Next, we have the General Lying-In Hospital in York Road, near County Hall. I just loved the name. The building is currently used by Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Tust as a training facility and offices. It has a rich history dating back nearly two and a half centuries. It was founded by Dr John Leake and first opened in 1767 on Westminster Bridge Road and moved to the York Road building in 1828. At least 150,000 babies were born at the hospital and it is said that Florence Nightingale took a personal interest in the associated midwifery training school. The hospital moved to St Albans during World War II and the building sustained some damage. It re-opened in 1946 as part of St Thomas' Hospital. It closed as a hospital in 1971 and fell into dereliction. In later years it appeared on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk register. It was restored and refurbished in 2003 at a cost of £4.27 million including a grant from the Guy's and St Thomas' Charity.
Finally, we have the Kings Weigh-House Chapel just off Oxford Street in Duke Street. This hugely imposing building is missed by millions of tourists every year as they rarely venture down the side-streets. It was built by the great Alfred Waterhouse, the architect also behind London's fantastic Natural History Museum. It is now the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile; part of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in England. However, it began life as a Free Chapel (free of the bishopric anyway) for the rich friends of the Duke of Westminster who commissioned the building.