Moorfields, Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre

Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre (RDCEC)

3 Peerless Street



0207 253 3411

Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre

About Moorfields


The Richard Desmond Centre (RDCEC) is the world’s largest children’s hospital exclusively dedicated to treatment and investigation of ocular disorders in paediatric patients. 

With a child-centric design the RDCEC has a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our centre has excellent facilities and cutting-edge technology. We have children-friendly waiting areas, outpatient consultation areas, a day care unit, and a specialist children's A&E and accommodation for overnight stays for both children and their caregivers.

We are based on the same campus as the main hospital in London's City Road, but have a separate entrance in Peerless Street.

Getting to Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre

By tube

Northern Line (Bank branch) to Old Street station. Come out of subway four and follow the green painted line to the building.

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.


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. 



Clinical services

  • Children's A&E
  • Pharmacy
  • Outpatient procedure rooms
  • Day care ward
  • Children friendly waiting areas

Assistive facilities

  • Disabled toilets
  • Induction loop
  • Learning disability liaison officer
  • Signing services
  • Step-free access
  • Text relay
  • Translation services


  • Coffee shop
  • Overnight accommodation for children and parents
  • Toilets
  • WiFi Internet
  • Charging Station

Parking at RDCEC

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. 

Congestion charge for vehicles

Congestion charging operates in central London, Monday - Sunday, please see the TfL website for its timings. Moorfields Eye Hospital is located just within the congestion charge zone, the perimeter of which runs along the City Road itself. Both the main entrance to the hospital on Cayton Street and the entrance to the children's centre on Peerless Street are inside the zone and in Islington Borough  as are all the side streets on the west side of the City Road. City Road itself and the streets to the east are not within the zone. Streets to the east are operated by Hackney Council.

If your plans change you can request certain amendments to a charge, or a refund for the days you are not going to use. Visit the congestion charge costs and refunds website

Ultra Low Emission Zone

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year within the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge. Most vehicles, including cars and vans, need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone.

For more information about ULEZ and it check your vehicle visit TfL Ultra Low Emission Zone website

Note: you are unable to claim back under the Healthcare Travel Cost Scheme for this charge. 


There are cycle racks in Baldwin Street, off City Road. You can hire bikes in London from as little as £2 per journey and there are docking stations all over central London, and all you need is a bank card to get started. The nearest docking station to the hospital is on Baldwin Street.

Visit the Santander Cycles London hire website for more information about bike hire within London.

Please note that Moorfields Eye Hospital is not responsible for the content of external websites


Our pharmacy is located on the ground floor of our City Road hospital and can be used to fulfil all Moorfields prescriptions. Find out about how our pharmacy works.