Old Operating Theatre Museum
One of the most curious museums in London, and a favourite insider’s address, the Old Operating Theatre is in fact believed to be the oldest operating theatre in Europe. Having climbed a dramatic spiral staircase, you’ll observe the tiered seating formerly reserved for students. Sensitive visitors may still be able to hear the screams: for here, in the roof space of the Baroque St Thomas’s Church, a short distance from the hospital of the same name, operations were regularly performed long before the days of anaesthetics. The attached Herb Garrett in the rafters was where St Thomas’s Apothecary stored and cured its herbs; when the Museum was being restored, poppies for opium preparation were found.
Tel: 020 7188 2679
Entry Charges: Admission: Child £3.5, Adult £6.20, Concession £5