As a purpose-built children’s hospital, Evelina London has a long and proud history of outstanding care, clinical excellence and innovation. It has been ranked as one of the world’s best children’s hospitals by US Newsweek, the American weekly news magazine.

Founded in 1869, it’s one of only two specialist children’s hospitals in London and we are proud to have Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales as our patron.

Evelina London Children's Hospital

With themed floors, a conservatory, rooms with views, sunlight and open plan atrium, Evelina London was designed around the needs of children and their families.

We also have the largest and longest established fetal cardiology service in the UK, overseeing 2,000 pregnancies a year for the diagnosis of congenital heart disease. As Evelina London is co-located at St Thomas’ Hospital, we can provide complete private care for mother and baby.

Services and facilities

Snow Leopard ward

Our respiratory ward provides a ‘home away from home’ environment for children with long-term ventilation needs. The ward provides a comfortable place to help ease the move from hospital to home for long-term ventilation for children and their families.

Designed with the needs of children, Snow Leopard ward is a warm environment with bright colours and artwork to provide a holistically aesthetic facility to support wellbeing and help our young patients’ and families to feel at ease.

Evelina London Children's Hospital snow leopard ward

Children’s sleep centre

Located on Snow Leopard ward is our children’s sleep centre, offering detailed sleep studies to support patients requiring long-term ventilation.

With 3 dedicated bedrooms providing a full range of inpatient diagnostic sleep studies, sleep studies are carried out overnight with the option for daytime studies.

When it is time for a child to leave the ward, our team will help to make sure their sleep routine can be put in place at home.

Evelina London Children's Hospital sleep centre

Sky ward

Sky cardiology unit is the home of our children’s cardiology service providing innovative technology to perform the latest imaging techniques, advanced cardiology treatments, cardiac catheterisation and cardiac surgery.

The critical care and cardiology teams work closely to ensure prompt care is provided with access to intensive care facilities, crucial in the management of the first hours following open heart surgery.

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Our paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) provides complex care for critically ill babies and children.

Its multidisciplinary support includes a cardiorespiratory centre, which provides extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for the sickest children with severe cardiorespiratory failure.

We also provide high-dependency bays and side rooms with private en-suite facilities.

Smiling consultants and nurses helping baby in Sky ward at Evelina London

Neonatal Unit (NICU)

As one of the largest neonatal units in England, caring for 1,000 babies a year, you can be assured of excellent care from staff who go out of their way to help.

We’re a centre of excellence for neonatal research, leading the way in innovative neonatology treatments. Our team of expert staff provides 24-hour care for premature and sick babies with high dependency care needs including cardiac, respiratory and neurological conditions.


Consultant and patient with baby at Evelina London

Children's Day Surgery Unit

Our new Children’s Day Surgery Unit helps children return home faster after their treatment, without needing to stay at hospital overnight.

The outer space-themed unit features 2 brand new operating theatres developed specifically for shorter day procedures, as well as a comfortable lounge for patients and their families, all designed in bright, welcoming colours.

We offer a range of day surgery specialties at our centre, including:

All steps for your child’s day surgery, including surgery checks, the procedure, recovery and preparation for going home all take place in the same location.

Evelina Day Surgery Unit

Additional children’s services

Being in hospital can be a difficult time for children. At Evelina London there’s always something going on. From free TV, radio and WiFi services to  special visitors in the form of our friendly therapy dogs, there’s something for everyone during your stay.

Evelina Hospital School

Evelina Hospital School, designated as an ‘Outstanding Provider’ by Ofsted, provides education for our young patients children. Our aim is to provide exceptional personalised education so that all pupils can achieve positive outcomes and feel valued, nurtured and empowered during their time with us.

We understand the challenges that children, young people and their families can come under when they are in hospital, and we believe that continued education is a central part of the recovery process. Pupils are given stimulating and challenging tasks and activities that build skills they can use at their home schools and beyond. We work flexibly to respond to our pupils’ differing needs and abilities as their health and wellbeing changes.

Play areas

There is a fun play area on the ground floor of the hospital with a big slide and lots of toys and games. Children may play here if they are waiting to see a doctor or nurse.

There are also play areas on the wards with books, games and computers to play on. Your nurse can show you where the nearest one is to your bed.

Parents’ room

We have a parents’ area that has TV in which you can relax. It has its own tea and coffee making facilities, microwave and a fridge in which you can store your own food.

Places to eat and shop

Evelina London is on the same location as St Thomas’ Hospital where we have a range of options for food and drinks. These include M&S Cafe and M&S Simply Food, Costa Coffee, Toms Riverside Cafe and Toms Shepherd Hall Restaurant. There is also a WHSmith and Stock Shop for daily essentials and women’s clothing.

Directions and opening times

Visiting hours

Friends and family are welcome to visit inpatients 7 days a week, between 12pm and 7pm. There is a maximum of 2 visitors per patient and only one visitor may stay overnight. In the emergency department, there is a maximum of 1 visitor per patient.

Please see our visitor information for further details.


Evelina London Children’s Hospital is based in St Thomas’ Hospital:

St Thomas’ Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road

Finding the entrance:

You can reach the entrance to Evelina London by:

  • walking through St Thomas’ Hospital and following the signs
  • directly from Lambeth Palace Road (pedestrian access only)

Getting here

Explore the tabs below for useful information related to your journey.

Travelling by bus

There are cycle lanes and bus stop bypasses on Westminster Bridge Road and Lambeth Palace Road.

Travelling by tube

The nearest tube stations are:

  • Westminster – District, Circle and Jubilee lines (10 minutes’ walk)
  • Waterloo – Bakerloo, Jubilee and Northern lines (15 minutes’ walk)
  • Lambeth North – Bakerloo line (15 minutes’ walk)

Travelling by train

Waterloo and Waterloo East, are the nearest railway stations, and a 10-15 minutes’ walk away.

Victoria station and Charing Cross station are 20–30 minutes’ walk away.

Our hospitals and many of our services are located in the Congestion Charging zone and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Please use public transport whenever possible.


Parking is very limited and there is often a queue, there are signposted patient drop-off/collection points. If you do need to drive, our car park is open 24 hours a day and the charges are £3.20 per hour. There is dedicated motorcycle patient parking and free disabled patient parking upon production of your blue badge (which must be registered in your name).

Evelina London Children’s Hospital is situated inside London’s Congestion Charge/ULEZ zone. Please check the TFL website for further details on charges and times they apply, including exemptions from charges.

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CQC rating

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an organisation responsible for ensuring that health and social care services in England provide safe, high-quality care.

The CQC regularly checks our services to ensure they meet national standards for quality and safety. They rate services as outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital was rated ‘outstanding’ when it was last visited in September 2015.

You can read the full report from 2015 which includes the rating for Evelina London as part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on the CQC website.