I think the first word we both said walking through the doors to The Ned was Wow!
Marianne and I went to London together for the first time since Steve Jobs – Apple’s former CEO – died in October 2011. No plans. No xmas shopping on the agenda. Just the two of us together to relax and enjoy our own company. Some shopping. And off course, some eating as well.
Walked right into entertainment
It’s almost overwhelming to step into The Ned. The old bank downtown in The City of London, has been rebuilt into a 252-room hotel, with nine restaurants, roof terrace bar, two pools and a spa. And this magnificent check-in desk.
We arrived late in a Thursday evening, and found our selves in a oasis of people enjoying food and music – and each other. And everything in a 1920’s atmosphere.
The devil is in the details
Everything at The Ned is perfected. Every little detail leaves no question as to where you are…back in time. In an old bank. Downstairs you will amongst many things find the old vault. Which has been turned into a members club bar – where you are not allowed to take any pictures.
I could have stayed in the room forever
We stayed for three nights on the second floor. Not the most exciting view from the room. That does not matter, with such an amazing room. The Ned had it all figured out. Everything you need, you will find in your room. Or they will bring it to you. I even got my shirts ironed – for free (Read: included in the price).
We could have stayed at The Ned forever, actually
I guess we have our selves to blame for not fully checking out the hotel in advance. We had heard a lot about the The Ned. The Soho House’s new hotel in The City of London. Close to The Eye, and just a few minutes walk from St Pauls Cathedral.
But little did we know about the restaurants. The history. From the pictures at Booking.com I did not get the impression of the size of the hotel. The style however. But this is a huge hotel. In particular when it comes to the ground floor, and it’s restaurants. But in a good way. The service is impeccable. Everything is actually as close to perfect as it can be. That’s probably why it has 9.1 rating on Booking.com. It’s also ranked #2 on Foursquare.
This is what The Guardian had to say about The Ned in July, 2017:
– After my first day of virtually living at The Ned, a certain institutionalisation sets in: the perfect temperature, the lovely staff (lord knows what’ll happen post-Brexit: there’s hardly a British voice), the unmistakable beauty.
The Ned is pure perfection
Enjoy the rooftop if you are a resident
If you want to really escape from it all, even the restaurants on the ground floor, and you are staying as a hotel resident, take the elevator to the 8th floor. For a drink. For a snack or a meal. For a swim in the heated outdoor pool. Or just for the view.
We simply loved The Ned
The Ned is a fantastic hotel. It’s big. It can be a bit noisy, and it is somewhat a bit “off” the typical shopping-streets of London. It did walk all the way from the hotel to Oxford Street on our last day. It took me an hour. I did it, because I wanted to see as much as possible.
* From one of our Uber-trips I just had to take a picture of the old, classic London taxis. And what is more classic than a London taxi together with Buckingham Palace.
For the most part we booked an Uber when we went out. To eat at Hakassan or to shop in Notting Hill. Al though Uber Pop is not “around” you have plenty of other Uber services to chose from. Just be aware of the traffic and plan accordingly. Driving from The Ned to Notting Hill takes around 30 minutes. But it’s worth it.
* Marianne and I together with the General Manager at Hakkasan Mayfair, Aurelien Pottier.
And after a long day out, you will always enjoy returning to The Ned for some live music.
The Ned can make you cry. But only because you eventually have to leave.
Planning on a trip to London?
You should seriously consider staying at The Ned. We are pretty sure you will not regret (or forget) it.