A Return to The Ned, London

I loved The Ned so much when I first visited (shortly after it first opened), I knew I would return. It’s the perfect place to catch-up with friends and there’s so much to do you can easily while away a weekend without leaving.

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I didn’t take many photos this time, as I was busy making use of the rooftop on a glorious day and spending quality time with a couple of my favourite people.

A few things haves changed since my first visit though; most notably that they have now introduced a tier system whereby if you stay in the smaller, cheaper rooms you don’t have access to the roof.

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This would be a great shame, so (partly) for this reason my friends and I booked one grand heritage and one large room, on the higher floors.

The large room was perfect for two friends as it had a larger bathroom, table and chairs, and a small changing area:

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The grand heritage room was stunning and based on the listed fifth floor (where I stayed before). If you’re interested in history and interiors (or are after something screaming romance) it’s worth the splurge.

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If you’re a Downton fan this one’s for you!

On a warm, sunny day the rooftop is the perfect place for bites to eat, cocktails and people-watching. As The Ned has a membership it does get busy so try and get there early. (It’s also the perfect spot for breakfast.)

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What used to be the “Cheeky” nail bar downstairs is now a proper bar and they have moved the treatments another level down the hotel where the downstairs pool is.

I booked myself a manicure not realising this and was quite confused and disappointed to find my manicure was booked in a rather small (but cute) corridor which was not what I was expecting.

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Although it was a decent manicure I wouldn’t bother next time as it didn’t feel as relaxed and pampering as I had hoped.

The rest of the downstairs is still as beautiful as it was and I regret not checking out the hammam.

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I still adore this hotel; it manages to be both luxurious and fun at the same time. There is so much attention to detail it’s difficult to take it all in on your first visit. I would definitely return as I’d love to go to the library bar, hammam, return to Kaia (their Asian-Pacific restaurant) and sample their Sunday brunch.

For more info and bookings click here.

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