'I’m a hotelier by trade and prior to The Ned I was running the St Pancras Renaissance at Kings Cross. Kings Cross is an amazing location that's gone through a big regeneration and it’s one of my favourite buildings in London. When the opportunity came to meet Nick and Andrew to discuss an opportunity at The Ned it was a big call for me but when I saw The Ned for the first time on paper I thought ‘goodness me, this is ambitious and I’d love to see the site’. The moment I walked through the door, and bear in mind it was covered in dust, there were about 500 builders and labourers on site, scaffolding everywhere, but despite all that you could see that it was a rare gift of a building that had the potential with Soho House’s take on the interior design and the number of moving parts and assets that we were going to develop within the building, it was probably a once in a career opportunity that I couldn't turn down. It’s been an amazing journey and one that we’re still working hard to improve, each week that goes by, there’s a lot that we want to do better and differently.'

'The Ned speaks to the glory days at the turn of the 20th century yet it’s also entirely relevant for the modern hospitality experience. We’ve managed to blend some traditions – you’ll find trolley service in some restaurants and cut crystal glassware from Soho Home of course - but we also have very quick serve and casual dine options as well, where you can have a takeaway baguette or an omelette and a coffee and be back at your desk in ten minutes. There’s definitely a sense of occasion and something quite glamorous about The Ned. We actually found we had less uptake on our takeaway than we expected and when we asked why, people said ‘well why would you want to leave when you can eat in?’ That was a lovely compliment, maybe we hadn’t fully appreciated quite how fully people would buy into it.'

'Saturday nights are very special, there’s always a fantastic energy. I think that’s something that makes the place quite infectious and attracts more people, there’s always an atmosphere and there’s always an energy, but on a Saturday night you get people who really get dressed up, get their hair done, put on a slightly smarter outfit and they turn up often for drinks and dinner and end up dancing around the stage on the ground floor. It really is a lovely experience and one that I don’t think you can find in too many other venues. So it is for me probably the best night of the week at The Ned, and that’s notwithstanding several other evenings which are also great for people watching and for enjoying a glass of fizz with a friend or a meal with a business colleague, but Saturdays are definitely the night when everybody put their best foot forward and makes an effort. It certainly adds to the occasion.'

The underground pool

'My favourite interior at The Ned is the pool hall in Ned’s Club. It was a former bullion vault and today it is the most – in my view – beautiful, traditional yet very contemporary pool hall. There’s lots of stone, lots of attention to detail, the most comfortable loungers – to the point where people don’t want to get off them. Off that you have The Moroccan hammam, it must be one of the biggest hamams in London – and it just feels absolutely a haven of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the ground floor and even what’s happening out on the street. A twenty-meter pool is unprecedented for a hotel, and it fees very luxurious and very indulgent. It’s very special.'

Sunday Feast

'With ten restaurants, it’s a tough call choosing my favourite dish. What I always say to people who ask me is you’ve got to try the Sunday Feast. It is a cross between a banquet, a carvery and something that you might find at House Festival. Whether it’s lobsters piled high, ribs of beef, more salads than you can possibly imagine or a pastry and dessert section that is the entire top of the Nickel Bar, it is a real treat. There’s an eight-week waiting list with 600 covers every Sunday – it’s certainly proving very popular and it’s lovely to see people who are travelling from quite considerable distances to enjoy it, coupled with the entertainment which makes it a real occasion.'

Glamour from a bygone age

'The narrative in the bedrooms takes you through the hierarchy of the banking world as it once was. Our Cosy rooms and crash pads are designed to resemble the accommodation that a junior employee might have stayed in, and when you get up to suites and the grand heritage rooms the interior design is more akin to where one of the directors of the bank would have once stayed. People say the public spaces remind them of those grand halls in New York and a lot of the inspiration came from the transatlantic ocean liners of the turn of the century and the Orient Express and other forms of transport that were seen as very glamorous for the few who could afford them.'

Up on the roof

'The rooftop at The Ned takes some beating. On a summer’s day you look to the west and see a lot of traditional and well-established landmarks of London as well as some of the newer ones such as the London Eye. There's St Paul’s Cathedral - you have an uninterrupted view of that amazing piece of architecture, and then you turn to the east and you’ve got what is a rapidly changing skyscape, with many new buildings being developed to compete with the likes of the Lloyds building, the Walkie Talkie, the Gherkin and the Shard.'

Local Knowledge

'I only recently came across the Jamaica Wine House, that’s tucked away just off Cornhill and it is pretty hard to find. It was originally London’s first ever coffee shop and today’s it’s been converted into a pub, hence the name – I think it was Jamaica House originally and now it’s the Jamaica Wine House. So I think that in itself, given the explosion in coffee shops and coffee culture today, is a fantastic offering. Though it’s not really a café so much anymore!'

'Directly underneath Guildhall there is a Roman amphitheatre which is free to get into – it’s the number one thing on my to-do list. Our concierge recommends it to a lot of our guests as something you might not expect to be able gain access to, and certainly not for free. It’s just a couple of minutes around the corner.'

'Being so old, the City is awash with narrow lanes, alleys and passages and you never quite know what you’re going to find down them and I’m still exploring. There are lots of hidden treasures down there, antique shops and silversmiths. At Royal Exchange, which is pretty much adjacent to the building, again there are far more boutiques and stores in and around the Royal Exchange than maybe a lot of people realise. It has quite a grand façade and everyone knows the front of it but actually when you wander around, whether it’s a little art gallery, or Agent Provocateur, Orlebar Brown, Montblanc, jewellery and watch makers… actually I think the Royal Exchange is a bit of a best kept secret – I don’t think many people necessarily, other than those who work around the City, make a trip to go there, but it’s got a lot of British brands.'

'The City is extremely handsome when you stop to observe it and to see it at the weekend when it doesn’t have necessarily tens of thousands of people trawling the pavements, it’s a really cool place to go for a wander around and take a left or a right up some of the passages and lanes that are as narrow as can be and lead you on a mystery tour. Until I worked in the City I didn’t appreciate quite how much handsome architecture and quirky old buildings there were to enjoy.'

The Ned

Our hotel and members' club in the City of London has nine restaurants, indoor and rooftop pools, a gym, spa and hamam.