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The Ned: huge hotel project inside the former Midland Bank.

by Laura on July 29, 2016

Some hotel projects are bigger than others. The Ned is a hotel opening in London in early 2017, which will be more ambitious than most.

Situated in the former Midland Bank headquarters, the hotel will have 252 bedrooms. But that’s not all. The sprawling ground floor of the hotel will host a whopping seven restaurants, and there will also be rooftop and indoor pools, a gym, a spa and a hamam.

The hotel is a joint project between Soho House Group and Sydell, and will also feature Ned’s Club, a private members’ club with more than 2,400 square metres of space and two more restaurants.

The Ned –  named after Sir Edwin Ludyens, who designed the building – isn’t the first hotel in London to have a large number of eateries.

the ned penny

The Savoy has seven options for eating and drinking, while Claridge’s has five and The Connaught six. Nine is certainly more than average, however, even for a luxury hotel. There will be dining options in Ned’s Club, the Canopy Bar and Restaurant, and two Dome bars. There will also be a basement bar serving food from Cecconi’s Italian restaurant on the ground floor.

Other eateries on the ground floor range from American cafe The Penny to Japanese grill Pen Yen. There’s an option for every day of the week, so you certainly won’t get bored.

The 252 bedrooms at The Ned are inspired by the 1920s and ’30s, featuring vintage pieces and hand-knotted Afghan rugs – plus a modern touch from rain forest showers. Guests at the hotel can enjoy temporary membership with Ned’s Club, allowing them access to all the facilities.

Rooms are classed as small, medium, large and suites.

the ned room

The smallest ones look set to be snug, but there’s still room for a brass bed and table and chair. As is to be expected, the suites look like they will be pretty impressive. The hotel’s website showcases the former chef’s headquarters, now a suite with its own bar and access to the roof.

The Ned also features a variety of spaces to hire for meeting and events. They include six private hire rooms, plus two terraces. The grand spaces are sure to impress, whether you book them for a business meeting or a party.

The Ned is set to open in early 2017, although considering the scale of the development, there’s a chance it won’t quite be on time. We’ll soon see if it stays on schedule and is revealed to be as impressive as it sounds.

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Photo credits: The Ned.

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