The Old Operating Theatre St Thomas Street Southwark London United Kingdom sightseeing Victorian

The Old Operating Theatre

© The Old Operating Theatre

9a St Thomas St

020 7188 2679

Opening Times

Mon 2pm-5pm

Tue-Sun & bank hols 10.30am-5pm

Situated in the roof of a Baroque church on the old St Thomas' Hospital site, this room was originally used to store herbs for medicine. In 1822 an operating theatre was added, where surgery without anaesthesia took place in front of audiences. Reached via a narrow spiral staircase, it's now a museum dedicated to Victorian surgery. 

Check its website for events and talks, including film nights and surgical demonstrations.


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