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The Ned Hotel: A Stately London Landmark Transformed, English Vintage Edition

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The Ned Hotel: A Stately London Landmark Transformed, English Vintage Edition

September 27, 2017

New in London: The Ned Hotel, housed in the former Midland Bank building in the center of the city, with lush period interiors reminiscent of Atonement. The building, a Grade 1 heritage landmark, was designed by architect Sir Edwin “Ned” Landseer Lutyens in 1924, but fell into abandonment for eight years before Nick Jones, founder of Soho House & Co., stumbled upon it. Soho House collaborated with Sydell Group (the company behind the glamorous NoMad Hotel in Manhattan) to create a space that is both grand (with nine restaurants, 252 bedrooms, soaring ceilings, arched windows, and the original wooden bank counters and green marble columns intact in the lobby) and charmingly old-fashioned (tapestry-covered pillows, fringed lampshades). We like the mashup: “urbane and gentlemanly” meets English grandmother chic. Here’s a look.

the guest rooms feature period architectural detailing with a \19\20s and \1930 9
Above: The guest rooms feature period architectural detailing with a 1920s and 1930s flair: stately settees, shades of olive, persimmon, and deep red, and Art Deco–style cocktail cabinets.
a guest room features an iron bed frame, velvet ochre colored shades, and a fri 10
Above: A guest room features an iron bed frame, velvet ochre-colored shades, and a fringed standing lamp.
in one of the smaller crash pad rooms: bespoke floral wallpaper and two bedsi 11
Above: In one of the smaller Crash Pad rooms: bespoke floral wallpaper and two bedside lamps—a wall-mounted sconce and a table lamp. A tapestry-style cushion, tied to the bed frame, becomes a headboard.
a vintage style wall mounted desk acts as a vanity. 12
Above: A vintage-style wall-mounted desk acts as a vanity.
the statement fringed lamp. 13
Above: The statement fringed lamp.
the bathroom in a crash pad guest room features a walk in shower, marble detail 14
Above: The bathroom in a Crash Pad guest room features a walk-in shower, marble detailing, and a wooden seat on the commode.
the more stately heritage suite features a canopy bed, a seating area with a &a 15
Above: The more stately Heritage Suite features a canopy bed, a seating area with a “well-stocked cocktail cabinet,” and the original marble fireplace.
also available is the two story duplex suite, with red velvet settee, roll top  16
Above: Also available is the two-story Duplex Suite, with red velvet settee, roll-top bath, and views of the Bank of England.
the studio suite in shades of emerald, freestanding bath and four poster bed i 17
Above: The Studio Suite in shades of emerald, freestanding bath and four-poster bed included.
another suite evokes a vintage office with dark wood paneling and a desk chair  18
Above: Another suite evokes a vintage office with dark wood paneling and a desk chair upholstered in velvet.
the sitting area of the studio suite. (the vintage bar cabinets are a mainstay.) 19
Above: The sitting area of the Studio Suite. (The vintage bar cabinets are a mainstay.)
the terrace suite bathroom features a roll top bath. (for a similar option, see 20
Above: The Terrace Suite bathroom features a roll-top bath. (For a similar option, see The Bute Cast Iron Bath Tub by Drummonds.)
the nickel bar in the lobby, one of the hotel&#8\2\17;s nine establishments 21
Above: The Nickel Bar in the lobby, one of the hotel’s nine establishments, features the bank’s original green marble columns and upholstery in shades of persimmon and green.
another eatery, malibu kitchen, makes use of intimate two person banquettes (pa 22
Above: Another eatery, Malibu Kitchen, makes use of intimate two-person banquettes (paned glass detailing included) under the domed windows (a trademark of Lutyens’).
the more traditional millie&#8\2\17;s lounge, with low slung pink banquette 23
Above: The more traditional Millie’s Lounge, with low-slung pink banquettes.
afternoon tea, on bespoke burleigh china. 24
Above: Afternoon tea, on bespoke Burleigh china.
the old school ned&#8\2\17;s barbershop is a &#8\2\20;speakeasy style b 25
Above: The old-school Ned’s Barbershop is a “speakeasy-style barbershop for the modern gentleman.” In the hotel’s basement, the original bank vaults were left intact, now transformed into lounge-style bars and a members-only pool and spa. In Soho House fashion, there are also options for membership.
the grand, and historic, exterior. 26
Above: The grand, and historic, exterior.

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