For a truly unique vistor experience why not, take a tour of the Old Operating Theatre Museum while you are visiting London? This quirky, but fascinating museum features one of Europe’s oldest surviving operating theaters. The theatre is located in the garret of St. Thomas’s Church in Southwalk.

The first patients were usually women of poor means., as the wealthy had surgery in their homes. Patients were expected to contribute financially as much as they could towards the cost of the surgery. Not only was the surgery theater a place of healing but it was a place of learning as well. Doctors and nurses in training would watch the procedures being preformed, in order to learn how to do it themselves.

This quirky little museum is a real gem. You get to step back in time and see what medicine and surgery would have been like in the early 1800’s, and then be glad that medicine has advanced drastically today. We highly recommend this little museum for a truly unique London experience.