Harley Street

A historical, world renowned destination for private medical care.

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Nearby you can find a delightful cafe called Amanzi Tea. Branch out form Earl Grey and try teas from all over the world

Found in Marylebone, Harley Street has long been renowned for its concentration of excellent private specialists in medicine and surgery. Its charming Georgian houses contain some of the best medical experts and equipment you can find. It began to earn this reputation in the 19th century and it has only grown since. In 1860 there were around 20 doctors, by 1900 there were 80 and today there are more than 3,000 people employed in medical services in the Harley Street area.

The London Clinic, which is the largest private hospital in the UK, has its building here and is famous for hosting members of the Royal Family whenever they need treatment. The longevity of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip are great endorsements of their services!

A number of famous doctors with rather brilliant names plied their trade here. Lionel Logue was a speech therapist who helped King George VI overcome his stammer, as dramatised in The King’s Speech. Florence Nightingale also opened her practice here to care for the sick in 1853. But it is Sir Grantly Dick-Read who steals the show. He was, of course, an obstetrician.

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