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Our history

Rural settings: The Royal London as it was in 1752, painted by Bellers 
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Founded in a pub by seven friends with but a shilling in the bank, The Royal London Hospital was borne out of humble beginnings. Despite this, the organisation has grown to become one of the UK’s leading teaching hospitals.  In September 2007 The Royal London Hospital celebrated 250 years on the Whitechapel site.

The history of modern medicine can be traced through the clinicians who have worked at our hospitals

The hospitals of Barts and The London have maintained a distinguished medical and nursing tradition throughout their history; they claim many eminent physicians and surgeons amongst their past and present alumni and staff. 

Historical features - The vault