A twisty turny wooden staircase will lead you into the roof of St Thomas’ Church, Southwark.
Here you will find the oldest operating theatre in Europe (built 1822) and the Herb Garret (built 1703), used by the hospital’s apothecary to store and cure herbs.
The operating theatre was in use up until 1862 until the hospital was relocated, and then it lay hidden, for nearly a hundred years .
Wonderfully atmospheric, beautiful Herb Garret, slightly eerie operating theatre (and tools). Interesting to imagine a time when anaesthetics and antibiotics had not yet been discovered.
The Old Operating Theatre
9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY (One minute from London Bridge Underground)
Open:10:30 – 5pm Daily
Cost Adult: £6.50