Before the Hospital Club was a private members’ club, it was quite literally a hospital. This exclusive members only club was created when Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) paired up with Dave Stewart (one half of the Eurythmics). Membership for individuals based in London is £550pa, with a £150 joining fee. There is a discount available for those under 30, the cost being £300 with no joining fee. The Hospital Club is unique because it is the only club specifically designed for individuals within the creative industry, and the decor of the club clearly reverberates with this aim. According to them, the Covent Garden location is a place for members to “meet, work, create and enjoy themselves”. Apart from the various bars and dining rooms, the Hospital club also offers a cinema, TV and recording studios, meeting rooms and conference capabilities.
Adam Street is a members club with a traditional twist. It offers various facilities including a bar, restaurant, library and private hire areas. Usually when one thinks of a members club for business individuals, one thinks of cigar smoking men sitting in oak-panelled rooms. James Minter, owner of Adam Street, understands this perception and has actively acted against it. He therefore set out to create something absolutely different, a members club for business minded people which stresses contemporary design. Completely gutting and fitting the entire location was a enormous task for Minter, but he was able to borrow heavily from the banks by using the properties as security. The renovation of Adam Street cost £750,000.
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