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A Covent Garden Escape: The Hospital Club
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A Covent Garden Escape: The Hospital Club

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Updated: 25 July 2017
In the heart of Covent Garden lies the unique private members’ club, The Hospital Club. Founded by Paul Allen and Dave Stewart in 2004, the club aims to offer creative industries the environment and facilities they need in busy, chaotic London. With an average of 40 events, exhibitions, social gatherings, live performances and around 60 film screenings each month, The Hospital Club is one of London’s most vibrant and creative communities.

Looking back: The heritage

The tale behind the members-only club follows the story of Paul and Dave noticing the old, run-down St Paul’s Hospital when they were out in Covent Garden for a drink. They produced a plan to bring around the dilapidated building and turn it into a centre of creativity.

Allen and Stewart decided they wanted to create a place where artists of all industries could come together and ‘Create. Connect. Collaborate.’ Over the past years, they created the h.Club Foundation, the Club Art programme, among other initiatives to help the creative industry grow.

Looking in: The decor

Within the club is a hotel, which encompasses 15 bedrooms, a restaurant, four bars, a screening room, function areas and a gallery space. It has been noted that few London hotels can compete with The Hospital Club for entertainment and socialising opportunities, setting the standard for exclusive evenings out.

The atmosphere across the hotel is fresh and welcoming, and the interior design of the club means you feel right at home as soon as you walk through the door. Unlike many other traditional hotels, The Hospital Club oozes elegance and trendiness, and the cool decor in the reception and bedrooms exude a relaxed vibe with a touch of modern-day technological advances. From its unique atmosphere to the staff, The Hospital Club is exactly what you wish for in an unconventional London hotel.

The rooms, designed by the Russell Sage studio, are incredibly apt to the artsy concept behind The Hospital Club. The various bedrooms come in various sizes, styles and themes: small, medium, large and suite; and each room is styled around a piece of famous art. Moreover, each room has its own unique selection of books, as well as brain training kits from The School of Life (an organisation focusing on emotional intelligence and art). Rooms come with an ensuite bathroom, and for those special occasions, the club has several suites which are equipped with vast bathrooms (including a roll-top bath and shower for two), a sitting room and a private, wood-lined terrace looking over Covent Garden. The rooms all have state-of-the-art technology with iPod docks, large digital TVs and Wi-Fi.

Looking out: Cultural links

The area surrounding the club is full of restaurants, clubs, bars and hundreds of independent shops at Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials. South Covent Garden contains the central square with its street performers and most of the elegant buildings, theatres and entertainment facilities, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the Royal Opera House and the London Transport Museum.

And if that wasn’t enough, the central location means you can jump on the tube at Covent Garden and Holborn (only a few minutes away), you can walk to Leicester Square in five minutes and all the shopping you could ever need is only a 10-minute walk away on Oxford Street.

Looking ahead: The future

Down every corridor of The Hospital Club, the atmosphere and the design inspires you to collaborate with all those around you. It’s no surprise that this unique members-only hotel is top pick for many visiting this vibrant city. The club will no doubt flourish over the next decade, with many projects planned over the next year and their sustainable nature among the creative industries. This hotel really does create an impact on all those that visit.

The best bit? The complimentary cocktail trolley that visits each bedroom at 7pm – where your own personal cocktail connoisseur makes a delicious cocktail right in front of you.

The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, London, UK, +44 207 170 9100