Review: The Ned, London
“More glamour that you normally expect in central London…”
The building sat vacant for eight years before Nick Jones and his team of collaborators took over, completely refurbishing the space with an opulent 1920s aesthetic. The public ground floor has seven bars and restaurants in the old 3000 sq.m banking hall, while four private event spaces sit on the sixth floor with their own reception and a couple of smaller meeting rooms (for 10-14 people).
The largest event space – the Tapestry Room – used to be the Chairman’s boardroom, with walnut panelling and wraparound period tapestry (the largest of its kind ever produced in the 1920s), catering for 120 on rounds or 200 for a standing reception. A very formal room, the high windows give it quite a dark and sombre feel by day, but a room like this by candlelight would be stunning – it has a Downton Abbey glamour to it.
The much brighter, slightly smaller Saloon can seat 70 for dinner or take 120 for a reception, but can be combined with the Drawing Room next door, a cosy, clubby space which can also work as an ante-room for a smaller dinner. If you don’t mind your delegates being split between the two rooms, they can also take 200 for a reception when combined.
Event guests can make use of the two small terraces, with views over the city, but they aren’t big enough to be event spaces in their own right – excellent for coffee or telephone breaks however. The only real downside is that event guests need to find their way between all the eateries to discover the lifts before ascending to the sixth floor. The route isn’t obvious, but most delegates will get there eventually.
The overall feel is warm, international and exclusive, with more glamour than can usually be found in UK hotels. While the sixth floor event spaces can’t compete with the opulence and grandeur of the ground floor, the quality of the spaces is very well thought out and the quality of the finishing touches is excellent.
Food & drink: 8/10
Combined score: 50/60 = 83%
Last visited: July 2017