London Hospital Quiz

London cabbie Robert Lordan, published author, award-winning blogger and qualified London tour guide, has devised a great quiz for all of us with time on our hands.

You can find more about London at: RobsLondon.

With the UK now in lockdown due to the Coronavirus, many of you will no doubt be stuck indoors with little to do . . . so what better time to have a quiz?!

Below are 20 questions which, in honour of the fantastic work being carried out by NHS staff, are all based on London’s medical history.

Answers are written at the bottom of the page.

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Q 1. There are currently 134 hospitals in London. Which one’s the oldest?

Q 2. At which London hospital did Scottish biologist, Sir Alexander Fleming discover the antibiotic penicillin in 1928?

Sir Alexander Fleming… but where did he discover penicillin?

Q 3. By giving a charity performance in 1858, Charles Dickens raised enough money to double the size of the original Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in the space of one evening. He later referred to the hospital in one of his novels- which one?

Q 4. Sticking with Great Ormond Street, the hospital today has its own in-house radio station: Radio Lollipop. From what unusual structure does it broadcast?

Q 5. Whereabouts in London would you find the Old Operating Theatre?

Where would you find the Old Operating Theatre? Clue: It’s near a river crossing…

Q 6. How did Yorkshireman Doctor John Snow prevent an outbreak of cholera in Soho in 1854?

Q 7. Which museum occupies a building that was once home to the Bethlem Royal Hospital?

Q 8. On which London square will you find a blue plaque honouring nurse Mary Seacole?

Whereabouts in London did Mary Seacole live?

Q 9. Which large hospital (now demolished) stood on Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia for almost 250 until its closure in 2005?

Q 10. Which hospital stands next door to Wormwood Scrubs prison?

Q 11. A statue named ‘The Boy David’ stands at the centre of ‘The Machine Gun Corps Memorial’ on Hyde Park Corner. How did its sculptor, Francis Derwent Wood, help soldiers who’d been seriously wounded in World War I?

The Boy David, Hyde Park Corner… how did this statue’s creator aid troops who’d been injured in the Great War?

Q 12. Inside which hospital will you find the Florence Nightingale Museum?

Q 13. In which part of London was the former German Hospital located?

Q 14. And where can you spot signage for the former ‘Nouvel Hopital et Dispensaire’?

It may be in French, but it’s in London…. do you know where?

Q 15. In 1865 a medical practice was established at 20 Upper Berkley Street. What was significant about it?

Q 16. Until 1988, which London hospital was the tallest in the world?

Q 17. Alfred and Ada Salter were a much-beloved couple who pioneered free healthcare for London’s poor in the early 20th century. Where can you find a group of statues dedicated to them and what is the artwork called?

Alfred and Ada Salter…whereabouts in London is their memorial?

Q 18. Which celebrated neurologist died in Hampstead in September 1939?

Q 19. In which decade did London’s Air Ambulance first take to the skies? And at which hospital is it based?

Q 20. Scenes from The Omen, Fawlty Towers and the Channel Four comedy Green Wing were filmed at which north London hospital?

Evil little Damien from 1976’s ‘The Omen’… which hospital has a link?


Q1. St Bartholomew’s (aka Barts), West Smithfield. It was founded in 1123 making it almost 900 years old.

Q2. St Mary’s, Paddington. The hospital contains a hospital dedicated to Alexander Fleming.

Q3. Our Mutual Friend: “A place where there are none but children; a place set up on the purpose for sick children; where the good doctors and nurses pass their lives with children . . .”

Q4. The studio for Radio Lollipop is based inside a decommissioned Jubilee line tube carriage (1983 stock).

Inside Great Ormond Street’s Radio Lollipop tube carriage. Image: Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

Q5. The Old Operating Theatre (now a museum) is on St Thomas Street, near London Bridge.

Q6. He removed the handle from the area’s pump, thus disabling the main water supply. This action proved that cholera was waterborne.

Q7. The Imperial War Museum.

Q8. Soho Square (number 14).

Q9. The Middlesex Hospital.

Q10. Hammersmith Hospital.

Q11. Francis Derwent Wood crafted custom-made masks for soldiers who’d suffered severe facial trauma. His studio- nicknamed the ‘Tin Nose Shop’- was at the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth.

Wood putting the final touches to one of his many bespoke masks

Q12. St Thomas’ Hospital.

Q13. Dalston (Clifton Grove) The building has since been converted into flats.

Q14. Monmouth Street, Covent Garden. This former French hospital is now the Covent Garden Hotel.

Q15. It was established by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson; the first woman in Britain to qualify as a doctor.

Q16. Guy’s Hospital. It is now the fifth tallest.

Q17. The artwork is called ‘Dr Salter’s Daydream’ and can be found overlooking the Thames on Bermondsey Wall East. The statue depicts Ada and Alfred remembering their only daughter, Joyce who died when she was eight years old.

Ada Salter dreaming of her daughter, Joyce

Q18. Sigmund Freud. He died at his home on Maresfield Gardens which is now open to the public.

Q19. The 1980s (1989). The helicopter flies out of the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.

Q20. Northwick Park Hospital.
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