The stylish members-only Hospital Club in Covent Garden is anything but clinical.
The Hospital Club is cool. So cool you won't even realise it's there. Wander through Covent Garden and, unless you're in the know, you'll walk right past it, dismissing it as an office or something else highly unexciting. Except when there's a gig on, that is. Then the mask slips and the suited and booted bouncers on the door give the game away. The Hospital is strictly members-only and to be a part of this gang you need to be a creative type; designers, artists, musicians are all very welcome to cough up £550 a year (discounts are available for under 30s) for membership at this bar. But don't choke on your martini just yet - for that hefty sum you get a whole lot in return. On top of entry to the club itself, which has several internal spaces, you'll get to attend free film screenings in their (now 3D) cinema and go along to regular gigs (past highlights have included Florence And The Machine and Corine Bailey Rae). Plus you can bring a few friends along with you each time. If you’re not a member, your best bet is to befriend someone who is, or blag an invite to one of the events taking place.
Inside, the decor is a riot of colour, style and eclectic quirkiness, and once you sink into one of the cosy sofas you just won't want to leave. There are several areas, including the Bellini Bar, a restaurant and a 36-seater cinema, whilst the fourth floor offers a bit more space in the large Martini Lounge: a space that’s full of booths, zebra print chairs and contemporary art. There's even a balcony - perfect for watching fireworks at New Year - and down the hall is the dedicated games room.
During the day, The Hospital Club is a great place for business types to sit with a laptop in-between meetings, or as a place to invite clients. In the evening, it’s a brilliant go-to bar. It’s spacious and bright and the friendly staff don’t miss a trick – you won’t be waiting long before a bubbly waitress comes over and takes your order.
You can eat in the bar but there’s a gorgeous, recently refurbished restaurant that you should really try out. There’s a delicious selection on offer at a range of prices, from the Scotch duck egg salad (£7.50) to the rack of Cornish lamb at £16.50. The food really is wonderful and there’s plenty of variety.
There’s a nice big selection of wine (around 30 to choose from) and cocktails, some even designed by members. Try a Butterfly Kiss or Fiji Fruit Punch for £8.25 (not terribly cheap but so tasty), or go for a glass of Luna Pinot Grigio for £6.25 or a Merlot Corvina for £4.25.
The Last Word
This club requires a year-long commitment but it’s really worth it if you’re after somewhere special to hang-out in Covent Garden. Perfect for impressing clients, friends and the opposite sex, you’ll want to bring everybody you know, tossing in a casual ‘Oh this old place? Been a member for years.’