The Ned

When we heard that Soho House was setting up in the City of London we were a little surprised—it is, after all, notorious for its strict media-and-creatives-only membership policy—but The Ned is a different proposition altogether. Created in collaboration with New York’s Sydell Group, and located in the capital’s iconic Midland Bank building, designed by Sir Edwin “Ned” Lutyens in 1924, The Ned takes Nick Jones’s signature “home away from home” aesthetic and amplifies it to something bigger and bolder. For members, Ned’s Club Upstairs has a rooftop with 360-degree views of London, as well as a pool, two private bars and a restaurant; while its Downstairs counterpart, set in bank’s original vault, will play host to the Vault Room lounge bar. There’s also a gym like no other (see: marble changing rooms), plus a 20-metre swimming pool and hammam. Then there are 252 beautifully fitted bedrooms, all filled with vintage 1920s and 1930s pieces, while the former Grand Banking Hall will be home to eight public restaurants, including a new Cecconi’s.

The Ned27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ; @thenedlondon

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