Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is located in central London. Where possible, we ask patients to travel by walking or taking public transport to minimise air pollution and help our patients to breathe better.
Please note: construction works at the hospital from July 2015 to early 2018 will limit parking availability on the roads surrounding the hospital particularly Guilford Street. Families who usually use our permit system to park here may not be able to find a parking space. We encourage you to use public transport but if this is not possible we would advise using local car parks.
Walking to the hospital
If you are travelling to a nearby train station, why not walk to the hospital with the help of one of our fun walking maps created by our very own GOSH respiratory patients.
- Walking is the cheapest – and can also be the most pleasant and fun – way to travel in London. There are many places of interest, playgrounds and child-friendly cafés to enjoy on the way.
- Two London Underground stations are near the hospital (Russell Square and Holborn), and several mainline train stations are within walking distance (Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Waterloo and Charing Cross).
- Walking maps to GOSH from north London and south London are available below and can also be picked up from the main reception at the hospital.
- To plan your walking route to the hospital from other locations, you can use Google maps or walkit.com, which allows you to search for the least polluted routes.
GOSH is located near to several mainline stations, underground stations, and bus stops. The easiest way to plan your travel in London is to use the Transport for London (TfL) Journey planner. It allows you to plan routes between stations, places of interest and postcodes. And it allows you to specify preferences for modes of transport (including walking and cycling) and accessibility requirements (such as step-free transport).
More information on travelling to the hospital using public transport can be found in ourdetailed travel advice guide (3 MB).
The train is usually the fastest way to get into central London. The table below shows the different options for getting to the hospital from different stations.
Several bus routes are a short walk from GOSH, and low-floor, wheelchair accessible buses run on all routes.
Two tube stations are a short walk from the hospital. Russell Square is the nearest (7 minutes walk) and is on the Piccadilly Line, with connections to Kings Cross Station. Holborn (7 minutes walk) is on the Piccadilly line and Central line, with connections to Kings Cross and Liverpool Street stations.
There are cycle racks on Queen Square, Great Ormond Street and Guilford Street. You can hire bikes in London from as little as £2 per journey, using Santander Cycles and there are docking stations all over central London, and all you need is a bank card to get started. The nearest docking station to the hospital is on Guilford Street.
This animation was created by children at Great Ormond Street Hospital and explores issues around air pollution.
Taxis and minicabs
You can help reduce air pollution around the hospital by travelling in a hybrid or electric vehicle minicab (it is the same price as a normal taxi). You can book one by calling these companies:
- Thriev: 020 33 888 000
- Green Tomato Cars: 020 8568 0022
Public transport fares
- The cheapest and easiest way to travel on public transport in London is to use a contactless payment card (issued by many banks) or an Oyster (pre-pay) card. Paying for a paper ticket can be several times more expensive than using these methods.
- Buses in London are now entirely cash-free, so use of a contactless card, and Oyster card, or a previously purchased paper travelcard is necessary.
- More information available here.
- Russell Square and Holborn stations are not easy for wheelchair users, as there are steps from the platforms. If you require step-free travel, it is best to use the bus or walk.
- Low-floor, wheelchair accessible buses run on all routes.
- Assistance at mainline stations is available for disabled passengers travelling on trains. It is best to give at least 24 hours’ notice so that they can make arrangements.
Non-emergency medical transport
- We provide non-emergency medical transport where any other method of getting to and from GOSH would be damaging to the patient’s health.
- Please ask your family doctor (GP) to arrange transport to GOSH if your child requires it to attend an outpatient appointment. If your child is coming for an inpatient stay, our staff will organise this. We cannot accept bookings from anyone else.