. By the time we’d all got up and queued for the various buffets we felt like we were leaving still chewing our dessert. Usually after a meal you like to have a chat over a bottle of wine but nope, not here. We had to gulp down our remaining wine. The waiters told us when we had 45 minutes left at our table, then 20 minutes, then at 10 minutes the bill came and then lots of clock watching. Such a shame as they were fabulous waiters in every other way.
The Ned is a fabulous building. However there were so many people moving aboutgpung back and forth to the different buffets it just gave the impression of chaos.
The food however was very good. An abundance of amazing food including lobster, oysters, roasts. The food could not be criticised at all.
My parents chose to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary at The Ned as that was where they met in 1958 when it was Midland Bank.
Fraser Paterson the Night Manager was aware of this and offered to give them a tour of some of the building which was simply fabulous. This meant such a lot to my parents and we are so grateful to him for doing this.
I would definitely go back but maybe in a smaller group,
Huge room ten restaurants
Loved the live music and the glamour
Reasonably priced food and drinks
Happy friendly staff and beautiful swimming pools
Completely fell in love with the place and didn’t want to leave
I ate my own body weight in lobster, oysters, prawns, Yorkshire puddings and roast beef for 55£.
Amazing food and I would definitely go back. Also the sausage rolls were some of the best I have ever had.
Amazing hidden gem in the City, romantic weekend for two.... cozy room in topsy turvy hallway. Amazing bathroom with large bathtub for two and comfy bed. Fabulous bars and restaurants with trendy buzz within the hotel. From the outside you wouldn't know what lies behind the front doors! Service was great and nothing too much trouble.
- Attentive service
- Luxury setting
- Dessert table offered a few nice options
- Tea/Coffee drink is included
- Most suited to meat eaters
- Great Location - 1min walk from Bank station
- No strict dress code - but I’d go smart casual
- Majority of “buffet” is salads
- Small buffet - so don’t be fooled. Only one row, that repeats itself on the opposite side
- They’re not transparent about what’s included in the buffet, so they can drop any items they like - so it’s hit and miss eg we were expecting breakfast items (being the first booking at 12pm) and there was NO breakfast options. It’s called a “brunch” but NO breakfast items. Just avocado on toast - which is more of a lunch
- NO vegan options - bar a thumbnail sized cake
- NO vegetarian mains - there’s a goopy substance as a side dish for the roast that’s meant to resemble cauliflower cheese. It’s goop. Pure goop. And laid out with a intentionally poor serving spatula so you’re unable to place more than a spoonful in your plate
- NO equal monetary alternatives for the included Prosecco e.g. Mocktail. Just a juice or soft drink - nothing ‘special’ about that
- Seafood options include - poorly cut pieces of lobster with next to no meat in them. Used for the visual appeal, not to actually eat. Plus oysters and some tiny pieces of smoked salmon
- Roast potatoes are awful
- Most Yorkshire puddings are hard
- Asked for a birthday plate and was given a the thumbnail sized cake. Looked ridiculous and was embarrassing
- Majority of customers are obnoxious snobs
- Meat eaters get - two types of roast and a sausage roll as additions. Yes, that’s it.
- A 12.5% service charge is added
Verdict: Style over substance.
If you want an actual buffet to indulge in don’t bother.
If you want to sit in a fancy setting and indulge in as many leaves as possible, go for it.
Waste of money.