The Ned’s Dining Room Of Dreams
By Lottie Hulme
Oh, The Ned. It’s the ultimate pin-up girl where post-work drinks are concerned and, despite opening in 2017, still oozes enough glamour and allure to fill boots of any size. Famed for being the “go-to” for any occasion, its gargantuan status roars across London and a step through its intimidatingly cool doors establishes whether those that have moved to the City are true “Londoners” or not.
The Grade-1 Listed building, located at 27 Poultry, houses a tapestry of restaurants, bars, and members-only areas, including a rooftop pool submerged in city views, – the stuff of dreams for any influencer. It’s a Soho House property that screams exclusivity despite its populated bars, and Gatsby vibes are a’plenty due to the skiffle bands, martini glasses and suits that greet you as you enter the former banking hall which overflows with character.
My visit circulated around the happenings of The Ned’s illusive underground, where lies the suave, sultry private members’ club. Night cap vibes bounce from the walls, as you stroll past plush seating areas and elegant interiors. The members’ club, which sits snug in the belly of the building, was once the Midland Bank strong room and, Gringotts like, it shows off a vast vault door and more than 3,000 original safe deposit boxes. The mind immediately casts to secret liaisons and, perhaps, dodgy dealings from the venues rich, historic, money-laden past.