Skip to main content

The Royal London Hospital Museum (Whitechapel)

The Royal London Hospital was founded in 1740 by a group of philanthropists led by a 22 year old surgeon, John Harrison.  It was once Britain’s largest general hospital and has been located at its present site at Whitechapel since 1757. The hospital has been a teaching hospital since 1785 and was granted a Royal title by Her Majesty the Queen in 1990.

The museum has a permanent exhibition of artefacts and archives relating to the hospital and the history of health care in the East End. Works of art, surgical instruments, medical and nursing equipment, uniforms, medals, written archives and printed books are included.

The museum can be found at St Augustine with St Philip’s Church on Newark Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AA.  It is open Tuesday–Friday, 10am–4.30pm. Admission is free. For inquiries and group bookings, please telephone 020 7377 7608.


Back to top