The Ned

27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ, UK.

The folks at Soho House have a talent for decor that is comfortably retro without feeling dusty. This aesthetic is brilliantly articulated at The Ned, the 250-room London hotel and club that is a collaboration between Soho House and the Sydell Group. It occupies Sir Edward Lutyens’ 1924 Midland Bank building, a Grade I-listed structure so vast there are eight restaurants on the main level, which retains the original checkerboard floor. “The faded glamour of a 1930s transatlantic ocean liner was the starting point for the design,” says Soho House design director Linda Boronkay. “We were inspired by the great ships, including the Normandie, as well as by the Orient Express.” Throughout, guests encounter velvet loungers, pleated lampshades and leather chairs. The most striking interior architectural features are 92 columns covered in green African Verdite, as seen here at The Nickel Bar. Each contains thousands of small shards. “From a distance they look like big sheets of stone,” says Boronkay. “You only discover the meticulous craftsmanship of them fitting perfectly together when you go up close.”

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