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
Great place for a very special peach Bellini if you are passing! We did add a very tasty pizza to our stop which we could eat at the bar rather than have to have a table for food. Impeccable service, relaxing background trio group added to the opulence. Don’t miss it!
I had a lovely stay in the Ned recently- my comfort room was much bigger than I thought it would be and the bed was so comfortable that it was a dream sleep. The bathroom had all the products you would ever need (don’t worry if you forget anything it’s provided) and the hotel on a night was super quite despite being right in the city on a Friday night.
I could not fault the staff on check in either, I arrived two hours before check in but had let them know in advance that this would happen so my room was actually ready early.
The only downside I would say is that the next morning I met a friend for breakfast in cecconi’s it was 10:30 in the morning and was very quiet (there was 3 tables full-all 2 people) however the service was very slow and when we ordered the same thing (which was delicious) mine arrived about 10 minutes before my friends and when we wanted to pay again it took 15 minutes before someone came to take the payment.
Overall a beautiful hotel, lovely room and great staff but think the restaurant service could be looked at.
I have been on a few occasions to the Ned for drinks. It was previously a HSBC bank branch and it has retained the vault feature for its downstair night club. (Some background info there!)
The place itself is very grand and impressive. I always enjoy my time there for drinks. Drinks are relatively expensive and they always comes with a service charge. Even if you are at the bar and they don’t provide you with a service they still charge you it is a bit of a big Bare of mines but of course I don’t wish to start a dialogue concerning this when out with friends!
It has multiple restaurants the one in which my pictures are of is the Japanese restaurant. I had the spring rolls which were lovely they come with a sauce so they aren’t too dry. The Japanese chicken as a starter is a must have it’s friend chicken with a kind of lemon taste.
I also had the Hawaiian chicken that too comes with a sort of lemon sauce. It is very busy so I would recommend booking ahead 100%.
The Ned is definitely a place you need to visit for a drink or 2.