The Royal London Hospital

Image of the outside of The Royal London Hospital.

The Royal London is a leading, internationally renowned teaching hospital based in east London.

We offer a full range of local and specialist services, which includes one of the largest children's hospitals in the UK with one of London's busiest paediatric Accident and Emergency departments.

Home to London's Air Ambulance, The Royal London is also one of the capital's leading trauma and emergency care centres and hyper-acute stroke centres.

Our wards

Wards at The Royal London
6th Floor 7th floor
6B Day Care Medical and Surgery 7C Paediatric Assessment Short Stay Unit, PASSU 
6C Paediatric Critical Care Unit, PCCU 7D Surgery and Trauma
Children's Theatres 7Ea Specialist Medicine
Children's Outpatients 7Eb Respiratory 
Children's Therapies  7F gastroenterology
  Children's Outpatients
  Discharge Lounge 
  Paediatric Rapid Assessment Clinic

Find us

The Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel Road
E1 1BB

Switchboard 020 3416 5000

The Royal London Hospital is located in Whitechapel in east London.

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 travel information below or the Transport for London journey planner on the right of this page.

By bus

The following buses stop outside or close to the hospital on Whitechapel Road: numbers 25, 106, 205, 253 and 254 as well as night buses N25, N106 and N253.

Bus numbers 15, 115 and D3 stop close to the hospital on Commercial Road. Low-floor wheelchair accessible buses run on all routes serving The Royal London Hospital.

By tube

The closest tube station is Whitechapel which is on 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.

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 parking available on streets around The Royal London Hospital. Meters can be found on the following streets: Turner Street, Ashfield Street, Varden Street and Cavell Street.

If you need to be dropped off or picked up from the main building or the Outpatients Department please go to Stepney Way.

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 council website. Type E1 1BB in the 'address finder' box, this is the postcode for The Royal London Hospital.

The hospital is situated just outside the congestion charging zone. If you need to drive through the zone to get to hospital, please visit the Transport for London congestion charging website for advice on how to pay and possible exemptions (for example, if you are registered as disabled).

By bike

We encourage visitors and staff living nearby to cycle to the hospital if possible.

The Royal London is serviced by Bicycle Superhighway Route CS2, which runs from Bow to Aldgate. Cycle parking facilities are available around the hospital.

The hospital appears on the free cycle guide for area 10. You can order this guide by calling 0843 222 1234.

Santander  cycle hire docking points are available on Whitechapel High Street.

Our facilities

Overnight accommodation

We can offer overnight accommodation for the relatives of patients being admitted to the hospital or for patients who attend the hospital for regular treatment. We can also provide facilities for patients prior to their appointment who have to travel a long way to attend the hospital for complex investigations or treatment, but who do not need to be readmitted to a ward. Please ask the ward staff or pre-admission staff to see if this accommodation would be suitable for you, or your relatives, at any stage of your treatment.

James Hora Home at The Royal London Hospital provides accommodation for relatives and carers supporting critical care patients and surgical patients.
The home can also offer accommodation to outpatients who would have difficulty getting to the hospitals to attend appointments, to pre-admission
patients prior to their surgery and to some patients prior to their hospital treatment.

The home can accommodate up to 26 guests. Please speak to a member of the ward/clinic staff about a referral to stay in James Hora Home or call
them on 078 8055 3525.

Stevenson House on Ashfield Street is available for the families of children admitted to The Royal London for long stays. It is a 16 bedded house and includes two fully-equipped kitchens, 10 bathrooms, a large shared living room, a playroom and laundry facilities. Direct phone lines connect the wards to family bedrooms. The Sick Children's Trust provides the 'Home from Home' accommodation in Stevenson House, they are a voluntary organisation that do not charge for the stay and rely entirely on donations.

Enquiries should be made via the house manager on telephone 020 7791 2604.

Multi-faith chaplaincy centre

Chaplains of many faiths are available to speak to all patients, relatives and carers. The chaplaincy team welcomes everyone, whatever your faith or beliefs and whether or not you follow a religion. Information about your religious preference will be passed to the chaplaincy. If you do not wish this to happen, please inform a member of staff.


There are payphones and direct lines to taxi companies on the ground floor of the main hospital building at the Whitechapel entrance.

Restaurant and Kiosk

There is a kiosk selling hot and cold beverages, fruit and snacks in the Stepney Way atrium which is open 8 am–3 pm Monday to Friday.

The staff, patient and visitor restaurant is located on the fifth floor of the main building. It is open daily 7.30am-7pm, including weekends and bank holidays. With impressive views of the surrounding area, the restaurant has 180 seats and serves a varied menu to cater for a range of diets. A selection of hot and cold foods are available in the restaurant.

In the restaurant is a vending machine and water dispenser which are accessible 24 hours a day throughout the week. Find out about disabled access to the restaurant.

Costa Coffee has two cafes on site, one located in the Dental hospital on Turner Street and the other at the Whitechapel entrance to the main hospital building.

Cash point

There is a cash point on the wall of the Medical College Student Union building, opposite the Outpatients Department in Stepney Way.

Cashiers Office

A cashier’s office is available on the second floor of the main hospital building, outside of the Fracture Clinic.


Public Male, Female and Disabled toilets are accessible on all floors of the hospital outside of wards.

Royal London Hospital Museum and Archives

Located in the former crypt of the old Royal London Hospital church of St Philip’s, the museum celebrates the lives of key figures in the hospital’s history and tells the story of the hospital’s development. The hospital archives, which include records of numerous other hospitals, charities, training institutions and individuals, are based a short walk from the hospital in Aldgate, and are available for research.

Find out more about the museum and archives at The Royal London Hospital.