The Hospital Club, located on Endell Street in London’s Covent Garden neighbourhood, has quite the interesting history.
Previously a 19th-century women’s hospital, the seven-story building now functions as a members-only club, hotel, TV studio, art gallery, and event space. The club also just added 15 bedrooms so visiting members have a place to lay their heads at night.
Microsoft’s billionaire cofounder Paul Allen bought the club in 1996, shortly after he and musician Dave Stewart discovered the building while having a drink nearby. They renovated it and opened the Hospital Club in 2004.
An annual membership costs 8oo pounds, or roughly $US1,200, though those based outside the U.K. and under 30 years old can take advantage of a slight discount.
The Hospital Club is located in a seven-story building that was completed in 1849. Its name was inspired by the building's previous roles, first as a women's hospital and later as a secret, government-funded treatment center.
The gallery has played host to a number of swanky events, including this one put on by Grey Goose in 2009.
As of this January, members and non-members alike can rent one of 15 bedrooms located in the facility.
Rooms come in four sizes, ranging from small one-bedroom apartments to large, multi-room suites. For non-members, rooms are priced between 180 pounds ($277) and 580 pounds ($893) a night. Members get a 20% discount.
Much like the rest of the club, each bedroom has its own unique design. The club partnered with Russell Sage Studio to bring the work of contemporary artists like Alyson Mowat, James Alec Hardy, and Dominic Beattie into the rooms.
Warm wood is a common feature throughout all 15 rooms. This room includes a ladder to access a bookshelf above the bed.
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