The Ned (2)

I have spent a disproportionate amount of time this week meeting people for early moding breakfasts at The Ned, Nick Jones’s staggeringly opulent conversion of the old headquarters of the Midland Bank, bang in the heart of the City and within walking distance of our offices in Blackfriars.   It was apparently designed in 1924 and only opened in 1939, the last blast of the old Empire, the banking hall dominated by a forest of grand green African marble columns.   It’s also a monument to the pre-war Royal Academy, designed by Edwin Lutyens, who was President from 1938 to 1944, having been elected in 1913, and sculpture by Sir William Reid Dick, who was elected an ARA in 1921 and only died in 1961:-

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