London and LA club opens up online networking among creative industries

Arts members club H Club London is opening its virtual doors for free for creatives during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

The Covent Garden-based club, formerly known as the Hospital Club, has suspended all fees for current members and is inviting anyone working in the creative industries free online membership during self-isolation.

The club said it wanted to create networking opportunities for people working in London and its second base in Los Angeles, along with enabling access to a tailored online event programme.

The first such event is held tonight to mark World Book Night, with book readings from authors such as Joanna Trollope, Dolly Alderton and John Niven and celebrities including Nigel Planer, Ophelia Lovibond and Ronni Ancona.

Members will be given access to the club’s content via desktop and app, including the members news feed, where people can call out for project collaborators and test new ideas; the members network, where members can directly message each other; and a newsletter, which includes news from the club, content and links to contributor blogs.

“We are fortunate to be in a position to be able to reach out and support those in the Creative Industries and give something back in the form of this online membership,” said managing director Rob Seals. “In what has been and will continue to be a period of uncertainty for many in our community, hopefully this small gesture will see some people gain a big benefit.”

The membership is open to people who work in television, film, digital media, advertising, marketing and PR, architecture and design, fashion, gaming, music, publishing and writing, sports, tech, theatre and performance and visual arts.

To apply, click here.