It was day 12 of a 14-day work trip across London and Berlin when I arrived to the Hospital Club in London’s leafy suburb of Convent Gardens. 25 kilograms of luggage on a peak hour commute on the notorious tube placed me in the West End location, exhausted, albeit relieved to step into the homey hallows of the art hotel. The private member’s club which replaced St Peter’s hospital in 2003 – the brain child of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart – has long been a home for the local creative industry before opening its offering to travellers with 15 luxury bedrooms. And just one of the many characteristics of perhaps London’s coolest hotels.
No two rooms are quite the same and with a regular rotation of artwork from the brilliant minds of Russell Sage Studios, the space is seemingly alive as it pays homage to some of the most celebrated artists across the globe. Upon arrival to the bedroom floor – only accessible by booked guests – the space is a rabbit warren of unassuming doorways and tactile design, while a huge wooden doors enclose the luxury rooms. From small rooms with enough room for a last minute stay to spacious suites perfectly suited as a home away from home, any visionary will find comfort in its perfectly designed walls. A warm ’70s colour palette of emerald green, bronze and deep blues are paired with accents of timber and soft velvet while art-deco furniture adds a certain opulence to the cosy interiors. Complementing the design cues, London’s historic charm is seen in vintage decor such as an old film camera or a stack of first edition classic novels. And creature comforts are found in the hidden mini bar and forgiving bathrooms. But it wasn’t until an exploration into the remainder of the club that had me vow to not leave its warm alcoves until my 6am flight back to Australia, in two days time.
From the basement cinema and exhibition space, to the Martini Bar, Bellini Lounge and Oak Room and an expansive restaurant and cafe space, it is easy to find a comfortable corner with a laptop in hand and work away at the ever-growing inbox. The space which is open to members only and their guests is always bustling where creatives share an equally inspiring space. The Hospital Club restaurant is a hero aspect of the establishment and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – the Sunday roast is a must.
Housed between local, niche pubs, eateries and boutiques, if you do choose to leave the space for some fresh air Convent Gardens is a stones throw away from some of the most popular tourist locations in the city – a walk along Thames River makes for scenic afternoon stroll. Following some much needed R&R, it was just past 6pm when a welcomed knock on the door greeted the room. As turn down service quietly went about preparing the room for a restful sleep, a bar cart visited each room offering a complimentary cocktail, made on the spot by expert staff. A negroni quickly appeared before my sleep deprived eyes and made for the perfect night cap before reading one of the many novels made available to guests.
But aside from the accomodation offerings and food options that h Club is now known for (staycation anyone?!), the inspiring hub is also home to a number of hyped events and world-renowned exhibitions. A private cinema provides home to a number of private screenings, press launches and corporate presentations while the downstairs gallery is open to the public for a number of art events open to the public, one of the most recent for Masterplan 25 – Michael Spencer Jones – Iconic & Unseen Photographs of OASIS.
Also seen in Los Angeles, while h Club’s bedrooms are on offer for all, a membership is worth the investment for any creative. Member’s enjoy access to the Club Bedrooms as well as a weekly schedule of newly released movies in the Screening Room, industry-specific events and mixers, a curated program of cultural events, tailored member perks – from beauty and lifestyle to travel and subscriptions and access to an array of exclusive partner clubs around the world.
To book your stay or for more information, visit h Club here.