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Old Operating Theatre

St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
+44 20 7955 4791
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The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one of the most unusual Museums in London. It is in quite an amazing location - in the attic of an English Baroque church which was used as a Herb Garret, and later on converted into an Operating Theatre in the 19th century.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
Southwark
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+44 20 7955 4791
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great, and rather quaint, little museum which is nicely located near the buzzing Borough Market and needn't take up too much time. Current access is up a narrow circular staircase with a rope banister for support (imagine the patients journey) but a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked past the entrance a few times before we found it; It looked like the entrance to a restaurant but when you venture in to the vestibule there is a stairway at the back on the left,a narrow winding staircase takes you into the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great find- as someone in healthcare/medicine, this was a fascinating look back to the days before modern anesthesia, and when the theory of the Four Humors was the basis of medical practice. Don't think I would have the stomach to be a doc back...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked past it 3 times looking for it, keep your eyes peeled for the unassuming entrance, it's very close to the Shard. All kinds of fascinating implements & insights into the way things were then, it can make you shudder. A lady in the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If it weren't for the excellent signage, it would be easy to miss this museum which is located in the old bell tower of St Thomas's church. You climb up a narrow spiral staircase to get there. The main attraction is the 1820s operating theater...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my second visit to the Old Operating Theater, on the South Bank of the Thames, near London Bridge, and in the “shadow of The Shard.” It is located in St Thomas’ Church, once part of St Thomas’ Hospital. Again, we had a few...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the old operating theatre on a recent trip to London (June 2018). It was £6.50 per person, which is cheap by any standards, particularly for London. The museum itself had a good selection of different medical equipment, specimens and gave...More

1  Thank James S
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

Overall, a very nice visit. The museum was a little hard to find and I almost gave up looking forward it. After climbing the narrow 52-step spiral staircase, I entered a fascinating and educational museum. Quite a history is featured inside this hallowed roof. On...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

We attended a presentation on Victorian surgery and the history of St Thomas Hospital. These talks are included with the price of the ticket - you just email to book a place, their website has details. The talk was excellent, really informative and interesting. The...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

Bit difficult to find as it's not signposted as well as it should be. Interesting exhibits - eg human kidneys, forceps used in maternity hospitals, herbal remedy recipes. The operating theatre itself is atmospheric - the operating tables seem tiny - we must have grown!...More

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heumanntouch
19 June 2018|
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Response from Mayfly17 | Reviewed this property |
About 30 mins of glorious gory
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chopkins100
18 March 2018|
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Response from Waterdown | Reviewed this property |
There should not be any problems leaving your suitcase. The guy at the ticket counter was very nice. When we went, the ticket counter was upstairs so you will have to carry the suitcase up the narrow stairs. So it will... More
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Donald M
24 June 2017|
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Response from zuzuspetals315 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I suggest you check their website. We went in December. Hope it's open for you. It is interesting and a pretty quick visit.
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