The Hospital Club

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The Hospital Club, main entrance
Reception's waiting lounge

Coordinates: 51°30′53″N 0°7′29″W / 51.51472°N 0.12472°W / 51.51472; -0.12472 The Hospital Club is a centre for London's creative community housing a television studio, screening room, live performance space, restaurant, lounges and gallery over seven floors, the Club is at 24 Endell Street,[1] Covent Garden, London on the site of an 18th-century hospital.

Description[edit]

The Hospital Club was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen through his investment company Vulcan Inc. and David A. Stewart musician (formerly of the band Eurythmics), producer and Founder of Weapons of Mass Entertainment.

The Hospital Club's main ethos is to support the creative industries by providing an inspiring environment that actively encourages its members to create, connect and collaborate. Members include designers, writers, creative entrepreneurs, performers, producers, musicians and film makers.

In September 2013 the Hospital Club opened the Oak Room live performance space with performances from Turin Brakes, Psychemagik, Jumoke Fashola, Gary Numan, the London Cabaret Festival to name a few, and a rolling calendar of world-class comedy, cabaret and live music several nights per week.

The Hospital Club also hosts the hClub100, a national search for the most innovative and influential people working across the creative industries. Recent winners include Stella McCartney, Thomas Heatherwick, Blanche MacIntyre, Grayson Perry, Kate Moross and Tom Hiddleston in ten categories ranging from Art&Design, Advertising Marketing&PR, Fashion, Film and Music to Theatre&Performance, Broadcast, Gaming&Tech, Publishing&Writing and Creative Entrepreneurs.

The Hospital Club enjoys long-term partnerships with the BFI London Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, D&AD and BAFTA as well as the British Fashion Council who launched their inaugural menswear week at the Club in June 2012 and continue to host London Collections: Men twice yearly.

Events includes film previews, industry networking evenings and thought leadership talks, wine tastings, supper clubs and chef masterclasses as well as a book club and writers' salon.

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Principal facilities[edit]

  • Television studio with dressing-, make up-, green- rooms and production office
  • Oak Room live performance space, bar, lounge and terrace
  • Screening room - 36 seats
  • Art gallery
  • Bars
  • Restaurant
  • Meeting rooms

Food hygiene failings[edit]

In 2014 the club received a zero rating for food hygiene after an inspection found mouse droppings in kitchens prompting worries of cross-contamination.[2][3]

History of the building[edit]

As its name suggests, for many years the building was home to St Paul's Hospital, first established in 1749.

  • 1749 — Maternity hospital for ‘the distressed poor – married women only’ opened
  • 1915 — War Office give premises to women medics – the Endell Street Hospital
  • 1923 — St Paul’s Hospital moves from Red Lion Square to Endell Street
  • 1948 — Amalgamated with St Peter’s to become a teaching hospital in the newly established NHS
  • 1959 — Became the first artificial kidney unit in the UK
  • 1961 — First dialysis in the UK performed at St Paul’s
  • 1992 — St Paul’s Hospital closed
  • 1996 — Building purchased by Paul Allen, planning submitted. Local objections to development mean the project stalls for a number of years while a compromise with residents is worked out
  • 1999–2003 — Renovation begins
  • 2003 — TV studio and gallery open
  • 2004 — Private members' club, restaurant and recording studio open

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