National Temperance Hospital

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Coordinates: 51°31′43″N 0°08′17″W / 51.52871°N 0.13810°W / 51.52871; -0.13810

The National Temperance Hospital, off Hampstead Road

The National Temperance Hospital (London Temperance Hospital before 1939) was an abandoned hospital in Hampstead Road, London, between Mornington Crescent and Warren Street. It opened on 6 October 1873[1] by initiative of the National Temperance League, and was managed by a board of 12 teetotallers. Under its rules, the use of alcohol to treat patients was discouraged, but not outlawed: doctors could prescribe alcohol when they thought necessary for exceptional cases.[2]

In 1931, Chicago magnate Samuel Insull donated $160,000 to build a new extension, the "Insull Memorial wing"[3] which was designed by architect William Binnie.

It was incorporated into the National Health Service in 1948 and eventually came under the management of University College Hospital.

It was closed in 1990. In recent years the site has been considered for redevelopment or refurbishment into the new centre for the National Institute for Medical Research.[4]

The building's exterior was featured in Mr Bean; Bean tailgates an ambulance and stops behind it. He then enters the hospital [5]The building was then used by Camden Collective.[6] As of April 2017 it has been part demolished

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