5 Star City Cool – The NED Hotel

The Ned Hotel, is a new iconic hotel in the heart of the City.  Situated in the former Midland bank headquarters, it was transformed into a 252-bedroom hotel with a member’s club and 9 restaurants, by partners Soho House & Co and US Sydell Group.  The 11-storey, grade-1 listed building was designed by famous architect Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924.  In recognition of his work and status the hotel was called The Ned after him.

An imposing building with high ceilings and grand doors, the Grade I list status has meant much of the banks intricate detailing has had to be restored and retained.   The old bank vault and safety deposit boxes are some of the retained features, with the bank vault having been used in the James Bond film, Goldfinger as a representation of Fort Knox.

The design of the Hotel reflects the golden age of travel, the 1920’s and 1930’s.  With each room carefully designed and decorated with an antique style.    The 252 bedrooms range from intimate crash pads to large scale suites and have tactile furnishings with classical detailing.

From very early in the design process, 2014, Wandsworth Electrical worked closely with Soho House, New York to develop a custom finish for all the electrical accessories installed throughout the bedrooms.  In fact, our Soho Aged brass finish, was developed specifically for the Hotel and is an intrinsic component of the design style.

The bespoke 1930’s period style light switches and plug sockets, were specified for all the 252 bedrooms and provided stylish and convenient small power.  The period style light switches were further enhanced by our sophisticated, yet simple to use lighting control.  With retractive switches providing the lighting control intelligence expected by guests, whilst not compromising on the aesthetic of the room.  The retractive switches provide a flexible dimming capability and are a popular alternative to rotary dimmers.