Above St Thomas Church in Southwark is London's oldest surviving operating theatre. Built in 1821, it was the scene of ... More
Old Operating Theatre
Above St Thomas Church in Southwark is London's oldest surviving operating theatre. Built in 1821, it was the scene of many amputations carried out with a saw and no anaesthetic. Blood would drip - or probably pour - off the wooden table and get soaked up by three inches of sawdust. One wonders what the congregation below would have thought of the screams emanating from upstairs, with the odd drip of blood seeping through the ceiling. With anaesthetics unavailable, patients would often awake from their drunken state (they had a choice of passing out from either alcohol or pain) in the midst of an operation. Fortunately the National Health Service's operating theatres have leapt forward, and medical students don't have such a frighteningly free rein. Admission: £4 adults; £3 concessions; £2.50 children.
The Commonwealth Institute aims to promote and celebrate the Commonwealth by engaging the people of Britain and other member countries
in educational, business, cultural and public affairs programmes. The tent shaped building was constructed from donated materials from around ...
There are mausoleums, catacombs and ornate tombs of eminent writers, politicians and artists in the rambling, overgrown west section of
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Vinopolis, a must for any wine lover, is an interactive, multimedia wine ""adult theme park"" opened along the Millennium Mile
in the summer of 1999. It contains two wine bars, a champagne bar, a gift shop, an art gallery, ...
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