Parking frequently asked questions
What are the changes to car parking for patients and visitors at King’s College Hospital?
There is no longer general public car parking at King’s College Hospital.
As we continue to recover from COVID-19, we are refocusing our efforts on transforming and improving healthcare. As part of this programme of work, we have opened the Willowfield Building, a new outpatient building next to the Normanby Building on Bessemer Road. To construct the building, we made changes to the car parking arrangements on the King’s College Hospital site at Denmark Hill.
To continue to make sure that patients and visitors attending the hospital site can do so safely, we introduced additional drop off and collection zones. The zones are located on Bessemer Road near to the entrances at the Hambleden Wing. People can leave cars unattended for a short time – between ten minutes to two hours dependent on zone – while they chaperone their relative or friend to an appointment. Visitors can also use the drop off and collection zones as required but spaces are limited.
People with valid Blue Badge permits can continue to park for free in the designated bays and in the time limited drop off and collection zones.
We recommend you use public transport to get to the hospital whenever possible. You may need to plan your travel further in advance.
I have a valid Blue Badge permit. Can I park my vehicle?
Yes. You can continue to park your vehicle in the designated bays and in the drop off and collections zones. We have increased the number of Blue Badge bays by three. Our security teams on site can work with patients and families to help with car parking solutions.
Our local Councils – Lambeth and Southwark – have generous schemes for Blue Badge permit holders. Many roads local to the hospital support Blue Badge parking.
Find out more about Blue Badge parking.
I am a wheelchair user. Where can I safely be dropped off at the main entrance?
You can continue to use the drop off and collection zones at the hospital.
I am a parent/guardian with a child staying in hospital overnight. Where can I park my vehicle?
There is no general public car parking at King’s College Hospital. We encourage patients and their family members to use alternative travel arrangements including public transport when coming to the hospital. The hospital is well connected with local buses and overground trains. Please check our information to help you plan your journey.
If you still wish to drive, there are pay and display car parking points in the surrounding areas. Please consider our neighbours and park respectfully.
I attend regular appointments at the hospital. Am I entitled to park my vehicle for all my appointments?
You will be able to use the drop off and collections zones. The zones are located on Bessemer Road near to the entrances at the Hambleden Wing. Cars may be left unattended for a short time – between ten minutes to two hours dependent on zone – to attend an appointment.
Spaces are limited so please consider whether you can use alternative travel arrangements.
Is there a shuttle bus I can use to bring me from the local train stations to the main hospital site?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a shuttle bus service between our hospital and Denmark Hill station, Loughborough Junction station or Brixton underground station. The routes are all well served by regular public buses.
I need support from a family member/friend to attend my appointment. Can they park their vehicle so that they can attend with me?
Your family member or friend will be able to use the drop off and collections zones. Cars may be left unattended for a short time – between ten minutes to two hours dependent on zone – while they chaperone you to your appointment. They should then return to their vehicle.
I use taxis to travel to the hospital. Can I be dropped off at the main entrance?
Yes. Taxis can use the drop off and collection zones.
I am visiting a patient in hospital. Can I park my vehicle for the duration of my visit?
We strongly encourage all visitors to use alternative travel as there is no general public car parking on site.
Due to my health needs, I am unable to travel to the hospital using public transport – what can I do?
Our patient transport service is available for patients who cannot travel to or from our hospitals using any other method of transport because of their medical or mobility condition, or because their medical condition would otherwise worsen. For more information, and to find out if you are eligible for the service, please visit our patient transport page.