Respectful transformation with many original features ofÂ Londonâ€™s former Midland Bank into one of the cityâ€™s most spectacular heritage hotels is IMPRESSIVE.
London-born Soho House & Co has partnered with US Sydell Group (behind boutique properties such asÂ The NoMadÂ inÂ New YorkÂ andÂ The LineÂ inÂ Los Angeles) to Â create a 252-room hotel and membersâ€™ club inÂ The City,
The stunning eighth-floor rooftop â€“Â reserved for members and guests â€“ is home to a 10-metre lap pool lined with Italian marble. Views stretch from St Paulâ€™s Cathedral to the Gherkin. There will also be a restaurant and bar with a retractable glass roof, and two domes â€“ named Poultry and Princeâ€™s Street, after the hotelâ€™s location â€“ which will house cosy bars.
The Grand Banking Hall, the â€˜bellyâ€™ of the building, has been transformed into a jazzed-up food court-esque space, which will hold eight restaurants â€“ and up to 850 diners.
These will include an outpost ofÂ Mayfairâ€™s Cecconiâ€™s, an Italian restaurant complete with a globe light-topped and leather-clad bar; Malibu Kitchen, a healthyÂ Californian-inspired eatery; British and American Millieâ€™s which will offer up classics such as fish and chips 24 hours-a-day and Zoblerâ€™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 â€“ from the 92 African verdite columns in the former banking hall, to old â€˜safety depositâ€™ signage in a main stairwell â€“ have remained.