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Inside London's hottest new hotel The Ned with spectacular bank vaults which featured in a Bond film

Mirror logo Mirror 3/05/2017 Julie Delahaye

Credits: The Ned London © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: The Ned London At a first glance, a former bank building doesn't sound like the most glamorous location for a chic hotel. After all, going to the bank conjures up images of bland interiors, plain furniture - it's a place of errands, not play.

However, London's hottest new hotel The Ned is the complete opposite of that.

Transporting guests back to the 1920s from the instant they step through the door, this new offering from Soho House & Co and New York’s Sydell Group is the epitome of opulence, merging its members' club - Ned's Club - with a luxury hotel.

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Set in the City's disused Midland Bank building, the interiors have had a seriously stylish update thanks to the designs created by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens in 1924.

The incredible transformation has seen the space become home to 252 rooms and suites, all of which channel 1920s and 1930s glamour down to the very last detail.

Credits: The Ned London © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: The Ned London Crash Pad rooms boast vintage pieces and richly patterned furnishings, while Large rooms boast king-sized beds, vintage bar cabinets and mahogany bath tubs.

Particularly eye-catching is the Heritage Suite, which looks like something out of a film thanks to its king-size bed, plush ottomans, French-polished walnut panelling and well-stocked cocktail cabinet.

Don't even get us started on the Italian marble bathroom with its roll-top bath, or the luscious Cowshed toiletries available for guests.

It's not just the rooms that has everyone in London talking. The Ned has eight bars and restaurants, each with its own unique theme whether guests are after gourmet dining or simply want to sip on cocktails.

There are cuisines from around the world, whether you're after delicious modern Italian dishes at Cecconi's, Parisian-inspired food at Cafe Sou, or want to indulge at the New York-style deli Zobler's.

Credits: The Ned London © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: The Ned London

Credits: The Ned London © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: The Ned London

There's even a 24-hour British brasserie called Millie's Lounge, while The Nickel Bar offers a menu of American staples and classic cocktails.

Even the evening entertainment comes with a twist: the central reception desk which used to be manned by bank staff has become the stage for a series of jazz performances, which can be seen and heard from most of the restaurants

Members and hotel guests will also have exclusive access to Lutyens Grill, an American steakhouse that includes everything from trolleys to gueridon service.

Credits: The Ned London © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: The Ned London

Credits: The Ned London © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: The Ned London It's not the only perk that members of Ned's Club can enjoy.

Not only do they have access to the impressive fitness centre and spa services - including cardio, strength and training equipment, a boxing gym, Pilates, yoga studio - but the bars on offer are particularly impressive.

For example, Ned's Club Upstairs features a heated rooftop pool overlooking London's skyline - including St Paul's Cathedral - and two converted domes which are home to cosy bars with outdoor terraces, perfect for eating and drinking in the summer.

Credits: The Ned London © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: The Ned London A trip underground leads you to Ned's Club Downstairs, which takes members into the heart of the former bank building, with the late night lounge bar situated in the converted bank vaults - complete with an impressive 20-tonne, two-metre wide vault door for maximum wow factor.

Credits: The Ned London © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: The Ned London Open all-hours, this cocktail lounge is lined with 3,800 original safety deposit boxes, not to mention it serves drinks and a late-night menu, making it the ideal spot for a nightcap.

You can apply for membership here, but if you're not looking to make a long-term commitment then you may be delighted to know that hotel guests can also access the same extras - and with the hotel's doors open, you can book your room here.

There are plenty of brilliant extras also on offer, from a range of men's and women's grooming services on offer in the opulent parlour, to a barbershop for a last-minute trim and even a spa complete with hammam, sauna and steam room.

Credits: The Ned London © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: The Ned London For more information, visit thened.com.

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