4 star contemporary hotel
Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, SE1 7UTShow on map
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel is a 1021, 4 star modern hotel that is located in Waterloo, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute walk away.... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
Belvedere Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
Premier Inn London County Hall is good quality budget hotel inside the historic County Hall, in Lambeth, South London. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later the... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
1 Addington Street, Waterloo, SE1 7RYShow on map
The Park Plaza County Hall is a 398 room, classic 4 star hotel which is based in Lambeth, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute journey on foot.... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
The luxury 5-Star London Marriott Hotel County Hall, in Lambeth, South London, is elegant, traditional and in a great location. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
113 Lambeth Rd, Lambeth, SE1 7LSShow on map
The Novotel Waterloo Hotel is a 187 room, 4 star hotel which is based in Lambeth, South East London. This lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. The nearest tube station to the Novotel Waterloo Hotel... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
54 Kennington Road, Lambeth, SE1 7BJShow on map
You can reach Days Waterloo Hotel by bus, rail and tube. Lambeth North Underground station is 0.1 miles from the hotel. It is in Travelcard Zone 1 and is on the Bakerloo Line. Waterloo Station is 0.6 miles... Read More »
73, Lambeth Walk, London, Lambeth, SE11 6DXShow on map
The London Eye Hostel is a 116 room budget friendly hostel located in Lambeth, South East London. The closest tube station to this hostel is Lambeth North. It lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. It... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
Pub / Hotel
81-83 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, SE1 8UDShow on map
The Wellington Pub at Waterloo is in a part of London that is full of tourist attractions, many of which are within walking distance. It is just 0.1 miles from the BFI Imax cinema. Other nearby landmarks and... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
18 Albert Embankment, London, Vauxhall, SE1 7TJShow on map
Having a bijou, riverside pied a terre is the dream of many a Londoner, but a flat along the banks of the River Thames will cost you a small fortune and it's out the reach of everyone but the exceedingly... Read More »
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St Thomas' Hospital is housed in a large, admittedly rather ugly building on the south bank of the River Thames in the Lambeth district of London. It may not look like somewhere worth noticing, but this hospital has a wealth of history and has been active in pioneering medical advances and education for decades. The NHS Hospital is part of the King's College London School of Medicine. The hospital has been operating free medical care and charitable work since the 12th century, although obviously its premises, and one would hope medical practices, have changed much over the years.
The hospital is named after Sir Thomas Becket, the benevolent bishop who was cruelly murdered by drunken knights, and it was originally run by monks, as a shelter for the poor and homeless. It received patronage from London Mayor Richard Whittington (who inspired the eponymous pantomime), in the 15th century, when he added a ward for unwed mothers, a somewhat dated concept now. The governor, Sir Thomas Guy, also founded Guy's Hospital in the 18th century, as a place to treat incurables that were discharged from St Thomas'.
Parts of the old hospital are still visible, including the parish church, which now contains offices, and the Old Operating Theatre, which is now a grim but insightful museum, where visitors can see the old operating table. Many of the patients who passed through here were poor, as wealthy clients would be operated on at home, and the mortality rate was high due to poor hygiene and the shock of an operation administered without antiseptic.
The hospital is associated with many notable historic figures, the most famous of which is Florence Nightingale, 'the lady of the lamp', who was much lauded for her nursing efforts during the Crimean War. She established a nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital and since her death has become a sort of saint of nursing, with new nurses taking the Nightingale Pledge and International Nurses Day celebrated on her birthday. Other famed nurses at the hospital include Linda Richards and Agnes Elizabeth Jones and many other talented surgeons and physicians worked and taught at the hospital.
Today, the hospital's affiliated centres still provide some of the best medical education in London and the hospital continues to provide high-quality care for free. The area surrounding the hospital is also a great place to stay due to its proximity to the sights of Westminster. There are several hotels nearby, including the Novotel at London Waterloo, which offers reliable service and reasonable rates. The Park Plaza Riverbank London is a 4-star hotel with stylish, modern surroundings. Days Hotel Waterloo offers low-cost rooms and a convenient location for the South Bank and The Bridge is a charming hotel housed in a pub.