Royal London Hospital Museum, London

4.2
#125 of 257 in Museums in London
The Royal London Hospital was founded in September 1740 and was originally named The London Infirmary. The name changed to The London Hospital in 1748 and then to The Royal London Hospital in 1980 when the Queen came to visit and gave it the added 'Royal'. The first patients were treated at a house in Featherstone Street, Moorfields in November 1740. In May 1741, the hospital moved to Prescot Street, and remained there until 1757 when it moved to its current location on the south side of Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The Royal London is part of Barts Health NHS Trust. The Royal London provides district general hospital services for the City and Tower Hamlets and specialist tertiary care services for patients from across London and elsewhere. It is also the base for London's Air Ambulance, operating out of a rooftop helipad. There are 675 beds, 110 wards and 26 operating theatres at The Royal London Hospital. The new building opened in February 2012 and is the largest stand alone acute hospital building in Europe.
The London Hospital Medical College, the first in England and Wales, was founded in 1785. It amalgamated in 1995 with St Bartholomews Hospital Medical College, under the aegis of Queen Mary and Westfield College, now known as Queen Mary University of London, to become St Bartholomews and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry (name changed to Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2007).
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  • A small museum that depicts the development of this large hospital in the East End of London. The highlight, of course, is the story of Joseph Merrick, the elephant man, who had proteus syndrome. Ther...  more »
  • I walked half way across town to visit but it was closed even though it said it was open on the website and sign outside. There were others outside waiting too. Quite poor communication on the part of...  more »
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  • It's small, it's not the best, but it is still nice. Do come here after you've been to the bigger museums, you will enjoy the quietness and that you have time to explore the place in depth! + for Joseph Merrick and his model church.
  • Very interesting museum. Videos to watch. Friendly helpful staff.
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