The Hospital Club
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Coordinates: The Hospital Club is a unique hub in the heart of London offering the creative community the environment and facilities it needs to create, connect and collaborate. Housing a television studio, screening room, live performance space, restaurant, lounges and gallery over seven floors, the Club is on Endell Street, Covent Garden, London on the site of an 18th-century hospital.
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 packed 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.
In 2006 the Hospital Club hosted an exclusive VIP area at the Frieze Art Fair which ES magazine cited as "the place where the beautiful people hang out" with guests including Tracey Emin and Kate Moss. Since then, the Hospital Club Art program has enjoyed numerous partnerships, continuing with Frieze as well as designjunction and the London Design Festival, the English National Ballet and the Royal Academy.
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.
A rich and diverse programme of members' events includes film previews(screened in the private cinema), 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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- 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
- 2nd floor bar and lounge
- Bellini bar and lounge
- Martini bar, lounge and terraces
- Club restaurant
- Forest private dining room
- First Floor event space
- Loft Lounge
- Chalk Room
- Meeting rooms
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
- 2010 - Broadcast of the London segments of the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief international telethon in aid of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake takes place at the Hospital Club.
- 2011 - new current affairs program THE AGENDA(ITV) launches at the Hospital Club Studio
- 2012 - WOMEN: INSPIRATION&ENTERPRISE SYMPOSIUM London launches at the Hospital Club with keynote speech by Dame Vivienne Westwood
- 2012 - British Fashion Council launch new menswear week LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN at the Hospital Club
- 2012 - Production of WATCHDOG(BBC) comes to the Hospital Club Studio
- 2012 - HEAR MY TRAIN A COMIN': HENDRIX HITS LONDON - Gallery hosts international launch of new Hendrix exhibition during the 2012 Olympics (curated by Experience Music Project, Seattle)
- 2012 - h.Club Sessions produced in partnership with the Guardian, Mativision, Line of Best Fit, Deezer and New Music Matters
- 2013 - the Oak Room live performance space is opened with performances from Turin Brakes, Psychemagik, Jumoke Fashola, Gary Numan, the London Cabaret Festival and many more
- 2013 - the Hospital Club Restaurant awarded two stars from the prestigious Sustainable Restaurant Association