Organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee

The Old Operating Theatre: Museum and Herb Garret - SOLD OUT

  • The Old Operating Theatre |
  • Visit |
  • Monday, 7 March 2016 - 18:00 until 19:30

Two remarkable survivals form one of London’s most unusual museums. The exceptionally large garret of the baroque church of St Thomas’s (rebuilt in 1703) was used by the apothecary of Old St Thomas’s Hospital to store and cure the herbs.  In 1822 the hospital created, in part of the garret, what is now the oldest extant operating theatre in Europe; largely forgotten after the hospital’s move in 1862, it was ‘rediscovered’ in the 1950s. 

A glass of wine and view of the museum will be followed by talks about the history of each of these fascinating spaces.

Please note that access to the museum is via a 32 step spiral staircase, and there is no wheelchair access.

This event has been organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

The Old Operating Theatre St. Thomas's Church, 9a St. Thomas Street London SE1 9RY