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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, and when the Museum was being restored, poppies for opium preparation were found here.

9a St Thomas Street

Tel: 020 7188 2679
Opening Times: Open daily, 10:30am-5pm
Adult : £6.20
Child : £3.50
Senior Citizen: £5.00
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