Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret

London Bridge


Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret

9A St Thomas' Street
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Public transport:
Turn right when leaving the station. From the bus station follow the sign to the footbridge. Look to the right to see the red brick tower with green line around the top.


Get a fascinating insight into the history of operating techniques and practices when you visit The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, hidden in the attic space of St Thomas' Church.

The Operating Theatre is the oldest surviving building of the original St Thomas’ Hospital.

Explore the stepped wooden surgical theatre and original timber framed garret where lifesaving operations took place on the wooden operating table between 1822 and 1862.

Operations were carried out between midday and 1pm to make the most of the natural daylight streaming through the theatre’s skylight.