Do you know where the queen kept her food?

She kept it in a larder in Queen Square, which is now a pub called The Queens Larder. King George III stayed in the square during the early 1800s while he received treatment for mental illness. His wife, Queen Charlotte, used this public house as a cellar to store all his favourite foods during his stay.

Nowadays, many of the buildings around this garden square in Bloomsbury are associated with medicine – particularly neurology. The National Hospital is also situated here, and is one of the world’s leading centres for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with neurological and neuromuscular conditions.

Queen Square

It’s here that The National Brain Appeal is helping raise funds to create new facilities and support smaller staff-led projects at The National Hospital and the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (IoN).

 IoN has a world-class reputation for neuroscience. Its mission is to translate neuroscience discovery research into treatments for patients with neurological diseases, including stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia, among many others.

Current initiatives in this funding area:

The Day Care Unit allows people to undergo treatments, tests and procedures without having to stay overnight at The National Hospital. Many patients spend up to eight hours a day for several days each month in the unit. In order to make their experience less stressful and more comfortable (much like the Queen Charlotte making her husband comfortable thanks to her special larder!), we redeveloped an unused outdoor terrace area into an attractive and accessible garden area for patients to enjoy all year round offering them a peaceful and comfortable respite from the busy unit.

Help us raise vital funds for Queen Square projects

Please help us achieve our vision to help create better outcomes for everyone with a neurological disorder by making a donation to help raise vital funds.

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London WC1N 3JZ

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