Image of the outside of The Royal London Hospital.

The Royal London Hospital 

Services including maternity

The Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel Road
Whitechapel
London
E1 1BB

Our global reputation means that we are able to employ some of the most innovative people in medicine. The 727 bed hospital is housed in two 17 storey towers, one with a helipad for London’s Air Ambulance, and a 10 storey tower which opened in 2012 which houses a health campus with Queen Mary University of London medical school, the school of midwifery and the dental hospital. The contemporary buildings reflect the innovation inside and our staff are, quite rightly, extremely proud to work in such an exciting and dynamic environment.

About The Royal London

The London Infirmary was established back in 1740 and the first patients came to its new premises in Whitechapel in 1757. Over the years we have adapted both the buildings and patient care within the hospital, but our commitment to meet the health needs of the people in the local area has continued over hundreds of years.

Today, The Royal London is a leading, internationally renowned teaching hospital. We offer a full range of local and specialist services, including one of the largest children’s hospitals in the UK, and we are one of the capital’s leading trauma and emergency care centres. We also specialise in stroke and renal care, with one of the largest hyper-acute stroke centres in the country.

Private care at The Royal London Hospital

Private patients have their own private room in a quiet area of the hospital, with an ensuite accessible bathroom. The rooms are equipped with their own TV, telephone, access to WiFi and complimentary newspapers and magazines. Refreshments are available on demand and our menu choice offers a range of different meals according to your taste and dietary requirements. We encourage private patients to tell us about their needs so that they have as close to home from home experience as possible.

The Royal London is easily accessible to as you only have to cross the road to get to Whitechapel station connecting you to tube and trainlines right across London. It’s a quick stroll into the City, or you can easily explore the bustling markets and relax over cuisine of any variety in the nearby restaurants and cafes.

If you are interested in medical history, our museum is fascinating, with relics from medical practices, including Victorian dentistry and surgery and hospital’s role in the development of modern medicine as well as information about key figures such as Edith Cavell and Joseph Merrick.

How to find The Royal London

The Royal London Hospital

Whitechapel Rd

London

E1 1FR

Switchboard 020 7377 7000

The Royal London Hospital is located in Whitechapel in east London, within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. You can travel to hospital in a number of ways including on foot, by car, by bike or by public transport. Plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner or through the travel information below.

TfL can offer advice on planning a journey using an accessible route and can provide a mentor to come with you for your first few journeys to help you gain confidence and become an independent traveller, to find out more complete TfL’s form online.

By bus

The following buses stop outside or close to the Royal London Hospital, 25 (24 hour service), 106, 205 and 254 on Whitechapel Road as well as night buses N205 and N253, the D3 on New Road, 15, 115 and 135 as well as night buses N15 and N550 on Commercial Road. Low-floor wheelchair accessible buses run on all routes serving The Royal London Hospital.

By tube

The closest underground station is Whitechapel a 6 minute walk from the Royal London Hospital, which is served by the Hammersmith and City line and the District line as well as the London Overground.

By train

Liverpool Street is the nearest National Rail station a 29 minute walk away. Alternatively you can take the Hammersmith and City line from Whitechapel to Liverpool Street Station. 

Freedom passes

The Freedom Pass for older people allows free travel across London and free local bus journeys nationally.

The travel pass for disabled people allows free travel across London and free bus journeys nationally. You can use your pass on most journeys across London but there are a few exceptions to when and where you can use your card.

A 60+ London Oyster photocard- allows you to travel free on public transport in London from the age of 60 until you qualify for a Freedom Pass. To be eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard, you must: Live in a London borough and be aged 60 or over.

To find out more about the above listed Freedom passes visit the London Councils website.

By car or taxi

There is no public parking at the hospital itself so we encourage patients and visitors not to travel by car wherever this is possible. If you do need to drive there is limited metered/phone parking available on streets around The Royal London Hospital. Meters can be found on Turner Street, Ashfield Street, Varden Street and Cavell Street where you can stay for a maximum of 4 hours at a charge of £3.80 per hour.

If you need to be dropped off or picked up, The Royal London Hospital operates a one-way system along Stepney Way road and allows for drop off and pick up in designated laybys, with a maximum stay of 10-minutes.

Infopoint help-points allow you to make free calls to taxi companies and public transport information lines to arrange your journey home. There are infopoints located at the main entrance of the Royal London Hospital, Stepney Way entrance, Dental Hospital entrance, A&E entrance, Women's and Children's entrance, Children's A&E entrance and Luckes entrance.

Blue badge holders

There are a small number of parking bays for drivers with Blue Badges, these are accessed via Raven Row. Drivers who are registered disabled and have a blue badge can also check where to park at on the Tower Hamlets website.

Congestion charge zone

The Royal London hospital is situated just outside the congestion charging zone. If you need to drive through the zone to get to hospital, you are required to pay the charge, although there are some exemptions and discounts. These include:

  • those with disabilities who hold a blue badge

  • residents living within the congestion charging zone

  • drivers of alternative fuel vehicles

A full list of categories of drivers/vehicles eligible for exemptions and details of how to pay the charge can be found on the Transport for London congestion charging website. To qualify for an exemption or discount you must register with Transport for London.

Refunds of hospital transport costs 

You may be able to claim a refund for the cost of your transport to hospital through the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) if you:

  • are not eligible for patient transport services (PTS)

  • cannot afford the cost of travelling to hospital

  • cannot get a friend or relative to take you

Refer to Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) for more information on who is eligible, what the conditions are and how you can access the scheme.

By bike

We encourage visitors, staff and patients living nearby to cycle to the hospital if possible. Cycle parking facilities are available around the hospital.

There are several cycle routes in the area surrounding the hospital including Cycle Superhighway route 2 (CS2), which runs along the A11 Whitechapel road from Stratford to Aldgate.

The hospital appears on TfL’s Local Cycling Guide 7. You can order this guide for free by calling 0343 222 1234.

Santander cycle hire docking stations are available to hire and dock bikes near to the Royal London Hospital at: 

  • Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel (on Whitechapel road closest to the main entrance to the hospital) 

  • New Road 1, Whitechapel (closest to the Royal London Dental Hospital)