Monthly Archives: April 2019

The History of Royal London Hospital

The Royal London Hospital Museum is located in the former crypt of St Philip’s Church at Newark Street. Once Britain’s largest hospital, it counts amongst its legendary patients Joseph Merrick (the “Elephant Man”). Given its location in the heart of Whitechapel, it’s no wonder that the museum showcases original material on the Jack the Ripper murders. There’s also a tribute to Edith Cavell, a nurse who worked tirelessly to improve healthcare standards whilst training nurses in London and abroad. She cared for soldiers in Belgium during the First World War and ultimately was executed for helping some escape occupation. Admission to the museum is free but donations are welcome.