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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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St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
+44 20 7955 4791
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip here last Saturday. It's a real hidden gem, but a great place to visit. To enter you have to climb a spiral staircase, which is very small. Things can get a bit tricky if people are coming the opposite way,...More

Thank Steven-and-Soph
Reviewed 4 days ago

Recommended to me as I worked in surgery in the States. Not sure it would appeal to the average tourist as having a background related to the items on display would make it more enjoyable. Construction at the front obscured the entrance (Sept) so you...More

Thank islandgryl
Reviewed 1 week ago

London has  many intriguing little  museums tucked away in its historic nooks and crannies.  Many are passed by in favour of the giants of London’s museum scene.  Some of course are infinitely forgettable, but there are some little gems amongst them.     If you have...More

2  Thank Brian T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful 'old school' museum, with no interactive displays or artificial attempts to make you experience what it might have been like to be operated on 200 years ago. Instead the real artefacts are presented in mostly their original location for you to...More

Thank Alick M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting to know the history of operations and all the tools used. You realise how far surgery has developed. It does need much more information and more information sheets with all the items on display. Or audio phones you can hire as we wanted...More

Thank Hilary E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Closeby to Guys and St Thomas's this look back at medieval herb useage and medicine was fascinating as well as chilling. Knowledge has advanced so much and is taken for granted. The Museum reached by 32 steps up a winding wooden staircase is worth the...More

Thank jeanc00per
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was really interesting albeit an horrendous steep climb up a sheer vertical, very narrow wooden spiral staircase, the original, with no passing places!! Exhibition very interesting and makes you appreciate anaesthetic!!!

Thank Sue R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So Informative! Fantastic to see the history and can only imagine the horrors that went on. Staff very helpful, so cool to be able to see items close up in the museum too I have recommended to everyone to see this place

Thank Zoe0805
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The theatre is situated close to London Bridge underground station, opposite Borough Market. Accessing the museum is interesting, a spiral staircase with 52 narrow stairs and a rope to hold on to but once you have made it to the top you will find a...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a nurse, I was fascinated to see this museum. The stairs are a bit precarious but once into the exhibit, there were interesting things to see. The old operating theatre was very good to see.

Thank CornwallMole
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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.
Vanessa H
22 September 2016|
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Response from oldoptheatre | Property representative |
Apologies for the delay, but the answer is no. We are a small charity and the entrance fees allow us to keep the museum running. Please go to our website for more information.
27 May 2015|
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Response from FinnFitz | Reviewed this property |
If you are leaving Caen at seven I cannot see you arriving in London before ten, the ferry takes one hour forty, perhaps and train to London will take an hour or maybe more by the time you have cleared customs and passport... More