I've walked along Poultry countless hundreds of times, right past the old Midland Bank building without ever considering what lay within. What an idiot. Luckily, Soho House and Sydell Group knew better, and have recently opened The Ned after 5 years of design and renovations. The bank building dates back to the 1920s. To honour its Grade I listing status, all the original features have been preserved beautifully. The 3000m² lobby has impossibly high ceilings, 92 African emerald green verdite columns, and walnut countertops separating 9 stylish restaurants. A photographer's dream. And a foodie's one.
Last week my IGBrunchClub buddies feasted at Kaia, an Asian-Pacific inspired eatery within The Ned. The highlights of our meal were the poke bowls – raw fish salads with rice, pickles and various sauces – and fantastic cocktails.
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I need to figure out how to sell my soul in exchange for membership – oh hey rooftop pool and cocktails in the old bank safety deposit vault! Until then, I'm looking forward to returning to The Ned to try all the other restaurants, especially Malibu Kitchen (a focus on Cali inspired raw and superfoods) and Millie's Lounge for their Sunday brunch feast.
Disclaimer – I was invited to Kaia to dine as a guest, but all opinions are my own.