The New Ned : Soho comes to the Square Mile

The Ned, a new hotel and membership club boasting no fewer than nine separate restaurants, has opened in a disused bank building plum in the middle of the City of London.

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…


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