The Hospital Club is one of those places in my “to do list”. As a Londoner I have a long list of places that I would like to experience but I haven’t had the time yet, so this one deserves a long overdue visit. First for drinks, ideally to stay and finally a possible membership? This is a social and cultural club for creative minds.
The Hospital Club (former St Paul’s Hospital) was founded by Paul Allen and Dave Stewart. It opened in 2004. “Paul and Dave were having a drink in Covent Garden when they spotted a boarded-up building over the road. Between them, they hatched a plan to revive this once elegant shell, and transform it into a hub of creativity – full of people, ideas, music and life.”
The interiors were designed by Russell Sage. It comprises seven floors of versatile spaces which include: a private members’ club, fifteen bedrooms, an events company, a TV studio, an exhibition gallery, a screening room and a live performance space.
Since I haven’t had the opportunity to visit, all the pictures come from The Hospital Club‘s website and Facebook site. They are great to show the empty spaces and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity of giving you a small tour of some of the amazing spaces:
2nd Floor Bar & Lounge
The second floor lounge is a space for members (work, rest or play).
Bellini Bar & Lounge
It is located adjacent to the 2nd Floor main cocktail bar and lounge. The Bellini Bar has its own entrance and has a spectacular floor-to-ceiling collage by Julie Verhoeven.
On the 4th floor, the Martini Lounge has several small terraces. This space allows members and guests.
Oak Room Bar & Lounge
Some other spaces are:
The Hospital Club curates and hosts approximately four public exhibitions of contemporary art every year. The Gallery is available for private hire and the artwork is available to view and buy in the online gallery.
The Screening Room seats a maximum of 36. For members, there are 9 complimentary screenings of pre-release and new-release blockbuster and art house films a week. It is also available for private events.
The Loft Lounge is an intimate space for small events. It can be hired for a maximum of 45 with a dedicated bartender. Not bad at all.
During the daytime, the space is ideal for meetings and private dinners. In the evenings, the main table top comes off to reveal a pool table.
Have a peek into the great bedrooms available. They look luxurious and comfortable. They are also used as a showroom for emerging artists. Each artist has been assigned a bedroom to curate and exhibit examples of their work.
250 m², two floors below street level and it’s ideal to pre-record or broadcast live.
If you are intrigued and want to see more of this exciting place, just head to Covent Garden or write it down for your next visit to London. I am planing some drinks at The Hospital Club very soon.