With the half term in full effect and the kids needing to do some research for their school projects I dragged them off to another of my little secret places; the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, near the Shard.
Unlike the Grant Museum this place does have an entry fee but I feel it is well worth it.
It is a tiny museum but really does feel like stepping back 200 years.
One of the reasons it was left untouched for so long was it was kind of forgotten about when the original hospital was relocated and it was only accessable via a hole in a wall in the original church tower. . . . i.e. this one. . . . .
The pièce de résistance of the place is the original operating theatre which is believed to be the oldest operating theatre in Europe.
There were only 20ish people in the entire place when we visited and that included us!
|"Get down here Dad . . . . . We want to practise!"|
Now part of the reason is it is a nightmare to find. . . . . The entrance is the small door in the centre of the picture below. . . . . .
. . . and then there is the stairs to get in . . . . .