The old Midlands Bank in London’s financial district is now The Ned – a palatial hotel and the city’s hottest new address.
The Members Club areas are off-limits to walk-in guests, including the pool, which was the original gold bar bullion vault, but they are open to hotel guests, or spa visitors who spend a minimum £200 on treatments.
That’s easy to do, with five different pampering points. First, there’s Cheeky, a long line of manicure stations, then there’s hairdresser to the stars Miguel Perez’s salon, alongside the cool and classic Ned’s Barbershop, offering guys a cold beer and a wet shave, The Powder Room for make-overs, and lastly the Cowshed Spa – the newest outpost of England’s famous organic spa specialists.
Let’s also not forget the pool, steam rooms, sauna, enormous changing rooms, spa café and a large spa lounge filled with wing-backed armchairs and iced cucumber water.
An afternoon at this sprawling spa guarantees next-level bliss. Start with a signature Moody Massage to ease those tight muscles, then rehydrate in the lounge, read a book on the luxurious pool-side chaise lounges, enjoy a swim, then wash up with liberal amounts of the famous Grumpy Cow products, before primping at the beauty station. Should hunger strike, head to Malibu Kitchen, which offers raw, organic, light dishes.