The Ned, London, United Kingdom

Hotel of the Year

A restrained treatment of an existing building by Soho House & Co, The Ned is the solicitous reinvention of Sir Edward Lutyens’ iconic Midland Bank.

Nestled into the evolving business district of Bank in London, its location is billed to resemble Madison Square North in New York. Boasting period features including walnut panelling and vintage chandeliers, as well as ample domed windows that invite an abundance of natural light, meeting rooms range in size from 21- 165m2, and can accommodate between four and 200 people. The Saloon, catering for up to 120 guests, is an opulent and stylish ballroom dominated by an 18th-century chandelier sourced from London’s Devonshire House, and glories in ornate chalk frieze and a restored parquet floor.

Judges praised The Ned’s design team for allowing the grandeur of the original building to speak, and for creating a unique setting for meetings and events, stating: “The beautiful existing rooms have kept their original glamour throughout this project, exemplifying a restrained approach in adding new elements. The results are upscale, high-end and plush, exactly what is expected of an events space.”