With our unique heritage, rigorous governance and clinical expertise we are at the forefront of private healthcare

Our Heritage

Our dedication to outstanding patient care dates back to our beginnings in 1899, when sisters Agnes and Fanny Keyser devoted themselves and their home to caring for sick and wounded officers returning from the Second Boer War. Under Sister Agnes’ steadfast leadership, the Keyser home – 17 Grosvenor Crescent, Belgravia, continued as a hospital for officers after the war. King Edward VII became its first patron and it received generous support from individuals. Today, King Edward VII’s is the hospital of choice for anyone seeking the best private medical treatment in London.

These beginnings established the core values and traditions for which we are recognised:

• Exceptional nursing care.
• A commitment to all ranks of Service personnel, as well as their husbands and wives.
• A spirit of philanthropy, underpinned by our network of 2,500 Friends and our charitable subsidies and grants.
• Royal patronage, from King Edward VII in 1901 to Her Majesty The Queen today.

For more than 100 years, these foundations have enabled us to meet medical needs and advances with consistent clinical excellence. Established in Beaumont Street in the heart of London’s Harley Street district since 1948, we are the only hospital in the UK where consultants must be invited to practise. Our continual investment in state-of the-art facilities and improving our services also keeps us at the forefront of private medical care.

A Royal Patronage

We are proud to have maintained a tradition of royal patronage, which began with King Edward VII. Today the Hospital’s Patron is Her Majesty the Queen, and our President is HRH The Duke of Kent, who attends our Annual Friends’ Reception. 

the staff went above and beyond for the patients

King Edward VII's has signed the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant cements the hospital's commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community and recognises the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservist, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country. 

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