A Comparison of Private Clinics in London

by Paul Joseph  |  Published April 5, 2024

Private healthcare in London has a global reputation for excellence – leading many to come to the capital seeking fast, high-quality medical services spanning a range of health needs.

(Photo: Cromwell Hospital)

When the subject of medical tourism is discussed in the UK, it’s normally in relation to those leaving these isles in pursuit of procedures that cost a fraction of what they do back home. But medical tourism in the UK is actually very much a two-way street, with large numbers of people coming here to make use of its world-class private healthcare providers. We’ve picked out 5 of the best private clinics currently operating in London.

Cromwell Hospital

Multi-lingual consultants and nurses and a dedicated centre for patients and their families travelling from abroad have helped Cromwell Hospital grow a large and loyal international clientele. Based in Central London, the hospital has welcomed patients from over 140 countries since opening its purpose-built facility in 1981. Offerings services for both adults and children, a team of over 500 accredited consultants cover over 70 specialities, including oncology, cardiology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, lung, complex surgery and medicine, using the world’s most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies. For overseas clients, the International Patient Centre is designed to help ensure a smooth and stress-free experience and includes patient coordinators as well as interpreters across all languages.

164-178 Cromwell Road, South Kensington

West London Clinic

(Photo: West London Clinic)

One of the newer additions to London’s private healthcare landscape, having launched in March 2023, the West London Clinic is a medical and surgical collaborative clinic that is owned, designed and led entirely by handpicked NHS consultant specialists. With access to the latest diagnostic tests and treatments, including 3T MRI scans, low dose CT, high-resolution ultrasound and much more, they have quickly built a strong reputation for their bespoke, joined-up, holistic, accessible and high-quality care. In addition to the medical and surgical teams, they are supported by local allied health professionals including physiotherapists, psychotherapists, specialist nurses, radiographers, audiologists, dieticians, sports rehabilitators and osteopaths among others. The clinic treats both local patients in and around West London and those visiting from further afield in the UK and overseas.

Bond House, 347-353 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick

Alliance Medical Harley Street

Based in the capital’s prestigious medical district, this clinic comes with the Harley Street seal of approval. Welcoming patients with private medical insurance, self-pay, and also NHS patients upon request, they specialise in state-of-the-art on-demand scanning services, providing clients with fast access to high-quality CT, Open MRI and EOS imaging and diagnostic technology. Their USP is that they boast the only Open MRI scanner in the area which allows for fully open and upright imaging of the spine and joints. Expert radiologists will report on all scans within 24-48 hours with clear outcomes and results. Patients are also offered hot and cold beverages and fresh fruit.

68 Harley Street

Weymouth Street Hospital

(Photo: Weymouth Street Hospital)

Situated between Harley Street and Marylebone High Street in the heart of Central London, Weymouth Street Hospital provides a wide range of medical procedures for patients from all over the world. Part of the Phoenix Hospital Group, the facility offers a boutique hotel-like feel, with 17 luxury bedrooms complete with flat-screen TVs and surround sound entertainment systems., an in-house pharmacy and 4 fully-equipped clinical theatres. Services cover almost every area of health, from allergies, skin care and general check-ups through to neurology, fertility and nutrition. To help international patients, they offer special rates with local hotels and, where necessary, liaising with embassies to obtain letters of guarantee.

42-46 Weymouth Street

The London Clinic

Located at the corner of Devonshire Place and Marylebone Road in Central London, The London Clinic has been providing patients with treatments and care since 1932. Nowadays, they cater to a large number of patients travelling from abroad for treatment and other medical procedures and so have created a dedicated international team to make clients from far afield feel at home straight away. As for services, the clinic is renowned for its pioneering diagnostics, and has four key specialities: Breast, Urology, Gynaecology and Dermatology, as well as a health screening service. It is also the only private hospital in London to offer 24/7, same-day access to a GP, 365 days a year. In keeping with the 5-star service, a concierge team is also on hand to help book travel tickets, hotel accommodation, restaurants, London tours, theatre trips and more.

20 Devonshire Place