Respectful transformation with many original features of London’s former Midland Bank into one of the city’s most spectacular heritage hotels is IMPRESSIVE.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the ned londonLondon-born Soho House & Co has partnered with US Sydell Group (behind boutique properties such as The NoMad in New York and The Line in Los Angeles) to  create a 252-room hotel and members’ club in The City,

The stunning eighth-floor rooftop –  reserved for members and guests – is home to a 10-metre lap pool lined with Italian marble. Views stretch from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Gherkin. There will also be a restaurant and bar with a retractable glass roof, and two domes – named Poultry and Prince’s Street, after the hotel’s location – which will house cosy bars.

The Grand Banking Hall, the ‘belly’ of the building, has been transformed into a jazzed-up food court-esque space, which will hold eight restaurants – and up to 850 diners.

These will include an outpost of Mayfair’s Cecconi’s, an Italian restaurant complete with a globe light-topped and leather-clad bar; Malibu Kitchen, a healthy Californian-inspired eatery; British and American Millie’s which will offer up classics such as fish and chips 24 hours-a-day and Zobler’s, a Jewish-style deli offering the likes of Reuben sandwiches.

There is also a subterranean spa, complete with 20-metre lap pool in a former vault and a hammam with pink marble sourced from Devon; a gym with boxing ring; and outposts of Cheeky nail bar and Neville barbershop.

Respectful and light-handed renovation, with many original features – from the 92 African verdite columns in the former banking hall, to old ‘safety deposit’ signage in a main stairwell – have remained.