Pharmacies (chemists)

A chemists (pharmacy) in London (Photo by Michael Caroe Andersen)
A chemists (pharmacy) in London

Drug stores (chemists) in London

Pharmacies—the British call the 'chemists"—are fabulous resources. Chemists in the U.K. can help you with far more conditions (and hand out more medications) than their counterparts in the U.S.

Boots the Chemist ( is one of the largest and most widespread chain drug stores.

Most British chemists keep regular hours—Mon-Fri 9am–6pm; Sat 9am–1pm; Sun limited hours.

Here are some London chemists open late at night for after-hours needs, each open until midnight. (Amazingly, there is no longer a 24-hour chemist anywhere London—there used to be, but only one, and it closed in 2013.)

  • Boots Piccadilly Circus Midnight Pharmacy - 44-46 Regent St., below the giant illuminted billboard (tel. (0)20-7734-6126; Tube: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly, Bakerloo).
  • Bliss Pharmacy - 5-6 Marble Arch (tel. (0)20-7723-6116, Tube: Marble Arch (Central).
  • Boots Waterloo Station Midnight Pharmacy - Waterloo Station. (tel. (0)20-7928-1073; Tube: Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, Waterloo & City).
  • Boots St. Pancras Midnight Pharmacy - Euston Rd. (tel. (0)20-7833-0216; Tube: Kings Cross (Circle, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City).
  • Pharmacentre Pharmacy & Clinic - 149 Edgware Rd. (tel. 020 7706 4999, Tube: Edgware Road (Circle, Districy, Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City).
  • Boots Queensway Midnight Pharmacy - 114 Queensway. (tel. (0)20-7229-1183; Tube: Bayswater (Circle, District) or Queensway (Central).
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