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What do a New York Beaux-Arts office block and a 1970s Middle Eastern government ministry building have in common? On the surface, not much. But five years after the opening of The Ned London, these two buildings – the Johnston Building in New York and Doha’s former Ministry of Interior –have been transformed into the newest members of The Ned family.

The Ned NoMad opened in June 2022 in Manhattan in a building designed in the early 1900s by Schickel & Ditmars, the architecture firm behind many of New York’s classic ecclesiastical edifices.

Previously housing the NoMad Hotel, a much-loved New York institution, the Johnston Building had long served as a handsome backdrop for elegant events and glamorous gatherings – as such, it provided exceptional bones for its rebirth as The Ned NoMad. Today, the 167-bed hotel still pays homage to the earlier iteration, preserving design


elements around the Club spaces, such as mosaic flooring, crown moulding and the library’s iconic vintage staircase and shelving. There is, however, a clear Ned signature throughout;

at The Nickel Lounge, Millie’s Grill is abuzz with lively conversation and the tiramisu at Cecconi’s has already become the stuff of local legend.

married with the historic details, a contemporary wall mural, new colour schemes and softened lighting create a perfect juxtaposition of styles.

Meanwhile, The Ned Doha – which opened in November 2022 –had very different beginnings. Housed in a government ministry that was designed by Lebanese architect William Sednaoui in the 1970s, the structure was intended to be functional rather than fancy, utilitarian rather than chic. Solid brutalist lines that were sturdy and official-looking suited the country’s first wave of urbanisation. Today, it has been transformed into a place that’s imbued with the unmistakable Ned spirit. Beyond the 90 bedrooms, live jazz flows from the stage

While it may be a long-standing feature of the Doha skyline, located on the city’s seafront Corniche, it’s not a place that much romance was attached to. Until, that is, an architecture competition was launched in late 2016 with the aim of creating a new type of destination, one combining excellent hospitality with cultural and creative enterprise. A team led by Alexander Schwarz, Partner at David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, won with a bid that focused on ‘celebrating the uniqueness of place’ of the building. Schwarz is keenly aware of the significance of treating a 1970s brutalist building as an important piece of heritage. ‘It’s not something you would necessarily expect to find in Doha,’ he says.

When the team first saw it, the ministry had been abandoned for some years, yet even though it wasn’t in great condition, they weren’t deterred. ‘We were confident that we could do a very strong intervention with the existing fabric, says Schwarz. The architects gave the building a new personality, one that built on and respected the original 1970s characteristics, while also evolving for a new era and a new audience. That created a canvas for Soho House Design’s interiors.

There are some instantly recognisable design elements carried over from The Ned London: the raised central stage, surrounded by peach banquettes, is as much the heart of the hotel in Doha as it is in its UK counterpart. The pigeonholes containing tasselled keys behind the check-in desk are a nod to the London hotel, but with a unique Doha connection – the tassels here are made by local artisans, sourced in

the nearby souq and made in custom colours reflecting the tones of the dramatic marble floors.

‘The busy vibe and atmosphere of The Ned London was a big driving factor for how we laid out the ground floor of the Doha hotel,’ says Sophie Baker, Senior Designer of Soho House Design. While each of the three Neds takes inspiration from the building it lives in, there’s a consistency of spirit across all of them. ‘The bedrooms were designed >

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A brutalist building and a Beaux-Arts former office block were the springboards for our two new global Neds

symbols to reflect the communities that they were from. These patterns were reimagined by a local artist and add a textural, historical layer to each of the bedrooms.’

The combination of the original architecture, Schwarz’s interventions, and Soho House Design’s interiors captures an alluring sense of elevated fun and playfulness that is a world away from the building’s former guise. The Ned has succeeded in transforming one of the city’s most significant heritage buildings into a place with an energising spirit. And there’s nothing else like it in the region right now.

to have the same energy, elements and amenities as the other Ned hotels so a guest can feel at home across the world. But the architecture, the details in the furniture and the fabrics used are what makes the bedrooms unique to the area and the existing building.’

There’s an almost seamless transition between The Ned Doha’s indoor and outdoor spaces, too. The original edifice, housing the accommodation, five restaurants and Ned’s Club, is the heart of the hotel. Outside, a large plinth has been added, which is now home to Californian restaurant Malibu Kitchen, Levantine restaurant Hadika, the meeting space and the pool. Terraces encircle the main level, with frangipani trees, bougainvillea, cacti and reflective water features softening the concrete elements.

Artists in Residence

Wander the corridors and public areas of the hotel and it’s impossible not to be entranced by the art on display. The hotel’s collection features 350 pieces from West Asia and North Africa, including many works by Qatari artists.The theme continues in the bedrooms. ‘We reached out to local artists to propose designs for the tapestries,’ says Karen Foster, Senior Interior Architect at Soho House Design. ‘Some of the woven patterns incorporated into the final pieces are based on the ancient desert ritual of marking animals with

‘It’s important that it feels like a unique place, something that you can only find in Doha […] I think that’s critical for the architectural experience of all places’

The Ned Doha

The Ned’s art collections are unique to the locations in which you find the clubs, curated by experts, with particular themes in mind

The Ned NoMad

Curated by cofounders of Mathqaf, Wadha Al-Aqeedi and Elina Sairanen, The Ned Doha art collection unites the work of local and regional artists, working across a variety of mediums and disciplines. Boasting 350-plus works by more than 80 artists, the collection includes painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, textiles and installations, many of which have been commissioned specifically for the location. Through a wide range of themes – including identity, history, culture, globalisation and ecology – the collection explores preoccupations and inspirations that drive the work of contemporary artists working in Doha, and from West Asia and North Africa, today.

The art collection contained within The Ned’s New York club features more than 150 works, inspired by the building’s history and its original owner, Caroline A. Johnston. The collection asks what ‘A Different Century’ might have looked like had women, queer people and people of colour taken (or been able to take) their rightful place in the cultural landscape. The works on display question what representation means now, as well as at earlier points in history. Artists whose work can be seen on display at The Ned NoMad include: Laurie Simmons, Kambui Olujimi, Zoe Buckman, Ilana Savdie, Rachel Jones, Issy Wood, Christopher Myers and Joseph Kosuth.

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Clockwise from left to right: Hassan Manasrah, Aidha Badr, Fatma Al-Remaihi, Anas Albraehe. Clockwise from right: Rachel Jones, Dwight Cassin, Marcus Maddox, Molly Brocklehurst, Laurie Simmons

Adish that has graced the menus of countless Michelinstarred restaurants around the world, Beef Wellington is often considered the ultimate indulgence. Created to mark the victory of Mr Arthur Wellesley – perhaps better known as the first Duke of Wellington, a title he was awarded after defeating Napoleon I at the Battle of Waterloo – Beef Wellington quickly became an enduring British classic. It also

Chef’s Choice

travelled beyond British shores; reportedly, it was former US President Richard Nixon’s favourite dish, and was included in the White House cookbook during his presidency.

Two centuries after its creation, the dish shows no signs of going anywhere, something The Parlour’s Head Chef, Steven Connolly, can attest to: ‘Since we added our sharing Lamb Wellington to the menu in

Deconstructing a Dish: Lamb Wellington

The Parlour’s Head Chef, Steven Connolly, shares the secrets of its most popular dish

November 2022, it’s become our most popular dish. Bearing in mind that we’re only open for dinner four nights each week, we can get through about 30 in that time. I think it’s popular because it goes against the grain; people like the uniqueness of trying a Lamb Wellington rather than the traditional beef.

‘We use local suppliers who ensure that we have the best cuts

Sushi Head Chef, Nobumasa Sakaguchi, on his new nine-course Omakase menu

Having spent his formative years in Japan, Nobumasa Sakaguchi went to work for Roka and the Azumi Group, where he stayed for decades before joining the team at The Ned. Our London outpost has been fortunate to have this sushi master on board as its Head Sushi Chef ever since opening its doors in 2017.

Now, Sakaguchi has launched a new nine-course Omakase menu, served every Saturday lunchtime in Kaia. Omakase, you ask? Literally translated from Japanese, it means ‘I’ll leave it up to you.’ In essence, it’s chef’s choice.

As such, Sakaguchi’s menu consists of a mix of seasonal dishes to give you an innovative guided experience: think special nigiri combinations, sashimi and Wagyu beef dishes. Here, he explains the provenance and inspiration behind his ingredients and the menu they form.

Why did you want to create an Omakase menu?

I spent a lot of time mastering every aspect of the kitchen before I became a master of my trade. In Japan, when I was working as an apprentice, I had to master the art of making sushi rice before I could even actually touch the fish. Becoming a sushi chef takes years: you have to perfect each aspect and understand every ingredient. Then and only then will you be able to be creative with the dishes – which is what I wanted to do with this menu.

Why right now?

Kaia is one of the most established restaurants at The Ned London and, although we have a significant number of regulars, we did not

want to rest on our laurels. We wanted to offer something unique that will elevate the guest experience.

What unusual ingredients will people find on the menu?

I believe the most unusual dishes are the sashimi. Plus, every chef has their own sushi soy recipe – it’s an unsaid signature of the chef, therefore it is one of a kind.

How do you source the best ingredients to ensure a strong Omakase menu?

Having a good relationship with suppliers allows us to source the best produce on the market. Our Wagyu is from Japan. It’s the best in the market and, despite the distance [it has to come], customers are still drawn to it.

Which is your favourite dish on the menu and why?

Special nigiri are my favourites; they

of Welsh lamb. This meat is then marinated in rosemary and thyme, before being wrapped in a chickenand-mushroom mousse that we make in-house. When the mousse cooks it steams the lamb so the structure is nicer and the meat stays moist. Then we wrap it in puff pastry and bake until it’s golden. I’ll definitely keep it on my menu for the rest of the year, but it might change to an individual dish – watch this space!’

are individually selected and all play an important part in the menu. I like being able to explain to each customer why I have selected each of the nigiri they are enjoying.

Kaia’s Omakase menu is served at two sittings every Saturday – 12pm and 2.30pm – and costs £75 per person. To book, please call + 44 (0)20 3828 2000

To book a table at any of our restaurants,

The Ned City of London, + 44 (0)20 3828 2000

The Ned Doha, +974 4406 1111

The Ned NoMad, +1 212 722 0555 3
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The Grand Egyptian Museum may be years behind schedule but, when the 7,000sq m, $1billion institution finally opens later this year, it will be well worth the wait. For the first time ever, visitors will be able to view Tutankhamun’s tomb and all its contents – some 5,400 artefacts ranging from papyrus scrolls, to shoes, necklaces and even a loincloth – all in one place. Also on display will be the gigantic 3,200-year-old statue of Ramesses II. Previously the centrepiece of a traffic roundabout in Cairo, it has been restored after being lugged – all 83 tonnes of it – to its new home two kilometres from the Pyramids of Giza.

Take the Grand Tour of Arabia

New galleries and museums in Cairo, Doha and Abu Dhabi are creating a cultural tourist trail

Its exterior is built to mimic the petalshaped crystals that form in the desert or, to the untrained eye, a complicated amalgamation of enormous, stone discs. It pays homage to its homeland both inside and out, with exhibits that tell the story of the development of the city state from a dedicated pearl-diving and trading hub to world’s wealthiest country on a per capita basis, thanks to its vast reserves of gas.

Another ‘starchitect’, Rem Koolhaas, has also jumped on the petrodollar bandwagon with his 45,000sq m Qatar National Library that resembles two pieces of folded paper. Despite holding some of the oldest manuscripts and

There’s no need to limit your cultural discovery to Doha, however. Jean Nouvel’s work crops up again at the $1.1billion Louvre Abu Dhabi, $525

for the 300 works of art, both loaned from France and bought for the gallery – including paintings by Monet, Manet and Van Gogh.

But why stop your art-seeking expeditions in Egypt? A three-hour flight takes you to the Gulf, where Doha is home to the late Pritzkerwinning architect IM Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). The building alone is reason enough to visit; a five-storey, cuboid structure floating on its own man-made island. Inside, the collection spans fourteen centuries and includes works from India’s Mughal Empire and Persia’s Safavid dynasty. There are weapons, ornaments, paintings and tapestries, the most impressive of which is a deep-red silk carpet from Samarkand, illustrated with a fusion of garden and chessboard designs.

The MIA’s opening in 2008 set off a chain reaction of museum and gallery development across the Gulf. French architect Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar was completed in 2019. The architectural antithesis of its cuboid compatriot, it sits opposite it at one end of the city’s sweeping corniche.

maps of the Arab world, the curators do not shy away from technological advances; books are returned to their shelves using radio frequency tags and a conveyor belt. A short cab ride away Doha’s Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is home to the world’s largest collection of modern and contemporary Arab art.

million of which was paid to France to secure the right to use the Louvre name. Forget Louis XIV. This hypermodern structure consists of a low flying-saucer roof, suspended over a small town of galleries, all white walls and platforms raised inches above the water. Its proximity to the sea and the desert meant engineers had their work cut out creating a suitable environment

So, why are the Gulf states investing so much in art? And is it worth the hefty price tag?

Gulf leaders want a spot on the global relevance podium and it’s working – just as the World Cup worked for Qatar. Millions of foreigners visit the galleries each year. But it can be an uphill struggle. With splashy launches comes scrutiny, notably around the issue of workers’ rights. Their creators concede there have been problems but say workers’ contracts are improving. They also deny ‘art washing’. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, head of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Tourism and Culture, insists: ‘These institutions are for education, to open hearts and minds in the region and beyond.’ He’s got a point. Challenging modern art, religious icons – some from Israel – and nudes are on display in the Louvre’s galleries. And –gasp! – its restaurants serve wine.

The new grand tour of Arabia is not free of moral qualms, but it’s here to stay and will grow and grow. The $1billion Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is due to open next to the Louvre in 2025. It’s time to go and make up your own mind.


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Bring it Home

Breathe energy into your space with the latest interior edit from Soho Home

Building on the things that Soho House is well known for – sleep, entertaining and relaxing – Soho Home’s latest collection brings the creative atmosphere of the Houses together and translates it to your own home. Expect to find brand-new modular sofa designs, furniture and homeware that will elevate moments spent in your own space.

Hanging Out with Lo Bosworth

The former TV personality, and founder of bestselling brand Love Wellness, on everything she loves about New York – and the unexpected book to add to your reading list

Where’s your favourite place in New York and why?

Right now, my apartment because I’m creating my own urban garden on my balcony. It’s meditative and brings me a lot of joy when I see the seeds and sprouts growing. It’s my first-ever growing season, but I’m hoping to grow some amazing fruits and vegetables for my friends and family to enjoy.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in the city?

I love [apothecary] C.O. Bigelow. It has the best variety of toothpastes in NYC!

For you, the best place to get outdoors in New York is… I love going on a long walk up the West Side Highway, then I cut across Central Park South and head into Central Park for the afternoon. If you include the reservoir, and walk all the way home it’s about 14 miles and an allday adventure. Comfy shoes and lots of hydrating drinks and snacks are a must. You can stay anywhere in New York, where do you go?

The TriBeCa Penthouse suite in the Greenwich Hotel.

If you could hang out with any New Yorker, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Jackie Robinson. As a native California girl, who comes from a family of diehard Dodgers baseball fans, I’d love

Brooklyn who changed the game. The best live performance you’ve ever been to in New York is…

It would have to be Old Dominion –the country band, formed in Nashville –at Madison Square Garden.

What are you currently listening to?

The White Lotus Season 2 soundtrack. I can’t get it out of my head.

What are you currently reading?

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart. She takes the reader on a subterranean adventure to investigate the role that earthworms play in cuttingedge science. It’s witty and charming.

When you’re at The Ned NoMad, what’s the best thing to order?

The Ned Burger is a real classic, but I think the Chicken Parm sticks are amazing too.

Where is your favourite place for dinner in New York? Altro Paradiso on Spring Street. Everything about the restaurant is amazing, from the chef and the staff to the delicious food.

Confident and creative, the curated range makes an impact with modern silhouettes, bold patterns and unique, statement textures. The Vivienne sofa, for instance, takes inspiration from the interiors at White City House; its cylindrical legs and wraparound back are finished with cotton-velvet pleated-stitch detailing, for a chic retro feel that’s ideal for cosy evenings in.

The new Soho Home collection is available now;

chairs – in a wide range of updated fabrics.’

Meet the Team

What’s the best part of your job?

How do you start your day?

My day usually starts by diving straight into my inbox, answering emails, and checking in with our teams across the globe. I’ll then jump on some exciting zoom calls with our colleagues in London and Doha. And once I’m up to speed with everything, I’m ready to tackle the day ahead – whatever that may bring. One thing’s for sure: there’s never a dull moment!

What do you do at The Ned NoMad?

I am Chief Membership O cer; I oversee the global strategy in this area for the Ned’s Clubs.

Describe an ideal day at The Ned for members…

The Ned is truly a one-of-a-kind destination for our members. I’d recommend joining us early in the morning to enjoy our daily breakfast spread, before heading to the library with your laptop to work or to the atrium to entertain friends. Come late afternoon, you might be ready for some live music and cocktails, or a cosy dinner. But the member experience doesn’t stop there. We have an array of incredible experiential events on- and o -site that cater to all of our members’ interests, whether it’s wellness, art, fashion, entertainment or culinary experiences.

What’s been your favourite moment at work?

It’s hard to pick just one moment. But, if I had to choose, I would say meeting the wonderful people behind the scenes who put so much thought and care into making The Ned a home away from home for so many. It’s inspiring to come to work every day and be surrounded by such passionate, creative people.

I love the creativity that comes with my role, as well as the opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life. The Ned is something of a melting pot of cultures – moreso as the family of clubs grows. It’s always wonderful to meet new members and hear about their experiences. It’s an exciting time here, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Where’s your favourite place to hang out in The Ned NoMad?

My favorite spot at The Ned NoMad is undoubtedly the rooftop, which we’ve just reopened for summertime. The panoramic views include the Empire State Building – it feels as if you can almost reach out and touch it! To me, that’s awe-inspiring. Another unique feature of the rooftop is the private dining dome –a wonderfully romantic and historic setting that exudes sophistication and charm. It’s the perfect venue to host an intimate summer dinner; it truly embodies the spirit of New York. We’ve got some exciting plans in store for the roof this summer, so I recommend members keep an eye out for updates.

How do you spend your spare time?

I am a bit of a travel addict. I have a real passion for being immersed in di erent cultures, especially when it comes to culinary experiences. I am also a lover of all things art, design and wellness – I particularly enjoy bringing these passions to my work at The Ned.

How do you start your day?

Every day starts with a cup of tea. As I’ve spent most of my life living and working in foreign countries I often catch up on messages received overnight from friends and old colleagues in Australia, Asia and the Middle East, who have long been awake. Listening to music on my way to work also helps me get ready to start the day.

What do you do at The Ned?

I joined the team in late 2022 as the Global Communications Director, which means overseeing the marketing and communications for The Ned properties across the globe.

Describe a typical day at The Ned…

No matter which location I’m working from, each day begins with a morning meeting with the wider team to get an update on what’s happening across the property. Throughout the day, there will be catch-ups with other departments and the teams in Doha and New York.

Can you share some favourite Ned moments?


How do you start your day?

Wherever I am in the world, I start each day with a workout. In London, I challenge myself with a Burn class at Paola’s BodyBarre in Fulham; in Doha, Ned’s Club Gym is perfect for a workout overlooking The Corniche; in New York I use ClassPass to both vary my exercise routine and explore Manhattan. Postclass, you’ll always find me with a co ee in hand!

What do you do at The Ned?

I’m Group Head of Membership Communications. This means that I am responsible for building the brand and leading on all internal and external communications for the clubs across the UK, Middle East and America.

Describe a typical day at The Ned…

No two days are the same, which I love. At the moment my days are filled with meetings to get to know key people across the business globally, creating content for our social channels and the app, creative brainstorms for new initiatives, curating member emails and developing our digital strategy.

What’s been your favourite moment at work?

Seeing the brand, and our community of members, grow into one of the best private members’ clubs;

There are plenty of memorable moments working here. For instance, when our Group Managing Director, Gareth Banner, makes the team swim in the sea in the middle of winter at sub-zero temperatures, or spontaneously decides to bring

over the four years that I’ve worked for The Ned, we’ve opened two new clubs and launched an app, while continuing to provide our members with access to experiences both on- and o -site. From a Ned’s Club weekender at Wilderness Reserve to Fatboy Slim taking to the decks in The Vault, we’ve created some unforgettable moments.

What’s the best part of your job?

The people. From our teams who help run the dayto-day operations in the clubs to the partners we work with for parties and, of course, our members. Building relationships with a broad range of inspiring people is what motivates me.

Where’s your favourite place in The Ned?

I will never tire of the rooftop in London. Summer or winter, it’s the perfect spot for a glass of champagne.

How do you spend your spare time?

Since I was young my hobby has been horse riding. My mum still has horses at home so, when I can, I escape to the Sussex countryside for some R&R.

out trays of champagne at 9am in the morning to celebrate something!

What’s the best part of your job?

The Ned properties are a rarity. To witness the design and conceptual teams breathe new life into these architectural and historical gems is amazing. Being able to share stories on how our properties evolved from concept to fruition, from abandoned buildings to entertainment spaces, never gets old.

Where’s your favourite place in The Ned?

Do yourselves a favour and book into one of the bedrooms or suites at The Ned NoMad that o er views of the Empire State Building; enjoying that vista from the bathtub is a bucket-list-level treat. Otherwise, I do like an ice-cold poolside Picante at The Ned Doha.

How do you spend your spare time?

I’m a big fan of all things wellness, so I’ll pop into a sound healing class, meditation session or gong bath when I can find time. If I’m feeling indulgent, I’ll go for a deep tissue massage at Ned’s Club Spa. A dream weekend would include a HIIT class in the morning, browsing in Daunt bookstore in the afternoon before checking out a new restaurant in the evening.

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Three of the Ned’s global membership and communications team on their roles, favourite Ned memories and which club they have a soft spot for
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Meet our Members


Tanvi Shah

‘After spending five years in banking and finance, and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, I transitioned into being a content creator, presenter and social media consultant with over 150k followers. I have been featured on the BBC’s Panorama, as well as in Business Insider and The Independent, thanks to my work surrounding gender and racial equality across fashion, media and sports. I was named as a 2023 Rising Star by The Media Eye.

‘I am a presenter on The Cornershop Network, an entertainment platform across YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, which creates content aimed at raising the voices of ethnic minorities. Growing up I never had people that looked like me on mainstream media so I want to be part of that change.

‘On that theme of “change”, I’m also a founding member of The Creator Space network. This offers a space for creators to share their advice, experiences and knowledge with other solo creators, with the aim of there being greater transparency and support around legal protection, finances, taxes, brands and PR. We recently hosted our launch event in the Library Bar at The Ned London and filled the room with inspiring creators whose combined social followers totalled 20 million.

‘While no two days look the same, I always take an hour out of my work schedule to train with my semi-professional netball team. I maintain that physical activity is my biggest stress reliever and helps to keep me sane!

‘If I’m going out for dinner in London, it has to be Kaia at The Ned. The choice of food, as well as the unique cocktails, makes it one of the best.’

We caught up with three of our members – one in each Ned location – to hear more about their varied careers

Jennifer Halliday

‘I was born in New York but grew up in Southern California, which gave me a great balance of a sunny disposition and a street-smart approach to life. I am genuinely excited to meet new people, so I’ve forged wonderful friendships and business relationships within The Ned community. I’m Global Head of Strategic Partnerships; VP of Commercial for Evolved By Nature, an innovative biotech company that uses its natural Activated Silk™ technology (pure silk protein in liquid form) to replace harmful chemicals in fashion, personal care and biomolecules. I work directly with brands and suppliers in Europe, Southeast Asia and the USA to help make a positive sustainable impact using our technology.

‘I spend quite a bit of time in Europe for work, which means client meetings day and night. When I am home in Manhattan, however, my day kicks off with a walk with my pup, a PT session or a run in the park, which always sets a good tone. After that, I’ll be working – everything from sales pitches to client catch-ups. When I work from The Ned I make sure that I weave in a meeting or evening of entertainment there – our clients love it.

‘Personally, I love The Ned NoMad rooftop; between the layout, the view of the Empire State Building, the exclusive members-only access and the wonderful staff, it always delivers.

‘It’s hard to choose the best places to eat in New York: the RH Guesthouse is deliciously and aesthetically impressive; what Chef Daniel Humm has done with Eleven Madison Park is true culinary art; my go-to for sushi is Lure Fishbar in SoHo; and for a low-key, casual Cubano Sunday brunch, Cafe Habana.’



Ashraf Abuissa

‘Along with my brother Nabil, I took over the family retail and distribution business – Abuissa – at a young age, and grew it into one of the most distinguished groups in the region. In 2011 I won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and, in 2019, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Swiss Business Council in Qatar. In addition to the family business, I’ve founded a number of NGOs and charities, such as the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF).

‘I’m proud to be a member of PCRF’s board; it has grown into one of the main non-profit organisations in the world, providing free medical and other humanitarian aid for thousands of sick and injured children throughout the Middle East – regardless of their religion or nationality. One of the great things about it is that when you donate to PCRF, you see results immediately. This might be because board members meet almost weekly.

‘There is no day like the day before though; every day we work toward something innovative, looking for new ideas while also taking care of day-to-day needs. I make sure that I’m always updated on the companies under the Abuissa umbrella – being available to my team means we can improve the service and the products. That said, I try to sneak out to exercise for an hour every other day!

‘For me, the best place in Doha for dinner is IDAM by Alain Ducasse at The Museum of Islamic Art. ‘When I’m at The Ned Doha though, my favourite spaces in the club are the lounge on the Fourth Floor and the terrace.’
Visit and fill out the application form. Tell us about yourself and don’t rush it – we really want to get to know you and learn what you could add to The Ned community. To
be in with the best chance of being accepted, find two existing Ned’s Club members to vouch for you. Your two proposers will tell us why they think you’d be a great addition to the Club.
The Ned’s Club committee will review the
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The Ultimate Guide to Souq Waqif

Doha’s sprawling, spell-binding market is a must-see cultural melting pot

The history

Sitting in the heart of the city, just off the waterfront, Souq Waqif is built on the site of a century-old market where Bedouin and local people once gathered to trade spices, livestock and other staple goods. This labyrinthine bazaar, whose name translates to ‘standing market’, is Doha’s oldest souq and one of the Qatari capital’s most culturally rich places.

After much of the market was destroyed by a fire in 2003 it was rebuilt to preserve its unique heritage. Today, its cobbled alleys are lined with beautiful shops selling everything from antiques to street food. The mud-daubed buildings, grand wooden doors and bamboo ceilings make a pleasant change of pace from the soaring skyscrapers dominating the rest of Doha’s skyline.


The market runs daily from 10am until 11pm, but treasure hunters should arrive early to make the most of the experience; stalls are piled high with leather goods, foods, fabrics, rugs, furniture, jewellery and intricate artefacts from the entire region.

As Qatar was once at the centre of the pearl industry, you should also expect incredible jewellery – from headpieces and multi-tiered necklaces to more everyday items – to suit any budget. Follow your nose to find Insta-ready spices spilling out of jute sacks. Stock up on Arabic aromats such as saffron, zatar, sumac and dried black lemons to add wow to meals back home. As a bonus, if you find you’ve somehow bought more than you can carry, wheelbarrow-pushing men are on hand to take everything to your car for a few Qatari riyals.


Before you leave for the souq, think about what you’re wearing. It’s respectful to dress modestly, covering your shoulders, knees and elbows. Also, come prepared for a little backand-forth on prices. Souq Waqif is the perfect place to practise your haggling skills – in fact, it’s culturally expected. At a stall you won’t need to pay the first price offered by a seller; instead suggest around 20 per cent off the original price and barter until you come to a deal that suits both of

Doha’s Top Spots

Amiri Diwan | 2-min drive

Pearl Monument | 5-min drive

National Museum of Qatar | 7-min drive

Souq Waqif | 4-min drive

M7 Qatar Museum | 4-min drive

Al Bidda Park | 3-min drive

Umbrella Park | 6-min drive

Museum of Illusions | 10-min drive

Katara Plaza | 15-min drive

Museum of Islamic Arts | 6-min drive

Katara Cultural Village | 13-min drive

you. Another thing to bear in mind is that one of the unwritten rules of the Middle East is to use only your right hand for eating and greeting.


The Souq Waqif Art Centre showcases and sells traditional Islamic and Middle Eastern artworks. It also runs workshops and art classes; choose to take part or watch artists at work.

Don’t go home without sampling the

region’s traditional fragrances. Oud is a wood that is traditionally burnt for relaxation, while the argan oil on sale is of sublime quality. Seek out shops where you can custom-make your own perfume for a unique souvenir or, for a nod to local culture, have an artist apply a henna tattoo.

The souq comes alive in the evening, when twinkling lights and glowing lanterns shine on the hordes gathering to eat, drink, smoke shisha, play backgammon and gossip. To absorb the true Middle Eastern mood, make sure you pay at least one visit at night.


Dive into the region’s diverse flavours in the souq’s central courtyard, where vendors tempt you with a plethora of gastronomic delights; the samosas and stuffed vine leaves are top-notch.

If street food isn’t your thing, head to Bandar Aden ( for a masterclass in Yemeni food. Our pick is fahsa – meat stew slow-cooked in clay pots – served with golden, cloud-like bread and salsas, eaten in traditional style sitting on the floor.

Try out Syrian cuisine at Damasca One (, which has a beautiful terrace perfect for people watching. Forgo a main dish. Instead, graze on a selection of the many mezze starters.

For an unforgettable dining experience, it has to be Parisa Souq Waqif. Surrounded by (arguably) Doha’s most decadent decor, feast on Middle Eastern fusion food –think the best kebabs of your life, and a not-to-be-missed walnut-andpomegranate stew.

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24 Hours at The Ned Doha

Start your day at Ned’s Club Gym and make friends with the state-ofthe-art machines while you take in the city skyline views. Alternatively go for a dip in the outdoor pool; located in front of Malibu Kitchen it’s the perfect way to get your endorphins going.

If you’re not one for the gym and you’d prefer a lie-in, take advantage of room service and enjoy breakfast in bed. Or head to Millie’s Grill, which has quickly become a firm favourite with locals, members and hotel guests alike. Order the omelette or the Eggs Benedict, a strong coffee and a freshly pressed juice.

Once you’ve digested, head to Ned’s Club Spa and enjoy a massage or spend a relaxing hour in the Turkish hammam.

If you’d prefer a speedier spa-type experience, there’s also a steam room and sauna in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms.

It must be about time for a midday snack, so head straight to our communal hangout, Ned’s Café. There are long wooden tables where you can check your emails before grabbing a coffee and a pastry to keep you going. Everyone who visits takes a picture of the bright-pink neon sign – don’t miss your chance. Alternatively, if you’re visiting on a Friday or Saturday, take full advantage of the brunch menu at Malibu Kitchen.

Complete your afternoon with high tea at Millie’s Grill, where you can enjoy scones, cucumber sandwiches and a near-endless tea selection.

If you’re more of a sports fan then Electric Diner is for you. Here you’ll find six TV screens showing football, rugby, cricket, golf and more – grab a milkshake and enjoy your game of choice.

Every single bedroom has a balcony with stunning views. Make the most of it in the early afternoon – the perfect time to relax, read your book, listen to a podcast on the speakers or just have a well-deserved nap.

If you’d prefer to get out and about, go for a stroll around nearby Al Bidda Park where there’s always something going on – from people playing football and cricket to live music. Alternatively, the famous Souq Waqif is within walking distance and is the ideal place for a spot of traditional shopping (see our guide, left). Savvy shoppers can pick up everything from local spices to sculptures and art.

For those of you who want to enjoy the local culture, but prefer somewhere indoors and a little cooler, there are two beautiful museums in walking distance: The National Museum of Qatar and the Museum of Islamic Art (more on this on page 4).

Whether you’re staying for business or pleasure, make the most of the hospitality on offer in our Qatari outpost
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The Aichi by George

Head of Bars at The Ned London

‘The Aichi is a fresh, light cocktail that is perfect to enjoy at the start of a meal. My favourite thing to eat alongside this drink is delicate sushi because the flavours really complement each other.’

Ingredients: 40ml Amass Vodka infused with shiso, 10ml Leblon Cachaça, 25ml cucumber-and shiso syrup, 20ml fresh lime juice.

Method: Place ice in a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients and shake. Serve in a rocks glass over cubed ice and garnish with a shiso leaf.

Smooth Earl by Leo

Director of Food & Beverage at The Ned Doha

‘This non-alcoholic cocktail is the perfect alternative to a dessert after dinner. It’s sweet, thanks to the agave syrup and chocolate, but the Earl Grey cuts through for a clean finish.’

Ingredients: 60ml almond-infused Earl Grey, 2 bar spoons of chocolate powder, 1 bar spoon of agave syrup, whipping cream.

Method: Add all ingredients into a chilled cocktail shaker and shake, before straining into a coupe glass and gently stirring.

It’s 5pm Somewhere Shaking It Up

Champagne Martini by

Head of Bars at The Ned NoMad

‘Bringing together the best elements of a crisp, classic martini and the richness of vintage champagne through layers of vibrant grape-based delights, this drink is perfect before dinner or to celebrate – any day of the week.’

Ingredients: 40ml vodka, 12.5ml Pineau des Charentes, 12.5ml Lillet Blanc, 25ml champagne reduction, 25ml champagne to top.

Method: Pour the ingredients into a fluted glass and top with champagne.

The Ned NoMad’s Head of Bars, Chris Moore, on the best spots in New York for cocktails, live music and astoundingly extensive wine lists

Best for Authentic New York McSorley’s Old Ale House

Expect no airs or graces here; McSorley’s (pictured below in the 1970s) is a slice of history with the drinks to match. On those, you have a choice of two – light or dark beer – and for every one you order you’ll receive two. The menu might be abbreviated, but this place is all about the atmosphere and the characters: a whirl of people, sawdust-filled floors and great beer. Card payments aren’t accepted, so be sure to bring cash.

15 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003;

Best for the Views

solely on Overstory’s views does the bar a disservice – the drinks themselves are some of the best in the world, according to 2022’s 50 Best Bars list. As well as the outdoor space, there’s an intimate room that seats about 20, but it’s wise to book ahead. Decadence at its finest.

70 Pine Street, 64th Floor, New York, NY 10005;

Best for Cutting-edge Drinks

Double Chicken Please

Located in a grungy area of the Lower East Side, this bar from duo GN Chan and Faye Chen opened in 2020 in the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic. As restrictions lifted, they revealed the jewel in DCP’s crown: the Back Room bar, with its innovative menu. Here, in a contemporary Japanese-inspired space, interesting, well-balanced and delicious drinks are served alongside Taiwanese-style bar food.

115 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002;

Best to Test your Wine Knowledge


Situated in the depths of Bushwick, in a space that resembles an old warehouse, Roberta’s is far removed from Manhattan’s bright lights. But it’s oh-so worth the trek. Inventive and – above all – delicious pizza (some of the best in the city) is complemented by an incredibly eclectic and slightly obscure wine list, which features so many grapes and styles it’ll have your head spinning before you even sample a drop! Indulge your taste buds and leave satisfied and, no doubt, a little giddy.

261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206;

Best All-Rounder

The Dead Rabbit

Now 10 years old, this Irish pub-cum-cocktail bar – with its jovial, welcoming staff – perfects all it turns its hand to, be it the best pints of Guinness in New York, the perfect Sunday roast or some of the world’s best-mixed drinks. You really can’t go wrong. Its Sunday seisiún, complete with live band, is the perfect way to send off the weekend (or see in the new week).

30 Water Street, New York, NY 10004;

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Three locations, three experts, three favourite cocktails. All you have to decide is which to try first…
Overstory A 64th-floor wraparound balcony above the financial district provides views of all the boroughs, which you can savour while you sip. That said, to focus
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Handled with Care

Jetlagged after a work trip? Heavily pregnant? Looking for the perfect afternoon of pampering? The Ned London’s Spa Manager, Sophia Tziros, shares the best treatments to try in London and Doha, whatever your needs




Maternity Full Body Care

Signature Massage

60 minutes

Choice essential oils delve deep into your epidermis to awaken your senses and revitalise your energy. Leave feeling as though you have had a solid eight hours of restful sleep. NOT TRY THE...



Akwaterra Facial

60 minutes

A real treat for anyone that’s looking to destress, this treatment utlises a rhythmic sequence using sandstone pods that are designed to provide a continuous flow of heat. This warmth throughout your body gives you a complete sense of comfort and relaxation.

Dry skin?


Speedy Hammam

50 minutes

If you haven’t ever stepped foot in The Ned London’s pink-marble hammam, I can’t recommend it enough. It might be called speedy but this treatment’s still incredibly indulgent. It begins with a foot cleanse and authentic black-soap wash, followed by a kessa scrub, rhassoul hair cleanse, shirodhara and a hydrating facial. At the end your skin will be smoothed over with dreamy scented shea-butter oil, leaving you feeling like you’re walking on a cloud.



Lymphatic Massage

60 minutes

Our oil-free, light-pressured massage focuses on draining lymph – which helps eliminate toxins, bacteria and excess fluid – from the body. This treatment helps to improve the overall appearance of the skin texture, while also calming anxiety and reducing stress.

90 minutes

A head-to-toe pampering that caters to every mother-to-be’s needs. Enjoy a foot soak, body brushing and exfoliation, plus a full-body massage using our nourishing pregnancy-safe oil and balm.

Fresh off the plane?


Detox and Restore Facial

60 minutes

Deep cleanse and rejuvenate tired and congested skin. Ideal after a flight, this facial will make you look and feel ‘impossibly’ fresh.

Want to spoil someone?


Ultimate Signature


75 minutes

This is my absolute favourite treatment for relaxing in the comfort of our 1920s-inspired oasis. Sink back into the chair and our therapists will not only cocoon your feet in a mask infused with apricot seed and avocado oil, but they’ll also treat you to an indulgent scalp massage while the softening balm works its magic. The treatment finishes with a beautiful high-gloss nail polish job.

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Vuori founder, CEO and Ned NoMad member Joe Kudla on the fastest-growing activewear brand in the US

If you live in the US, chances are you’ve already heard of Vuori thanks to its 26 stores, partnership with Barry’s Boot Camp and cult celebrity following (that includes the likes of Ben Affleck, Kaia Gerber and Liam Hemsworth). If you haven’t heard of it, let us enlighten you. Originally created for men, Vuori makes its own sustainable fabrics using recycled plastics from the sea (it also made a point of committing to removing almost all plastics from its supply chain). In 2018, in response to huge demand, the brand launched a womenswear line, and continues to build the collection with additions such as the Ponto Pant – ideal for stylish comfort beyond the gym. We jumped at the chance to hang out with founder and CEO Joe Kudla to find out more about this burgeoning brand.

Tell us about the materials used in Vuori – how did you work out what felt, but also looked, good?

Our design ethos is ‘Built to move in. Styled for life.’ Our vision for our product was to be effortless in our aesthetic and never over-designed. In order to bring this versatility to life we had to prioritise beautiful, high-quality fabrics that performed, but also felt amazing on the body – and that’s what we’ve become known for as a brand. Every material we use must have performance at its core; more than 50 per cent of the textiles we use are custom Vuori-developed fabrics, where we create the textile from scratch, or we find something we like but change it ever so slightly to make something we love that meets our needs. Fabric is at the heart of our design process and we will never sacrifice that.

Vuori was initially geared towards yoga, before you expanded the brand and adapted the products to suit many different activities…

Yes, we learned quickly that limiting the brand to yoga in the early days was not resonating as we thought it would. We asked everyone who purchased from us what

they liked and disliked about the product and the brand, then we really acted on that feedback and pivoted. When we opened our aperture and found that alignment between our messaging and how our customers were wearing our product, things really started to grow. Since that point we have never stopped listening to our customers.

How do you start your day in order to set yourself on the right path each morning?

I like to wake up an hour or so before my two beautiful daughters so I can make a little ‘investment in happiness’, as we like to say at Vuori. A couple of days a week I’m out on my bike before the sun rises. A couple of days I am in the sauna and ice bath. But the constant morning activity is a breathwork/ meditation/ gratitude practice. Once the rulers of our household awaken, I love to give them a little wrestle and help my wife get them out the door for school.

If you’re a sporting novice what’s the one piece of kit that you’d recommend from the

For men, the Kore Short for its comfort and versatility at the gym. Outside the gym the Ponto Performance Pant, made from our famous DreamKnit fabric.

What’s your own sport of choice?

Yoga. I tend to lean more towards a restless spirit and busy mind, so the calming effect of yoga is really good for me. I find that the lessons learned on a yoga mat can be applied in business, relationships, being a better dad and beyond.

Every element of the state-of-the-art gym at The Ned Doha has been carefully designed, including its positioning: panoramic views of the Corniche are perfect to take your mind off just how hard you’re working.

Inside the space itself, there’s a women-only gym with a connecting women’s locker room, with rowing machines, treadmills, resist balls, skipping ropes, medicine balls and dumbbells. A larger co-ed gym has the same equipment, plus cross-trainers, StairMasters, a Skillmill and a large selection of Technogym weight machines.

For those looking for a teacher-led class there are plenty of options – from Circuit Training and HIIT classes to women’s-only yoga every Tuesday and Sunday in our private and intimate studio. 13
Ned’s Club Gym Doha is available to members and hotel guests only

radar this year, we’ve done the hard work for you. From mood-boosting fragrances to smart skincare, here are some of the latest names that deserve your consideration.


In a crowded sea of constant beauty newness, these pioneering global brands are stirring up a storm

alongside supplements and skincare, skin looks three years younger. (Sign me up). Want to begin a little more gently? Start your journey with the Revitalizing Cream – a wonder pot of skincare goodness.

Having successfully launched in the US (and already sporting an impressive celebrity fan following, from Bella Hadid and Mandy Moore to Sarah Jessica Parker), the impossibly chic makeup brand Merit landed in the UK earlier this year. The brainchild of Katherine Power, founder of Who What Wear and drinks brand Avaline, vegan, cruelty-free Merit taps into the increasingly popular minimalist ‘clean beauty’ aesthetic. Using skinloving ingredients such as squalane, vitamin B5 and natural antioxidants (all of which brighten, hydrate and moisturise skin), the considered makeup collection offers multipurpose, luxury products that suit all skin types, ages and tones.

With its series of easy-to-apply formulas, the brand hinges on an edit of uncomplicated products that enhance your natural beauty, rather than cover it. While most new brands to enter the market are focused on trend-led products for a Gen-Z audience, Merit’s concise offering is tailored towards Millennials and older consumers. Dip your toe into the Merit pool via two must-have additions to your makeup bag, both

cream-based formulas in packaging so chic it creates the #content all by itself. The Flush Balm is a multi-use buildable cream blusher that’s lazy makeup done right: a little blot to the cheeks, lips and eyes adds a beautiful flush of colour to all complexions.

You may have already spotted Merit’s Bronze Balm going viral on TikTok, and it is worth the hype – in eight shades that illuminate the skin in a

is that multiple serums are needed for multiple potential skincare concerns, when actually many of us are entirely unaware of what we really need for our individual skin. Skin is a living organism that evolves with the seasons, time and your environment. Skincare, therefore, needs to be adapted accordingly.

Through mySkinDiag – a one-of-akind digital skin diagnosis programme that was 25 years in the making, with a database of more than a million individuals of all ages, races, genders and walks of life – myBlend offers specific solutions for men and women wanting to build their best skin from the inside out.

of fragrance is that it can drive you to feel something. Scent memories can make us feel happy, sad, angry, loved, lost – the whole gamut of human emotions. But new fragrance brand Edeniste harnesses neuroscience to incite that feeling without the need for an existing memory. Meaning? Well, a fragrance can make you happy, not because it reminds of something associated with that smell, but because its ingredients are curated to best evoke that particular mood in your olfactory memory.

The first generation of active wellbeing fragrance driven by neuroscience, Edeniste has a two-step olfactive process. Step one is choosing your scent from the lineup of seven unigender eau de parfums, all of which contain a regulating patented olfactive accord – ‘destress’ – which is proven to have a regulating impact on mood. (The buttery leather sensual scent of Cuir Savage, which smells like smouldering oud gets my vote).

When industry heavyweight Groupe Clarins decided to launch myBlend this year, the global beauty community stood to attention. New brands hit the beauty shelves almost daily, so aside from its nepo-baby DNA, what sets myBlend apart? Well, it’s down to its personalised approach. Beauty regimes have become overcrowded: the narrative

The brand has a three-pronged approach to achieve this goal: food supplements, cosmetic skincare and the best of beauty tech. And the results are staggering. While the futuristic-looking LED face-and-neck mask might set you back £1,000, clinical trials have proven that with just one month of consistent use

Merit’s founding Senior Vice President on the brand that’s been described as the antidote to the oversaturated world of beauty

How would you describe Merit in just Merit creates elevated, well-edited beauty and skincare essentials that make Much is made about the fact that Merit eliminated 73 key ingredients from products. Which ingredients made the

We worked closely with celebrity facialist Biba de Sousa, who’s well known for her ‘no’ list of ingredients – those that are often found in beauty products, but which can be pore-clogging and acnetriggering. This includes things such as coconut oil and algae, which are incredibly common in ‘clean’ makeup and skincare. Instead, we focus on including ingredients that actually have skincare benefits, such as vitamin E in our Flush Balm blushes

Next comes the critical second part of your fragrance journey: Edeniste’s Lifeboosts – active blends based on cutting-edge neuroscience that all work harmoniously with its perfume. Think of it this way: big bottle = base scent, little bottle = mood. And there are moods a-plenty: Energy, Dream, Love, Happiness and Seduction are all available for the taking. How you wear the fragrances is up to you –I like a little solo spritz of Energy before a workout – but consider this the fragrance layering of the future.

or squalane in our Signature Lip lipsticks. We don’t think you should have to worry about your makeup negatively impacting your skin.

Merit’s USP is not engaging in trends or creating ‘fast’ beauty, preferring to create classic products customers will use ten years from now. Can you expand on this?

We’ve been really lucky that Merit has had a cross-generational appeal; our formulations are great for mature skin so we have a lot of customers in their 50s, 60s and upwards, but our buildable, dewy products have also been embraced by consumers in their teens and 20s. Our core customer, however, is actually a surprisingly neglected demographic: Millennials and Gen X-ers. Our brand speaks to their adult, confident approach to beauty as well as their need for on-the-go products that will work with their busy lives.

Spring/Summer 2023

What Lies Ahead

Frolic under the summer’s expansive skies, star gazers. This season’s cosmic forecast calls us home to our innate powers, opening hearts and souls to fresh opportunity…



21 March – 19 April

Rugged, resilient and ready to renew, this summer wants you to tap into your capacity to come back to life, again and again. Rather than having to get it ‘just so’ on the very first try, find joy in just giving it a shot – surrendering any anxious ego to the exhilaration of the process.

Magic Words: My strength of self springs from spontaneity.


20 April – 20 May

A slow and sweet sojourn back to source, this summer is made for uncovering more of your original matter. Whether it’s a past passion or a way of being that’s fallen by the wayside, let yourself commune with the elementals and fundamentals of the force that is you.

Magic Words: Lasting beauty is built on basic truths.


21 May – 20 June

Fold your wings and stay a while, butterfly babe. This summer asks you to relish your right to become more by doing less. Rather than racing towards each new experience, allow more of life to arrive of its own accord – settling in for the show instead of chasing it.

Magic Words: Coming in for a landing lets life come to me.


21 June – 22 July

Think untethered and unencumbered: this summer wants to be wholly and solely your own. This might mean toning down tending to others and releasing allegiances that sap your strength. Trust that breaking any ties will reveal the unbreakable bonds.

Magic Words: I am the primary caretaker of my own existence.


23 July – 22 August

The zodiac’s premier summertime sun siren, the rest of the cosmos basks in the wonders of your warmth. This season, commit to sharing even more of it without keeping score. Come forward and give first – trusting that generosity is a chance to behold your gifts.

Magic Words: My heart is bottomless, my flame eternal.


23 August – 22 September

You’re forever prepared for any and every scenario. This summer wants you to remain ready for the best, not just the worst case. Practise giving voice to the hopes and dreams that exist beneath any fears and worries, and anticipating unexpected pleasures.

Magic Words: The might-bes may be cause for excitement.


23 September – 23 October

Caught up in concern over potential fallout of actions taken, you sometimes forget to honour your own impact. This summer invites you to celebrate all of the effects you enact – from championing a cause to changing a stranger’s day through the smallest of smiles.

Magic Words: Each step I take constructs the course.


24 October – 21 November

A composter and cremator, you’re forever ready to step into life’s clearings. This summer, let your capacity to handle any eventual endings make the here-and-now even sweeter. Live it up to the limit and give yourself over to this moment for as long as it lasts.

Magic Words: Fullness is found by drinking every drop.


22 November – 21 December

Your wildness wants to get wider, Sag. This summer, see what adventures can be sparked by releasing judgement and cultivating the ability to bear witness more neutrally. Watch foregone conclusions fly out the window in favour of the freedom of a truly open-minded road.

Magic Words: Holding space creates more of it.

22 December – 19 January

You’re the zodiac’s perfectly cave-aged confection – one seasoned by the wisdom that’s hard won. Yet this summer wants to remind you that there’s innocence to be found on the other side of all your experience. Surprise yourself by showing up to life from a different side.

Magic Words: It’s never too late to give a new life a start.


20 January – 18 February

You’re a cool-headed operator who’s able to view the landscape from high above. This summer is a reminder to heed the heat map. Let yourself enjoy a little bit of irrepressible irrationality, making moves just because they light you up and turn you on.

Magic Words: Feeling my fire means not having to figure it out.


19 February – 20 March

Ready to get ‘taken’ by all of existence, you often give yourself over without a second thought. This summer is an opportunity to better balance your devotion. Before you sign your whole soul away, pause to consider what’s coming back your way.

Magic Words: Only through reciprocity do I gain my own respect.

SKINWORK launches a brand-new range of products

The Ned has long been a huge fan of SKINWORK, hosting events, masterclasses –and even a pop-up at Ned’s Club Spa London – with the brand and its founder, Eilidh Smith. Now, after 20 years curating treatments to help with a variety of skincare concerns, the brand has created an expert-led, results-focused and sustainable skincare line – and we’re excited to get our hands on it. Small but perfectly formed, the new SKINWORK range includes Treatment Cleanse, a cream cleanser with mitt; Homework, an AHA and BHA exfoliating peel; and Pro.Glow, a hydrating gel-cream. Available from

SUPERCAR POWER. DRIVEN. Official government fuel consumption figures in litres/100km (mpg) for the Aston Martin DBX707: WLTP Low 22.0 (12.8); WLTP Medium 13.9 (20.2); WLTP High 12.0 (23.4); WLTP Extra High 13.3 (21.2); WLTP Combined 14.2 (19.9). WLTP CO2 Emissions 323 g/km (NEDC Combined CO2 - Awaiting certification). Urban RDE trip NOx 85.8 mg/km, PN 9e11; Complete RDE trip NOx 85.8 mg/km, PN 9e11. PEMS ID: 09-SCF-0025-0; TA Number: Awaiting certification.
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