Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre (Private)

3 Peerless Street



0800 328 3421

Richard Desmond Centre

About Moorfields Private at Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre

The Richard Desmond Centre (RDCEC) is the world’s largest children’s hospital dedicated to the treatment and research of eye diseases in children.

The RDCEC was designed to create a welcoming and child-friendly patient environment, with world-class facilities and equipment. The centre houses outpatient consulting rooms, a day care ward and a children’s A&E department, alongside research laboratories and overnight accommodation for children and parents. 

It is based on the same campus as the main hospital in London's City Road, but has a separate entrance in Peerless Street.

Getting to Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre

By tube

Northern Line (City branch) to Old Street station. Come out of subway four and follow the green painted line until you come to Peerless Street on your left. Walk up Peerless Street and the RDCEC is ahead of you on your right.

Moorgate (Northern, Hammersmith and City, Circle, Metropolitan), Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan) and Angel (Northern) are about a 10 minute walk away.

There is currently no step-free access at Old Street station. If you require this, please travel via Farringdon (taking the 55/243 buses to Old Street) or Kings Cross (205 bus towards Moorfields).

By bus

21, 43, 55, 76, 141, 205, 214, 243, 271, 394, and 733 (new weekday route to replace the Northern Line) serve City Road and Old Street which are a short walking distance from the RDCEC.

By train

Old Street station is on the First Capital Connect line. Liverpool Street station, Kings Cross station and Euston station are all a short bus ride away. For more information please visit the National Rail website.

By car

The Richard Desmond Centre (RDCEC) is based on the same campus as the main hospital in London's City Road, but has a separate entrance in Peerless Street.

Moorfields Eye Hospital is on the A501, and is approximately 6.5 miles from junction one on the M1. Parking around the hospital is very limited, although there is some meter parking and some privately-operated car parks.


Disabled Parking

If you hold a valid blue badge, or are driving the holder of a valid blue badge as a passenger, you can park in the designated disabled bays outside the hospital in City Road - please check the signs on the bays to confirm for how long you can park. You can also park in Cayton Street (the location of the hospital's main entrance) on the yellow lines where there are no loading restrictions for up to three hours, provided the clock card is displayed and set to your time of arrival. Please see links below for the two local boroughs advice

For more information about blue badge parking and the location of dedicated parking for disabled people in Islington and Hackney visit.

Car parks*

  • City Garden Row Car Park, Islington, London N1 8LH, 8am-6:30pm
  • Elia Mews Car Park, 29 Nelson Terrace, The Angel, London N1 8DG, 7am-6pm
  • NCP London Finsbury Square, Finsbury Square, Finsbury, London EC2A 1AD, 24hrs
  • Westland Place car park, 18 Westland Place, N1 7NP
  • Union Car Parks Ltd, Clere St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4UY
  • Euro Car Park Shoreditch, 162-167 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6HU, 24hrs

* Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust does not run or have any affiliation with any of these car parks. Drivers park at their own risk. 


Clinical services

Consulting rooms

Diagnostic rooms

Outpatient procedure rooms

A day care ward

Waiting areas for children with TV screen and play areas


Children’s A&E department

Research laboratories

Assistive facilities

Disabled toilets


Step-free access




WiFi Internet

Charging stations

Overnight accommodation for children and parents