London’s historic hospitals

Bartholomew’s Hospital

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For centuries London has led the way in science and technology. The city has been at the forefront of medical advancements and has been a beacon for the rest of the UK and the wider world. From historic medical sites to advanced hospitals and operating theatres, London is full of world-renowned medical institutions.

There is plenty of history to be uncovered around our 5 Star London Hotels and visitors can expect to find all sorts of hidden cultural gems around the city. London hospitals are some of the oldest and most respected in the world. Over the centuries they have changed and improved thanks to medical advancements. This guide will take you through the history of London’s most famous hospitals and how they have developed.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Smithfield, London

This iconic medical institute first opened its doors in 1144 and has provided Londoners with medical care ever since. Established by Royal Charter, Bart’s Hospital has provided medical care to some of the most famous names in history including King Henry I and many other members of the Royal Family. The gorgeous structure is located in Smithfield, just a short ride away from The Montcalm London Marble Arch. The building itself is a magnificent example of London architecture and is worth visiting for some great pictures.

Royal London Hospital

Whitechapel Road, London

For over 200 years this massive hospital in the heart of London has pushed the world of medicine forward by providing top notch care for patients all over the city. During the 18th century, the Royal London Hospital was one of the few institutions that operated on a voluntary basis, offering free medical attention to anyone who needed it. Since its inception, the hospital has been a place of study for medical students looking to learn from the greatest doctors in Britain. Head over to the historic site and browse the in-house museum which exhibits the historical timeline of the hospital and the effects it has had on London’s well-being.

Old Operating Theatre

Old Operating Theatre

Thomas’s Street, London

This Victorian operating theatre is no longer an active institute but has been preserved accurately and features all of the same equipment and fittings that it did when it was first opened in 1822. As part of the Old St Thomas Church, the operating theatre was purpose built to care for locals who couldn’t afford private healthcare. At the time of the theatre’s conception, it was common for rich people to receive medical attention at their home. Today you can visit the historic theatre and learn about the evolution of medical science and advancements in technology.

St Thomas’s Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road, London

St Thomas’s is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK and is where thousands of students learn their craft every year. Since the 12th century, the hospital has operated under donations and public support, providing a safe haven for local Londoners. The hospital has many claims to fame and was the workplace of many iconic names such as Astley Cooper and Florence Nightingale.