London's hidden historic treasures
The landmarks and attractions with an intriguing past
Britain's oldest surviving purpose-built operating theatre, situated in a herb garret in the roof of St Thomas's Church. Built in 1821 for poor women, the theatre has been restored with original furniture and equipment, including a nineteenth-century operating table, surgical instruments and pathological specimens. The shop sells many strange and wonderful items, including palm-sized furry forms of bacteria, such as the common cold and black death and intriguing books such as 'Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion'.