I used to really like this members club as somewhere to escape out of the mayhem of covent garden, though that was in its hay day about 3 years ago. Back then it felt like THE place to go and bump into someone interesting in the creative scene or just sit quietly with a laptop, or book, or whatever takes your fancy. But now, well, I think there are just better places to go in London. It’s lost its cool factor, despite still being a nice place to spend an evening. But does cool factor matter? Probably not, but it’s still lost its wow factor. I think maybe the first tell tale sign is the door - it now has “The Hospital Club” stamped on it, with lots of little H’s all over it from top to bottom. Before it wasn’t branded and didn’t look like a club from the outside.
The cinema is still genius - definitely worth a trip there to watch a private screening and feel as though you have you have a great big house with a cinema room. But the staff have gone down hill - once hot and service with perfection - now medioca and could be serving you in any bar in London. Still a great place for events - lots of different rooms to hire - and still attracts the media hunting down celebrities.
I’m in two minds about the Hospital - that might indicate which ward I should go to? (sorry terrible pun…) I’m not a member, but I’ve been quite a few times and I’ve never really been blown away by it. It’s nice and all, they do a good cocktail and the food is good, but nothing is really outstanding and its expensive.
I have had some quite fun nights here, but really it just feels like basically its not as good as either Soho House or Shoreditch House or for that matter my favourite members club - Milk & Honey.
One thing it has got going for it is that its a really good place for a business meeting and actually a lot better than the other places named above. It feels like it has a bit more space to it and they have some good meeting rooms.
If you’re somewhere near the ground floor and thinking about popping out for a smoke - enjoy the staff shooing you away like the leper you are making the place look untidy. That might be one of the reasons I’ve never quite taken to the place.
EDIT: We had an event at The Hospital yesterday and I’ve decided to deduct a star and they are lucky it’s not two. Hilarious nonsense around ordering lunch and having to do it 3 days in advance…for sandwiches…service throughout the day was distinctly average and irritatingly loud when bringing in teas/coffees/water etc. I now wouldn’t recommend it for a company meeting style event.
Quite surprised to find so many reviews of a private members club on Qype. Mind you, my first contact with The Hospital was that exhibition last year which compared Banksy to Andy Warhol which was open to the public. They are currently running a rather good show celebrating the 20th anniversary of YBA and Freeze.
Being interested in art, music and all things creative, and working in the media, I was instantly drawn to the place. It may not be as trendy as Shoreditch House, but this hopefully also means it will still be around in years to come with a consistently interesting mix of members.
I like everything about The Hospital Club and love using it for daytime catch-ups or meeting friends after work. I wish I could go more often.
After being a member here for about 4 months, my thoughts now are more…... meh. It’s ok, but it just doesn’t feel right to me. Maybe i’m too young for this place. Who knows. I think it just lacks a bit of soul.
Oh hell yes.
Went here on Tuesday night and had a really good time. The Hospital Club is one of the newer private members clubs in London and caters for the media crowd in and around the city. The 2 bar areas are great and had a disctinctly young feel about them (pretty unusual for a club like this). We sipped cocktails and took a little tour of the Club. The games room and the event areas were particularly impressive. The hospital club host a bunch of different events for its members - from movie nights in the private cinema to poker evenings around the bar. They also has a bunch of meeting rooms and conference facilities for people looking to get a bit of work done.
I will definitely be going back. Now, about that membership…..
I have to hold my hand and explain that this is a private members club and I am a member, that does not make me a bad person and I do use it for business! With that in mind the food is great, frewsh and to a very high standard. Today I had a very spicy virgin mary (being a good day), followed by a tradional fish(plaice) and chips with mushy peas and mint soucre. I can also recommend the burger which before I became vegitarian was fantatsic. In short if you get the chance go there for lunch or a snack, you will like it
I have been to The Hospital quite a few times, but every time has been for fim screenings so i can preally only comment on the screening rooms, the staff at reception, and the toilets! But you can judge most pplaces by the toilets and, well, the ones in The Hospital are very nice! It’s a classy building and has very helpful staff, so I’d be interested to go back and exploe what else it has to offer, beyond screening rooms!
I was fairly non-plussed unlike most of the other reviewers. The furniture looked cool, but it was an absolute pain to sit on. They have no bitter. The food is really overpriced. Still, it’s not that bad! I enjoyed my burger, and we moved on swiftly to a proper pub with proper tables!
Of all the perks that I’ve had working for companies - this has been my favourite. This member’s club has media and creative written all over it. A few months back, their gallery hosted a display of works by Bansky, with fantastic feedback.
Two bar areas, a dining / meeting room, a games room complete with table football, XBOX 360 and pool table. My main complaint is based on how awful the pool table is - it’s been thrown in with nary a thought to making it level, and so has a bias to the left. Take heed.
The private cinema is simply awesome, and very comfortable. The food is pricey but very good, and I’ve found that during the day, when it’s quiet, it’s an office away from office, with fast, free wireless internet access and a plethora of power sockets.
The staff are polite, and greet you by your first name after you’ve swiped in (or before if you show up too often). It’s clean, and the toilets on the second floor have, well, they have the most interesting wall tiles I’ve ever had the pleasure to be forced to stare at, being various stylishly-silhouetted depictions from the Kama Sutra.
If I had a complaint (other than the pool table) it would be that the selection of beers is woeful. If you want anything that resembles a bitter, the closest you can get is Guinness, with Leffe Brown coming in a distant second. Otherwise your choice is Stella, and other lagers of that ilk.
Saturdays, and The Hospital is kid-friendly, with childrens screenings in the cinema, and a few kid’s options on the menu. On the subject of the menu - their Bacon sandwich is great. Blindingly expensive for what it is, but it’s worth having just one. Superb ciabatta bread; thick tasty bacon; the mild threat of butter.
As has been mentioned by other reviews - this place is a great joint for networking, or just having a quick drink before heading on into Covent Garden. When it’s busy, from quiz nights to whisky tasting, it’s great. When it’s quiet, it’s great.
Somehow, The Hospital has the balance just right.
Great hanging place for the media crowd. Good place for an event too (day or evening, launch or networking event). Very funky and slightly kitch deco, maybe a bit too much (it may look “dated” quite quickly) but definitely fun. We had a good dinner, very professional service and had a great time in the “Forest Room” (private room with forest-print wallpaper all around). Only reservation is that it was pretty quite for a Tuesday evening… Let’s hope it was the good weather that stopped people filling up the bar that evening (Tuesday)otherwise the Hospital my quickly be turned back into something else….
One of the most interesting places I have visited, I luckily managed to dodge the paparatzi who were there to snap Girls Aloud.
The lobby was funkily decorated and the staff very helpful. The bar areas were perfect to network within and well organised to float around.
It was all a bit surreal while I was there with the archive of things left unsaid happening while I was there.
They are doing some interesting things with a social network to help their media members connect with other media folk within a closed community.
I've never had much incentive to pay for a members bar because I think I know enough decent bars/clubs/pubs in London that don't require membership. And then I discovered the Hospital.
Dave Stewart (he of the Eurythmics) established this place a 'media' members place a few years ago and it offers anything you might need slap bang in the middle of Covent Garden.
Cinema, recording studio, TV studio (they film Strictly Come Dancing here!), games room and a great selection of bars. They also have events for members including latest film releases, poker night and writing classes.
This is way more than just a late night drinking den and I will be sorting out my membership as soon as I can.
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