Housed in the former London HQ of Midland Bank, meeting rooms at The Ned are part of an ambitious hotel project. Converting this once derelict Lutyens-designed building is being masterminded by hospitality experts Soho House, in a joint venture with the Sydell Group.
It is Soho House’s most ambitious conversion yet. The Ned, which takes its name from the architect‘s nick name, Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens, is on a much larger scale than their other properties. The designers are not short of inspiration with vaults, mahogany panelling and other 1920/30s banking artefacts to inspire them.
The Ned Quick Guide
- Former bank and offices totalling 317,000 sq ft
- Close to Bank station
- Eight floors above and three below ground
- Eight restaurants and bars for non-members (plus three for members)
- 250 bedrooms
- Meeting rooms at the Ned are listed below
- Cowshed spa, swimming pool and gymnasium
- A members’ lounge in the original vault lined with safety deposit boxes, depicted in 007’s Goldfinger
- Opens spring 2017
Meeting Rooms at The Ned Reflect a Bygone era
The Tapestry Room (capacity of up to 200)
Featuring original walnut panelling and crystal chandeliers, The Tapestry Room is our most iconic space.
It takes its name from the remarkable pastoral tapestry that wraps around the upper walls – the largest of its kind ever produced in England when it was created in the 1920s.
The Saloon (capacity of up to 120)
Dominated by an 18th-century chandelier from London’s Devonshire House, The Saloon glories in ornate chalk frieze and a restored parquet floor.
The Drawing Room (capacity of up to 60)
Connected to The Saloon, The Drawing Room has a club-like feel, with its restored panelled walls lined with period etchings, paintings and lithographs.
The RWB Room (capacity of up to 60)
Originally the private luncheon room of the Midland Bank’s chairman, Reginald McKenna, The RWB Room is distinguished by its unique light oak panelling, giving it an intimate, informal atmosphere.
The Wren Room (capacity of up to 10)
Named after Sir Christopher Wren, who designed St Mildred’s Church, a previous occupant of the 27 Poultry site,
this room has original chandeliers, wood panelling and a carpet inspired by large-leaf Verdure tapestries.
The Rose Room (capacity of up to 14)
Going back further in history to before the Great Fire, the Rose Tavern stood on the site. This room has a fine chandelier, waist height panelling and a carpet especially designed for the room.
Dining Options at The Ned
- The Nickel Bar – American cafe in the former Grand Banking Hall
- Millie’s Lounge – 24 hour US and UK cuisine
- Café Sou – French
- Lutyens Grill
- Cecconi’s – Italian
- Kaia – Asian-Pacific
- Zobler’s – New York-style Jewish deli.
- Malibu Kitchen – Californian
To keep within planning and conversation regulations, the 250 bedrooms are a mix of large (up to 1076 sq ft) and small (215-323 sq ft) rooms. 180 of them fall into the cosy to medium category. This was a stumbling block for some of the large corporate hotel groups who looked to take on the property, as their brand guidelines demand bigger rooms. Strong styling with all mod cons, including rainforest showers, will no doubt make up for this.
The Ned Membership
Ned guests get access to Ned’s Club, which includes access to the roof top pool with views of St Paul’s, the Roof Bar & Restaurant, and dining in the bank’s domes. Downstairs amongst the safety deposit boxes is another member’s bar and dining option.
Leisure and Beauty
Cowshed spa has an indoor lap pool, hamam, steam room and sauna, gym with yoga studio plus men and ladies grooming salons.
The Ned Address
27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ
For more information on meeting rooms at The Ned get in touch
T 020 8432 4320