Venue and room hire 

  • Catering

    We have a wide range of refreshments available, catering for all dietary requirements and price ranges (from £3 to £16 per person) including:

    • Cold food buffets
    • Tea & coffee
    • Wraps & sandwiches
    • Salads
    • Fresh fruit
    • Fresh juices
    • Pastries & biscuits

    We have many more light refreshments & full catering options also available.

    Contact for further details:

    Email: ruth.preece@uclh.nhs.uk or anisa.alaoui@uclh.nhs.uk 

    Telephone: 020 3447 5408

  • Room hire and booking

    We have two self-contained rooms for meetings and conferences, with the best rates in central London.

    • NHS staff discounts
    • Meetings
    • Day rates
    • Away days
    • Week days & weekends
    • Available till midnight
    • Leaving parties
    • Christmas parties
    • Discos

    The Function room space has capacity for up to 150 people. This spacious hall can be used for multiple types of functions; meetings, lectures, dances and parties.

    We can guarantee a function fit for your purpose.

    The Conference room is ideal for business and personal meetings with a comfortable professional feel with a room capacity of up to 25 depending on layout requirement.

    Our two spacious, fully equipped, mirrored studios are also available for hire for any classes or training programmes.

    Are you qualified in treatments? If so we have a treatment therapy room available for hire 7 days a week for just £10 per hour.

    See our individual room details below for further information.

    Email: ruth.preece@uclh.nhs.uk or carlos.reis@uclh.nhs.uk 

    Telephone: 020 3447 5408

  • The rooms

  • The function room

    £60 per hour (day rate special £390)
     

    Available for business meetings this room has natural light and ventilation, full av with screen, wifi and teleconferencing facility and capacity for up to 85 people in theatre style, 70 cabaret style and 40 in conference style.

    Whiteboards and flipcharts are available. All comfort facilities nearby. Catering can be provided.

    Social functions and parties – the Function Room is available to hire for private parties on a Friday or Saturday night. Hire price is £600 which includes a £100 returnable cleaning deposit. Door staff are provided under Camden Licensing Rules, so all you have to do is provide your food and drink and the party goers! Maximum capacity is 120 people and all events must finish at midnight.

    Please note: No sales of alcohol are permitted unless a separate licence is obtained by the hirer, see terms and conditions (link).

      Call 020 3447 5408 to book now!  

  • The conference room

    £36 per hour (day rate special £200)
     

    Small room for meetings of 16 or less, teleconferencing, av and wifi available with natural light and ventilation. Whiteboard and flipcharts and Smart screen available. All comfort facilities nearby. Catering can be provided.

    Purchase order codes will be required for UCLH meetings before the event.

      Call 020 3447 5408 to book now!  

  • The studios

    The Studios at the 52 Club are busy with thriving classes during most of the weekday evenings and we have lunchtime classes too, everyone welcome. They are available for private hire at weekends and quieter times in the daytime. Both are air-conditioned. Studio 1 is large and can accommodate up to 25 people. Studio 2 is rubber floor covered, has smaller capacity and can accommodate up to 10 dependent on the exercise and activity.

      Call 020 3447 5408 to book now!  

  • Parties and discos

    Parties and discos can be arranged at £350.

      Call 020 3447 5408 to book now!  

  • History of the 52 Club

    The first social Club for the University College Hospital came into being in 1951. It was held in the basement of the Grafton Nurses home in Tottenham Court Road. It was mainly set up to organise a range of activities and outings, craft exhibitions being one of the favourite events where the nurses showed off their talents. Christmas Parties were also popular with cabaret spots performed by some now well-known entertainers, such as Dr Jonathan Miller, Libby Morris and Sir Bernard Miles.

    In 1974, when the Board of Governors of UCH acquired the lease of Bonham Carter House the opportunity arose to provide all the staff with unrivalled facilities for a Sports and Social Club. This was possible because the previous owners of the building, Bourne and Hollingsworth of Oxford Street, had in the 1920’s designed and built for their live-in staff a residence which was unique for staff welfare. The recreational facilities included a swimming pool, various games rooms in the basement, a ballroom and library. In the 1920s the requirement for female staff to live in and remain resident until they resigned or married was common place, marriage meaning they would have to resign anyway!

    In the 70’s the Club set up a Committee to act as a working party headed by Vincent Burns to manage the maintenance that was required to get the facility useable. NHS funds could not be used so the Committee set about fund raising to pay for the refurbishment. The Trustees and particularly Baroness Inga-Stina Robson stepped in to help the cause; substantial sums of money through her wide circle of contacts were contributed and in November 1975 the Club was officially opened by Racing Driver Graham Hill. A few months after this a license was granted and a bar was opened that was operated by the Club Committee; this development and the saunas proved a popular attraction for off duty staff.

    Soon a bar steward, Bob Ram, took the role full time and the bar opened 6 days a week including lunchtime, his death three years later proved a sad loss as he had a particular talent for organising events and trips, he was a popular host. Inter departmental sports tournaments were held including the Jubilee Challenge Trophy which has been revived for 2009. With the changing times, attitude to lunchtime opening and drinking in general , and changes in the PCTs the Clubs social side started to decline in around the mid 80’s. South Camden District which had given the Club it’s name of the ‘The South C Club’ disappeared into the Bloomsbury Health Authority and then other clinics and hospitals also changed areas taking well known Club members and characters with them. This was when the Club became the ‘52 Club’. For a few years the Club carried on quietly, numbers remained stable and the Members were happy to make use of the low cost facility. In the early 1990s a series of problems began to emerge starting with the relinquishing of duties by the Club Staff followed by a succession of plant, power and equipment failures and finally by the collapse of part of the ceiling of the swimming pool. The Committee again had to raise money to meet the expensive programme of repairs which they did by raffles, bingo and similar events. Work took a lot longer than anticipated but the resulting 1920s style pool with polished metal and new lighting proved well worth while. The BBC have used it in the past for fashion shows and legend has it that a scene from Dr Who was once shot in the pool.

    In the later 1990s the Committee looked to the Sports side of the Club to determine what to do for the future, there was a growing trend in gym facilities and the Club only had very limited room and equipment. Through a tender process Macdonald Design Architects were employed to look at the space and the building foot print. They were asked to plan a phased improvement of the facilities over the next 10 years. The Trustees were again key in the support of the Club and a loan was offered to support the 2nd phase of these works. In 2003 and 2004 a brand new gym facility was installed by converting one of the squash courts and adding a ‘conservatory’ extension for the treadmill area. In 2005 brand new saunas complimented further work on disabled access. The Trustees granted money from a fund to improve Staff Welfare. This went to install the access, studio space and equipment for group exercise classes. This work was completed in 2008 and the class timetable went from 6 classes in 2004 to 27 classes in 2007 and a total of 37 in 2009, per week. There was also cosmetic work done in the Social side of the Club with a food preparation area added to the bar in 2006 and new furniture and decoration in 2004 and 2008. A new boardroom was included in the most recent refurbishment of the Club taking it to a total of 3 meeting rooms in the facility at that time.

    Since 2011, smoking laws and the concentration on the gym side of things, the bar business gradually diminished and the 52 Club now only hires the Function Room for social events. Also in 2011 the swimming pool had to close due to energy efficiency failings and old plant needing a huge investment; due to the recession and savings needed within the NHS the 52 Club could not manage to maintain its’ operation.

    In 2016 there are so many classes and new incentives such as Four Week Forward to help the NHS reach targets of staff welfare- it is still a busy and social venue, with picnics, staff vs Member challenges, Fitness Testing Days and class launches, the socialising happens within work out time and on social media.

    The Club continues to be supported by the Trustees of UCLH Charity and is managed by a Committee, through regular meetings, throughout the year.