Named after its architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, the grand building was opened in 1924 as the City headquarters of the Midland Bank. The £200m hotel conversion is the brainchild of Soho House boss Nick Jones, in association with the New York-based Sydell Group.
The 11-storey hotel has 252 rooms and its restaurants have a combined 660 covers – so, not surprisingly, seven of them welcome non-members or hotel residents, while the biggest, the 178-seater Millie’s Lounge, is open 24 hours a day.
The other restaurants in the former banking hall on the ground floor are the Nickel Bar (pictured), an American-style diner with a live music stage; the Californian-style Malibu Kitchen; Parisian-style Cafe Sou; Zobler’s, a New York-style Jewish deli named after Sydell founder Andrew Zobler; Kaia, which serves healthy Asian and Pacific dishes; and a branch of the Mayfair-based Venetian-style brasserie Cecconi’s.
Members and hotel guests also have privileged access to the Lutyens Grill, an oak-panelled steakhouse on the ground floor, and the rooftop Ned’s Club, which has spectacular City views as well as a rotisserie and grill.
Finally, downstairs in the old bank strongroom is the Vault, a cocktail lounge where Italian food is served late into the night – making a tenth eating venue, if anybody’s still counting…