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29 October 2012

Visit The Guy's Chapel

Set within Guy's Hospital in the shadow of The Shard, The Guy's Chapel is a pretty little 18th-century Chapel which contains the tomb of Thomas Guy, as well as a marble sculpture to the hospital's founder by John Bacon.

Though the tomb can only be seen by arrangement with the hospital chaplain, the rest of the chapel is open daily and if you have faith the chapel also holds services a few times a week. The chapel - which stands within what is now part of King's College - is also noted as the resting place of Astley Paston Cooper, a celebrated 19th-century surgeon and scientist.

For more, see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/principal/dean/chaplaincy/guys/chapel/index.aspx


  1. Perfect, since the hospital was founded in 1721 by Thomas Guy. He deserves the honour. I know of the connection to St Thomas' since Guy's was first envisaged as a long term outpatient adjunct to St Thomas' Hospital. But what is the connection to King's College?

    1. The medical schools of King's, Guy's and St Thomas' have amalgamated. Traditionally would-be medical students were directed south of the river if they were not posh enough for Barts. Meanwhile Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals are have combined in a NHS hospital trust.