Visit the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum in Paddington – where penicillin was discovered.


Throughout the centuries, London has been home to countless historical figures, famous celebrities and iconic discoveries. Among them, Alexander Fleming is known for uncovering the secret benefits of penicillin.

The Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel offers visitors some of the best, accommodation in Paddington London and is located right around the corner from the wonderful Alexander Fleming Museum. Here is a closer look at the laboratory and why it has become such an iconic part of London.


Nearly a century ago, a discovery was made in the heart of London which would lead to one of the most incredible breakthroughs in modern medicine. In 1928, Alexander Fleming was working as a physician and researcher at St Mary’s Hospital in London and was in the process of experimenting with different types of bacteria. He was renowned for his top-notch research, however, it was an accidental contamination which led him to the discovery of penicillin.

After uncovering the incredible benefits that the new bacteria posed for medicine, he proceeded to unveil it publicly and revolutionise the industry. The Scottish microbiologist made a huge impact in the world of pharmaceutical science and his legacy has been preserved at the very same hospital in which he made his famous discovery. The Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum offers a unique insight into one of the most exciting times in history.

The museum features a research lab which has been recreated to look how it did around the time when Fleming made his discovery. As you explore the museum, you’ll get a chance to see the type of equipment and machinery that was considered cutting-edge around the turn of the century. You will also get an opportunity to hear the serendipitous story of how the discovery happened.

If you’re looking for fun and interesting things to do during your trip to London, a day out at the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum is a great way to learn more about the history of London and the world of medicine. If you’re travelling with kids, the museum offers a great family-friendly activity. The museum is located in the historic St Mary’s Hospital which is within easy reach of the Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding your way there.

The great thing about the museum is that you don’t have to have a degree in medicine or a profound knowledge of history to appreciate the exhibits and stories. A tour of the laboratory is an incredible learning experience for both adults and youngsters. You will be taken on an incredible journey through history to find out more about Alexander Fleming himself, how his worked changed the world of science and the ways that penicillin is still used today. At the end of your visit, you will also get to watch a video presentation that is perfect for kids that are wanting to learn more.