Old Operating Theatre

Top 2% of attractions in London
8 / 10

9 expert reviews

“Britain's oldest surviving purpose-built operating theatre, the Old Operating Theatre Museum is situated in a herb garret in the roof of St Thomas's Church”

– Time Out

Lonely Planet
"This unique museum... in the tower of St Thomas Church (1703), is the unlikely home of Britain's oldest operating theatre." Full review
"St Thomas’ Hospital used the attic of a neighboring church for a space in which surgeries... and other quick-hit procedures, could be conducted." Full review
Not For Tourists
"Macabre ancient operating theatre, with gallery for eager spectators."
"This rare example of a 19th-century operating theater... remained abandoned until 1956, when it was restored and turned into a medical museum." Full review
Michelin Guide
0 Stars
"The roof space of St Thomas's Church (1703) in Southwark was utilised as an operating theatre for St Thomas's Hospital from 1821 to1862" Full review
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