Travelling to the hospital
The International and Private Patients Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children is in the centre of London, close to the West End and City of London.
You may wish to discuss with your sponsor if they provide any transport arrangements for you. If you are making your own way to the hospital, we advise families to use public transport if you can. We are close to several mainline and underground stations and local bus routes.
When you arrive at Great Ormond Street Hospital, please go straight to the International and Private Patients Reception on Level 2 of the Octav Botnar Wing. The Octav Botnar Wing is most easily accessed from the entrance on Lamb’s Conduit Street. You can also access it from the main hospital entrance on Great Ormond Street, where there are always staff and volunteers happy to direct you.
Great Ormond Street Hospital is located in central London within easy reach of all London airports.
From London Heathrow Airport:
Take the London Underground (‘tube’) Piccadilly line (marked dark blue on tube maps) directly to Russell Square tube station. This is the closest Underground station to the hospital. The tube journey will take around an hour, and it is then a five-minute walk to GOSH. Please note Russell Square station has no disabled access.
Alternatively, you can take the Heathrow Express train to London Paddington station, which takes around 15 minutes. Then take a taxi to the hospital, which is around 20 minutes’ drive away. A taxi from Heathrow directly to the hospital will take about an hour, depending on traffic.
From London Gatwick Airport:
Take the Gatwick Express train to London Victoria station and then either the London Underground to Russell Square, or a taxi to the hospital.
A taxi directly from London Gatwick will take around 1 hour 30 minutes.
If you choose to drive to GOSH, please note that parking around the hospital is very limited and generally works on a 'pay and display' basis on the roadside or in carparks nearby. There is no public car park at the hospital.
If you take a taxi to the hospital, please inform the driver of the postcode of the hospital, WC1N 3JH, and ask them to drop you off at the Lamb’s Conduit Street entrance.
Euston, King's Cross and St Pancras stations are the nearest mainline train stations, and are all about 15 minutes’ walk from the hospital. If you are coming to one of the other mainline stations, you can continue your journey to the hospital by Underground or bus.
The closest Underground station to Great Ormond Street Hospital is Russell Square (5 minutes’ walk) and is on the Piccadilly Line, and Holborn (10 minutes’ walk) on the Central and Piccadilly lines. Please note, neither station has disabled access, as they have steps leading to the platforms.
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You may also choose to take a taxi. The world-famous London ‘black cabs’ are the only taxis that can be hailed in the street. If the yellow sign is on, the cab is available for hire. These taxis are metered, but not all taxis are, so be sure to ask prices before travelling.
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Planning your route
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