London holds a certain magic. Whether it’s down to the intricate sculptures and detail on the centuries old buildings or the iconic River Thames winding its way through London dividing the City from its trendy counterpart, north of the river.
Magic was certainly in the air when I visited The Ned hotel in the City of London. With its sweeping Victorian green marble columns holding up this historic and characterful building, its restoration has been given a quirky twist by those clever people behind the Soho group to create The Ned Hotel. Quite simply it’s like Gringotts without the goblins or dragons (well, you may see a few after dark and a few cocktails down!)
First impressions are majestic with your eye immediately drawn from the marble floor up past those spectacular jade green columns to the glass domed atrium sat above the raised band stand in the middle of the ground floor. I can honestly say throughout my worldly travels I have never been to a hotel where the lobby is so buzzing.
The many restaurants contribute to the loud hum of conversation and clinking of glasses and plates. Then the live band starts up and this music fills your ears as you fill your stomachs with the delights of; Millie’s Lounge for British grub, Cecconis for Italian, The Nickel Bar for American, Malibu Kitchen for Californian, Kaia for Pan-Asian, Cafe Sou for Parisien pastries, Lutyen’s Grill for a meat feast and the sensational Zobler’s for the best smoked salmon bagel of my life! Honestly, I keep dreaming about that bagel. It’s a vice.
Once we had checked in at the historically influenced reception with its rear wall filled with many boxes for every guest’s key, we headed up to the room on the third floor. It was a “Medium” room, decorated in a muted and understated Art Deco style. I particularly loved the drinks tray with beautiful cut glass glassware and mirrored cocktail cabinet, which invited you to shake up a drink whilst relaxing on the velvet club chairs. Not to be missed is the large array of Cow Shed products to use in the bathroom, available at all of the Soho Group’s properties, which is always a nice touch. The bed was super comfy and the room size was perfect for us staying as a couple.
I was excited to discover that there are two members only clubs at the Ned; Ned’s Club Downstairs in the basement vault and Ned’s Club Upstairs on the rooftop. The Vault makes a feature out of the old safe door and is decorated as if you are partying inside the vault too! The rooftop features a heated pool and terraces overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral for eating and drinking, all whilst enjoying the panoramic London views.
We adored our stay here at The Ned and it is somewhere we will definitely visit again when we are back in London later this year… minus the little ones!
Address: 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
Phone: +4420 3828 2000
Price: From S$335/night