Things to know about London’s St Mary’s Hospital

St Mary's Hospital

Founded in 1845, St Mary’s Hospital in the bustling and vibrant district of Paddington in the City of Westminster is one of London’s oldest and most illustrious medical institutions.

The facility is operated by the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and is a teaching hospital dedicated to the care and treatment of patients from both London and around the world.

Some notable discoveries have been made at the hospital over the years, including the discovery of diacetylmorphine, better known as Heroin, in 1894, as well as one of the world’s first antibiotics penicillium chrysogenum (Penicillin) by the esteemed Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928.

Visitors to London might also be interested in many of the famous people that have been born at St Mary’s, including such famous names as musician Elvis Costello, actor Kiefer Sutherland and an array of British aristocracy, such as both princes William and Harry, children to Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Meanwhile, famous alumni of this esteemed medical institution include the aforementioned Nobel prize winner Sir Alexander Fleming, as well as professor of neurology and the first man to run a sub four-minute mile Roger Bannister.

To this day, St Mary’s remains a working hospital and one of London’s busiest care facilities.

Parking options for visitors to the area


Visitors to London planning to take their own vehicle or to hire a car during their stay do have plenty of parking options when it comes to visiting the area around St Mary’s Hospital, including:

• Lime Rain Parking (0.4 miles, ten minutes travel time when walking)
• Crawford Street Car Park (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
• Highview Parking (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
• NCP Car Park London Edgware Road (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
• Express Car Parks (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
• Paddington Station Public Car Park (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
• UPark (0.3 miles, six minutes)
• Q-Park Church Street (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)

Individuals planning to drive into central London are advised that congestion charges will apply, while levels of traffic can be quite high (especially during the morning and evening rush hours) so they should leave plenty of time to reach their destination.

Local Underground links

Underground London

Travelling to this busy part of the English capital is actually fairly easy for those keen to forego the car and travel via public transport, with several nearby London Underground Tube stations in the area of St Mary’s:

• Paddington (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
Paddington-Underground (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines)
• Edgware Road (Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
Lancaster Gate (Central line)

Where can I stay near St Mary’s Hospital?

Park grand room

For all those keen to visit the area, there are many local hotel options to choose from, such as:

• Spa At The Montcalm London, 34-40 Great Cumberland Place (0.63 miles)
Park Grand London Paddington, 1-2 Queens Gardens (0.40 miles)
• Park Grand London Hyde Park, 78-82 Westbourne Terrace (0.28 miles)
• The Metropolis London Hyde Park, 78-84 Sussex Gardens (0.13 miles)
• The Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington, 55 Westbourne Terrace (0.23 miles)
• Shaftesbury Hyde Park International, 52-56 Inverness Terrace (0.61 miles)
• Grand Royale London Hyde Park, 1-9 Inverness Terrace (0.68 miles)
• The Marble Arch By Montcalm London, 31 Great Cumberland Place (0.64 miles)

Local attractions for visitors to enjoy

Hyde Park

For anyone planning a visit to St Mary’s and the surrounding area, there are also a wealth of attractions that travellers can experience.

From outstanding places to eat, drink and enjoy the area’s excellent nightlife, to an array of unique attractions with a wealth of history and culture, there really is something for everyone when visiting Paddington and the City of Westminster.

Top attractions for travellers to the area include:

• Hyde Park (0.5 miles, 15 minutes travel time by walking/Tube)
• Madame Tussaud’s London (one mile, ten minutes)
• The Sherlock Holmes Museum (one mile, nine minutes)
Kensington Gardens (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
• The Science Museum (1.5 miles, 17 minutes)
• The Natural History Museum (1.6 miles, 21 minutes)
Buckingham Palace (2.1 miles, 24 minutes)
• Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (2.8 miles, 13 minutes)
• The British Museum (2.4 miles, 26 minutes)