London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital (LBH) is a private hospital on the historic Tooley Street in central London. HCA Healthcare UK runs it and operates several specialist services, including cardiology and cardiac surgery. LBH plays a leading role in international nurse recruitment to provide outstanding quality of care and support.

About London Bridge Hospital

LBH overlooks the Thames, with the main building housing six operating theatres, three cardiac catheterisation labs, intensive care beds, and inpatient wards with 150 rooms. St Olaf House and Emblem House provide additional consulting rooms and healthcare services just a stone's throw away on the same street.

Specialities include:

  • Allergy.
  • Breast care service.
  • Cardiovascular.
  • Cancer services.
  • Clinical genetics.
  • Colorectal surgery.
  • Dialysis.
  • Endocrinology and diabetes.
  • ENT (ear, nose, and throat surgery).

The hospital opened its doors in 1986 after being designed by the architectural firm Llewelyn Davies Weeks and built by the construction company Bovis. The striking riverfront building has been a landmark along the Thames for over 30 years now.

In 2006, the hospital expanded into the neighbouring art deco building, St Olaf House, making it the first art deco hospital in the UK. Then, in 2013, London Bridge Hospital leased three floors in the iconic Shard building. A few years later, in 2016, the hospital also moved its fertility services into the Shard.

So, while London Bridge Hospital started in one riverfront building, it has steadily expanded over the years into other landmarks along the Thames, providing additional services and staffing placements for overseas nurse recruitment.

Life For Nurses in London

Living, working, and getting around central London is easy. The London Bridge tube station is just a 5-minute walk away, providing easy access to the Jubilee and Northern lines. There are also plenty of buses servicing the area. Traffic congestion is common, so those who can walk or take public transport get around the easiest.

You can head just south of the Thames to Potters Field Park or west across Tower Bridge to get to Tower Gardens. Nearby boroughs like Bermondsey offer residents neighbourhood parks, making them ideal for families.

For more affordable housing, many commute in from outer boroughs like Lewisham, Greenwich, or further out in Kent. Towns like Bexleyheath or Sidcup can provide cheaper rents while still under an hour's commute.

Working at LBH, Emblem House, and St Olaf House is a pleasure, with these buildings overlooking the south bank of the Thames. You get a sense of the history of London, with every popular attraction on your doorstep. 

Fun Facts About Tooley Street

  • “Tooley” comes from the old Church of St Olave, named after the Norwegian King Olaf, who defeated Cnut's army at London Bridge in the 11th century.
  • Hays Wharf by the old St Olave's church was nicknamed "London's Larder" for 300 years, as it was where exotic foods and drinks were brought in from overseas.
  • The famous jazz drummer Phil Seamen recorded live at the now-demolished Royal Oak pub on Tooley Street in 1968.
  • LBH, St Olaf House, and Emblem House make up one of England's most densely populated medical streets.