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
I stayed here over Bank Holiday with 2girlfriends, we stayed in the Stairwell Suite.
The room was ok - literally in the stairwell of the stairs that take to you the service entrance of the other floors. It was all a little underwhelming - save your money and book a large room instead (which i have also stayed in and was beautiful)
This Stairwell room gains you access to the Rooftop, Spa and Vault Bar.
The staff in the Vault were so rude that we left, as were a few of the staff on the Rooftop and The Nickel Bar. I felt like i wanted to remind them that they worked there not owned the place!
The price you pay for a room the staff should treat guests same
I made a complaint due to some staff being so rude, the lady who checked us out was LOVELY and very apologetic and removed the service charge for the room. I also got an email from The Ned apologising.
Such a shame as we were there to celebrate an engagement and wedding, my two friends and I would not return.
I visited The Ned for dinner as I wanted to see what the ‘hype’ was. I was disappointed. The staff were very lovely and the building itself is nice but that’s it. The food was so average. For one glass of champagne and ravioli, I paid £47! The ravioli you can buy in Tesco is tastier than this. Truly isn’t worth the money to get food here.
We went to the Ned on Sunday and found the place to be very nice. The staff inside were all wonderful. The only problem I had was with the woman on the door with an iPad who gave her name as Jilly. As we approached the entrance it was busy and a great many people were walking straight in but she stopped myself and my wife and asked if we had a reservation as there was a “feast” taking up most of the establishment. I told her that our friends we were meeting had booked. She searched for the booking but could not find it. We said that we’d just wait for them at the bar but she made us stand there awkwardly and embarrassingly for some moments before eventually relenting and telling us we could go in to have a drink at the bar, as we had already suggested. Our discomfort was more pronounced as we were the only non white people going in amongst many.
Jilly left a bad taste for us what for what was otherwise a wonderful birthday celebration.
Booked to stay over as we were in London for a Ripper tour. I have to say, this hotel offers you everything. The amenities in the rooms are amazing, they have covered everything you may have forgotten to pack. The room was sound and we could not hear anything outside the room. You really dont have to leave this hotel, there are so many restaurants to choose from, we ate in Millies but will do a separate review for this. If you stay over you get access to the club downstairs, and what a night we had, after eating dinner, we went down for a few extra drinks and to dance into the early hours - just a fabulous hotel - will definately return with our whole familiy for another great eating experience and stay over.
I’ve just returned from a single night stay in a medium room here. This was a last minute trip for my husband’s birthday including spa treatments etc at the Cowshed and dinner at Cecconis and drinks downstairs in the Vault bar. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay and I have already recommended to family. I am personally not normally a fan of massive hotels. But this one really challenged me. The entire stay was excellent. The atmosphere throughout all the public areas/restaurants (of which there are multiple) etc was buzzy and vibrant and style very much 1920’s and celebrating the incredible architecture that comprised the original East Midlands Bank. The staff were extremely helpful from the minute we checked in (they accommodated an earlier check in as I had mentioned on the phone we would likely be dropping our bags off before check in) to checkout where they didn’t rushed us out but took the time to really understand how we found the stay. The room itself was beautiful with glamorous 1920’s style furniture (beautiful mahogany wardrobe, well considered lighting, huge comfortable queen size bed and frosted glass finishes on the period cabinets/dressing stations etc, stunning cocktail glasses, delicate teapot and crockery etc). For a medium room it was also significantly bigger than expected for an inner city hotel and had very effective blackout curtains. There was a small separate corridor leading to bathroom complete with a whole host of cowshed products. The shower (overhead rain and hand held addition) was hot and powerful (a must for a good hotels stay that is often not always the case in other 5 star properties). The spa was beautiful and the treatments excellent as expected.
We dined at Cecconis at 10pm and even then it was still in fully swing with a great atmosphere and charming service despite it being late in their shifts. We also enjoyed a few cocktails in the underground vault bar where the music/style/atmosphere was very much American Speakeasy like.
Breakfast as Millie’s was fantastic and included in the room rate which we found reasonable and comparable for other five star properties (please check your special booking as breakfast not included as standard). Where breakfast is included there are multiple restaurants you can take it out including more healthier options in the smaller restaurants to be found nothing the lobby.
One thing to note - if you are considering booking this hotel do so direct with them (online or by phone). Depending on the room type you can get access to the NED downstairs or NED upstairs members areas and SPA etc. We had medium room (second level from bottom) and were able to visit the spa and downstairs areas. Booking via aggregators such as booking.com or Expedia do not always include this for the same room type and I believe this is often missed by some bookers leading to disappointment in arrival.
If you are looking for a memorable, unique and memorable stay in an incredible building with fantastic facilities and dining options please don’t hesitate to book this hotel.