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The Telegraph says: Former Midland Bank turned millennial members club. The rooftop pool with views of St Paul's is a showstopper. Original features have been preserved: queue African malachite Art Deco pillars, polished walnut walls, Jazz Age crystal chandeliers and old banking counters reinvented as room dividers. read more
Conde Nast Traveller says: The solemn Edwardian grandeur of the space has been softened and sexed up, given a strokable, velvety sheen and a lewd blush. Although Lutyens' favourite scroll and starburst motifs on the floor and masonry have not only been preserved but multiplied, the overall look is a playful combination of Edwardian pastiche and something a little more louche and knowing. The same style has been applied to the rooms upstairs: sofas and armchairs in chartreuse, rose and aqua; coarsely textured paisley headboards and canopies; mahogany four-posters, palm-tree-shaped chandeliers; hand-knotted Afghan rugs; roll-top drinks cabinets with a full complement of cocktail-making tools. read more
Wallpaper* says: ... the Sydell Group decided to collaborate on a new hotel in central London, the result was always going to be special especially since they had, as their canvas, Sir Edwin Lutyens' grand early 20th-century Midland Bank building. Designers Adam Greco, Alice Lund and Rebecca King have furnished the 252 bedrooms of The Ned – the moniker is an homage to Lutyens' nickname – in a 1920s and 1930s mood-board of hand-knotted rugs, ebonised walnut and mahogany furniture. read more
The Evening Standard says: This gargantuan spot boasts its past as a bank. Not your bank. Not a just-pop-in-because-the-bloody-builder-wants-cash bank. This was the Midland headquarters, an eight storey monument to money designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens, a man who also built half of colonial Delhi. The ‘Ned’ moniker is as unconvincing for this £200 million venture as it was for a Knight called Edwin. Kinda cute, though. read more
The Glass Magazine says: A STONE’S throw away from Monument, housed inside the former Midland Bank you’ll find The Ned Hotel. A melting pot for both suits and hipsters (yes, a place like that does exist) The Ned has enjoyed a lot of press and industry buzz since its opening a little over a year ago. The hotel celebrated its first birthday in May by treating their guests to a 10 feet tall doughnut cake featuring 1,000 handmade doughnuts, and a massive birthday feast across their banking halls. read more

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