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 is an entirely unique experience -- never experienced anything like it before. The Lobby is a madhouse mashup of four different restaurants that at the Chistmas season at least seemed to function as a Christmas function/nightclub seven nights a week. This leads to the one drawback -- the Lobby is noisy and the guestrooms (at least mine on the Third Floor) -- will have Lobby noise until about 1130pm or Midnight. So factor that in. On the other hand, if the bouncer lookout on the street doesn't turn you away from The Ned, the energy is strong and a bit electric.
I was on business, so I had documents to scan: No problem. Well done. Room wifi was strong and had no issues getting on or working. The Victorian table in my room had plenty of space and was near outlets.
The room was noteworthy: very large heartwood floor not often seen in a large hotel -- more B&B in feel. Clawfoot tub in the middle of my room was different. Victorian furniture -- but arranged to be functional and warm/cozy. Bathroom was ample and shower was great with rainfall showerhead. The disorienting part was ten large Cowshed bottles. It took me a shower or two to figure out whether I wanted to be a grumpy cow or an edgy cow in my shampoo. But it was a lark to have such choices. The bed was good; good sleep quality. I went to sleep after midnight and so it seemed that the noise was off downstairs by midnight each night.
Breakfast in any one of the four restaurants in the lobby is great. Also had very good room service. Also had a drink in the bar upstairs -- there's a nice view in the rooftop bar.
Overall, if you can get past the first arrival jet-lag-underscoring chaos of the lobby with a bouncer and rooms with dimly lit Victorian hallway lamps, you will discover a different hotel experience. I will be back. And less expensive than some other hotels in the CIty, such as Threadneedles.
We had our Christmas party at Millies restaurant, in The Ned. The food was great and the staff were very attentive. The prices were a bit high to make this a regular destination but maybe once a year. Excellent and interesting venue, with a number of different restaurants, all under one roof.
Wow amazing hotel we had a brilliant time the rooms the food the bar and ambiance all perfect. Prices are high for alcohol that's the only gripe apart from that highley recommended for a visit even call in for a drink old bank nostalgia
I have visited the Ned on many occasions since it opened and eaten in many restaurants. Members of my family worked on The Ned, mainly in the designing and furnishing of the hotel, so seeing it on completion always makes me smile. I recommended to our friends and we decided to have our Christmas night out at The Ned. We all booked rooms separately. I booked mine Through Booking.com - cosy room £320 - no breakfast (we did book breakfast at Millie’s). One friend booked a room direct paid £350 with breakfast. The reason I booked booking.com was that I don’t like paying in advance as in (try before you buy!). I don’t quite understand why after actually £10 more for room and breakfast compared to other people booking direct we weren’t allowed access to the vault bar. I believe there were other areas that were unavailable for us. How can you treat guests differently just by how they book a room ? It’s disgusting. We did get into the bar as our friends were “allowed” guests... but what a performance. The bar was interesting but nothing special and again the staff were ghastly. “Jobsworths” rather than friendly. Telling guests to not take photos! Next was breakfast at Millie’s - 9.30 for 6 people you would think it would be great but the service was soooo slow and they kept forgetting things from the order. It took over an hour for us to all to get our breakfast. Even asking staff more than once things still didn’t arrive. Staff were more interested in getting the food on the counters for the Millie’s brunch! Very uninterested staff. Overall I would look at other hotels with friendlier, professional staff and ignore the hype of The Ned! Very disappointed with being “second class guest” by not booking direct !
Awful service after raising an issue with management this was pretty much ignored and we went very uncomfortable here. Could be a lovely place but staff have a terrible attitude and many other customers are rude. Definitely will not return. Beige as hell I would rather stick pins in my eyes than spend a night here