Harley Street has been a highly desirable address for many decades. It holds a world famous reputation as a place of private medical excellence. Its uniqueness stems from its ability to offer cutting edge care in a traditional and unspoilt location, where every imaginable medical need is met to the highest quality.
The prestigious Harley Street is served extremely well with many of the world’s top private hospitals and other services situated in the immediate surrounding area. Many doctors who are leaders in their field of medicine are ready to lend their expertise. The area continues to be at the forefront of medical science and technology, with advancements in diagnosis and treatment happening at an ever increasing pace. It is not difficult to understand why people travel from all over the world to be treated on Harley Street.
The medical field on Harley Street has rapidly grown since the second part of the 19th century. There were only a handful of doctors practicing on Harley Street in 1860, but this rose to 80 by 1900 and further expanded to almost 200 by 1914 and approximately 1,500 in 1948. This is understandable considering Harley Street’s numerous attractions: central London location nearby to major train stations and Regent’s Park, plus its beautiful architecture. As the profession has progressed, the range of services offered has also developed to include complimentary medicine and cosmetic surgery.
Today, Harley Street is owned by the de Walden family and managed by the Howard de Walden Estate, the existence of which dates from 1715. Everyone who practices on Harley Street must be given a licence from the Estate. In this way the quality and rich diversity of doctors, dentists and specialists who are allowed to practice on Harley Street is strictly controlled.
Harley Street is also known for being home to one of the oldest girl’s schools in England, Queen’s College. The Victorian Prime Minister W.E. Gladstone and the artist J.M.W Turner have also been residents. Furthermore, just two of the many prominent and brilliant doctors who have worked on Harley Street are Dr Edward Bach who specialised in vaccines and produced the Bach Flower Remedies, and Sir Henry Thompson who was the surgeon to the King of Brussels.