by Calum Donoghue, 1 April 2015
A stylish hub for the creative gent. QH checks in to one of The Hospital Club’s arty new rooms....
A long time favourite of creatives and media alike, The Hospital Club in London’s ever flourishing Covent Garden, provides an arty hub perfect for a visit to the capital. The idea behind this private members club was to create a space for local artistic types to chat and collaborate, with the new fifteen bedrooms offering a place to rest and recharge. The rooms opened in January with retro-chic masculine interiors, think Mad Men meets contemporary art.
Upon check in the helpful staff showed myself and my guest around the spacious suite where we would be spending the night. Each room features works from individual artists, ours has art by Julian Wild – a number of orange and white sculptures scattered throughout the room.
As we walk in a cocktail cabinet to the left catches our attention with a neat line up of ‘creative juices,’ three spirits courtesy of The Hospital Club. A further snoop we find a selection of unusually retro ornaments, as if standing in a private home, complimented by 60s furniture in dark masculine colours and two huge TVs. Unusual extras include brain power tool kits and even an erotic mini-bar complete with... well I shall let you check in to discover those.
Come 7pm a gentle knock on the door sees a cocktail master with a portable drinks trunk in toe, he is most welcome to enter. Following a cocktail on our room’s private terrace we descend to the Martini Lounge to unwind ahead of dinner. The open space design of the Lounge allows you to see most people in the room and it is filled with attractive young professionals, the majority smartly dressed and stylish. My guest points out the window to draw my attention to the view of the London Eye, perfect to watch and sip a cocktail.
At the bar I ask for something not on the menu, the barman suggests a Ramos Fizz, which as expected is sweet and delicious, my guest enjoys a refreshingly fruity Frisky Bison.
Next we head to dinner, on the way we pass a live band playing to a full crowd. Was it not for our allocated time to dine we would have stayed to watch.
Our starters are pleasingly generous, I opt for dressed Cornish crab on toast, rich and tasty and more than enough to share. My dinner partner chooses warm ham hock and smoked chicken terrine; he seems pleased, especially with the flavoursome sauce gribiche. For our mains, I choose wisely with the sea bream on a bed of fennel, green beans and perfectly cooked clams. Feeling extremely full, my guest and I play it safe and share creamy classic cheesecake to finish.
Post-dinner, the spacious bathroom in cool blue and cream colours is calling me. The bath could not be bigger and a long soak soon takes me past midnight. Out of the bath, as soon as my head hits the pillow I am asleep until morning.
Breakfast in bed was the perfect choice and I enjoy poached eggs and avocado on toast, with a side of salmon. For an extra pick me up and to fuel the creative juices, a super green mixed juice concoction of cale, pear, cucumber and celery was just what the doctor ordered.
All bedroom guests have full access to areas of the Club including the cinema, comedy nights, mixology classes and industry networking drinks. The Hospital Club rooms are ideal for the creative minds of Manchester looking for a night in the capital, whether they stay in and enjoy the club or head out on the town.
Double rooms from £180 per night, excluding breakfast.