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Old Operating Theatre

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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...more
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St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
+44 20 7188 2679
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Reviewed 2 days ago

So much better than we'd expected. From the entry way - a steep spiral staircase in the church tower - to the herby atmosphere of the attic, there is nothing to not like about this place. Friendly, welcoming staff and reasonable prices with discounts for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SamAdamstown
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This museum is not big by any means, but it is really pretty cheap (£6.50 for adults, discounted family rates) — especially for students (£5) — so there’s not much to lose by going! It is super interesting, not graphic (just descriptive medically), and has...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Daisy3452
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located near the Shard is this little museum, cheap entry and lots of detailed information on the old operating theatre and the technics used a long time ago.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 4AlanT
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended by some London friends to visit this place we'd never have found it on our own. To access there is a very tight, tiny 32 step spiral staircase, you've been warned! Inside is a fascinating display of medical equipment from days gone...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Duechristmas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my daughter and her friend to the old operating theatre near St Thomas Hospital. Be prepared to walk up a narrow winding staircase to get inside. We had a talk in the old theatre about the process of operations without anaesthetic. The museum...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Linda T
Reviewed 5 December 2018

As well as the operating theatre itself there are displays of medicines, bottles and old instruments. I chatted to a medical student from the USA who was also finding it fascinating. There are lots of photographic opportunities if you like low level light photography, although...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Oystercatcher
Reviewed 30 November 2018

Unplanned visit, recommended by family at short notice. Easy to find. The apothecary attic was a fount of information. The presentation, by a lovely guide, in the original operating theatre was fabulous. Good English knowledge necessary. 1 hour of enthusiastic, informative facts on the history...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SSLincs
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly loved our visit to the Old Operating theatre. We got there in time for the talk on the history of surgery which was fascinating. We sat in the old operating theatre where a member of staff gave us a detailed account of everything...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fosterlily
Reviewed 18 November 2018

If you want to experience an adventure, I would suggest walking this narrow spiral staircase up the bell tower of St Thomas' Church. After entering through the museum shop one can enjoy an exceptionally interesting exhibition, take the challenges of their 'Ghost Ward Trail' which...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 16 November 2018

This is a great place to spend a couple of hours. It is near London Bridge station. Entry is via a circular staircase but once inside it is fairly spacious. Entrance fees are reasonable and National Trust members get 50% off. The museum contains a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from Hildur H | Reviewed this property |
Yes! I brought a huge camera and was in there for a long time (I didn1t use flash, so I don't know if they have a rule against that). The staff smiled at me :-) The pictures were great and I am very happy I took them :-)
19 June 2018|
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Response from Mayfly17 | Reviewed this property |
About 30 mins of glorious gory
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