Ever dreamt of enjoying a Martini in an original Bond location? Fans will soon be able to indulge their Goldfinger fantasies as the vault that the film based its Fort Knox scenes on is set to be opened as an exclusive bar in one of London’s most iconic stately buildings.
The Ned will be a new hotel designed and operated by Soho House and Sydell Group in the heart of London. The hotel is owned by Soho House controlling shareholder and Sydell partner, Ron Burkle. The Grade I listed former bank building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens as the headquarters of Midland Bank which at the time was the largest clearing house bank in the world.
The beautiful building will be fully restored and converted to hotel use and will feature nine unique restaurants and bars, majestic event spaces converted from the former executive offices and board rooms, extensive health and leisure facilities, grooming facilities, a roof top terrace with pool overlooking St. Pauls as well as a membership club.
Below ground are three basement levels that used to house the bank vaults where visitors will find the original vault door that inspired James Bond’s Goldfinger. Because of its Grade I List status, much of the bank’s intricate detailing has had to stay the same, which means that the old fashioned safety deposit boxes, the wooden banking counters, the tiling and 92 of the green marble columns are incorporated into the new hotel. The design team have also sought inspiration from transatlantic 1930’s cruise liners and the Orient Express.
Staying in the 5 star luxury hotel will not be cheap however. It is expected, that a double room could cost you as much as 800 GBP per night. As a hotel guest, you are however eligible to use the Goldfinger inspired bar. Speaking of living the Bond lifestyle.
The hotel, located at 27 Poultry in London is scheduled to open in March 2017.