Royal London Hospital marks 250th birthday

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One of the country's leading teaching hospitals is celebrating 250 years since it was founded.
The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, was set up to offer health care to the East End's underprivileged population.

It was founded in a tavern by seven friends "with but a shilling in the bank", according to hospital lore.

It officially opened its doors on 20 September 1757 thanks to £18,000 worth of charitable donations.

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